By Marina Troy
The alt-right, the rebranded version of white nationalism, which rose to prominence last year is not just anti-people of color, it’s also sexist.
Posters on the white nationalist website Stormfront have advocated the age of consent should be increased to 25 for women.
“That way fathers could prevent their daughters from marrying and procreating with blacks, and other undesirables,” said a poster called GlennBeck4President.
While that view may seem archaic, it’s similar to other opinions espoused by alt righters.
According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, alt-right poster boy Richard Spencer told the Washington Post female citizens of his ideal all-white ethno state “would stay at home and produce offspring.”
Also, Mike Cernovich, an alt right blogger and purveyor of fake news, claimed it was impossible to date rape a woman. While conservative commentator Pat Buchanan has long complained that white women were not producing enough children.
There has always been an undercurrent of sexism running through the far right. From trying to outlaw abortion and banning sex education, Conservatives seem to want to keep women barefoot and pregnant.
According to Jon Wiener, a writer with The Nation, Margaret Atwood’s book “The Handmaid’s Tale,” in which women are turned into breeding machines for a dystopian, patriarchic state, is shockingly prescient. Atwood’s book has now been adapted into a TV series on Hulu.
“I was not thinking about Donald Trump back in 1984 when I started writing it,” said Atwood. “I was thinking about dictatorships of the 20th century, and also about what people were talking about doing in the United States at that time—about which of recently acquired women’s rights they’d like to abolish.”