How would you explain women being attracted to right wing groups?Right-wing Terrorism groups generally seek to maintain the status-quo or to return to some past situation that they feel should have...

How would you explain women being attracted to right wing groups?

Right-wing Terrorism groups generally seek to maintain the status-quo or to return to some past situation that they feel should have been conserved. Sometimes these groups assuming rightist ideologies will have ethnic/racist characteristics too. Violence against migrant communities also comes under this category of terrorist violence. Examples of these are: the white supremacy movements in the US known as Ku Klux Klan (KKK). There are many women involved in this terrorist group in the U.S., how would you explain their attraction to the right-wing?

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catd1115 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that many women who are active in more radically conservative groups believe the ideologies, just the same as the men do. This is often a result of the use of religious scripture and ideas to rationalize or form the basis of these radical ideologies. A woman raised in the church, who is presented with ideas apparently based on scripture would not batt an eyelash at these ideas. In addition, if any person can so easily believe in an inherent inequality (such as racial or ethnic) why wouldn't they believe in an inherent gender inequality, even if it means believing they are less? If you can be convinced (or convince yourself) that there are  ANY groups of people on the planet who are superior by birth, then it is not much of a leap to believe that another group (even one that includes yourself) is inferior by birth.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

With so many career women who are the sole bread winners, females are becoming more and more aware of taxes and insurance and other issues that affect them.  With higher salaries, they see much of their paychecks being taken from them through taxes and just simply being stolen by the fraud of certain government agencies.  The movements of such attractive women as Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin present women who are tired of the status quo and the "broken ways of Washington" are turning many women to more conservative approaches. 

rrteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think it might be surprising to some because many of these ultra right-wing groups have very reactionary views on issues affecting women. But there is nothing saying that women can't share these views-many women do. Some very vocal opponents of women's rights in the past have been women. So I guess the attraction comes down to two possibilities. Women either feel so strongly about race or some other issue that they are willing to overlook the right-wing groups' views on women; or they actually share those same beliefs.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I'm not sure why it should be surprising that women would join extremist groups.  It is not as if racist ideologies are inherently anti-woman.  Nor is it the case that men have a monopoly on bad opinions.  Therefore, I would explain womens attraction to these groups the same way I would explain men being attracted to the groups.  Both feel that their position as white Americans is being threatened by the rising number of non-whites in this country.

stolperia eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Women traditionally are seen as being more interested in and involved with issues having to do with raising the children, protecting the home, preserving the income that supports the family unit. If a woman finds a right wing group or ideology that supports actions that she feels would be effective in promoting these causes in a way with which she agrees, it is easy to explain why she would be attracted to such a group.


litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe that women who are attracted to right-wing groups are the same women who believe that they, as women, should play a submissive role in the relationship with a man. Some women interpret the bible literally in that they think God says the woman should obey the man. Genereally, right wing groups take on that mentality, and women believe that this is the role they should have, so they gravitate toward these groups.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Living in a very conservative area of the country, I can attest to the fact that there are a large number of women who view abortion as a major issue and are actively pro-life.  I can understand why this doesn't make sense to some, but the religious and motherly connotations of abortion don't play well with many women in conservative areas thus drawing them to a more right leaning political approach.

Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I completely agree with the sentiments of #8.  There seems to be almost a division between conservative women in this country.  It should almost fall into two subsets of professional conservatives and (for lack of a better word) religious conservatives.  The tend to follow the same candidates, but for different reasons.