The Right-wing and Populist proclivity toward Romantic-style feminine figures continues with Nye Borgerlige the latest party to form in Denmark. From Yulia Tymoshenko's nationalist hair-style to the rather dishy M5S mayor of Rome, to the host of American Right-wing Sarah Palin-esque sleeveless short-skirters and even to some degree Marine LePen, the tendency to look to these ultra-feminine matronly/desire figures continues.
While LePen is hardly the object of lust or very feminine for that matter, and most men will find AfD's Frauke Petry as perhaps something less than attractive, there is real push toward a kind of strong but somewhat repulsive and distorted femininity at work within the Right. I always thought that someday the Right would put forward a 'hot babe' as a candidate. I was even writing a futuristic science-fiction story about it in 2008... and then Sarah Palin came along. She was in many ways what I had envisioned though I must confess there were many things about Palin that I found shocking. She was even beyond what I had imagined such a candidate would be. I think the Trump parade of surgery enhanced women also plays into this larger picture.
These Right-wing candidates appeal to women voters, pull at sentimental cultural and nationalist heart-strings and as is apparent from the FOX News/Right-wing world, men seem to like it. As I've written before it's the getting your agenda accomplished by the poster girl. Posters don't seem to be as trendy as they once were but I remember in the 1980s the bikini girl with a machine gun style depictions were pretty popular. There's a certain kind of guy who is attracted to that kind of imagery.
Reading the article on the new Nye Borgerlige party and seeing its leader I had to chuckle. They've been making the news since 2015 and I've seen her before but this is the first time I've read a proper article on their movement. They run the risk of splitting the Danish Right but the story (to me) is the trend toward female leadership and the increasing extremism of a now rather emboldened European Right.