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The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left$
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Landon R. Y. Storrs

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153964

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153964.001.0001

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“Pinks in Minks”: The Antifeminism of the Old Right

“Pinks in Minks”: The Antifeminism of the Old Right

(p.86) Chapter 3 “Pinks in Minks”: The Antifeminism of the Old Right
The Second Red Scare and the Unmaking of the New Deal Left

Landon R. Y. Storrs

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines the antifeminism of key instigators of the Second Red Scare: staff members of congressional investigative committees and the conservative journalists with whom they cooperated. Their public statements and private correspondence indicate that they associated communism with men's loss of control over women's labor and sexual conduct. For them, the need to stabilize white male supremacy was one reason to oppose communism. Antifeminism, an objective in and of itself, was also a means to other objectives. Leading anticommunists deployed antifeminism, just as they did homophobia, to generate popular enthusiasm for their attacks on the Roosevelt and Truman administrations.

Keywords:   antifeminism, Second Red Scare, congressional investigative committees, conservative journalists, communism, white male supremacy, anticommunism

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