tradwife

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Etymology

From trad (traditional) +‎ wife.

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Noun

tradwife (plural tradwives)

  1. (slang) A wife who fulfills a traditional gender role based on Western middle-class femininity of the mid twentieth century, often according to white supremacist ideals.
    • 2018 June 1, Annie Kelly, “The Housewives of White Supremacy”, in New York Times[1]:
      Ms. Jorgenson is being interviewed on Radio 3Fourteen, a white supremacist talk radio program; it is interviewing her because she considers herself a tradwife.
    • 2019, Dana Killion, Lies of Men:
      Blond and blue-eyed, just like the #tradwife ideal, but her eyes held a fierceness that overshadowed her fame.
    • 2019, William F. Pinar, What Is Curriculum Theory?:
      He notes that many “white supremacists call for 'tradwives'—traditional wives—to produce more white children” (ibid.), an association between misogyny and racism.
    • 2019, Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport, page 214:
      I hate her, hate groups, incel, tradwives, the fact that I don't usually hate anybody, ...
    • 2019 October 22, “'I want to submit to my husband like a 50s housewife': inside the controversial UK tradwife movement”, in Stylist Magazine:
      The tradwife movement is one of the most concerning trends to have emerged in the past few years, with more and more women looking to switch their careers and independence for tending to hearth and home - and every will of their husbands.

Usage notes

This term is heavily associated with the white supremacist subculture.

See also