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Theory of Change #060: Seyward Darby and Katherine Abughazaleh on the sexuality of reaction

Theory of Change #060: Seyward Darby and Katherine Abughazaleh on the sexuality of reaction

One of the stranger things that’s happened in right wing media since Donald Trump emerged on the political scene is how obsessed with sex many far right figures have become. Andrew Tate, a former kickboxer, is one of many reactionary lifestyle influencers who preach a gospel of misogyny that they claim will lead followers to easy sex and money. Sex and birthrates are one of the most frequent topics you hear about on white nationalist and neo-Nazi podcasts.

Some of this is surely due to the fact that the Republican party’s leader since 2016 has been a crass real estate investor more famous for his dating life than business success who also has faced numerous charges of sexual harassment.

But that isn’t the only reason. If you look in the right places, you’ll realize that reactionary media has been filled with content about sex, dating, and marriage for many years. And it wasn’t exclusively a bunch of male pastors telling women what to do either.  Far-right women have always and continue to be in the mix.

In this episode, we're featuring Seyward Darby, the author of the book “Sisters In Hate: American Women on the Front Lines of White Nationalism” and Katherine Abughazaleh, a researcher on far-right media figures like Tucker Carlson, who has also done some work examining the Republican dating website “The Right Stuff.”


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