Dismantling an imaginary feminist conspiracy

Austria's right-wing fight against feminist plots continues, as Minster of Women Juliane Bogner-Strauß slashes funding for women's associations.

Christine Tragler
Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
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Why this story matters:

Reactionary politics in Austria has two distinct approaches when it comes to women's issues: one is characterized by subtle cuts, and the other by a determined resistance to the feminist conspiracy for world domination.

The Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) takes the more discreet approach, while the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) leads the fight against feminist plotters. 

In this vein, Minister of Defence Mario Kunasek (FPÖ) recently, and heroically, plunged into the fight against the use of gendered language in the Armed Forces, even though it was never officially introduced in the first place.

At the same time, the ÖVP has been pursuing a more discreet, but no less reactionary course. The Ministry of Women's Affairs, led by Juliane Bogner-Strauß, has cut support for feminist projects across the board. This seems like a rather unusual interpretation of Bogner-Strauß's role as Minister of Women.

Details from the story:

  • At the beginning of the year, subsidies were cancelled for women's institutions in the right-wing dominated Upper Austria.
  • The Women's Ministry's has cut funding for various female-oriented political projects and anti-discrimination NGOs.
  • The Klagsverband had its budget for protecting victims of discrimination cut in half.
  • Furthermore it has just been announced that the Ministry of Women's Affairs has cut back its decades of support for the feminist development policy journal "Women's Solidarity".
  • In her blog, STANDARD-editor Beate Hausbichler recaps recent developments in Austrian anti-feminist politics.
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