Left behind: How third wave feminism turns its back to women on the right


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Women march holding a banner which reads “Radical Women” – Credit: Charlotte Cooper

“There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other.” These were the words uttered by former Secretary of State and feminist icon Maedleine Albright during the 2016 presidential election. Meant to drum up for support then presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, this declaration sought to encompass the “all for one and one for all” mentality feminists have been trying to push for years.

        But what happens when we actually begin to peel back this feel-good feminist rhetoric? With celebrities, media personalities and millennials all racing to prove their devotion to womankind, surely we must have mastered the elusive art of intersectionality by now… Well, one look at the way Republican women are treated by their female peers proves that third wave feminism is only concerned with protecting those on the ideological left.

        Let’s start with the superficial. Feminists were quick to come to Clinton’s defense when she was met with attacks regarding her outward appearance. From jokes about the tone of her voice, to her fashion sense, to her hairstyle, practically all criticism of Clinton was met with verbose, self-righteous think pieces. For months it seemed as though there were hundreds of women eagerly waiting for an excuse to come to the aid of their newest figurehead, and flaunt their girl power for the world to see.

        And yet, these women were suddenly nowhere to be found when people hurled the same insults at Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway or Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Perhaps even worse, there was not a single critique from the radical feminist left when Clinton herself made fun of her opponent’s hair….

And it doesn’t stop there. To borrow from the feminist dictionary, Democratic Representative Cedric Richmond “slut shamed” Conway when he made a joke about her being “familiar” on her knees after a photo of the president’s advisor kneeling on couch in the oval office started to circulate the web.

…And yet he never felt the same white-hot rage conservative commentators are met with every day for making remarks that are much less obscene.

       Watching thousands of Twitter accounts suddenly go mum was certainly an alarming sight… And yet it confirmed the unfortunate reality that feminism only protects women when they are aligned with the political left. Feminists are ready and willing to ostracize their fellow woman the moment she affiliates with the Republican Party or expresses support for conservative ideologies.

This all comes despite the fact that many women do not support (and even actively oppose) certain political cornerstones of feminist ideology. Perhaps the most obvious of these being abortion rights.

In fact, a recent Marist poll found that thirty percent of all women think abortion should be allowed only in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. It also found that eleven percent of all women feel “abortion should never be permitted under any circumstance,” whereas only nine percent of male respondents said the same. And to further prove this isn’t simply a gender issue, sixty percent of all pro-life responders were women.

Now, abortion isn’t the only issue where feminist and non-feminists disagree. A Harris Poll/Glassdoor survey of over eight-thousand adults found that sixty-five percent of women feel they’re being compensated fairly against their coworkers.” This, of course, comes despite that pesky statistic feminists continue to repeat which claims women make seventy-plus cents less per dollar than their male counterparts (a statistic whose validity has been continually brought into question by economists since it first claim to light).

        Whether it be anecdotally, or statistically, it is clear that feminists only take issue with other women being silenced or ridiculed when it is inconvenient to furthering the liberal political agenda. For a group of people who speak so highly of unity and collective action, feminists still have a long way to go before anyone on the right believes their “movement” is anything other than a free platform for Democrats.

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