Politically right-wing women are often castigated as having “internalized misogyny.” Conservative values have been deemed sexist by many in the cultural and political spheres.
Hillary Clinton said that the reason women voted Republican in the 2016 election was because of “ongoing pressure to vote the way your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.” Michelle Obama said women who voted for Donald Trump “voted against their own voice.”
It is easy to brush off ignorant comments like these. However, the narrative that Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama pushed is incredibly pervasive. The conventionally understood definition of an “empowered woman” is one who is on the left.
If the dominant belief is that conservatism is “anti-woman” then young women will grow up thinking they have to be a progressive. Not only will they vote for far-left policies, but they will adopt culturally progressive values.
These are the same values that have contributed to the degradation of Western culture and the declining mental health of American women. It is imperative that conservatives push back on the lies of feminism and leftism.
Leftism does not empower women. Here are 4 reasons why:
Ever since the sexual revolution, feminism has equated freedom with “sexual liberation.” Objectification is now viewed as empowering by many on the cultural left. Candace Owens in The Daily Wire writes “Cardi B is presented by the media as a role model for women and young girls. We’re told she’s an icon of sexual liberation, the paragon of female ‘empowerment.’” Women who objectify themselves for the pleasure of men are considered empowered. The media would never claim that they have internalized sexism, even though music like Cardi B’s is degrading and blatantly sexist. Conservatives understand that people should not be reduced to sex objects. Feminists used to understand this too until the sexual revolution hijacked their movement.
Many of the suffragettes were pro-life. Susan B. Anthony wrote that abortion was “child murder.” Elizabeth Cady Stanton considered abortion a form of infanticide. She said, “When you consider that women have been treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.” In fact, the only reason abortion became a “feminist” issue was due to activism by men. Larry Lader and Dr. Bernard Nathanson co-founded the National Alliance to Repeal Abortion Laws (NARAL). Modern feminism and its pro-abortion activism are diametrically opposed to the beliefs of first wave feminists. They understood that abortion is not the key to women’s empowerment. It incentivizes men to be sexually promiscuous and abandon women once they are pregnant. Many women are pressured into having abortions by men who are not willing to take responsibility for their child. Abortion also enables the sex-trafficking industry. Sex traffickers force young women to have abortions so that they can be further exploited. Abortion does not empower women. First wave feminists and pro-lifers understand this.
The 2nd Amendment
Gun rights are women’s rights. The only way for women to neutralize the threat of a male attacker is with a firearm. Men have a biological advantage over women. Feminists should be marching alongside gun rights activist as Second Amendment rallies. In 2020, 25 percent of women identified as gun owners. In 2019, two masked men broke into a Florida home. They grabbed the 11-year-old daughter and attacked her father. His eight-months pregnant wife obtained her AR-15 and shot one of the intruders. Guns empower women. It gives them more control over their personal safety and neutralizes threats. Unfortunately, most of the left-wing feminist movement supports restrictions on law-abiding gun owners. In some cases, they support gun confiscation. This is despite their belief that American women live in a country fraught with toxic and dangerous men.
The Definition of a Woman