Across the world, far-right parties use gender divide to woo young male support

Posted on : 2024-03-22 16:44 KST Modified on : 2024-03-22 16:44 KST
A recent survey found that 60% of Gen Z men believed in “reverse discrimination” against men
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“Real men are on the right. I stand with those men.”
Maximilian Krah, a member of the far-right political party Alternative for Germany (AfD), expressed such sentiments in a 40-second video uploaded to social media.

“We need more men to fight with us for the right-wing agenda,” he said, appealing for support in a video that has been viewed more than 2 million times.

France 24 reported that Germany’s far-right is “deliberately trying to rope in young men,” highlighting the AfD’s attempts to woo men in their 20s by exploiting issues such as high inflation and immigration to their own advantage.

Many far-right parties are jumping on the bandwagon to capitalize on the growing rift between young men and women when it comes to perceptions of social and gender issues. In particular, they are taking advantage of the fact that Gen Z women tend to have progressive views on gender roles, while their male peers are more conservative than even the men of previous generations.

Maximilian Krah, a European Parliament member with the German far-right AfD party, in a video uploaded to his social media page. The German reads: “Real men are on the right.” (still from Krah’s social media)
Maximilian Krah, a European Parliament member with the German far-right AfD party, in a video uploaded to his social media page. The German reads: “Real men are on the right.” (still from Krah’s social media)

Multinational market research firm Ipsos released findings from a poll on March 4 that highlighted this phenomenon, calling the growing polarization on gender issues a global phenomenon.

Based on a survey of 24,269 men and women aged 18 and older in 31 countries, including South Korea, India, the US, Germany and Chile, Ipsos found that millennials and Gen Z — men in particular — “are not progressive” when it comes to gender issues.

The study compared baby boomers (those born 1949-1964) to Generation X (those born 1965-1980), millennials (those born 1981-1996) and Gen Z (those born 1997-2006).
The percentage of men who agreed with the statement, “We have gone so far in promoting women’s equality that we are discriminating against men,” increased with each younger generation, with 43% of male baby boomers, 53% of men belonging to Gen X, 57% of male millennials, and 60% of Gen Z men agreeing.

Notably, while 60% of Gen Z men stated that “reverse discrimination” was a tangible phenomenon, only 40% of Gen Z women agreed, making them the least likely of all women to think so.

Baby boomers were the least likely to agree that a man who stays home to look after his children is “less of a man,” with 10% of men and 11% of women agreeing with the sentiment, showing a barely discernible difference in perception between the genders. However, 31% of Gen Z men and 20% of Gen Z women expressed agreement with the notion, widening the gap between the genders to 11 percentage points.

The Financial Times has called this a “great gender divergence” among the under-30s of today when it comes to social and political tendencies, writing, “Gen Z is two generations, not one.”

This great gender divergence also has a decisive impact on political behavior, such as voting. The Spanish far-right political party Vox is explicitly appealing to sexism to gain power.

“Vox denies the existence of discrimination against women, [...] attacks feminists calling them ‘feminazis,’” which is how the party has emerged as a “new key political actor attacking feminist politics and protests,” wrote Eva Anduiza and Guillem Rico, professors at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, who research Vox. 

“Sexism is susceptible to showing short-term changes with important political consequences,” the professors conclude. 

By Jang Ye-ji, staff reporter

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