Apparently, to be a powerful and respected woman, you may hold only a set of carefully restricted views! From The New York Times:
By Amy Chozick | September 28, 2015
When the novelist Jennifer Weiner watched the second Republican presidential debate with her two daughters on Sept. 16, she felt a sense of pride at seeing the lone woman on stage, Carly Fiorina, hold her own against Donald J. Trump.
Then Mrs. Fiorina denounced abortion and Planned Parenthood in a graphic monologue that thrilled many conservative Republican voters but left Ms. Weiner appalled.“It’s so weird — she looks like one of us, but she’s not,” said Ms. Weiner, who in addition to being a best-selling author is an influential feminist with a large social-media following. “You’re on the bus with her until she starts talking about Planned Parenthood.”
As Mrs. Fiorina’s presidential campaign gains traction — and as the focus on her statements about Planned Parenthood intensifies — liberal women across the web are expressing conflicted feelings about her candidacy. At times, there is gratification at watching a woman forcefully take on Mr. Trump; at other times, horror at Mrs. Fiorina’s conservative policy positions, which these women see as anathema to the feminist cause.
“Can you love a campaign but hate a candidate’s policies?” read the subtitle of the writer Robin Marty’s Sept. 18 essay on Cosmopolitan.com titled “Carly Fiorina Is the Candidate I Wanted Hillary Clinton to Be.”
Mrs. Fiorina has encouraged feminists to take her seriously.
There’s a lot more at the link, but it’s almost entirely on one subject: abortion. You can read it, but it’s pretty much tedious. The feminist left are utterly appalled that a female candidate might not find abortion to be some sort of secular sacrament — and there was a twitter hashtag #shoutyourabortion which encouraged women to talk about the positive aspects of slaughtering their unborn children — and might, just might, think that an unborn child is a living human being.
The left tried the same ploy in 2008 and 2012: opposition to abortion was equated with opposition to all forms of contraception, something which no Republican presidential candidate has advocated. The idea that Planned Parenthood, a private organization, shouldn’t be receiving $500 million in federal subsidies because of their abortion business is morphed into wicked Republicans want to deny women contraception.
None of this is surprising, of course: we had already said that, now that she was a top tier candidate, the left — as well as her Republican opponents — would be coming after Mrs Fiorina with sharpened blades. What the left simply don’t understand, and really cannot comprehend, is that Mrs Fiorina isn’t running to become the first female President of the United States, she’s running to become President of the United States. She happens to be a woman, yes, but that isn’t really an important part of the equation for Republicans; we care that she is running on her accomplishments rather than on her genitals.
The Times story, if you go on beyond the point I quoted, becomes less a story about the differences between Mrs Fiorina and the feminist left than an editorial-masquerading-as-a-news story, one the author apparently hopes will undermine Mrs Fiorina’s candidacy.
You see, the left are horrified that Mrs Fiorina, like Sarah Palin before her, succeeded in life not by playing the woman card, but by getting in the arena with men and fighting for position as an equal. If a woman succeeds in the professional world, in competition with men, she must make obeisance to feminism and the left because not giving all of the credit to feminism means that, shockingly enough, such women might not agree with their political positions, either.
But conservatives? We value achievement, we value working for what you have, we value a real equality which says, “Go out and compete, show us what you can do,” rather than the false equality of professional feminism which tells women that they must have help from the left or they will always be behind. We believe in real equality; the left never have.
- The Washington Post used Mrs Fiorina’s photo to illustrate the article. ↩
- Interestingly enough, some of the feminist groups oppose this:
The Republican-proposed bill on Capitol Hill, to the dismay of women’s health advocacy groups, does not guarantee insurers would continue to cover the cost, as most plans are now required to do under the Affordable Care Act. NARAL Pro-Choice America called the proposal “nothing but political pandering to trick women and families into thinking we are covered while dismantling one of the most critical gains in the Affordable Care Act.”
The goal, apparently, isn’t easier access to contraception, but getting the government to provide it. ↩