Norway killer’s hatred of the ‘Sex and the City’ lifestyle that ‘feminises’ men
Summary of story from the Daily Beast, July 24, 2011
The Norwegian killer, Anders Behring Breivik, blamed feminism and the “Sex in the City lifestyle” of “empowered women” for emasculating men in Europe.
A terror of feminisation haunts the words of the 32-year-old behind the Norwegian massacres which left more than 90 people dead, writes Michelle Goldberg who adds that “rarely has the connection between sexual anxiety and right-wing nationalism been made quite so clear” as in his 1,500-page manifesto.
Described in the Daily Telegraph as a “mummy’s boy” Breivik writes that he was feminised “to a certain degree” by his “super-liberal, matriarchal” upbringing:
“The female manipulation of males has been institutionalised during the last decades and is a partial cause of the feminisation of men in Europe,” he writes.
Goldberg outlines the way that Breivik blames empowered women for his own isolation, saying that he recoils from the “destructive and suicidal Sex and the City lifestyle (modern feminism, sexual revolution)…
“In that setting, men are not men anymore, but metro sexual and emotional beings that are there to serve the purpose as a never-criticising soul mate to the new age feminist woman goddess”.
Breivik’s manifesto echoes ideas frequently present in Islamophobic literature that feminism is destroying the West and creating a space for Islamism.
According to Breivik, the West must re-establish patriarchal structures and teach women their place. This, says Goldberg, is a politics of emasculation.
“Breivik’s hatred of women rivals his hatred of Islam, and is intimately linked to it. Some reports have suggested that during his rampage on Utoya, he targeted the most beautiful girl first. This was about sex even more than religion.”