You Can’t Fight Fascism with Sexism

Yesterday saw another pathetic attempt by the SDL to bus up some people from England to bolster the dozen or so fascist wannabes that like to stand around in the middle of Scottish towns and cities advising people to remember Glasgow Airport (just in case people forgot and went to Prestwick instead) and screech about muslamic ray guns.  Unsurprisingly enough they were outnumbered by about 5 to 1 by Scottish anti-fascists, demanding that they were put back on buses and returned to whence they came (oh, the irony!).  They did get their 15 metre march protected by Lothian and Border’s finest but were left in no doubt that Scotland won’t stand for their racist shite.

All over the internet – across the various groups that organise against racism, the SDL and their pathetic minions – a call to action went out to oppose their ugly mugs being seen on Scottish streets.  In one such group, however a photoshopped image of a woman, dressed in football strip  had a known fash face photoshopped onto it, with a caption reading “The SDL are the BNP’s bitches” not only appeared in the first place, but even when people pointed out how unacceptable it was, was defended by some in the group along with a rash of sexist statements.

It’s sad to have to remind people but fascism is an ideology which not only racist, but fundamentally misogynist.

In Mussolini’s Italy contraception was banned, and medals were distributed for those who bore most children.  A national agency was established to regulate fertility, maternity and child production.  Women were first encouraged to return to the home, and then their employment rights were so restricted that many had no choice.  Feminism was characterised as a “Jewish” ideology and its influence the reason for white women’s refusal to breed.  Hitler’s Germany attempted to ban women from professional employment pushing them back into the home to give opportunities for men.  Loans were available on marriage, conditional not only 0n swearing political allegience to the Nazi party, but also on the wife giving up paid employment.  Women were expected to raise a  new generation of blonde blue-eyed babies, encouraged to breed with only the finest specimens of Nazi Germany, while any Black, Jewish or disabled children born may find both themselves and  on occasions their mother killed as the eugenics programme saw the state take an unprecedented interest  in breeding and birthing.

The fascists appealled to virile masculinity – not only through their policies, but through the imagery and the language used to support the ideology.  De Jouvenel suggested that the “feminisation” of Europe had been the cause of its demise, while La Rochelle suggested that that educated women demeaned men and masculinity.

‘Fascism does address women as women – or rather, as wives and mothers, breeders for race and nation – and it aims to win support on that basis. Fascism also addresses men –  it sees itself as virility personified, and regards liberalism as “feminine”.’

Birmingham Centre for Cultural Studies

Fascism last seriously raised its head in the UK state in the 1970s.  This was not only an era which saw the start of Britain’s multicultural society, but also one in which women had increasing opportunities and freedom.  The pill had liberated women from more onerous (and obvious) methods of birth control, legalised abortion had enabled control over pregnancy, divorce had become easier and there were increased employment opportunities for women.  The National Front explicitly addressed this, claiming that they were the defenders of the family and would address the causes of the traditional family’s demise: the ongoing liberation on the basis of gender and sexuality which they saw as a threat to patriarchal control.

Alice Miller explicitly links family conditions with the rise of fascism, noting that patriarchal control within the family within Germany was far higher than in other countries.  The expectation of obedience, lack of ability to dissent and severe physical punishment meted out to child transgressors created the conditions in which the authoritarian nature of fascism could be seen not just as inevitable but as desirable.

Women’s sexuality was another area which fascist ideology sought to appropriate, while homosexuality was considered an undesirable devience, homoeroticism was celebrated. – there are remarkably few women in Nazi art which celebrated the male form.   Reich talked of the sado-masochism implicit in fascism: the eroticism of violence, the conflagation of submission and domination with sexual desire.  Uniforms were eroticised and women were encouraged to view the sexually dominent male as an object of desire.

The fight against fascism is the fight for the liberation of women as those who as a group are designated to breed and raise children under conditions of sexual domination, are those which are most in danger of the effects of fascist ideology.  Control over women is central to the control of the fascists.

In Scotland, fascism is a laughable threat – a few dozen get bussed up from England, pretend they are hard men for a few hours while being protected from the police and then get chased back home.  That isn’t the case elsewhere in Europe.  In Greece the explicitly fascist Golden Dawn has 21 members of Parliament, while in France increasing numbers are turning to Le Pen.   Fighting fascism doesn’t mean other hard men turning up on the same Saturday afternoon, in a proof of verility contest, while the referees line up between them in little yellow jackets, it means fighting that ideology whereever it arises.

Presenting women dressed in a uniform, which is not only most heavily associated with men, but with a sport which celebrates the male physical  achievement, with a caption which implies breeding is not anti-fascist in the slightest.


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