It doesn't take much to get labeled an extremist or hate group these days. As PJ Media points out, the Southern Poverty Law
has listed Muslim reformers as Islamophobic hatemongers, it's listed the <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/how-labeling-my-organization-a-hate-group-shuts-down-public-debate/2017/03/17/656ab9c8-0812-11e7-93dc-00f9bdd74ed1_story.html?utm_term=.3ca82cc93107">Center for Immigration Studies</a> (a group that collects and collates data on immigration) as an extremist hate group and recently has listed many in the Men's Rights Movement as being basically "literal Nazis" as well. Here's a surprising turn of events, however, Christina Hoff Sommers, a Ph.D. in Philosophy and self-described feminist has just been listed an "enabler" of "Male Supremacy."
Opposing the far-left wing of radical feminism, opposing abortion or providing factual evidence to debunk the so-called "gender wage gap" myth is enough to earn you a seat next to the KKK and Neo-Nazis on SPLC's list of extremists they are out to "destroy these groups completely." Mind you, they even admit their list is completely subjective and based on "opinion." In SPLC's "opinion" Dr. Hoff Sommers is an enabler of male supremacy which advocates "for the subjugation of women." So pretty much anyone who takes issue with specifically male problems like parental rights is obviously advocating for driving women "back into the kitchen where they belong." American psychologist Helen Smith and British Erin Pizzey, a former head of a domestic violence shelter for women, along with YouTube personality Karen Straughan are also listed as "enablers" by the SPLC.
So what was Dr. Sommers' crime? According to the SPLC, "Men’s rights issues also overlap with the rhetoric of equity feminists like Christina Hoff Sommers, who give a mainstream and respectable face to some MRA concerns." Concerns like the fact that overwhelmingly on-the-job deaths disproportionately affect men, 78% of those who commit suicide happen to be men, 93% of federal inmates are male and those inmates tend to have 63% longer prison sentences. 60% of the homeless are male and men also tend, on average, to live five fewer years than women.
<blockquote>"Men have to be the only oppressor class in history who are less educated, more victimized and have shorter lives than those they oppress."
Christina Hoff Sommers</blockquote>
Dr. Helen Smith, also mentioned as a dangerous "enabler" of "male supremacy" wrote a book on why men are deciding to drop out of marriage and fatherhood. The SPLC's list of "extremists" ironically have inspired extremist terrorist attacks in the past. In 2012, Floyd Lee Corkins II meant to kill everyone at the Family Research Council (a mainstream Christian organization) with a semi-automatic pistol in his possession and might well have if not thwarted by a security guard on site.
Though SPLC began as a legal advocacy firm meant to fight extremist groups like the Ku Klux Klan, it has in recent years, expanded it's list of targets to include activists and think tanks that don't fit within its ideological perspective. Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim reformer, was referred to as an "anti-Islamic extremist" but M. Zuhdi Jasser (another advocate of reform in Islam) argues that the reason the SPLC violently opposes people like Maajid and himself is that they threaten the doctrine of Leftist identity politics.
The SPLC occasionally jumps the gun as far as researching their "hate" targets as well. Their "hate map" (incorrectly) marked a town a target because it was supposedly the location of the Neo-Nazi/troll website The Daily Stormer. It also had to remove an elementary school from it's "hate map" list when they found it was named after a stone wall, not Stonewall Jackson the Confederate general. These major faux pas notwithstanding, SPLC has grown tremendously in the past years with the rise of Nazi-phobia. Apple offered $1 million to the non-profit group, J.P. Morgan donated $500,000 and CNN, ABC and NBC have basically lifted press releases and offered them as straight news without questioning the "opinions" offered as fact.