Jacob Johanssen

Die Mannosphäre

Frauenfeindliche Communitys im Internet

Dieses Buch analysiert Online-Communitys, die der sogenannten „Mannosphäre“ angehören, die für ihren Frauenhass und ihre Nähe zur „Alt-Right-Bewegung“, der alternativen Rechten in den USA, bekannt ist. Im Fokus stehen Alt-Right-YouTuber, Incels, MGTOWs (Men Going Their Own Way) und NoFap-User sowie die Manifeste der Mörder Anders Behring Breivik und Elliot Rodger.

Basierend auf den psychoanalytischen Ansätzen von Klaus Theweleit, Wilhelm Reich und Elisabeth Young-Bruehl untersucht der Autor, welche Fantasien und Bilder von Körperlichkeit, Geschlecht und Sexualität dort konstruiert und ausgetauscht werden. Die Männer offenbaren widersprüchliche Gedanken, Wünsche und Fantasien über Frauen, die frauenfeindlich sind, aber auch darüber hinausgehen. Sie befinden sich in einem Zustand der Hemmung bzw. Enthemmung und sind hin- und hergerissen zwischen (un)bewussten Kräften und Fantasien, die aufbrechen und abgewehrt werden. Sie oszilieren zwischen Selbstmitleid und defensiver Apathie sowie Machtfantasien und dem Hass auf andere Körper.


»Jacob Johanssen’s Fantasy, Online Misogyny and the Manosphere: Male Bodies of Dis/Inhibition is a timely and welcome addition to the growing body of scholarship on anti-feminist formations online. This vibrant psychosocial study explores the psychodynamics of anti-feminist groups and their members, but always within a broader sociological context. Such an approach is especially important for understanding radicalisation processes, which are shaped by complex experiences, fantasies and expressions, as well as by the socio-political factors that enable and amplify misogyny. Johanssen’s study neither defuses nor excuses their misogyny, but rather demonstrates how personal contradictions, incoherencies and ambivalences become channelled into extreme and hateful forms of political dogma. Always attendant to the contextual complexities of neoliberal capitalism, data-driven politics and the dynamics of the alt-right, Fantasy, Online Misogyny and the Manosphere enriches our understanding of white male supremacism by adding new lenses and perspectives through which to view the fantasies that drive this increasingly sinister political reality.« (Debbie Ging, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Dublin City University)

»In a time of political polarisation and multiplying hatreds in the ›real‹ and ›virtual‹ worlds – a division that now holds little value – Jacob Johanssen’s book is an important guide to some of the most disturbing elements of the ›manosphere‹. Addressing the startling rhetoric of incels, MGTOWs, NoFaps and others, Johanssen offers historical context, social and political insight and, most of all, a thorough psychoanalytic reading of this significant and dangerous contemporary arena for the expression of toxic masculinities.« (Stephen Frosh, Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychosocial Studies, Birkbeck University of London)

»Jacob Johanssen’s Fantasy, Online Misogyny and the Manosphere could hardly be a more timely intervention in debates around contemporary masculinities and misogyny in the digital sphere. In this beautifully written and scrupulously researched book Johannsen draws together the disparate communities that comprise what is now known as the ‘manopshere’ and its discontents. The author’s intention, spectacularly realised, is to construct a psychosocial analysis of online misogyny and its connections to fantasy, affect and desire. Given the growth in spaces where these practices take place, in spite of (or perhaps in reaction to) a cultural context in which sexism is increasingly challenged and under threat, a study such as this makes a very necessary contribution to the growing field of literature tackling online misogyny. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the emergence, mechanics and practices of the ‘manosphere’ and wider cultures of and practices of pernicious toxic masculinity.« (John Mercer, Professor of Gender and Sexuality, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research)

»A painful, yet highly necessary, read for any feminist and antiracist, Johanssen’s complex study of the online manosphere illustrates the deeply contradictory relationship of misogynistic men to their own identities, desires, fantasies, and dis/inhibitions. Through his poignant analysis of how misogynistic aggression often hides intense insecurity and fragility, Johanssen demonstrates that the world would be a better place if misogynistic men – along with everyone else – understood what Jacques Lacan emphasized, namely that nobody possesses the phallus, that phallic power is a purely illusory construct with no real-life referent. A recognition of this simple fact would open a way toward less toxic masculinities and a way out of the ‘us vs. them’ mentality that continues to poison the gendered terrain of contemporary life.« (Mari Ruti, Distinguished Professor of Critical Theory and of Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Toronto)


Jacob Johanssen

Jacob Johanssen, Dr., (geb. 1986 in Hamburg) ist Associate Professor in Communications an der St. Mary’s University in London. Er hat Kommunikationswissenschaft und Soziologie in Salzburg, Erfurt und London studiert und an der University of East London promoviert. Seine Forschungsinteressen liegen in den Bereichen der Psychoanalyse und dem Internet. Er ist Autor der Bücher Psychoanalysis and Digital Culture. Audiences, Social Media, and Big Data (Routledge 2019); Fantasy, Online Misogyny and the Manosphere. Male Bodies of Dis/Inhibition (Routledge 2021); Event Horizon. Sexuality, Politics, Online Culture, and the Limits ...

Die Mannosphäre
  • 2022
  • 360 S., Broschur, 213 x 142 mm, dt.
  • Übersetzung aus dem Englischen
  • ISBN 978-3-86962-620-8

  • 34,00 EUR
  • Dieser Titel erscheint am:
  • 29/11/2022