Women’s Roles in the Movement

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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.