“Our femininity as a weapon”: Ethnography of the Antigones, a far-right women’s movement in contemporary France.

Marie Labussière*

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Abstract

This article studies the Antigones, a women's movement created in 2013 in the wake of the French mobilizations against same-sex marriage. Affiliated to right and extreme right-wing movements - and especially to nativist, traditionalist Catholic or nationalistic fringes - the Antigones have been categorized as anti-feminist, owing to their promotion of the heterosexual family and of a differentialist conception of gender. An ethnography of the Antigones three years after the group's foundation gives the opportunity to highlight other less visible features of the activists' commitments and discourses. Militants seek to lay the ground for a feminism that enables them to articulate conflicting aspirations: on the one hand a commitment to women's emancipation, and on the other hand their attachment to political, religious and moral values, resulting from their socialization through familial, educational and political experiences. As a result, they advocate tackling issues related to sexuality in the light of an anti-capitalist, differentialist and spiritual definition of women that keeps theological or doctrinal arguments at bay.

Translated title of the contribution“Our femininity as a weapon”: Ethnography of the Antigones, a far-right women’s movement in contemporary France.
Original languageFrench
Number of pages20
JournalGenre, Sexualité & Société
Volume18
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017

Keywords

  • feminism
  • antifeminism
  • extreme right
  • Catholicism
  • Manif pour tous

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