Fun:Duarmistani Coalition for Women's Rights
The Duarmistani Coalition for Women's Rights was a batshit "feminist" organisation that existed in Duarmistan from 1969 to 1979. The group was one of the bizarre in Duarmistan's history, which is saying a lot, although it should be noted that even after Lorraine Prihey took control of the organisation there was a diversity of ideologies among its members. The group was, for whatever reason, always considered extremely dangerous by conservatives and the middle class in Duarmistan, which led to it being proscribed by the Duarmistani government in 1979, though fear of resurgent "Priheyism" has made the DCWR a continual cottsey bogeyman.
In the beginning...
...there was Miriam Petersen. A radical feminist expelled from the Communist Party of Duarmistan in 1967 for supporting lesbian and "identity politics", Petersen was one of the first proponents of intersectionality in Duarmistan and considered that feminist/lesbian issues were inseparable from the struggle against capitalist exploitation. In early 1969, the DCWR was founded by Peterson and four others (Maura Leary, Helen Colclough, Jeremy Kinnock and Rhiannon Sharpe) as a group to unite feminists from a Marxist, pro-working class perspective (but criticising the CPD and its Soviet backers).
While the DCWR had some success recruiting working-class women to a Marxist feminist perspective, it was harmed both in its public image and its relationship to the government in early 1970 when it sided with the Clareycorne Liberation Front separatist terror group in the Clareycorne War, with its publications regularly portraying this group (which forcibly recruited girls as child soldiers and raped and mutilated girls and women indiscriminately) as feminist heroes. One of the founding members, Helen Colclough, left the organization in mid-1970 and formed a splinter called the Revolutionary Women’s Network, which opposed the CLF and the use of individual terrorist tactics in general; this group became an object of hate for the DCWR throughout the 1970s. On the other hand, DCWR member Maura Leary became the first woman to win the Duarmistani national lottery in 1969 and won the Sebring houses, a group of abandoned mansions in Hampshire, as a prize. These houses were then used by the DCWR to give shelter, comfort and ideological indoctrination to thousands of poor and abused young girls.
Sebring House IV, however, which was located in the Tynwether suburb of Teandayne, was used as the primary headquarters of the DCWR. In 1970, as the Duarmistani government began to closely watch the DCWR as the main "legal front for the CLF" (despite having no formal ties to the CLF, at least initially), Petersen began stockpiling AK-47s and other weapons and hiding them at the Sebring House IV compound. This, along with the support for the CLF, was the used as the basis for a December 1970 raid at Sebring which ended in a bloody shootout with DCSC agents. 6 agents and 73 DCWR members were killed, including Petersen. The Sebring houses were all closed in early 1971 and the devastated DCWR temporarily fell into obscurity, losing 90% of members over the next three years.
DCWR goes nuts
Lorraine Prihey, a young author and "occult feminist" who joined the DCWR in 1969, was voted in 1972 as the new National Director of the DCWR, which had moved its headquarters to the Tynwether slum of Shardcastle. Together with Linda Mooneyhan, she attempted to "revitalize" the movement by changing its ideology from a feminist variant of Marxism to "something else", though the direction it would later take was not evident yet. The attempts to resurrect the DCWR became successful after the end of the Clareycorne War in 1974 for a combination of reasons. One was the successfully lobbying effort to make sure that the Sebring House IV massacre was not covered on the 1974 Amnesty Act, which amnestied all crimes committed during the Clareycorne War. Another was the severe postwar economic crisis which increased the appeal of usually untenable extremist movements, and the publication of Prihey's shocking novel Pasferatu in mid-1974, which immediately became notorious all over Duarmistan.
In 1974, the so-called "Prihey-Mooneyhan clique" created a new manifesto which removed all references to Marxism and replaced them with a mixture of supremacist feminism, anti-Semitism and proto-fascist conspiracy theories, neo-paganism, ideas similar to third positionism (including distributist-style economics mixed with rhetoric about workers' self-management) and a supposedly non-aligned view of the Cold War (though in practice DCWR publications espoused a variant of tankie-ism where Third World leaders like Idi Amin were regularly glorified). Its logo was changed from a pink star (reminiscent of the Soviet-style red star) to an image of a group of naked Celtic goddesses carrying a pendulum with a swastika.
