October 21, 2009

Strong women terrify "feminists" and "Democrats"...

Noemie Emery has a fine piece: Why lefties fear strong women like Liz Cheney:

For a feminist party, Democrats have a problem with women, or rather, with one certain type: Young and/or youngish, cute and/or stunning, with good hair, many children, and outspoken center-right views.

Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann (dark hair, with five children) first roused the beast, and misogynist instincts. Now there's Liz Cheney, (blond, with five children), whom they themselves have made into a star....

It's very funny to me to read about how she's tormenting lefty nihilists into sputtering rage. Of course the whole business of the Dems and Leftists being "feminist" is a steaming pile of lies. The needs of women are always sacrificed to Lefty politics, just as those of minorities or gays or the old or the young or whichever group is being "helped."

And this is a good line:

...Actually, there is a real way to refute her, but it seems to be hard to deploy. It's to say politely, "Your ideas are mistaken," and then calmly explain how and why. In practice, however, this hasn't worked out...

And Jennifer Rubin writes...

...Part of what's going on here is fear of a political dynamo — an articulate and attractive figure who is putting pressure on one of Obama's weakest points, his lack of resolute leadership on national security. But it's bigger than simple concern about a new, rising star on the conservative side. What's also at stake, just as it was with Sarah Palin, is no less than the meaning of "feminism" and liberals' claim to represent all women.

For decades now, conservative women have been painted as "not real women" — fakes and frauds, betrayers of their gender because they did not check the box on the list of liberal dogmas, most especially on abortion. To be a feminist, and to be an authentic female politician, one had to subscribe to abortion on demand, expansion of government social services, and a view of foreign policy that eschewed hard power. Leave alone for a moment that this represented the worst sort of condescending stereotyping. It was the view propounded by politicians, academics, and media enablers of the Left.

So when strong, female, and conservative women — with children no less, and lots of them! — come along, the dogma is unsettled and the stereotype is challenged. Feminism is not the province of the Left, these conservative women assert, if feminism is meant to be the empowerment of women and the opening of opportunities. And it certainly doesn't require acceptance of a pastel agenda of nanny-state domestic policies and pacifism abroad...
Posted by John Weidner at October 21, 2009 6:16 PM
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