Focusing on the Child's Best Interest and the Rejection of Protective Measures

Antifeminism and Pandemic Denial in the COVID-19 Pandemic

in German Politics and Society
Rebekka Blum Sociologist, University of Freiburg, Germany

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This article shows how antifeminism manifested during the covid-19 pandemic and played an integrative role for pandemic-deniers. It first explains how antifeminism was understood and shows that antifeminist actors often used alleged concerns about child welfare to legitimize and morally enhance their own political views. Subsequently, the results of a systematic study of various antifeminist actors such as Birgit Kelle, Beatrix von Storch, Demo für Alle (Protest for all), and Eltern Stehen Auf (Parents Rise) from the pandemic denial spectrum are presented and compared to each other. Further analyses of the Querdenken protests make it clear that some narratives of antifeminist actors were also taken up by Querdenken members, and that in this way various alliances were able to emerge.

Contributor Notes

Rebekka Blum is a Sociologist currently pursuing her PhD at the Sociological Institute of the University of Freiburg with the title “Antifeminism in West Germany between 1945 and 1990.” She received a PhD scholarship from the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, is a member of the femPI-network (, and is currently working as a Lecturer at various universities. Her focus is on antifeminism, the extreme right, and conspiracy narratives. Email:

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