In recent years patriarchal gender norms and ultraconservative ideologies have become an integral part of the right-wing populist parties programs. Right-wing leaders have invested in creating their image as defenders of traditional family and the nation against the excesses of what they call “gender ideology” aiming to gain public support. This strategy works for some groups: a 2019 opinion poll showed that when asked about the biggest threats for Poland in the 21st century, the majority of young men and older people declared that their biggest fear is the threat of the “gender ideology and LGBT movement.” My presentation will focus on explaining the roots and effects of politicizing “gender” by the right in various contexts. I will examine an opportunistic synergy between the right-wing parties and ultraconservative groups opposing “gender ideology,” which plays out on two distinct levels: ideological/discursive and strategic/organizational.
In English language