The alt-right, neo-Nazi, white supremacy movement has mutated beyond a hatred of other races or religions, and leftists. This movement, unlike any other white supremacist group in history, also hates women.
Organized as a “pro-white rally,” by Jason Kessler, a large group of white men held a “Unite the Right” march, on the night of August 11th, in Charlottesville, Virginia, to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Army General Robert E. Lee.
The next day, on August 12th, James A. Fields drove his car into a group of counter-protesters. Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer died at the scene.
In response, Andrew Anglin, founder of neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, wrote that Heather Heyer was a “fat, childless, 32-year old slut.”
Proud Boys’ founder Gavin McInnes, who has organized with Kessler in the past, also responded. He blamed feminism as a reason for Ms. Heyer’s death. “Why are women at riots? You don’t invite women to a brawl. But feminism has told women they can beat the crap out of anyone,” he opined. McInnes is Canadian, FYI.
It shall be noted that Ms. Heyer was not engaging in violent behavior when she was mowed down.
It shall also be noted that McInnes and the Proud Boys (PB’s) don’t want to be lumped in with other groups. So allow me to clarify what they are and you can draw the parallels yourself. The Proud Boys are “anti-feminist,” “Western Chauvinists,” that don’t “except[sic] trans men because they aren’t Boys,” and “venerate the housewife.” One Proud Boy says, “I’m a chauvinist and believe PB’s are a reaction to a destructive, warped third wave feminism.” The PB’s beat each other up to practice controlling their adrenaline because “fighting solves everything.” They also have a masturbation rule (creepy) and sell shirts with Pepe the Frog because, well, they will probably say it’s because they really love frogs.
I have digressed…
Shortly after Ms. Heyer’s death, her cousin, Diana Ratcliff, wrote an article entitled, “Racism will get worse unless we stop it now.” She said, “We come from a white, Anglo-Saxon, Protestant background with Appalachian heritage. We have never had to be afraid that someone would target us or lynch us because of the color of our skin.”
But Ms. Heyer was not targeted because of her race or religion. And those celebrating her death aren’t attacking her for her opposing political views. Instead, they are assaulting her memory simply because she was a woman.
So where are these groups’ anti-woman/anti-feminism positions coming from? I went back to the two biggest groups of white supremacists: The Nazis and the Confederate Army to look for an answer.
At the time of the Civil War, all American women were deemed second-class citizens and did not have the right to vote. Yet Women of the Confederacy were respected by the men. Daughters of many Confederates were well-educated. Hundreds of Confederate women disguised themselves as men and fought in the war. If their gender was discovered, they were sent home or briefly jailed. After the war, both female and male descendants of Confederate soldiers received college scholarships.
After the Confederates lost the Civil War, Varina Anne Banks Howell Davis, wife of Confederate States of America’s president Jefferson Davis, said, “…maybe women were not the inferior sex; and that perhaps it was a mistake to deny women the suffrage before the war.”
Approximately 70 years later, Adolph Hitler formed the Nazi party in Germany. Women who held positions in government were removed. But he supported Nazi women’s groups and female leaders of the Third Reich movement.
Gertrud Scholtz-Klink was Hitler’s leader of the German women. She worked alongside the men, and preached that women should not be involved in politics, but rather keep a clean home and raise a minimum of four children. The author of “Mothers in the Fatherland,” Claudia Koonz, wrote that women “contributed to a gloss of idealism that gave Nazis the illusion of being decent.” Nazis were not completely opposed to women working, so long as they did not have a higher status or earn more than the men. During the war, Nazi women worked as nurses and factory workers.
So in 2015, when McInnes told me, in front of millions of Sean Hannity viewers on Fox News, that I’d be “much happier at home with a husband and children,” I simply believed he was a male chauvinist pig, espousing the Handmaid’s Tale that a woman’s only place was in the home, taking care of the children.
But then when he blamed feminism as a reason for Ms. Heyer’s death, and Anglin called her a “fat, childless slut,” I realized that these white supremacists and supremacists who are predominantly white have a hatred for women…or at least for women who believe in equality.
A woman caught fighting for the Confederates was sent home, but not reviled. And under Hitler, a woman of the Third Reich was removed from office or told to stay home, but not reviled.
These new breeds of whatever they want to call themselves, not only hate gays, blacks, Muslims, and Jews; they hate women too.
The election of Donald Trump as president has added fuel to their hatred of women. Remember, Trump was elected despite having called women “fat pigs,” “dogs,” “slobs” and “disgusting animals,” and despite having bragged about grabbing women by the pussy.
Women have come way too far in America for these new-breeds of whatever they want to call themselves to diminish our worth beyond the bedroom. Heather Heyer died protesting white supremacy. It is now our duty to end male chauvinism in her memory. Don’t forget, these mutated alt-righty’s, white supremacists, and supremacists who are predominantly white, wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the women who gave them life itself.