Event Title

The Conservative White Feminine: A Sociopolitical Bargain with Patriarchy

Session Title

Feminism and Identity

Faculty Mentor

Maria Aysa-Lastra, Ph.D.

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Sociology, Criminology, and Anthropology and Department of Political Science

Location

DIGS 220

Start Date

12-4-2019 1:30 PM

Description

White women are an important component to conservative culture that often goes overlooked, with media focus often falling upon the extreme right-wing white male. Their involvement in conservative politics and doctrine, however, may seem baffling to some. The sociopolitical choices of white, conservative women in their vote and ideology may superficially appear to be contrary to their objective interests. In the areas of reproductive rights, healthcare, gun control, and other such highly divisively partisan issues, white women stand to benefit from change-based policies which are considered liberal. Much like the anti-suffragettes who rallied against their own right to vote, contemporary conservative white women take action to oppose such policies. In doing so, these women choose to align themselves with their racial rather than gender identity. I argue that white women play a crucial role in the conservative sociopolitical culture, exemplified by the conservative backlash observed in and after the 2016 election, due to their desire to maintain the current power structures in which they hold racial privilege.

Course Assignment

SOCL 516 – Aysa-Lastra; PLSC 490 – Disney and Lipscomb

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Apr 12th, 1:30 PM

The Conservative White Feminine: A Sociopolitical Bargain with Patriarchy

DIGS 220

White women are an important component to conservative culture that often goes overlooked, with media focus often falling upon the extreme right-wing white male. Their involvement in conservative politics and doctrine, however, may seem baffling to some. The sociopolitical choices of white, conservative women in their vote and ideology may superficially appear to be contrary to their objective interests. In the areas of reproductive rights, healthcare, gun control, and other such highly divisively partisan issues, white women stand to benefit from change-based policies which are considered liberal. Much like the anti-suffragettes who rallied against their own right to vote, contemporary conservative white women take action to oppose such policies. In doing so, these women choose to align themselves with their racial rather than gender identity. I argue that white women play a crucial role in the conservative sociopolitical culture, exemplified by the conservative backlash observed in and after the 2016 election, due to their desire to maintain the current power structures in which they hold racial privilege.