Hey, don’t take my word for it. Take Jessica Valenti’s:
there is simply no way that you can advocate for the limitation of other women’s rights and access to health care and call yourself a feminist.
Emphasis in original, and yes, “access to health care” means – in her lexicon – the right to slaughter an unborn baby at any stage of development. I’m not sure when the election was held and Ms. Valenti was appointed the right to define “feminist” for everyone else. I never miss an election, (thanks, suffragettes!) but somehow I didn’t get a chance to vote in that one.
I define “feminist” as someone who makes real progress advancing women’s rights instead of just yapping bitterly about the unfairness of it all – like Sarah Palin, working her way from school board to national political figure. Like Wafa Sultan and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, fighting for women suffering conditions few American feminists bother to inform themselves about, so preoccupied are they with the right to have consequence-free sex.
Liberal feminists are getting more shrill because they’re losing the battle that means the most to them. According to Gallup, support for abortion rights has been waning for a couple of years, and a majority thinks it morally wrong. And that trend is going to continue and increase as medical technology continues to lower the age of fetus viability.
For my part, to women who find the concept of “conservative feminism” offensive, I repeat:
If we find Sarah Palin’s choices more admirable than the ones advocated by Steinem and Friedan, at least they can take comfort in the fact that their leadership made Palin’s choices possible. They followed in the footsteps of suffragettes who endured far more than they did and would would likely disapprove vehemently of what the 60s radicals did with the freedoms they provided. That’s the way it goes. To you old-school, campus-leftist feminists: we regret that you don’t like the choices we make, but if you won’t respect the fact that it’s our right to make them, you reveal yourselves not as the vanquishers of the fearsome Patriarchy, but their replacements. Is that really what you wanted?