Is Feminism Dead? An Open Letter to Michelle Wolf
May 4, 2018
Let me preface this by stating that, for the record, I consider myself to be a “Conservative American Feminist.” Now, before you grab your pitchfork, allow me to explain.
I support equal rights and pay. I believe women should have the opportunity to lead without discrimination. I validate any woman raising her voice for a just cause. I am pro-life, pro-men, and pro-America.
Feminism was birthed in a spirit of unity. Women didn’t desire to BE men, they simply wanted to be considered. They wanted their voice to matter. And yet somehow, over the course of centuries, feminism has come to mean something else entirely.
It has somehow evolved into a bitter battle, often embracing crude language and juvenile, uneducated contention. Feminism has become reactionary vs. proactive. It is classless, cold, and arrogant. Most of all, it does not represent the positive origin of the movement.
Point being, our modern take on feminism IS NOT TRUE FEMINISM.
When I heard comedian and self-proclaimed feminist, Michelle Wolf’s address at the White House Correspondents dinner this week, I was shocked by her blatant disrespect and dishonor. The following letter is my personal response to her performance, her degradation, and her misguided representation of the American woman.
AN OPEN LETTER TO MISS WOLF:
The White House Correspondents Dinner (WHCD) is typically an evening of tradition. Dating back almost 70 years, the night is a pleasant mix of light political roasting, often directed at the sitting President, as well as praise for journalistic feats and risks well-taken throughout the year.
No U.S. President has declined the WHCD invitation in years past. No U.S. President has ever had to. Ronald Reagan even made sure to call in during the dinner when we was forcibly absent due to an assassination attempt. The event has always been a night of celebration, jesting, and ultimately…respect.
It’s no wonder that President Trump felt the need to skip the past 2 dinners, as we are so obviously living in a season of tension amongst the media. Hate speech is no longer appalling, becoming our dominant form of communication. What we once deemed as disrespect has now become the socially accepted.
This leads me to you, Miss Wolf.
You had an opportunity. As a comedian, you were honored with a nationally televised platform at your disposal. What you chose to do with that platform sadly reveals the current state of our American culture.
Basically, you botched it.
From a personal standpoint, I believe you botched it for women. You botched it for women in comedy. You botched it for women in politics. You botched it for women in any form of power.
You claim to be a feminist. I watched a few of your comedy routines, and they absolutely promote a feminist worldview. You write for strong women, you push for equality, you champion the feminist cause. And yet, in a room of some of the most powerful women in the WORLD, you made a very interesting choice.
You used your platform to declare women UNWORTHY.
In 20 minutes, you single-handedly destroyed every advancement we’ve made as American women. The heart of feminism beats of SUPPORT and encouragement. Look at our original Suffragettes. They believed that in order for a woman to be taken seriously, for their cause to be legitimized, they needed a respectful, well-educated and logical-leading approach.
Your emotional, filthy, and crude jokes shamed those original female pioneers. You made us, as women, look ridiculous. You set us back. You did what we so often fight. You made our voice untrustworthy. Don’t agree?
THE PROOF IS IN THE PERSECUTION
You brought up Kellyanne Conway saying:
"You guys have got to stop putting Kellyanne on your shows. All she does is lie. If you don’t give her a platform, she has nowhere to lie. It’s like that old saying, if a tree falls in the woods, how do we get Kellyanne under that tree? I’m not suggesting she gets hurt. Just stuck. Stuck under a tree.”
You may not agree with her politics. You may not agree with her delivery. But to playfully wish her harm in today’s violent climate was irresponsible and yes, absolutely anti-feminist. Roast her, throw a joke her way. But you stripped this woman’s WORTH. Because you don’t approve of her worldview, you’ve declared her undeserving of life.
If you claim to be a feminist, why is your support of powerful women only targeted to those whom you agree? If you claim to be a feminist, why would you EVER feel it appropriate to tear down another woman, especially one who’s worked her way into a job with such influence?
However, I shouldn’t be surprised that you believe a strong woman’s life does not matter. Your value of the human life was also illustrated that night through your commentary on Mike Pence. You said:
"Mike Pence is very anti-choice. He thinks abortion is murder, which, first of all, don’t knock it till you try it. And when you do try it, really knock it. You know, you’ve got to get that baby out of there.”
Let me begin by apologizing to any and ALL women who were hurt, victimized, and shamed over this comment. According to a 2011 British study, women who’ve undergone an abortion have an 81% increased risk of mental health problems.
According the APA’s latest data, at least 28% of abortive mothers regret their choice. By these statistics alone, your horrific comment alienated most of the women you claim to support. Those words did not advance your cause, and quite frankly the joke bombed. Once delivered, that joke was applauded with moans and sighs of disgust.
I listened to an interview where you genuinely discuss a woman’s right to choose. You appeal to your audience that rape is a viable reason for an abortion. If that is your stance, then why be so cavalier about such a heavy and statistically emotional decision? If you are FOR women, why joke so harshly about a topic that negatively affects the MAJORITY of women in this country? A true feminist would never wish harm or disregard another woman’s pain.
As we move on, let’s look at your opinion of Ivanka Trump:
"There’s also, of course, Ivanka. She was supposed to be an advocate for women, but it turns out she’s about as helpful to women as an empty box of tampons. She’s done nothing to satisfy women, so I guess, like father, like daughter. Oh, you don’t think he’s good in bed, come on. She does clean up nice, though. Ivanka cleans up nice. She’s the Diaper Genie of the administration: on the outside, she looks sleek, but the inside, it’s still full of s***.”
