The Corner

Where’s the Feminist Outrage?

Surely some feminist — Patricia Ireland, Gloria Steinem, Kim Gandy, someone — feels just a bit uncomfortable about the Democrats’ cartoonish appeal to women to vote based on “their lady parts.” (Note: The image has been removed from the Obama website.)

Is this really what those who fought for women’s equality — for women to be viewed as fully capable, intelligent, independent human beings who are more than just sex objects or vessels for incubating the next generation — had in mind?

Democrats are showing their cards too fully: They dare not ask women (or men) to consider the record of the last four years or how women and families have fared in the economy during this presidency. Instead they are reduced to trying to scare women into believing that they must forget about the economy and recent foreign-policy disasters because Republicans somehow threaten their “lady parts.”

Yes, ladies, we are supposed to believe that what George W. Bush failed to accomplish in eight years, in spite of having at times a Republican-led Congress, the former governor of Massachusetts would. That secret agenda that puts women in such jeopardy is not explained but just hinted at — though it must have something to do with failing to force Catholics to pay for others’ morning-after pills.

One would have to be little more than just a giant uterus lacking a brain to buy such ridiculous, overwrought rhetoric.

Needless to say, it’s impossible to imagine a major party appeal to men to vote as if their “male parts” depend on it. Men are expected to care about the economy, matters of war, regulation, and government’s role in private life. But women? Apparently Democrats think women shouldn’t bother our pretty little heads about such things since reproduction must be the dominant fact of our life.

Such insulting demagoguery should be resoundingly rejected by women of all political leanings.

— Carrie Lukas is the managing director of the Independent Women’s Forum and the co-author of Liberty Is No War on Women.

Carrie Lukas — Carrie Lukas is the president of the Independent Women’s Forum.

Most Popular


Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More