by cowardice or courage
the one who find our way
back to this scene
carrying a knife, a camera
a book of myths
our names do not appear. "
“It is, by now, increasingly well understood that our popular conception of “terrorism” remains fixated on the Islamic extremist variety, while remaining exceptionally shy about categorizing, say, Wade Michael Page, the neo-Nazi who killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, as part of an ongoing domestic terrorist problem.
Yet if the press is shy about discussing these spasms of white supremacism, it’s positively mute on the sexism that wraps around it like a second helix. It is easy to oppose, with full-throated fury, a terrorist threat that can be constructed as foreign and alien; harder is to deal maturely with extremism that arises from all-too-commonplace ideas in one’s own society.
Misogyny, and the politics of gender backlash that blossomed like a rash on the American political landscape 35 years ago, are not orthogonal to these men’s orgiastic expressions of violence, but eminently central to them. Their sense of emasculation is tied to the fact that they see modernity as encroaching on a gender order that they identify with white supremacy and that ensured their own hegemony as men per se—for your average Stormfronter, white supremacy and traditionalist Christian patriarchy in the home are two sides of the same socio-political coin; one supports the other, each being an ideal chipped away at by the inexorable march of civil rights.”