Feminism Perverted

  • January 1, 2000

In the late 1990's the ADL wrote a report addressing a new development in on-line bigotry: Extremist Women on the World Wide Web (PDF).


Hundreds upon hundreds of bigoted Web sites promoting a variety of hateful philosophies, such as anti-Semitism and racism, have appeared on the World Wide Web since 1995, when former Ku Klux Klan leader Don Black established the first white supremacist Web site.

Now, a set of sites among them is heralding a new development in on-line bigotry: extremist women on the Web.

While bigots often target women, some women have themselves become bigots, spewing hate on the Internet aimed at Jews, Blacks and other minorities. Many female-oriented hate sites publish extremist screeds similar to those at man-made sites, but hateful women are using the Internet primarily as a tool to promote discussion of their role in the white supremacist "movement." Some female extremists promote women's performance of domestic tasks to aid the "movement" while others encourage women to work and become politically active. However, all are demanding to express their views and agreeing that women have a significant role to play. By speaking up and working to define their own roles, these bigoted women have appropriated feminism's struggle for women to be heard for the despicable purpose of spreading intolerance.

This report illustrates the contents of several women-generated hate sites. Many of these sites feature the writings of a variety of women, who promote a wide array of extremist viewpoints.