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Do White Supremacist Women Adopt Movement Archetypes of Mother, Whore, and Fighter?


Do White Supremacist Women Adopt Movement Archetypes of Mother, Whore, and Fighter?

Abstract: 

The rhetoric of the far-right typically depicts women in tripartite archetypes: as beloved mothers or sex symbols for far-rightist men or, less commonly, as fighters for the cause. But the propaganda and speeches that produced these archetypes of women are largely produced by far-rightist men. Do they reflect the lived experiences of women in the far-right? And how do far-rightist women – and men – react to such rhetorical messages about the female role? This paper broadens our understanding of modern white supremacist groups by examining the experiences of its female members. We employ lenses of emotionality and embodiment to understand how women accept and resist group-level gender expectations in white supremacism. This is responsive to the broader goal in research on women in terrorism and political violence to specify how women act within and beyond ascribed gender-typical roles. Our extensive interview data allow us to provide a rich depiction of the integrated natures of the public and private lives of white supremacist activist women, adding new information about a population of women engaged in political extremism and violent organization about which little is known.

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Latif, Mehr, Kathleen Blee, Matthew DeMichele, and Pete Simi. 2020. "Do White Supremacist Women Adopt Movement Archetypes of Mother, Whore, and Fighter?" Studies in Conflict & Terrorism (May). https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2020.1759264?journalCode=uter20

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