Fascist Religiosities, II: Misogyny

In honor of International Women’s Day.

An additional characteristic of fascist religiosities is an enduring misogyny. This is one manifestation of the hierarchical, authoritarian and dualizing strains of fascist religiosity. And of course, conversely, misogyny is one of the sources of fascist religiosity. These constitute a dialectic, one is not the exclusive cause of the other.

Hierarchical: No matter what the rationale, and there are many that are given the aura of religious authority, men have claimed a status above women.

Authoritarian: No matter what the rationale, and there are many that are given the aura of religious authority, men have claimed control over women, especially women’s bodies.

Dualizing: No matter what the rationale, and there are many that are given the aura of religious authority, men have made a dichotomy between women and themselves.

Okay, some might say that there are real differences. Yes, of course, but there are real differences between all kinds of people. The issue at hand is the way that those differences are dichotomized (Venus/Mars). One side of the dichotomy is attributed to all women, or held as the standard for a proper woman. Being a woman is held to be the cause for those generalities, which in turn are used to justify hierarchical and authoritarian relations. The reality is not a sharp, and simplistic opposition between men and women, but rather ranges of any number of different characteristics.

Even when not deployed explicitly, the religious rationales also inform (give form to from inside—get it?) all kinds of misogynist inequalities.

The point of attending to the logic and diffusion of the rhetorics of fascist religiosities, one may then be enabled to stand back from simply accepting them as normative values and conceptions, reinforced by popular and religious culture.

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