📑 Misogyny, male rage and the words men use to describe Greta Thunberg

Bookmarked Misogyny, male rage and the words men use to describe Greta Thunberg (The Conversation)

Detractors have dismissed Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg – a Nobel Prize nominee – as mentally ill, hysterical and a millennial weirdo after she pleaded with world officials last week to address the climate crisis.

Here, two researchers explain the stereotypical labels deployed by critics to undermine Thunberg’s call to action, which the activist herself has described as “too loud for people to handle”.

Both of these responses provides a useful survey of the way in which males have responded to Greta Thunberg. I really like how Camilla Nelson explains the situation, suggesting that it is a challenge to man’s conquest of nature:

At a deep level, the language of climate denialism is tied up with a form of masculine identity predicated on modern industrial capitalism – specifically, the Promethean idea of the conquest of nature by man, in a world especially made for men.

By attacking industrial capitalism, and its ethos of politics as usual, Thunberg is not only attacking the core beliefs and world view of certain sorts of men, but also their sense of masculine self-worth. Male rage is their knee-jerk response.

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