“And this is the bimbo that’s asking presidential questions?”
Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump, used this caption when he retweeted pictures from Fox News host, Megyn Kelly’s, GQ photo-shoot. Nice Donald, nice.
The feud between Kelly and Trump is nothing new. During the first Republican debate, Kelly asked Trump about his history of rude comments toward women, which Trump deemed as a “nasty” question. Then, Trump refused to participate in the last Republican debate because Kelly was set to moderate, which all leads up to Donald’s latest slights on Kelly’s appearance. He implies that her beauty makes her unfit to ask meaningful questions and do her job well.
It’s no secret that misogyny still exists in America. Women (especially those in a media spotlight) are still told how they should look and how they should behave. Donald Trump’s comments about Megyn Kelly are just the most obvious examples, but we can’t blame an entire party (the Republican Party) for the comments of an individual. There have been misogynistic slights on the Left as well.
Ed Shultz called Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut”.
Matt Taibbi described Michele Bachmann as “batshit crazy”.
The list goes on and on.
So why then do we see more women identifying as Democrats (52% as compared to 36% identifying as Republican) when misogyny is present on both sides of the aisle? The reason is actually a simple one. Liberals denounce conservative women for being traitors to their gender. Conservative women are told that they are “less of a woman” if they don’t vote Democrat, or they are told they are “in support of being subordinate to men” if they vote Republican. The gap is not the fault of the Right’s “misogyny”. It is the fault of the Left for making women feel small if they identify themselves as conservative.
Presidential candidate, Carly Fiorina, is the perfect example of this. She has been denounced by conservative commentators and liberal talk show hosts for things such as her appearance and her female anatomy.
Co-host of “The View”, Michelle Collins, described Fiorina’s smile in this way:
“She looked demented. Her mouth did not downturn one time.” Later in the show Collins added, “Smiling Fiorina? Can you imagine? It’d give me nightmares.”
Read about Carly Fiorina’s response here.
The funny thing about these comments are the fact that female Democrats describe themselves as “feminists”. Although the term has taken on many different meanings, it seems safe to say that a major factor of feminism is to empower women to be strong and stand up for themselves, which is what Fiorina seeks to do in running for president. However, how is degrading Fiorina empowering her to be a strong female political figure? It’s the complete opposite of what feminism is supposed to be. The hypocrisy of liberal feminists is mind-numbing.
To be a feminist does not require a check next to the name of the Democratic candidate. Gender politics don’t even have to be at the top of your list of important priorities the country has to address (I know, shocking, right?). All that should be required is encouraging other females to succeed in their own way in their own lives no matter what their political beliefs are.
Being a conservative woman does not make you a traitor to your gender. In fact, you are an inspiration to your gender because you are standing up for what you believe in despite what society expects of you (and that is to vote Democrat). It takes a brave woman to say she is conservative.
What is not brave is to vote blindly for the Democratic candidate because they are supposed to have “women’s best interest in mind” (which is a debate for another time). What is not brave is to humiliate the women whose opinions are different than your own. It is ignorant, cowardly, and immature. If liberals really want to do something for the female cause, how about they stop demeaning conservative women first.