'The Housewives of White Supremacy': NY Times Warns of 'Tradwives'
The New York Times has uncovered a new menace to America: "Tradwives."
From the NYT, "The Housewives of White Supremacy":
In a podcast interview posted last spring, Nicole Jorgenson, a singer and former schoolteacher in North Dakota, explains to her host that she has never been happier since marrying and having children. And yet between cute pastoral anecdotes of growing her own vegetables and making banana bread, it soon becomes clear that Ms. Jorgenson is advocating something sinister -- not just a return to agrarian motherhood.
She lived in Germany temporarily, she says, but left just before "an influx of refugees took over the country." She just had a child and thinks the new baby is beautiful -- but maybe not quite in the same way all mothers do: "I always wanted children that looked like me," she says, "blond-haired, blue-eyed babies, but I kind of had to say it under my breath."
By the time the interviewer begins to gush about how wonderful it is that Ms. Jorgenson and her husband are both of Norwegian heritage -- "you guys come from the same blood" -- it's clear what political demographic both women are catering to. Ms. Jorgenson is being interviewed on Radio 3Fourteen, a white supremacist talk radio program; it is interviewing her because she considers herself a tradwife.
[...]Over the past few years, dozens of YouTube and social media accounts have sprung up showcasing soft-spoken young white women who extol the virtues of staying at home, submitting to male leadership and bearing lots of children -- being "traditional wives." These accounts pepper their messages with scrapbook-style collections of 1950s advertising images showing glamorous mothers in lipstick and heels with happy families and beautiful, opulent homes. They give their videos titles like "Female Nature and Advice for Young Ladies," "How I Homeschool" and "You Might be a Millennial Housewife If...."
But running alongside what could be mistaken for a peculiar style of mommy-vlogging is a virulent strain of white nationalism. One such advocate who calls herself "Wife With a Purpose" made international headlines last year when she issued something she titled "the white baby challenge." Citing falling white birthrates in the West, she urged her followers to procreate. "I've made six!" she wrote. "Match or beat me!" [...]
Tradwives also point to the ways that the half-finished work of the sexual revolution has brought about not just male but also female discontents. The likes of pickup artists and incels claim that the sexual revolution has brought about a consequence-free life of pleasure for young women, while socially awkward or unattractive men are left behind. But the existence of tradwives points to a more nuanced reality. Female fears of objectification and sexual violence remain as potent as ever; the tradwife subculture exploits them by blaming modernity for such phenomena, and then offers chastity, marriage and motherhood as an escape. As one such YouTube commentator, a teenager, told her audience, traditionalism does “what feminism is supposed to do” in preventing women from being made into “sexual objects” and treated “like a whore.”
It’s a lie, of course. Modesty has never been a safeguard against degradation or rape, and we know that a rapist is no less likely to hurt a woman simply because he’s married to her.
The article didn't go over so well.
Wherein looney left feminist hate monger depicts people who believe in marriage and family are therefore inherently nazis... https://t.co/vfpGV7BG74— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) June 2, 2018
Traditional? Yuck! I prefer women single and sporting multiple children from failed prior relationships ????— Math in Hell (@mathinhell) June 2, 2018
So a woman staying home is now racist?— Clown Dawg (@poemclown) June 1, 2018
The fact that you people have defined "white nationalism" as basically anything a white person is or does makes your outrage meaningless.— Chicken Farmer (@Cfarmer567) June 3, 2018
Yes fellow Comrades and Liberals, if you notice the wife of the neighbor spending too much time cooking food for the kids and not eating enough McDonalds, and too much laughter in that family, then report them, they are probably evil Nazis.— Gulag Magadan (@GulagMagadan) June 2, 2018
I'm an American first but my ethnic background is Greek. I married a beautiful Greek girl because I am proud of my heritage. I wanted someone who understands what it is to be Greek, our great traditions and our great customs. We are passing all these down to our daughter.— Danny K... (@MooneyJonell) June 2, 2018
That is wonderful because there are many traditions that only Greeks have. Now your daughter will have that to share with her parents and her ancestors also.— Melissa (@AuspiciousTruth) June 2, 2018