The manosphere (portmanteau of man and sphere) or androsphere (from Ancient Greek: ἀνήρ, anēr, genitive ἀνδρός, andros, “man”) is a name given to a loose and informal network of blogs, forums and websites, with internet commentators focusing on issues relating to men and masculinity, as a male counterpart to feminism or in opposition to it. Many of these are men’s spaces. Their content is varied, and includes Men Going Their Own Way (MGTOW), men’s rights issues, fathers’ rights movement activists, and male victims of abuse, self-improvement, bodybuilding, antifeminism, seduction community commentary for pick-up artists. Some of these forums have been described in the media and by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) as promoting a misogynistic worldview.
According to Caitlin Dewey of The Washington Post, the manosphere’s “core philosophy basically boils down to this: (1) feminism has overrun/corrupted modern culture, in violation of nature/biology/inherent gender differences, and (2) men can best seduce women (slash, save society in general) by embracing a super-dominant, uber-masculine gender role, forcing ladies to fall into step behind them.” Eva Wiseman of The Guardian stated that “Advocates of the men’s rights movement are united by their belief that feminism is the enemy.” They are also strongly opposed to circumcision, and believe that a double standard exists in society in how circumcision is viewed relative to female genital mutilation. GQ’s Jeff Sharlet described A Voice For Men as “surprisingly pro-gay, or at least anti-anti-gay”.