If you’re the parent of a daughter, you probably remember the doctor shouting, “It’s a girl!” after you or your wife gave birth. (Unless you found out the sex beforehand, that is.) But did you ever wonder how the doctor knew your daughter’s gender? I’m guessing not.
According to Dr. Logan Levkoff, a nationally recognized sexologist, our biology is “only a small (and sometimes not at all) part of our gender” — and this is especially true, she says, when it comes to women. In a piece for the Huffington Post called “The True Meaning of Womanhood,” Levkoff writes that since women are our nation’s “moral compass,” they have a duty to stand up for what’s right. And what’s right, she says, is to not “block or deny access to rights, freedoms, information, and services.”
In other words, real women are liberal.
She didn’t use the word liberal, of course — that’d be too obvious. Instead she wrote that women demonstrate their moral nature via social justice. “I believe that being a woman is a state of mind and a commitment to social action.” This may sound harmless (albeit stupid), but it’s Levkoff’s definition of a state of mind and social action that matters. A woman can’t harbor any ole’ state of mind, or take any ole’ type of social action. She has to harbor a very specific state of mind and produce a very specific type of social action. Michele Bachmann and Sarah Palin, for example, have “all the right body parts” — but “all the wrong sensibilities.”
They aren’t real women because they aren’t pro-choice, says Levkoff. And Bachmann supports the idea that women should be submissive to their husbands — and her heroine, Phyllis Schlafly, waged a battle against the Equal Rights Amendment. “Is this true womanhood?” asks Levkoff. Well, actually, yes. Millions of Americans would say these positions are very pro-woman — and for good reason. That Ms. Levkoff disagrees is fine. That she suggests real women are liberal borders on heresy.
You might be tempted to write someone like Ms. Levkoff off as a left-wing loon. Fine, except for one thing: Levkoff has a considerable platform. She represents the media elite who ban together and preach their message, using their considerable power, to the most vulnerable among us. As her website boasts, “When a news story breaks about sex, the media calls on Logan. Her expertise and advice is featured on network television, cable, and publications across the country.”
As a sexuality educator, one of the questions Levkoff poses to her students is, “What does it mean to be a woman?” She then tells them their body parts aren’t what make them male or female, at which point the students are understandably confused. That’s when the social engineering begins. ”This can be a hard lesson for students to understand, particularly when contemplating women,” she writes.
Well, yes, I would think so. But, accordingly to Levkoff, that’s not because it doesn’t make sense. It’s because “the most common visuals of women in our media include caricatures of traditional women’s roles.” Really? The most common visuals in the media are housewives? Point me to those channels — I’d like to see that.
What makes women like Levkoff so dangerous is not just what they say but what they don’t say. Left-wing women couch their views in benign terms that appeal to people’s emotions. Rather than say, “Here are my beliefs, and I think they’re worthy of consideration,” the beliefs are presented as normal, good, something any girl or woman in her right mind would believe. That’s powerful stuff — particularly when you’re young. The most natural thing in the world is to want to go along with what it seems like everyone else is thinking or doing.
As parents, we can counteract the messages women like Ms. Levkoff preach; but not without a great deal of effort and understanding as to how pervasive the propaganda is. So my advice to parents is this: Don’t turn away from the monster too long, or it might swallow your kids whole.