From, believe it or not, Time magazine!
They look at her and see a chauvinist in heels. They don’t welcome her to the debate, and they give her no respect
By Marjorie Dannenfelser and Penny Nance | Dec. 2, 2015
The double standard now on display with regard to Carly Fiorina has driven hypocrisy to new depths, as many of the same political and media personalities who’ve warned conservatives and Republicans to make a stronger appeal to women have gone ballistic with invective and hyperbole in attacking the GOP’s only female presidential candidate.
This goes further than the current blame game over the horrific murders in Colorado Springs. The furor being directed at Fiorina is just the latest example. Why do so many who strongly advocate for more women in office, and more women running for office, turn so despicably against conservative women who are willing to put themselves forward?
New Yorker liberal satirist Andy Borowitz mocked Fiorina’s correct assertion that liberals are consistently wrong in tying tragic events – such as this latest shooting – to rhetoric. The critics did the same to former GOP vice presidential nominee and Gov. Sarah Palin, literally blaming her for Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage in Tucson, Arizona that left six people dead and several others wounded, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).
The left has learned nothing over the past five years; in fact it’s worse. Palin was wrongly blamed for the Tucson shooting, but today liberal commentators such as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews have gone so far as to sneer and offer that Fiorina is “enjoying” this tragic event.
It’s worse for Fiorina because, even though both she and Palin are strongly pro-life, it was Fiorina who took it upon herself to put the controversy caused by the Planned Parenthood videos front and center in the presidential campaign. Her display of courage and compassion at the Reagan Library Republican debate went into unchartered territory for a presidential race because, finally, it was a woman candidate who was willing to take the issue head-on when given a national stage.
And Planned Parenthood eventually did announce it would no longer accept reimbursement for organs from aborted babies
Abortion, sadly, is the difference maker when it comes to who gets the feminist seal of approval. Republican women who support abortion get a pass, they represent no threat to liberal feminist orthodoxy.
But to today’s so-called feminists and advocates for equality, who constantly demand more women in the process, more outreach to women and attention to certain issues, Carly Fiorina really isn’t a woman at all. They look at her and see a chauvinist in a pantsuit and heels. They don’t welcome her to the debate, they give her no credit for getting into the game, they don’t even give her the smallest modicum of respect.
There’s more at the original, but it simply goes to show you what we have already said: while Hillary Clinton is running to become the first woman President, Carly Fiorina is a candidate running to become President who just happens to be a woman.
Just as importantly, it exposes the tremendous sexist — and racist — bias of the left. For liberals, only white men are allowed the intellectual freedom to hold different opinions. The left might not like [mc_name name=’Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’C001098′ ]’s or [mc_name name=’Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL)’ chamber=’senate’ mcid=’R000595′ ]’s opinions, but they don’t say that their opinions somehow mean that they aren’t real men; they do say that those fine men simply aren’t really Latino! Ben Carson is being denigrated by the left as an Uncle Tom.
And with Mrs Fiorina’s candidacy, we are now learning from Our Betters on the left that she isn’t really a woman, that she can’t really be a woman, because she doesn’t toe the feminist line. Her accomplishments in life, accomplishments achieved not because she is a woman, and not because she was some Affirmative Action hire, but because she is intelligent, diligent and hard-working, those things don’t count.
Because, you see, for the left only white men can succeed on their own. If a black man succeeds, why he must have had special help, and he must acknowledge that special help. If a woman succeeds in politics or business, it wasn’t because she was a strong, tough competitor, taking on men as an equal, but because Her Feminist Sisters secured the benefits of Affirmative Action for her.
This is the result of the nuttiness of modern feminism. The feminism with which some of us who are older grew up is the feminism which says that if woman are allowed equal access, they can and will compete with men as equals. That’s what Carly Fiorina did! And that’s what other women are doing today: women make up a substantial majority of students matriculating in college, and women today earn the majority of college degrees of all types: associates, bachelors, masters and doctoral. Mrs Fiorina was initially hired for an entry level position — one which was seen as a typical female job at the time — and she worked her way up the way everyone should: when given additional assignments, with a chance to succeed or fail, or say, “this isn’t my job,”¹ she worked hard and succeeded.
That was what we old fogies thought feminism was supposed to be about, and that is the kind of feminism I can wholeheartedly support. But, for the feminists of today, equality isn’t enough, because that job has already been done! If feminism means only equality, then today’s Professional Feminists are out of a job!
I absolutely support the old-line feminism, the feminism which says just give women the opportunity to succeed and women will succeed. I even support Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s decision to open all jobs in the military to women, as long as the standards are maintained and no quotas are placed,² because I believe that people should all have an equal opportunity to employ their skills and talents and ambition, but that no one should be somehow given special help; I believe in equal competition.
Would the old-line feminists be appalled at the treatment a very successful businesswoman like Mrs Fiorina is receiving at the hands of modern feminists? I’d like to think that they would, though, given liberal politics these days, the answer is: probably not. But if they were intellectually honest and consistent, they’d be celebrating Mrs Fiorina’s achievements, and not trashing her.
Will Carly Fiorina succeed in winning the Republican presidential nomination? I support her candidacy, and hope that she wins, but if she does not, she has still been given an equal opportunity to make her case to the voters, and it is the voters who will decide.
¹ – The phrase “that ain’t my job” is the number one killer of careers and advancement.
² – I am certain that I am in the minority among conservatives on this issue.
Cross-posted on The First Street Journal.