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The Progressive Double Standard on Feminism

Posted by on Sep. 19, 2017 at 12:56 PM
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While dining at the White House with President Trump last week, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi reportedly remarked, “Do the women get to talk around here?” Perhaps Pelosi should’ve directed her question to Sarah Huckabee Sanders or Hope Hicks, who hold the two top posts on the White House communications team.

Like most liberals, Pelosi is always ready to praise empowered women who have risen to the top . . . except for when she isn’t. In this instance and countless others, Trump’s rise to power — facilitated by a handful of evidently talented women — has revealed how hollow the progressive obsession with “feminism” truly is.
Left-leaning media outlets and commentators never tire of glorifying powerful women who supposedly outstrip men on their rise to the top. But that praise is utterly contingent on whether or not those powerful women hold the progressive-approved point of view on every issue. As soon as an accomplished woman fails to fall in line with the preferred Democratic agenda, the feverish applause for female accomplishment immediately dies out.

This has perhaps never been more apparent than over the course of the last year, as Donald Trump’s victory last November brought several polished and professional women into the spotlight. Where were the Vogue and Glamour magazine features for Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, the first woman to lead a winning presidential campaign?

‌If Conway had run a victorious campaign for a Democratic candidate, she undoubtedly would’ve received glowing front-page treatment in every pop-culture magazine in the country, and journalists would’ve fought for the right to churn out fawning profile pieces on her stunning success. Instead, one opinion writer accused Conway of “playing ‘the woman card’ all wrong” and progressive celebrities soundly rebuked her for kneeling on a couch in the Oval Office.


With the Trump administration entrenched in Washington, women have continued to ascend. Conway has retained a high-profile role, turning down the president’s offer to serve as press secretary to serve instead as one of his senior advisers. Trump’s daughter Ivanka holds a senior-adviser role, too, and yet she has received nothing but abuse from journalists, celebrities, and comedians.

Several other women have taken hold of the reins of power in very public administrative roles. Following Sean Spicer’s tumultuous exit, Sarah Huckabee Sanders replaced him, making her only the third female White House press secretary in the role’s history. (One of the other two also served during a Republican presidency: Dana Perino for George W. Bush.) Recently, Hope Hicks officially took over the position of White House communications director after holding a prominent role in Trump’s campaign. Melania Trump’s communications director is also a woman: Stephanie Grisham.

Outside the White House, United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley goes more or less ignored by the media, despite the fact that she is both a highly successful, articulate female and a member of an ethnic minority. Meanwhile, Education secretary Betsy DeVos likely wishes she could fly under the radar instead of being savaged by left-wing pundits and accused of hurting children in public schools and protecting rapists.

Neither of the choices available to conservative women is very attractive. On one hand, they can remain relatively unknown and never receive public praise for their success — like Hicks, Sanders, and Haley. But the other option is perhaps even worse: being falsely accused of various atrocities and being called traitors to their fellow women and the feminist cause, often simply because they’re associated with the Trump administration.
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Reading.Rainbow
by Sif on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:00 PM
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LMAO...

You know what a BIIIIIG difference is in what comes out of Pelosi's mouth and what comes out of Huckabee-Sanders's mouth or Conway's mouth ?

Trump telling them what to fucking say.


Pelosi was going to use her own words. H-S and Conway are a walking mouthpiece for Trump. You don't hear shit about their ACTUAL opinions...

numbr1wmn
by Lina on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:08 PM
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Who needs to listen to the venom and lies from the ugly beast Pelosi

4evrinbluejeans
by KK on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:17 PM
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I can understand why you didn't include the link.  Do you feel you are victimized?  

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451482/conservative-women-double-standard-victims

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:17 PM
Hmm; National Review, it's ok to note the site. Alexandra DeSanctis isn't a bad person.

Just saying.
Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:19 PM
You bet me to it by 19 seconds.

:)

Quoting 4evrinbluejeans:

I can understand why you didn't include the link.  Do you feel you are victimized?  

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/451482/conservative-women-double-standard-victims

MissAndree
by Ronita on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:23 PM
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I think that the disconnect here is that people who are so anti feminist have a skewed perception of what it actually means. Being a feminist doesn't mean that you will never criticise another woman, it means that you don't criticise her on the basis that she is a woman.
Carpy
by Emerald Member on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:30 PM
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I am mobile, sitting in the car with my bird, who is having a barking competition with a dog in the car next to us. Just didn't get around to the link.

Editing to say, I thought I had her name in the first line from the article.


Quoting Donna6503: Hmm; National Review, it's ok to note the site. Alexandra DeSanctis isn't a bad person.



Just saying.
Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:39 PM
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I believe you. I just wanted to make a note of it.

Off topic; she is a good writer, don't agree with her but she does a good job expressing her points.

Quoting Carpy: I am mobile, sitting in the car with my bird, who is having a barking competition with a dog in the car next to us. Just didn't get around to the link.

Editing to say, I thought I had her name in the first line from the article.


Quoting Donna6503: Hmm; National Review, it's ok to note the site. Alexandra DeSanctis isn't a bad person.

Just saying.
WilyMommy
by Missbod on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:40 PM
Like saying that there's no excuse for a woman to vote for Trump for no other reason than bc she's a woman. Or that it's somehow misogynistic of me to NOT vote for Hillary, solely bc I'm a woman.

I don't believe I've seen that said in this group, but I've definitely seen that attitude elsewhere.


Quoting MissAndree: I think that the disconnect here is that people who are so anti feminist have a skewed perception of what it actually means. Being a feminist doesn't mean that you will never criticise another woman, it means that you don't criticise her on the basis that she is a woman.
MsDenuninani
by A.Ham on Sep. 19, 2017 at 1:50 PM
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Well, I can only say this in response - 

After having two boys, I had a daughter this year.  I want her to grow up in a world where she sees women holding positions in power.  I believe that is important, period, and am I grateful for the recognition of talented women, wherever I find them,  I see value in representation.  Further, there are plenty of places where these women are counted as feminist achievements, largely when we measure statistics over the years. 

That said, I cannot celebrate the accomplishments of anyone, regardless of gender (or race for that matter) if I don't actually believe it is an accomplisment.  If I didn't celebrate Sean Spicer, I cannot celebrate Sarah Huckabee Sanders, simply because she is a woman.  While grateful that the feminist accomplishments of the past allowed her to be recognized for what she can bring to the table, what she brings to the table is still absolute bullshit. 

Simply (and snarkily) put, I am happy that more women are being recognized as the assholes they are, but I don't blame anyone for not celebrating assholes. 

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