Newsweek’s headline on this story claims that Richard Spencer said that women should not be allowed to vote.
That’s not what he said.
What he did say should leave us with some concern that Spencer is attempting to damage the alt-right with his provocative language.
The title of this post is directly from Dallas News, which offers a more balanced article on women and the alt-right. In the modern world (forget about Hitler’s Germany), populist and nationalist movements need the support of the fairer sex.
Some of you may remember that Spencer was married to a Russian woman.This post included several pictures of her, along with the question: Is Spencer’s (estranged) wife mixed race.
Almost a year ago, Dallas native Richard Spencer told a crowd at Texas A&M University that the United States “belongs to white people.”
He might have meant only to white men.
In an interview with Newsweek, Spencer — the self-appointed leader of the “alt-right,” a loose movement that embraces white supremacist views and Nazi symbols — said he’s not sure whether women should vote in U.S. elections.
“I don’t necessarily think that that’s a great thing,” Spencer told the magazine, which quoted him in an article published Saturday.
He uttered the line in the context of a conversation about his admiration for 18th-century rules that limited U.S. naturalization to white people of “good moral character.” The reporter pressed him on his views about women and democracy.
“I’m not terribly excited about voting in general,” Spencer told Newsweek, declining to explain how he thinks Americans should pick their leaders.
Though the focus on Spencer has been on his Hitler-style propaganda and his racist speeches, his comments to Newsweek mirror previous statements showing hostility toward women.
In September 2016, he criticized Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — a former secretary of state — by making a sweeping and accusatory statement about how women behave.
“Women should never be allowed to make foreign policy,” he tweeted. “It’s not that they’re ‘weak.’ To the contrary, their vindictiveness knows no bounds.”
In May, when his gym membership near Washington, D.C. was terminated after a female college professor confronted him, Spencer posted a 20-minute video to defend himself. He tried to discredit the woman by attacking her appearance and mocking the way she talked.
“This truly ugly creature came up to me, this triangular-bodied creature,” he said, describing the sound of her voice as “autistic screeching.”
Though the “alt-right” movement can be inhospitable to female autonomy and intellect, some women find it attractive. The general position on the sexes is that they are not equal but have complementary roles — politics is the realm of men and family is that of women, writes a journalist who talked to female champions of the movement for an article in Harper’s Magazine.
A Utah woman named Ayla Stewart told the magazine that she had considered herself a feminist until she became a single parent, when she says she felt pressure to get a job and not worry about needing a man. She told the reporter she felt “shunned and ostracized” for her desire to raise her children in a two-parent home.
Some women are so committed to the movement that they’ve become its recruiters. One of the most prominent is Oregon native Lana Lokteff, founder of Red Ice, a media company that has partnered with Spencer to propel his cause.
Earlier this year, Lokteff advocated for female “alt-right” activism at the same Swedish conference hosting a male blogger who once wrote a piece called “The Case Against Female Self-esteem,” according to Harper’s Magazine.
“When women get involved, a movement becomes a serious threat,” Lokteff told the attendees.
I believe Ayla Stewart was the lovely Wife with a Purpose on Twitter until they banned her. I vaguely recall she objected to schools pushing transgenders on kids or something similar, which led to her ban. I think she may be back on Twitter as Pumpkin Spice. These Tweets give a perspective on women in the alt-right.