The DCWR grew rapidly in the following years, reaching an estimated 30,000 members and many more sympathizers by 1977. Its focus extended beyond feminist issues to things like solidarity with the Palestinian struggle and prison reform (the DCWR considered that incarceration of women was a form of patriarchal violence by definition). It became a major challenge to the traditional Left by involving itself on every campaign regarding a vaguely left-wing cause and developed a thuggish reputation by attacking members of other left-wing groups at protests who expressed skepticism of their motives. The DCWR did do some good in this period, such as providing help to women in poverty, fighting discrimination and stigma against single mothers and raising awareness of the abuse of female prisoners in Duarmistan. Despite its anti-Semitism and opposition to “coloured immigration”, it was surprisingly progressive on indigenous rights issues, supporting the movement for compensation for Duarmi and Laygibran women forcibly sterilized in the 1920s.
Despite its ostensible strength and the constant media hysteria and sensationalism about the DCWR, the group was actually deeply divided internally between various factions - anti-Semitic Priheyist third positionists, Marxist feminists loyal to the original foundations, supporters of exterminating men, gay male supremacists, Satanists, neo-Nazis and white supremacists, radical “left Priheyists”, Qaddafi-loving Islamic mystics and others. A major point of contention was between those who continued to sympathize with the CLF and those who supported Duarmistani nationalism, with the Prihey leadership generally siding with the latter.
The DCWR is destroyed (or so it seems)
The Duamistani government had considered the DCWR a major national security threat since 1970, when it declared Miriam Petersen a more dangerous internal enemy than CLF leader Jan Lode. By 1979, the fear of the DCWR’s growing influence was compounded with a number of high-profile bank robberies, police murders and other crimes committed by DCWR members. There were also allegations that the DCWR was receiving Libyan weaponry through a network ran by former feminist activist and accused rapist Ryan Wolfe (later of When I Get There fame) and would use them to overthrow the Duarmistani government and create a Nazi socialist matriarchy in its place. As a result, DCSC agents raided the DCWR headquarters and arrested 138 members in April 1979, including Prihey. In the following month, the DCWR was officially proscribed by the government. Charges against most of the 138 arrested were dropped, but some of the most important members were convicted and handed sentences, some custodial, based on various charges in 1980. For example, Lorraine Prihey was given a six-month custodial sentence by a federal court for terrorist conspiracy.
Some radical left organizations, mostly Trotskyist, openly took up the cause of the DCWR and opposed its persecution by the government. After being released from prison, Prihey publicly committed suicide at the First Anglican Church of Kednyorme, Hampshire in 1982, supposedly as a protest against the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Lebanon. Priheyism continued to be popular among former DCWR members and others throughout the 1980s. Disputes over Prihey’s legacy also continued in the 1980s with one group of Priheyists - the so-called Mullingtonites - adopting openly far-right ideas. The far-left Priheyists, who mixed Priheyist anti-Semitism with anarcho-collectivist ideas, organized around the Pink Star magazine and sometimes turned to terrorism, forming a terrorist group called ARCH (which had connections to other revolutionary terrorist groups in Duarmistan, like the Red Star Army and People’s Liberation Vanguard).
DCWR and Priheyism today
Since the end of the economic crisis in the late 1980s, the DCWR’s lunacy has apparently been far less appealing to the public. Small Priheyist groups continue to turn up, like the National Revolutionary Unit and the National Socialist Women’s Rights Party, but they have not gained even a fraction of the support that the DCWR did. However, DCWR continues to be an item of pop culture and tabloid media sensationalism, and is often used by the Duarmistani right and MRAs to demonise feminism in general and shout down feminists as an “argument”. Most people, however, see the DCWR as basically a bad joke that became dangerously popular in a period of national crisis.
Priheyism is generally despised by most of the left today as a crypto-fascist ideology, despite the DCWR having been praised by elements of the far left historically. However, it has few fans on the far-right either, with Christian Falange, the National Party and other far-right groups associating Priheyism with homosexuality, degeneracy and socialism. It remains commonly referenced in popular culture, even outside Duarmistan (for example, the American animated sitcom Shinigan Down had an episode titled “Dockworker Adventures”, referencing the “dockworkers’ union “ as a euphemism for the DCWR).
