As the network of choice for those who would love to return to the halcyon days when women knew their place in the patriarchal pantheon, the "fair & balanced" Fox News is not a fan of feminism. For Fox, the notion of women's empowerment is downright alien and threatening to our American way of life. This misogyny is demonstrated in the various Fox messages about feminism: Feminists are "mean girls," "bullies," "useful idiots," and, wait for it, "a threat to national security." Fox features anti-feminists Suzanne Venker and the Princeton Mom, both of whom believe that finding a husband is more important than a good education. Megyn Kelly was appalled that Beyoncé's VMA performance featured a poet's words about feminism. And yesterday, Fox took it up a notch with a Fox & Friends segment which featured conservative women who know what women want, what they really, really want...
After the gals giggled about the book's cover, Kooiman asked them about the stereotype of conservative women as "intolerant." Rather than address the allegation, Murrell went on the attack against feminists: "They claim they’re feminists, but what they actually are, they are sexualists. It has nothing to do with empowering women anymore." Murrell made the absurd claim that "we have equality in the workplace and if we don't we can fight that on a one on one basis." (Who needs silly pay equity laws!) In describing feminists, she lamented that "everything they’re about now is kind of about from the head down. It has nothing to do with women’s brains or their hearts." (WTF?)
In pushing the popular Fox meme that it's really liberals who are intolerant, Kooiman "asked" if "the left is tolerant as long as you agree with them." Brittany agreed and made the ironic claim, on Fox News, that conservative women are "afraid to speak out." In a not so subtle dig at Common Core, she claimed that the "moms" she speaks to are afraid to talk to their school boards (future conservative victimhood?) about it because "they know they will be shouted down, possibly arrested like that father did by asking questions." (Uh, no, he violated meeting rules and then whined about his persecution on Fox.) She brought home a propaganda bacon twofer with her comment that "there is no tolerance unless you agree with them" and her whine about the evils of liberal Hollywood pushing an "agenda" that has caused our culture "to deteriorate."
Conservative Christian teabagging Dr. Gina Loudon who believes that "our faith is being taken from us" opined that “Women don’t want to be objectified, and what the feminist movement has successfully done, is really, sexualized women instead of feminizing women." She asserted that "we’re here with a new brand of feminism, saying drop the shackles of the old feminism. It’s time for women who really want to be women, who want to be feminine, who want to be what God designed them to be."
Murrell defended against the charge that conservatives want women to move backwards: “They claim that we put women back into the 50s where women stayed home and took care of their children. I say that what they’re doing, they are like cave women waiting for a caveman to bonk them on the head and drag them into the cave by the hair. That’s who they are. They’re the ones putting us back into the stone ages." (WTF?)
As the video showed a "Leave it Beaver" scene, the chyron read "Scared By a Stigma, Women Afraid to be Stay at Home Moms."Brittany advanced the tired anti-feminist lie that feminists make women ashamed to stay at home. More right wing agitprop from Brittany (who doesn't need to worry about feeding a family and paying the rent) who proclaimed that "women want less government in their lives" and they "really want" freedom to choose" for their family. (But not to choose the outcome of a pregnancy!) She said that us gals "want real men" who don't shave.
Considering that the anti-choice GOP is waging a war on women's bodies, Loudon's final comment was ironic: “We want no more of this feminists politicizing our bodies, and what happens in our bedrooms. That’s all that the feminist movement has successfully done. And we’re here to battle back, and say we know what women really want."
So it's feminists who are taking us back to the Stone Age? Seriously?
And you’re right, Joseph, they should practice what they preach. But, you know, hypocrisy is something they don’t comprehend….ever.
Oh wait. That’s what these CONs want for OTHERS. Their rules never apply to themselves.