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Why Europe’s Far Right Is Targeting Gender Studies

A growing pattern of attacks across Europe is as much about electoral opportunity as a conflict of ideas.

  • Eliza Apperly
  • The Atlantic

When Federico Batini, an Italian academic, wanted to research classroom bullying, he distributed a questionnaire to 54 schools in central Italy.

The survey was carried out in partnership with local education authorities and sought to explore the extent to which young people faced racial, homophobic, or gender-based discrimination from their peers.

But instead of learning more about students’ experiences, Batini found his name smeared in the…

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