October 20, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A mob of thousands of feminists attacked the cathedral church of the northern Argentinean city of Resistencia on Saturday and Sunday night, attempting to set it on fire and pelting the building with paint, reddened tampons, and rocks, according to video documentation and reports in local media.
The women, dubbed “ultra-feminists” and “femi-nazis” by the Argentinean press, burned the door of the cathedral with a pile of burning trash and reportedly damaged a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in front of the building. Many wore masks in the style of “Antifa” and were topless, with slogans written across their chests.
The women also assaulted other buildings and monuments in the city, including schools, businesses, and a statue of a local historical figure, leaving spray-painted graffiti with slogans such as “Kill your father, your boyfriend, and your brother,” “Burn the pope,” “Abuser priests,” “Abort males,” “Death to males,” and “Kill your rapist.”
Two men who attempted to peacefully interpose their bodies between the women and the Cathedral were assaulted by a mob of masked women who spray-painted them and threw objects at them until they retreated.
The events were the latest in a series of attacks on Catholic cathedral churches that have become an annual ritual of hatred by Argentine feminists, many of whom despise the Catholic faith and embrace abortion, homosexuality, legalized prostitution, and other behaviors rejected by Christianity.
As in previous years, the attacks were occasioned by a national convention of feminists held in the town, the 32nd annual “National Women’s Encounter,” which was attended by an estimated 60,000 women who marched through the streets chanting feminist slogans and carrying signs to commemorate the event.
Although the march route was designed to avoid the cathedral and therefore prevent an attack on the building similar to others that have accompanied the convention in previous years, a group consisting of an estimated 5,000 marchers deviated from the route to attack the building.
The police had placed metallic barriers around the church in anticipation of the attacks, but to little avail. The feminists threw objects over the barriers and defaced the barriers themselves, stuffing reddened tampons into the latticework. As in numerous previous attacks on Catholic cathedrals in Argentina, the police stood by and allowed the damage to occur, explaining that they wanted to “avoid incidents.”
Angry local residents stage counter-protest
In response, an infuriated group of women and men from local neighborhoods emerged from their homes on Sunday night to protest the feminists near the cathedral, chanting “¡Qué te vayas!” and “¡Fuera!” (“Get out of here!”).
The people of the town “don’t want violence,” a female counter-protester told a local reporter. “We don’t want them to continue to destroy what little we have. It’s such a poor town, and they’ve come to destroy everything we have.”
“I, as a woman, don’t want to counted among these girls, if they can be called that,” the counter-protester continued. “A woman wears a dress and has the odor of perfume, not the odor of alcohol and drugs like them, and also they’re murderers, they don’t desire life.”
The events follow an attack on the cathedral of Buenos Aires in March by masked, topless women who clashed with police and attempted to knock down barriers placed in front of the building. The women were participating in celebrations of “International Women’s Day.”
A University of Connecticut professor is calling for a “more expansive inclusion of feminism” by colleges to help female students recognize the oppression they face.
Cristina Mogro-Wilson, who teaches social work at UConn, surveyed 118 students pursuing a Masters in Social Work (MSW) degree and found that the overwhelming majority of respondents—94 percent of whom were women—do not believe that “discrimination and subordination” are “salient issues in women’s lives.”
While the respondents were less likely to believe that discrimination was a major issue in their lives than were MSW students surveyed for a 2013 national sample, many of them still agreed with other feminist topics of concern, such as the need for “liberal gender roles” and “equality, equal opportunities, and respect.”
The findings are problematic, Mogro-Wilson contends, because without a sense of their own oppression, students may be disinclined to “embrace the notion of change through unification,” such as in the form of protesting.
Worrying about the potential of a “post-feminist standpoint among younger women…who no longer see discrimination against women as being a salient issue,” Mogro-Wilson calls for incorporating more intersectionality into the social work curriculum.
“Intersectionality provides a useful framework to examine gender-based oppression,” she says, adding that discrimination “cannot be fully understood without also considering other coexisting social identities, like race, culture, sexuality, and class.”
She also deems it “essential that students learn to nuance their understandings around oppression, so that when considering foundational social work issues, like poverty, mental health status, and oppression, that to the extent possible all areas of social identity are explored in combination.”
Without a strong understanding of how women are discriminated against, Mogro-Wilson worries that her social work students might be doing their future clients a disservice, noting that research has shown that “social workers tend to perpetuate traditional gender roles.”
To that end, she contends that social work programs must make a concerted effort to help female students realize not only how they face oppression personally, but how other women face oppression as well.
“This study indicates that there may be reason for a more expansive inclusion of feminism in social work education,” she concludes, adding that doing so could promote “the role of collective action in gaining gender equality.”
Campus Reform reached out to Mogro-Wilson for comment, but did not receive a response.