I am a recent college graduate, and like most people who attend college, they experience the overwhelming lean towards leftist values among other students and the faculty. As a staunch conservative, I had to learn certain topics of conversation to avoid when I needed friends so I could pass a class. One of those topics is feminism.
Like the good SJWs (social justice warriors) that they are, many people I interacted with were HUGE proponents of this neo-feminism that we see today. Everything from rape culture to reproductive rights to body shaming… you know all too well what I mean.
I dare make a controversial claim, though. Neo-feminism is no more about women’s rights than eating an entire box of chocolate chip cookies is about my low blood sugar. Quite frequently, when you look at the issue statements or the issues we should be aware of, many of them have very little to do with women and everything to do with liberalism. Instead of empowering women, they enlist women to be good SJWs and do the work of spreading liberalism in America.
Don’t believe me? Follow the link below to the Women’s March website, and please follow along with me.
At first glance, each heading seems somewhat related to women or women’s rights. However, you have to read it a little closer. For example, the very first heading is “Ending Violence.” You would probably assume that it had to do with rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence, all worthy topics of discussion among women’s interest groups. Contrary to assumption, it is actually about police brutality among communities of color. While I have my own personal feelings regarding cases like Michael Brown and Mizzou (University of Missouri), I think you have to concede that this point is not about feminism.
Further down the page, they seem to have quit trying as hard to make it about women, as the last two headings are about illegal immigration and climate change. Perhaps someone should have informed them of the statistics on crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in this country…
Some of the text under these headings is shoddy at best. Take “Worker’s Rights.” It starts out sounding like an argument regarding income inequality, an argument at least somewhat related to women. However, it seems to shift from there:
All women should be paid equitably, with access to affordable childcare, sick days, healthcare, paid family leave, and healthy work environments. All workers – including domestic and farm workers, undocumented and migrant workers – must have the right to organize and fight for a living minimum wage.
This quickly turned into platforms for an Obamacare-esque healthcare system, illegal immigration, and raising the minimum wage. Do these things help women and children? Statistically speaking, no. Contrary to popular belief, these things actually hurt low-income people and families. Anyone with a basic understanding of economics could see the flaws in these arguments, but Google also has the research if you’d like to see it all written down.
I do recognize that 50.8% of Americans are women, so many issues can become women’s issues in a roundabout way. However, I dare someone to tell me that the women’s march was only about women’s issues. It simply isn’t true.
To that point, these same women that marched on Washington, D.C. and various other U.S. cities in the name of all women worldwide… they quickly rebuke any woman who did not vote for Hillary Clinton, evangelical Christian women, and women who just do not side with the women’s marchers. A pro-life group was removed from the list of Women’s March sponsors because of their abortion beliefs. Any woman who does not make all the politically correct choices is subjected to horrible treatment by the media and the neo-feminist leaders of America. SJW queen Lena Dunham is a milder example with her statements while at The View on February 10, 2017:
“It pains me as a Caucasian woman to think about how many women didn’t think about women who looked different or had different life experiences than them… They are not only voting against the interests of their sisters, of women who may not look like them. They may not [understand] whose rights are just as important… Let’s also remember that they are in that case voting against their own best interests.”
My problem with this is the underlying implication: if white women had considered anyone else, the obvious choice was to vote for Hillary Clinton. (White men can’t help it because they’re racist and privileged to the core.) White women should’ve have known better. Again, this comes across less like helping other women and more like liberal groupthink and the public shaming of those who do not comply.
Events like the Women’s March really do depress me. I believe that women like Susan B. Anthony who fought for the right to vote or to hold political office as a woman would be disgusted that feminism has been reduced to screaming profanities and running topless in the streets rather than to speak with eloquence and display intelligence and strength, no matter what your political views are.
As a conservative man, I can honestly say that I believe that conservatives care more for women and children than any of these people. As inflammatory as they may see pieces like mine, conservative values will continue to promote unity and stable families and communities, not labels and violent division peddled as women’s rights by the neo-feminist left.
If you’d like to see a hilarious video related to this, watch Steven Crowder go undercover at a feminist film festival. It proves everything I’ve just said. (TRIGGER WARNING)