Women vs women

Women's advocates sometimes fall into the naïve view that men are the enemy, but the story is not that simple. At least not anymore. As often as men today are allies in women’s rights efforts, other women are rising up as opponents.

Zuzanna Ziomecka
Zuzanna Ziomecka Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland
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Our recent features provide timely examples. 

Sian Norris’s four article series on the UK-based online magazine Spiked reveals how the antifeminist backlash is being co-financed by the ultra conservative American Koch brothers. But as she digs into Spiked articles about feminists being the real sexists, she finds that many of them are written by Ella Whelan, a woman.

On the other side of the continent, Serbian-Bosnian author Sara Sabri is popularizing the idea that women who don’t raise more than one child are selfish and destined to die alone. 

Meanwhile, women in Central and Eastern Europe are increasingly joining far right groups. As Claudia Ciobanu explains, this is sometimes because these groups are vocal about increasing social support for stay at home mothers. In other places, the far right narrative is becoming broader specifically to make room for women voters so that the movement can become mainstream.

What this all implies is that not only does the old division between left and right wing politics need to be redrawn, but so must the one between feminists and traditionalists. Alexandra Borchardt, our columnist from the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford, reveals what studies and research are beginning to show -- that the new conflict is between those living in big cities, and everybody else.

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