Cantwell also identified as a "men's rights activist" and wrote for the site A Voice for Men, one of the hubs of organized misogyny on the internet. It's yet another example of how the world of online anti-feminism has become a gateway to white supremacy.He expressed his views that the state supposedly gives "women the power to have men arrested for anything without any evidence at all" and how women, in their roles of "traditionally carrying the role of raising children and supporting the men," did not evolve to have high IQs. While there hasn't been any rigid academic analysis of this phenomenon, sites like We Hunted the Mammoth, which started as a way to monitor the various and overlapping worlds of online misogyny, have tracked that when men get together to gripe about their resentment of women's growing independence, they often start drifting toward talking about "white genocide" and other white supremacist ideas. Some of the communities are geared towards older, divorced men.Cantwell ran for Congress in 2010 as a Libertarian.He and two friends started the "Free Keane Squad," which made it to "The Colbert Report" in 2014 because their main form of activism appeared to be chasing meter maids around and harassing them for giving people parking tickets.But what brings them together is anger over the fact that feminism has liberated women to date whomever they wish and leave marriages that aren't working.This makes it much harder, in the "men's rights" misogynist view, for men to acquire or keep the submissive female partners they feel entitled to.
It's no surprise, then, that Cantwell followed up the rally by posting a dramatic video to social media where he manages to cry for four minutes about his fear of arrest, all without shedding a tear.
At the root of both lies a thwarted sense of entitlement and a sense that women and people of color are somehow stealing what is the white man's due.
That was felt most keenly in Charlottesville last Friday night, when the torch-wielding mob chanted, "You will not replace us!
Some are "pick-up artist" sites, geared towards younger men who think they aren't getting the female attention they believe they're due.
Some identify as "men going their own way," which is to say giving up on women altogether.