Why (anti)fascism is a feminist issue…

// 18 May 2009

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The European elections are fast approaching (alongside some local elections) and the BNP are hoping to get MEP elected. Why is this a feminist issue? (We have covered some issues of this before here and here)

The BNP, apart from their generic racist, sexist, homophobic atttiudes are suggesting

  • repealing protection of witnesses in “>rape cases
  • reformation of family law to benefit men on the basis that:

    Divorce and family laws and maintenance arrangements discriminate against men, and innocent men who are falsely accused of rape have their lives ruined while their lying accusers cannot even be named.

    From p7 of the BNP Manifesto

  • arguing for tax reforms which will re-establish women as dependents of their husbands
  • Nick Griffin (the Party leader) has said he doesn’t recognise human rights
  • Nick Griffin describes claims for equal rights between men and women as “feminist poison”.
  • The Party is also anti-choice

The BNP have taken down the webpage with their White Paper on Family Policy, I don’t know why but it might have something to do with being written by Nick Eriksen who was the BNP London Assembly candidate who said “women are like gongs, they need striking regularly” and women were more troubled by handbag theft than rape because rape was just sex and women liked sex (he was later removed from his position). There is some discussion of it here.

Whilst the BNP are fielding some women as candidates, sadly some of them seem to be “off-message” as evidenced here including one who argues the BNP isn’t in favour of extraditing non-whites abroad (in direct contrast to the BNP’s own website!).

So what’s the message – Ensure you are registered to vote and then go out and vote in the European and Local Elections on June 4th!

The European election voting system means that the BNP can only win if turnout is low. The fewer people that vote, the better the BNPs chances are of getting representatives elected because they can and will turn out their hardcore supporters, sensing a miasma of politically opportune apathy at the moment. So go and cast your vote, but don’t let the BNP win through a willingness to not oppose them.

HOPE not Hate has a campaign page here and are advocating four things you can do – join the HOPE not hate campaign, tell your friends, find an event and go and vote!

HOPE not hate was set up to counter racism and fascism in elections and beyond. Over the past few years the British National Party has seriously contested council elections all over the country and achieved 55 councillors at district/borough level after the May 2008 local elections, though this has since fallen to 54. The BNP is now concentrating all its resources on the European elections, in the hope of getting Nick Griffin elected to the European Parliament. Once there, he would link up with other European fascist parties, to gain international influence and, above all, funding beyond the BNP’s dreams. At Searchlight we want to make sure that people know the full story about who the BNP are and what they really stand for. The HOPE not hate website aims to do just that, serving the anti-fascist movement and providing up to date news, good practice and analysis.

Comments From You

Shea // Posted 18 May 2009 at 7:32 pm

Yes- and because according to Nick Griffin, there is no such thing as “British Asian”. So it doesn’t matter if your the third or fourth generation of your family to be born and raised here, if your not white you re not British!

(But presumably this doesn’t apply to White Australians or White Americans , White Canadians, or White New Zealanders……..?)

Don’t let the B*stards get in anywhere.

HJ // Posted 18 May 2009 at 7:35 pm

I came home to find a BNP leaflet on my doormat encouraging me to vote for them in the European elections so this is just what I needed. Off to spread the word about Hope not Hate Now.

Karen // Posted 18 May 2009 at 10:57 pm

‘The manifesto is … interesting to say the least. P13 Para 3 “All young men and girls….”

Freudian slip? Do young woman not exist? Hmmmm’

Feminist Avatar // Posted 18 May 2009 at 11:39 pm

This is like the UKIP leaflet I got through my door which specifically said on it that it wasn’t racist or sexist as it had made an effort to increase the representation of women within the party. So, who are the candidates on offer- all men. So, they can increase them in the party, but you can’t actually vote for them. Not that I would anyway, but…

Karen // Posted 19 May 2009 at 6:24 pm

WTF!??! I knew the BNP were deranged but I didn’t realise they were that far gone! I hate extremism and the way that they use “nice” white family images (usual one, white, attractive, hetero, 2.4 children etc.) to manipulate those that are privileged enough to not worry about the needs of gay people, women, ethnic minorities etc. Selfish, stupid, nebulous idiots! I wasn’t going to bother but I’m now going to vote for a woman from the Greens I think. Stuff the British Nazi Party! Smash their half-baked hate now! (sorry, this has really pissed me off).

Ravenclaw // Posted 20 May 2009 at 3:33 am

The Greens are running a pretty strong anti-BNP campaign, especially against Griffin in the North-West, where the BNP are at their strongest. Let’s hope they can keep him out.


anwen // Posted 22 May 2009 at 1:51 pm

Thank you. I had been feeling fairly apathetic over whether there was any point voting, but this has given me a good oldfashioned kick up the arse.

Michael Fuller // Posted 31 July 2009 at 6:11 pm

Thank you! I liked the article! I love how you write beautifully.,

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