In the last few years, the informal network – called manosphere – of forums, websites and blogs, where commentators are mainly men and focus on issues relating to masculinity, has been gaining members and visibility. The article’s objective is to explore the politics of fatherhood and masculinity that an Italian non-resident fathers’ online forum engages in to assess whether the claims for fathers’ rights are a move towards a new form of involved fatherhood or if they are only useful to rebuild a solid traditional male identity. By conducting an explorative content analysis on their Facebook group and page, we found that fatherhood is an ‘empty box’ and that fathers’ rights are used in a strategic way to justify hegemonic masculinity, gender-based violence, as well as antifeminist and antifeminine ideas, and to promote political advocacy cooperating with right-wing parties. The article also reflects on the connections between hegemony and power using the concept of hybrid masculinities

Fatherhood and gender relations in the manosphere: Exploring an Italian non-resident fathers’ online forum / Cannito, Maddalena; Mercuri, Eugenia. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES. - ISSN 1367-5494. - 2022, 25:4(2022), pp. 1010-1029. [10.1177/13675494211036967]

Fatherhood and gender relations in the manosphere: Exploring an Italian non-resident fathers’ online forum

Cannito, Maddalena
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2022-01-01

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In the last few years, the informal network – called manosphere – of forums, websites and blogs, where commentators are mainly men and focus on issues relating to masculinity, has been gaining members and visibility. The article’s objective is to explore the politics of fatherhood and masculinity that an Italian non-resident fathers’ online forum engages in to assess whether the claims for fathers’ rights are a move towards a new form of involved fatherhood or if they are only useful to rebuild a solid traditional male identity. By conducting an explorative content analysis on their Facebook group and page, we found that fatherhood is an ‘empty box’ and that fathers’ rights are used in a strategic way to justify hegemonic masculinity, gender-based violence, as well as antifeminist and antifeminine ideas, and to promote political advocacy cooperating with right-wing parties. The article also reflects on the connections between hegemony and power using the concept of hybrid masculinities
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Cannito, Maddalena; Mercuri, Eugenia
Fatherhood and gender relations in the manosphere: Exploring an Italian non-resident fathers’ online forum / Cannito, Maddalena; Mercuri, Eugenia. - In: EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF CULTURAL STUDIES. - ISSN 1367-5494. - 2022, 25:4(2022), pp. 1010-1029. [10.1177/13675494211036967]
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