Sunday, April 20, 2008
Conservative Feminist - Defined
The Gloria Steinem brand of feminism (or NOW, or NARAL) is an anti-feminist movement driven by one agenda (abortion) and tied to one political party (Democrat) – an exclusive, rather than inclusive school of thought. There is another type of feminism, one that is inclusive and non-judgmental, and that is a brand of conservative feminism that allows for all women, regardless of political affiliation to promote the ideals of feminism – especially, equality in the workforce. Anyone who has been through a woman’s study course understands (or should have been taught), that feminists are their own worst enemies, precisely because politics take precedence over “sisterhood”. When I was personally told that I could not be a feminist because I did not support abortion, I was inclined to disagree and developed a definition of conservative feminism that was based upon input from historical references as well as women across the country who understand how far we came, how far we have fallen behind as a result of political polarization and what steps are necessary in order to move forward.
Holds the rights and advancement of women in the workplace, political arena and the home to be inviolate Holds the rights of children to be loved, protected, and cared for in a manner which allows for a happy childhood to be paramount. Demands equal pay for equal work. Understands there are differences between genders. To deny biology is inherently imbecilic. Men are able to do many things that require strength that women either cannot or prefer not to do – Women are able to do many things given their biological make-up that men are incapable of doing. Celebrate who you are. Understands, in relationship to gender differences, one is not better than, or less than the other, but equal to and in partnership with one-another. Makes no judgment as to career choices other woman may make which includes the career of Mother and Wife. Makes no judgment as to political affiliations. Considers a women’s right to be feminine as paramount. Takes offense and objects to women in high-profile positions that are judged by the media and others by the following: clothing, hair style, emotions shown, emotions not shown. Considers the Right to Life to be paramount. Considers the Protection of Children and Women paramount under the law. Considers the rights of rapists, pedophiles and those that prey upon women and children to be non-existent. There is no cure – there are mandatory sentences. Understands the need to protect our borders as a national security issue; protecting our borders protects our children and our property. Understands that the schools are not a substitute for rearing one’s children. Understands that one “cannot have it all” unless one is willing to sacrifice: their children, their finances (pay daycare, pay housekeeper, pay landscaper, pay cook, pay accountant) and possibly their own self. Understands that few women are able to “have it all” due to socio-economic boundaries yet, are unfairly expected to do so. Holds that any country, religion and/or territory where women are not allowed to: drive a car, uncover their head, show an ankle, be in the company of men, or be treated as less than equal under the law in any manner should be held in the highest contempt. Holds that any woman in a position of authority that panders or promotes a nation that does not extend equal rights to women and protection under the law should be considered anti-feminist. Women who choose to become full-time mothers and household managers should be given family tax incentives as well as re-education opportunities when they are ready to pursue a first, second or third career. Children are a countries asset. Protecting a national asset should be a paid position with benefits. This should be a federal mandate. A conservative feminist understands there are few to no role models for our children. Musicians, athletes, politicians, religious leaders, actors and actresses, all in the public arena; have proven to be corrupt by a media who celebrates rather than denigrates bad behavior. Any person who celebrates the debauchery of women, including women themselves, should not be held in high esteem. Examples: women in positions of power who promote the interest of their husbands business over the rights of women, women in the media who promote themselves as nothing more than a sexual icon. A women’s worth should not be judged by a man’s standards.