23 Jan 2018

Feminist group in Austria "buries" the patriarchy

An Austrian group called Hysteria, composed of leftist feminists, held a funeral march in Vienna to mark the "death" of the patriarchy.

Christine Tragler
Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
Feminist group in Austria "buries" the patriarchy - NewsMavens
Women protesting in the U.S. Wikicommons

Why this story matters:

Hysteria believes in well-defined gender roles, except they say the public sphere should belong to women, and men should focus on family life.

Hysteria's activists do not seek to be understood. But they make a statement on the world by mirroring the language that men have used to restrict women's rights.

On its Facebook page, Hysteria says it's concerned with the well-being of men. Men's right to vote should be restricted in their own interest, the group contends. Hysteria's members also advise that: "At night, men should only go out accompanied, and never accept strangers' drinks in restaurants."

Sound familiar?

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Details from the story:

  • Hysteria first appeared on Facebook in January 2016.
  • It started as an art project, but its activists always remain in character and refuse to be called a satirical project. 
  • Women in the group wear black uniforms and red caps, and brandish flags with a hyena logo.
  • Last year, the fraternity "took over" the academy ball in Vienna.
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