To this quote, I ask you, Miss Wolf:
Have you written a NYTimes bestselling book on the advancement of women in the workplace? Do you personally run a multi-million dollar company? At what point did YOU organize worldwide summits, meeting with ambassadors, kings, and presidents promoting women entrepreneurs? Have you formed initiatives in developing countries educating women in entrepreneurship and finance?
Again, you may not agree with the politics, you may not personally respect the woman. But what Ivanka Trump has managed to accomplish for women in one year will far outlive what you’ve put forth in 20 minutes.
Let’s continue with your take on Sarah Huckabee Sanders:
“I actually really like Sarah. I think she’s very resourceful. She burns facts, and then she uses that ash to create a perfect smoky eye. Like maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s lies. It’s probably lies. And I’m never really sure what to call Sarah Huckabee Sanders, you know? Is it Sarah Sanders, is it Sarah Huckabee Sanders, is it Cousin Huckabee, is it Auntie Huckabee Sanders? Like, what’s Uncle Tom but for white women who disappoint other white women? Oh, I know. Aunt Coulter.”
As you spoke out about Sanders, also comparing her to a television character known for using a cattle prod and vicious abuse to reign in women’s voices, the nation watched as she took your “jokes” in stride. Many women under that kind of attack would stand and excuse themselves, and every single person in that room would not find her at fault.
You were harsh, you were tasteless. She was dignified, gracious, and the epitome of class. You slapped one cheek, and she allowed you to slap the other. Sarah Huckabee Sanders was the perfect representation of strength and character that evening. You could learn much from her level of professionalism and powerful femininity.
To Megan Kelly you remarked:
"What would I do without Megyn Kelly? Probably be more proud of women. Megyn Kelly got paid $23 million by NBC, then NBC didn’t let her go to the Winter Olympics. She’s so white, cold, and expensive, she might as well be the Winter Olympics."
It’s an interesting attack, since you, yourself, so often SCREAM for higher wages for women. You’ve picketed, you’ve used your comedy to address the issue, you’ve even written equal pay material for late night shows. However, you’ve just communicated to Americans that only CERTAIN women are worthy of that equality.
Megyn Kelly is one of the highest paid women in media, and instead of celebrating that as the feminist you claim to be, you not only target her income, you say you’d be prouder of women without her existence. Again, you slam the nail in the coffin. Women are not worthy.
WHAT DID YOU ACCOMPLISH?
You had 20 minutes, Miss Wolf. You were hired to lightly jest, bringing the zings only a comedian can offer. You had an opportunity. An opportunity you squandered with filthy language and classless jokes.
Yes, free speech is a beautiful thing. It is your right as an American citizen to speak out and speak up. However, it’s also important to note that free speech comes with consequences. What will yours be, I wonder? You may have high ratings, the NY Times may hail you as “the feminist our country needs.” But what did you REALLY do to advance the American woman’s voice?
You gave an emotional and politically-driven, bitter and belittling diatribe that only set women back. This is not the voice of a TRUE woman. An American woman’s voice should be strong, proud, and always supportive. An American woman’s voice should be encouraging. It should be educated and well-read. It should be inspiring and challenging. It should be respectful. It should be wise. An American woman’s voice should stand for virtue, freedom, and morality. But most importantly, the American woman’s voice should be HEARD.
TRUE women of America, it is time to raise your voice. It is time to say "no thank you" to the cause of “Nasty Women." We’ll take it from here. Michelle Wolf’s speech was a drop in the bucket, however it was the perfect example of our culture’s misguided understanding of respect and morality. From all accounts, it seems we’ve lost our way. We’ve abandoned any form of virtue, celebrating only what culture deems important.
THE LEFTIST MENTALITY
The mentality of the Left tends to lean towards an obvious hypocrisy. As Miss Wolf demonstrated, according to Hollywood elites, women are only worthy of leadership when their ideology aligns with a liberal point of view. And it doesn’t stop there.
We also see it in liberal universities across the country. Academia seems to have a high regard for what you mistakenly call “a feminist.” In 2014, a civil lawsuit was filed against the University of California, Santa Barbara and feminist professor Mireille Miller-Young. She was convicted of stealing from and assaulting pro-life protesters. The feminist studies professor, who specializes in queer theory and pornography, went on a videoed rampage as she stole and destroyed a pro-life poster before attacking and causing minor injuries to a 16-year-old protester. She is currently finishing up her court-ordered 3-year probation, however the university did nothing about the matter.
Was she fired? Of course not. Reprimanded? Not a bit. She remains a professor within the feminist studies department. If this were the other way around, do we really believe no punishment would be served? And in what way, exactly, was this feminist professor supporting women’s rights? These students were peacefully protesting their right to life. A TRUE feminist would applaud any form of free speech benefitting a woman’s well-being. And yet we know that with the Left, tolerance is preached but rarely practiced.
That doesn’t have to be the end of our story!
Yes, Miss Wolf. America heard you. But America will not remember you. Your words will not stand in the tidal wave of fierce femininity. What you said was not wise. It was not respectful. You did not stand for anything of substance, you were not strong. You were not supportive. You were not encouraging, and the words you chose did not reflect your education. Frankly, you were not a feminist.
The voice of truth will not be silenced. It resounds in the heart of this nation. It’s time for a different message. Women of America, you are WORTHY of better representation. Speak up for yourselves! YOU are the feminist our country needs. Do not let a classless speech form the way our world views American women. This will not stand. It is time for us to come together, fight for our voice, and inspire a generation. Will you join us?!
A Real American Woman
Posted in The Liberty Dispatch Blog By Defender Gear