If you know me, I am no feminist. In fact, that very word crawling through my brain as I type it causes me to wrinkle my nose in disgust. Nor will I ever try to stuff myself into the “Feminist Box” by trying to somehow identify myself publicly with their so called “strength” -while simultaneously trying to distance myself from the militant, victimized, and hairy approach to life that many women in this category have turned into.
We all know them. The Feminazi’s who have to de-masculate their men, burn their bras, and grow chest hair and uni-brows to beat their way to the top. They have become obnoxious know-it-alls who snarl and foam at the mouth at any woman who dares to protect the right to life, urge women to take responsibility for their actions, who believe that motherhood is a gift and that their children are precious, and that the government shouldn’t replace the role of a husband and father. This is so far fetched from my definition of real womanhood that I would never even flirt with the idea of being associated with it.
Nevertheless, this is a mistake that I see many conservative women fall into lately. They want to be seen as strong and independent, but at the same time, don’t want to place themselves in the camp of the Feminazi’s. So, they turn themselves into vocabulary gymnasts in a terrible attempt to “identify” without “identifying too much.” Instead of simply owning the fact that feminists today are…well, just gross.
Liberals have turned the word “feminists” into something I will never associate myself with. But, while I’m no feminists…and I don’t feel it necessary to have a single word define me…I’m certainly no wilting flower. I am a woman who believes that you don’t know have to tear down and crucify the men in your life in order to have an equal voice. I believe that your gender doesn’t define you, your actions do.
Which leads me to this… Occasionally in an interview I’ll get asked, “What do you believe is the role of conservative women in politics?” And, admittedly, the first time I got that question it caused me to rear my head back a bit with a twinge of annoyance– along with a deep frown crease right between the eyebrows. What do you mean…”our role?” Don’t we have the same role as men?
I’ve never really seen much of a difference between my role and those of my male counterparts who are out preaching the principles of freedom, liberty, and how a big and overreaching government always makes for a much smaller individual.
But, the more I thought about it, I realized how wrong I was. Yes we do share equal output on almost all matters having to do with education, taxes and economy, foreign policy, immigration, etc. But, there is one role in particular…above all others, where conservative women must stand up and take charge and that is on the issue of life and reproduction rights. Where do those rights begin and where do those rights end?
Progressives, especially those among the feminists camp, have spent decades clawing at their (bare…hairy) chests while screaming that men don’t have a right to tell them what to do with their bodies. Conservative men, as a result, have become gun-shy and fearful about saying the “wrong thing” about abortion and about life in the womb. They’ve been told that their opinions are irrelevant and that their views are taboo.
But that’s a lie on so many fronts.
It’s not just her body. Unless she was born with four legs, four arms, two heads, and two heartbeats…it isn’t HER body. And how many tiny “men” have been expunged from life because of a woman’s “choice?” How many men have lost sons and daughters through abortion and infanticide? Many, I know, who suffer the loss of children that they never got to meet. What about the women who are pressured by a man into an abortion that they have to deal and live with for the rest of their lives? Furthermore, how many men on the other side of the aisle, in the pro-choice camp, are allowed to speak their opinions- despite being a man? Because, as we know, left-wing tolerance is a one-way street.
Liberals have turned this issue into the “war on women.” The Democrats have refined these points, the media spins them out to the public, and feminist women have been so disgustingly vicious in their actions towards conservative men who dare speak their convictions that many men are now terrified to stand forcibly on their principles. They’ve been brow beaten into submission. And don’t mistake me, feminists are equally venomous towards conservative women because there is nobody who threatens them more. There is nothing a feminists hates more than a beautiful and smart conservative woman who doesn’t feel the need to victimize herself in order to be successful and who doesn’t find the idea of raising little humans, who also happen to be the future of this country, to be repugnant. These “pro-choice” feminists only support women who choose THEIR choice. Don’t you dare make a different one or you will be eviscerated. Bras are only burned in honor of liberal women.
Therefore, conservative women are having to be stronger today in regards to this one issue than they have ever been before. The pro-choice lobby is “allowed” to be represented by anyone, while silencing the men in the pro-life groups– making this a large part of our calling and role in politics.
If we, as Conservative women, are going to continue to stand for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness… that all starts with LIFE! We can walk right beside the men on all of the other issues…but on LIFE we have to be the activists carrying the torch and LEADING this charge!
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