The Canadian Broadcast Corporation has a new piece on how young men fall into online radicalization. This is the same CBC that sided with Justin Trudeau when he decided to grant himself emergency war powers to quell an anti-mandate protest in Ottawa. The Daily Wire’s Ben Shapiro was amused to find himself right at the front of the story.

 

Brock Wilson writes:

Though Shapiro describes himself as a conservative political commentator, his views are controversial — and some are outright discriminatory. He’s suggested, for example, that transgender people suffer from a “mental disorder.”

But he has a combined 9.4 million subscribers and followers on YouTube and Twitter, many of whom are young people, like [Reid] Brown was when he got pushed in Shapiro’s direction.

While Shapiro is not affiliated with any hate group, experts in media, gender studies and the radicalization of young men say that the commentator’s content is prevalent in online extremist communities.

And the exposure to controversial — and increasingly harmful — views about masculinity, the objectification of women and the LGBT community has these same experts raising concern about how extremist, far-right groups are using TikTok, YouTube and other social media apps in a drip campaign to slowly radicalize vulnerable teens and young men.

“His views are controversial.”

Whoa, we can feel the slow drip of radicalization just from this thread.

Experts in gender studies are afraid Shapiro’s steady drip of content is radicalizing young men. Take that for what it’s worth.

The solution to Shapiro’s steady drip of radicalization? GuysWork:

In 2020, GuysWork took part in a study with St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N.S. There, Chris Gilham, an associate professor and the lead researcher, found that GuysWork was able to positively shift young men’s views on some masculine norms that he said can be harmful to short- and long-term health outcomes.

Many of the 180 students who participated said they felt they no longer needed to perform a “certain kind of typical and traditional masculinity,” and instead could be “gentle, caring, kind and considerate,” Gilham said.

So they talked to one kid — Reid Brown —  who — gasp! — remembers “repeating some sexist attitudes, things about the wage gap .… Especially when I was hanging out with my guy friends, we were repeating all these things we were seeing on the internet. A lot of sexism and misogyny.”

Toxic masculinity.

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