‘So­cial me­dia has el­e­vated misog­yny to new lev­els of vi­o­lence’

When Donna Zucker­berg, sis­ter of Mark, be­gan prob­ing the dark un­der­belly of on­line an­tifem­i­nism, she found far-right men’s groups were us­ing clas­si­cal an­tiq­uity to sup­port their views. She is hop­ing her new book can be a cat­a­lyst for change

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Donna Zucker­berg didn’t ex­pect to spend two years trawl­ing through the cor­ner of the in­ter­net de­fined as “the manosphere”, un­pick­ing the grim al­liance be­tween pick-up artists, men’s rights ac­tivists, in­cels (in­vol­un­tar­ily celi­bate men), the far right and the most ar­dent Make Amer­ica Great Again advocates.

“It started as a cu­rios­ity,” she says, as we video call from her home in Sil­i­con Val­ley, which she shares with her hus­band and two chil­dren. “But it took on a life of its own.” A clas­si­cist with a PhD from Prince­ton, Zucker­berg ed­its the on­line jour­nal Ei­dolon, pub­lish­ing schol­arly es­says on the Gre­coRo­man world from aca­demics and stu­dents.

In the summer of 2015, she no­ticed an un­prece­dented level of traf­fic to­wards a piece en­ti­tled “Why is sto­icism hav­ing a cul­tural mo­ment?” and went down a rab­bit hole to de­ter­mine why. The re­sults stunned her:

In­ter­view by Nosheen Iqbal Por­trait by Saroyan Humphrey

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