Most members of the DCWR are known only as members of the DCWR, though some have gained traction in their subsequent careers. Some of the notable members include.
- Miriam Peterson was the original founder of the DCWR. She was born in 1938 and had been active in Communist politics since the early 1960s before founding the DCWR in 1969. Since her “martyrdom” during the 1970 Sebring House IV massacre, she has become something of a heroic myth for all the factions in the subsequent DCWR. Many leftist analysts consider her one of Duarmistan’s greatest leaders before the “hijacking” of the DCWR by the Prihey-Mooneyhan clique, when the once-great DCWR was turned into a quasi-fascist cult.
- Lorraine Prihey was the founder of the ideology that the DCWR is now known for, but is also known as an occultist and fantasy author. She was born to a poor farming family in Vylanscayn, Drassendach and became interested in matriarchal, occult and anti-Semitic ideas while studying at Thundelein University in the late 1950s. Her two most notable works are Pasferatu (1974) and The Arlington Chronicles (1977-1980). While Pasferatu is generally considered one of the most atrocious books ever written and was highly controversial for its extremely graphic depictions of child rape and vicious attacks on bourgeois morality, The Arlington Chronicles has a considerable fan following and was the basis for the 1980s Terybel Software video game Yllbaton. Despite the fact that she killed herself, she is somehow also seen as a martyr by Priheyists.
- Linda Mooneyhan was probably the most active leader of the DCWR in the late 1970s, because National Director Lorraine Prihey was too busy writing her stupid books during this period. A former journalist, she became a strong adherent of Prihey’s ideology and apparently liked to tumble in the hay with her. Since the 1980s, she has been the owner of much of the DCWR’s historical records.
- Tyce Mullington was a gay man and pederast who joined the DCWR in 1974 and promoted the idea that gay men, rather than women, should be the ones who rule society. Despite this, he remained on generally good terms with Prihey. In later years, his ideology became openly neo-Nazi and promoted the idea that gay men were the elite of the Aryan race and heterosexuals were untermenschen and little better than Jews. He was among those charged in the 1979 raid. In the early 1990s, he was imprisoned in Drassendach for a number of church arsons; he regularly wrote letters asking boys to visit him in prison so they could splounge. In 1999, he became “godfather” to a local neo-Nazi skinhead group. He was murdered by one of the young skinheads after he tried to rape him.
- Corryn Vaxley was a horribly abused girl who was the illegitimate daughter of notorious serial rapist, “The Beast of Diliandle” Kevin Corcoran. When Vaxley was 12 years old, she became pregnant after years of surviving on the streets of Ayelette as a child prostitute and petty criminal. She took refuge at Sebring House II (Duarm Hills) in 1970 and her child was raised by the DCWR community. Vaxley lived at various DCWR homes throughout the 1970s and become well-loved among its members (some say Pasferatu protagonist Chase Lamborn was based on her, a claim Prihey denied) Vaxley was imprisoned after the 1979 raids and subsequently became a leading member of ARCH and the Priheyist Left. In 1983, she was permanently disabled after a failed bomb attack on a Methodist church. In the 1990s, Vaxley became a Christian and an anti-choice activist, but continued to condemn Zionism.
- Charlene Kneale is a former regional coordinator for the DCWR in the Southwest Clenwyth region, who was allegedly present at a 1978 bank robbery executed by four DCWR members. More recently, Kneale, who still adheres to a form of Priheyism, has become better known as an Islamophobic propagandist, claiming that immigration from Muslim countries is the main problem facing women in Duarmistan and speaking at various Duarmistani alt-right conferences.
- Argyle McTaggart is a famous LGBTQ historian who began his career as a member of the DCWR. In 1982, he wrote A Comprehensive International Anthology of Homosexuality, Pederasty and Other Joyous Passions, which makes a point of arguing that all cultures not corrupted by Judeo-Christianity and capitalism have been completely accepting of homosexuality, pedophilia and other things that are considered perverted in the modern west. This book has been criticised for using pseudoscientific arguments and even making up historical facts, but remains a major point of reference for queer historians. McTaggart is an apologist for Pol Pot.