On being silenced, masculinity, victimhood
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This chapter takes seriously the right’s complaint that it is being silenced. It explores those ideas by considering how the supporters of the far right feel when the chance to speak is taken away from them. Who do they think they are speaking for? And how does this act of speaking for others change them? This chapter explores the very sharp contrast between the appeals to white female victimhood which can he heard in groups such as the English Defence League, and the group’s toleration of sexism and domestic violence. It considers similar dynamics in the US, in which the right claims to speak for children while providing a shelter to sexual abuse. It argues that there is in real life no category of “women and children,” and that the rhetorical elision of two different groups of people serves in reality to legitimise almost unlimited interpersonal violence.