Dividing between ‘us’ and ‘them’: The framing of gender and sexuality by online followers of the dutch populist radical right

Ruud Fiers, Jasper Muis

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Abstract

This article investigates the ways in which online followers of the Dutch populist radical right discuss gender and sexuality. Analysing comments on the Facebook pages of the Party for Freedom and Forum for Democracy, we show that they use these issues to pit ‘us’ against ‘them’ – groups that are defined differently, depending on the context. Women’s emancipation and gay acceptance are defended and used to divide ‘civilised’ Dutch and ‘backward’ immigrants. This ‘liberal’ immigration critique is especially characteristic of Party for Freedom followers. Other progressive causes, such as transgender rights and feminism more broadly, are framed as elite projects, out of touch with ‘ordinary people’. This backlash standpoint is more often articulated by Forum for Democracy followers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)381-402
Number of pages22
JournalEuropean Journal of Politics and Gender
Volume4
Issue number3
Early online date2 Dec 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© European Conference on Politics and Gender and Bristol University Press 2021.

Copyright:
Copyright 2021 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Facebook
  • Gender
  • Populist radical right
  • Sexuality
  • Social media
  • The Netherlands

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