As much as the left likes to push the narrative of a “war on women,” reality says otherwise. If anything, the right has waged a war on sexual irresponsibility and what they perceive as the murder of unborn children. Rebranding abortion as “reproductive rights” and throwing it under the umbrella of women’s rights was a brilliant tactic of Democrats in their attempt to not only destigmatize abortion, but convince women that they were entitled to end life at their own whim. It was also a brilliant method of rendering conservatives as evil, anti-woman villains whose objective was not to protect the lives of those who could not protect themselves, but to control the lives of women. But I digress. My point is, the only war on women taking place in modern America is the war on women that don’t fit the left’s narrative. The women being vilified are those who dare to think for themselves, speak for themselves and do as they please without asking Hillary Clinton or Emma Watson to sign a permission slip.
I don’t know if there’s anything more ironic than the way feminists mock women that don’t promote their agenda or believe what they believe.They point at the dictionary and ask “how we could not be for equality??!!” even going so far as to suggest we should give up our rights to vote and work if we won’t claim feminism (ignoring that those rights were achieved by movements that have almost nothing in common with third wave feminism in developed countries).
But to assume that modern feminism owns the belief of equality between men and women is indicative of a not only a dangerous gullibility, but a lack of critical thinking ability. When a professor hands out the syllabus for a women’s studies course, it doesn’t say “men and women are equal, the end.” Lena Dunham wouldn’t need Taylor Swift to put a cute, likable bow on her propaganda if her message were simply that men and women are equal, because the vast majority of American men and women already believe that. Feminism in the western world has evolved into an ideology much more complex than the slideshow that Beyoncé put up in her 2014 VMA performance.
Women from all walks of life have come to reject both liberalism and feminism (which have practically become synonymous with one another) for a wide variety of reasons, and I’ll be first to admit that some of those reasons are less than intelligent. However, I’ve seen equal, and if anything, greaterstupidityinthereasoningforpeopleembracingfeminism/leftism.
Women that don’t cooperate with leftist ideology are told that they have internalized misogyny, and are enslaving not only their fellow women, but themselves. When liberals aren’t enthusiastically berating conservative women, they’re addressing them and discussing them like victimized children, too ignorant to understand the error of their ways. They presume the only reason we believe what we believe is because our fathers/husbands prohibit us from watching Jon Stewart or reading Buzzfeed. We couldn’t have possibly done our own research and reached our conclusions independently. Even if we wanted to do something as silly as think for ourselves, where would we find the time between pregnancies and Bible studies? Every so often, though, some selfless liberal finds the time and patience to explain to us how stupid and terrible we are.
One need look no further than the way the women of Fox News are oftenobjectified by the left and accused of being nothing more than office eye candy hand selected by the boys club, saying, doing, and thinking what they’re told, because that’s the only possible explanation for a woman resorting to conservatism, right? The fact of the matter is that the women of Fox News are intelligent and talented with a wide array of impressive accomplishments, but all of their qualifications are belittled.
When Bruce Jenner stated that he was Republican in his interview this happened. When Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and Stacey Dash endorsed Romney in 2012 this happened. When Kaley Cuoco said she wasn’t a feminist this happened.The left’s message is clear: your experiences, feelings and opinions are only valid when they agree with ours. Otherwise sit down, shut up, smile and nod.
For people that claim to champion women’s empowerment and equality, you’d think they’d respect women and their right to disagree with them without character defamation or patronization. But that would probably require too much logical consistency.
I want to make it painstakingly clear that I have no issue with my beliefs as a Republican woman that does not identify as a feminist being challenged; I just can’t ignore the cognitive dissonance of people who participate in the silencing of women, and the dismissal of their thoughts on account of their gender when that’s precisely what they claim to fight against.
Neither democrats nor feminists will dictate my womanhood. The end.