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Conservative Feminism

This past week Jessica Valenti, who frequently writes on feminist topics, had a NYT Op-Ed about parsing female accomplishments. Specifically, that not every breakage of a glass ceiling is praiseworthy. She uses the recent confirmation of Gina Halspel (!) as a placemat for qualifying feminism:

“Feminism isn’t about blind support for any woman who rises to power…The truth is that while feminism need not be complicated — it’s a movement for social, economic and political justice — it is not for everyone.”

The argument is that advancing women who support policies or institutions perceived to be harmful to women more broadly (such as the GOP) do not count.

Her question, “Why do so many who strongly advocate for more women in office, and more women running for office, turn so despicably against conservative women who are willing to put themselves forward?” was not answered satisfactorily. To say that we as a society have, “come too far to allow the right to water down a well-defined movement for its own cynical gain” is laughably hypocritical; the American left has plenty of history using movements for its own cynical gains, as do all political parties.

And lastly, Valenti brings up torture as an anti-feminist stance, confirming the suspicion that true liberalism requires believing in the  slate card of causes, and does not allow for topical deviation.  How “progressive.”