Skip to comments.Confessions of a Conservative Woman
Posted on 05/25/2012 12:02:04 AM PDT by amylutz4
I guess its time for women to duck and cover, at least according to the mainstream media. For months now, left leaning news sources and politicians have been preaching the existence of the GOPs War on Women. In actuality, its nothing but a blatant attempt to pander to women voters. Under the liberal version of war, Republicans have been busy targeting women by denying us free birth control, aiming to restrict abortion, and defunding Planned Parenthood. However, if thats what war means these days, then call me a pacifist. Fighting against a socially liberal agenda isnt exactly the textbook definition of war. However, that does not mean there isnt another version of war going on in our society against women. The real War on Women is a horse of a different color, and its not coming from the GOP.
As a woman in the United States, I do see a partly unintentional cultural war on my gender everywhere I turn. However, this isnt one orchestrated by the Romney campaign. Its one thats deeply embedded in our culture and fueled by the media itself, the entity which often claims to champion womens rights. I cant walk through Target anymore without being bombarded with sleek magazine covers of airbrushed women who represent our cultural expression of beauty. Magazines and television shows subliminally say to women that we are not beautiful if we dont meet the impossible standards set by our culture. They say, Youre not pretty enough, buy this makeup, or youre not thin enough, lose 20 pounds. In short, theyre saying youre not perfect enough. Im sick of hearing from Cosmopolitan that Im not beautiful or thin enough. Its insulting and degrading. Sure, the media also places standards upon men, but they are far less restrictive. In magazines and television everywhere, women face an onslaught of superficially-based warfare.
While there has been significant pushback against the plethora of airbrushing and superficial standards for women in our culture today, its still present. The long term effects of these standards still weigh heavily upon women. We are told by the shiny magazine covers that we must be perfect, thin, and beautiful to be accepted in society. As women everywhere try to achieve these standards, we constantly come short because we are seeking something we will never achieve. The perfect body, face, etc. is an impossible-to-attain social construct. As a result, thousands of women struggle daily with body issues, low self-esteem, and even eating disorders. Additionally, when the image of female perfection is so superficial, women are often not taken seriously because our worth is appearance-based. In short, beauty is synonymous with ability. I can say for a fact that it is much easier to succeed as a woman if you are considered attractive. It should not be that way. This is a symbolic statement that says women should be judged based on appearance, not merit or character. America is supposed to be a meritocracy, not a nation where image is somehow a golden ticket for success.
Thriving as a conservative woman in the United States is even more difficult. While the National Organization for Women (NOW) will charge into battle for liberal women like Sandra Fluke or causes like abortion and birth control, they remain silent in the face of blatant attacks on conservative women. Recently, a video emerged of union members hitting a piñata with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haleys face on it because of her unease with the labor movement. NOW and other feminist groups had nothing to say on the issue. Talk about being warriors for womens rights, huh? Then, a sexually explicit photoshopped image of conservative pundit S.E. Cupp appeared in Hustler Magazine, bashing her for her dumb ideas such as defunding Planned Parenthood. Hustler publisher Larry Flynt responded to the wave of complaints by defending the article and saying, thats satire. Again, from feminist organizations: nothing. At least several liberal women such as Sandra Fluke have come out in S.E. Cupps defense. Conservative women like S.E. Cupp, Nikki Haley, and myself do not receive a defense from feminist organizations (not that we need it anyway) simply because of our political stances. It is an example of another liberal double standard. NOW and other liberal womens groups are liberal ideologues who are pursuing a liberal agenda under the guise of gender equality.
For liberal womens groups, the answer to the War on Women is taking legislative and political action to support Planned Parenthood, extend abortion, increase the distribution of birth control, etc. Once again, if thats their weapon of choice, I dont plan on carrying anytime soon. However, for all women, not just conservative women, there is another solution to the cultural assault on womens images and the lack of a liberal defense. We need to be the women who are so often neglected in the media: real women. We need to be women of character who hold family values while still fighting for respect from the media. We need to be examples for our sisters, friends, and children. Gender should not determine our place in society.
Culture changes slowly, but it does change. That change begins with us. Our place should be determined not based upon the medias impossible standards or a liberal feminist ideology. It should depend on merit. I am beautiful, but not because the media tells me I am. Im beautiful because I value myself no matter who tells me otherwise. Im a woman, Im conservative, and I will not take this anymore.
Still, this is a women's issue and it is women who will decide who and what they believe, and what they will put up with.
Good piece. The hypocrisy of the feminists is partly pushed me to the right. When I saw them saying nothing about Clinton’s behavior because he supported abortion I realized that they were leftists before they were feminists. Now I have nothing but contempt for NOW and the rest of the so-called champions of (liberal) women’s rights.
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