#Charlottesville May Have Redefined Women’s Roles in the Alt Right

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When I first agreed to speak at Charlottesville at Unite the Right no one could have predicted what sort of event it would become. Many of the speakers scheduled such as Richard Spencer and Chris Cantrell had successfully spoken many times at many different events with little or no opposition. Even when they faced opposition it had not become overly violent. 

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So when I agreed to speak at Unite the Right it was barely more than a few friends getting together. There had already been a tiki torch gathering in the same park earlier in the year that was largely peaceful and fairly small. A recent free speech rally in DC had gone off without a hitch with roughly one hundred people in attendance. As the months of planning creeped by and the rally grew closer we could all see this was swelling beyond anything we could have ever imagined. Thousands of people, both on our side and opposition were coming to Charlottesville. 

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I thought about backing out. I began to feel out of place speaking at such a large event as a woman. Certainly a women’s perspective is important and I planned to speak on the importance of families, but this event was quickly becoming something more, something bigger, something for the leaders of the movement, not for a mom of 6 children. So, I wasn’t entirely surprised when my personal security detail told me Friday evening that they thought it was going to be too violent and that I should not attend for safety sake.

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As I kept up with events unfolding from a location close to Charlottesville I began thinking about women in this movement and our role. I don’t presume to speak for all alt right women, only for myself, but I realized today that our movement has encountered so much growth and so much opposition that it’s no longer a simple political ideology or even a movement but it’s also becoming, via necessity from violent opposition, an army.

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Do I belong in an army? Absolutely not. Women have a role during war time and it isn’t on the front lines.

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So, going forward, I’ve decided that the growth of the movement has necessitated that I pick and choose my involvement as a woman more carefully and that I’m more mindful to chose women’s roles only. 

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SPEAKING 

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I will try to choose speaking events that are private, safe and geared mostly toward women or, if I choose a more political venue, I will be sure to have my husband with me as the primary political representative of our family (this means waiting until my youngest can be with a family member and is no longer breastfeeding). 

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TONING DOWN SOCIAL MEDIA POLITICS 

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I’m going to curb my political content and commentary in favor of majority #TradLife posts. My political opinion can be food for thought in a time of peace, but in a time of war it’s just extra noise and I need to start sitting those battles out. Biting my lip will be hard but I’m going to put forth a great effort to be more mindful. 

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GAINING MEDICAL SKILLS

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Many skills will be useful for women to have in the upcoming years as our nation sorts herself out, one of the most crucial skills will be medical. Knowing how to treat injuries and manage emergency, large scale, medical needs for a community as well as organizing and stocking emergency supplies is something we women should be learning right now. 

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SUPPORTING AND LISTENING

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During incredibly difficult periods and struggles, such as war, the moral support that women can provide by having a cheery attitude and a listening ear can be invaluable toward helping our men keep up their spirits in difficult times. More positivity, less babbling on, and more listening to our men. 

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Again, I speak only for myself but these are some of my thoughts going forward. 

17 thoughts on “#Charlottesville May Have Redefined Women’s Roles in the Alt Right”

  1. As a women on the otherside of time, my child is grown and I am free to engage, I would love your insights.

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  2. A way from home men can cook their own food. Alternatively they can have a canteen staffed by local people who know how to cook food and clean clothes. Film makers ‘on location’ have long had mobile catering facilities. Mobile clothes washing machines can be purchased and fitted into vans.

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  3. 33 For none of these iniquities come of the Lord; for he doeth that which is good among the children of men; and he doeth nothing save it be plain unto the children of men; and he inviteth them all to come unto him and partake of his goodness; and he denieth none that come unto him, black and white, bond and free, male and female; and he remembereth the heathen; and all are alike unto God, both Jew and Gentile.

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  4. “God loves all of his children equally”.
    Ayla has been saying that time and again. By claiming she’s “racist” you are either lying or believing at face value other who are lying about her.

    “The church just issues another statement today that you should read”.
    That statement condemns racism as, for example, making “disparaging remarks concerning those of another race.”

    White people are the target of disparaging remarks not only by Communists, but by many self-described “Christians” day in, day out while the “Christian” leadership remains silent.

    Furthermore, the LDS Church updated statement explicitly condems white culture. So the Church contradicts itself. According to this new form of “Christianity,” being racist against white people is somehow “not racist.”

    This blatant double standard makes me think that that statement was definitely NOT inspired by the Holy Ghost but by the spirit of Karl Marx.

    Jesus Christ was lied about and condemned by his contemporary religious establishment. Now it seems that the current religious establishment lies about and condemns the wrong ones, again.

    It’s also interesting how the Church statement condems violence and hatred from only one side (which I do too) while not condemning the violence and hatred from the other side.

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    1. I have no problem with people “loving” their heritage, culture, color, whatever. That is definitely not the same thing as what is going on. I can love my hair color, without saying that those with different hair colors shouldn’t be allowed in the country. Or that they shouldn’t marry those with different hair colors. No, this is definitely not about loving. This is about segregation, and that is what I have a big problem with. Treating people different because of their skin, heritage, or whatever.

      Nobody is being racist against whites. I’m white, and I happen to love being white. That doesn’t mean I think those that aren’t are any worse. Nor does it mean I should tell other white people not to marry anybody who isn’t white.

      I could go on and on with the problems I see in what is going on, but I think you get the picture and I don’t think I’m going to be changing your mind.

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  5. These Christian commentators miss the point. The idea is not to hate black people. The idea is to love your own people (white, black, brown, asian, etc.). There is no hate in that idea. Why do you INSIST on inserting hate into the idea ? The idea is that race is a real thing, with biological and cultural implications. Are all breeds of dog the same ? Are only humans exempt from the natural differences arising from selective breeding ? Nobody is preaching hate (except for a very few that are always disavowed). Truth is: you have been brainwashed your whole life to ignore race; or acknowledge the rights of every race EXCEPT YOUR OWN. Have you ever questioned this fact ? Can you love your white race and culture AND love other races and cultures ? I do. If that makes me a racist, bigot, or hater – then I am in good company, including most black peoples and asian peoples (who correctly and without reservation profess their love for their own races and culture). What are you afraid of ? Are you afraid that by acknowledging white race and culture it will be immediately obvious which races and cultures have advantages in free civilized society ? And if that were true, what is wrong with that ? Is that contrary to nature ? Does that necessarily mean that the races must hate each other ? You are the only people introducing hate into the discussion. Why ?

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      1. I understand your point little brother. But if what you say is true, then why does the US government and so many other governmental and quasi-governmental organizations recognize “white” as a racial classification on all their forms? Why a “black” history month when “black” is just a skin color? I agree that race and color is a spectrum. But race and color is not just melanin in your skin. There are serious genetic differences. To deny that is to deny science. Again, the issue is not hate. The issue is truth.

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  6. There is “white” culture – you have just been programmed to be blind to it. Compare the achievements of the Europeans to those of the Africans. Language and culture may vary within the white race; but the essential common genetic similarities exist. That is science. You should contemplate the extinction of your culture, of your language, and of your race, and consider the ideology that got you there.

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