what women want
Believe it or not, I was already planning on writing a piece on modern feminism when Marie Claire rolled out this list of “50 influential women.” After slogging my way through it, (it's basically a DNC advertorial), I’m more convinced than ever that feminism needs a revolution, and it couldn’t come soon enough.
But, even before Marie Claire shared their lopsided take on today's influential women, what really inspired me to write about this was watching a bizarre exchange between journalist Laura Loomer and actress Alyssa Milano that I stumbled upon a few weeks ago. In case you don’t feel like watching the video, here's a summary: Loomer asks Milano a question about her pal Linda Sarsour. What happens next is both comical and tragic.
"My question is for you, Alyssa Milano,” said Loomer. “You are friends with Linda Sarsour, and both of you ladies have positioned yourselves as speakers and representatives of the #MeToo movement.”
The journalist was swarmed by women manning the Politicon event, two of whom grabbed the mic from Loomer.
"Let me ask my question," insisted Loomer. "I want to ask you right now to disavow Linda Sarsour because she is a supporter of Sharia law. And under Sharia law, women are oppressed, women are forced to wear a hijab," she said. "My question is, will you please disavow her because she is advocating for Sharia law?"
Milano, unsurprisingly, chose not to disavow Sarsour. "She's not," replied the actress. "She’s not. But thank you so much for your question."
Loomer called the #MeToo movement "a sham" as she was pushed out of the venue by apparent "feminists."
"If we don’t know how to talk to one another, we’ll never evolve," lectured Milano as Loomer was dragged out. “I wish you well — God bless you.”
I’ll come back to Sarsour later. For now, just let that weirdness sink in. Loomer asked Milano a legitimate question at a political event (that she paid to attend). She was then forcibly removed and told she needed to “learn how to talk” and “evolve.” Oh, and a “God bless you” was thrown in, too.
Ladies, if this is okay behavior by a "feminist activist" (which Milano desperately wants to be, despite being so terrible at it), we have a real problem on our hands.
The problem is this:
Currently, the cultural conversations surrounding women in politics, women in entertainment, women in academia, and women in activism are so purposefully skewed to one side that it's easy for these women to ignore the glaring problems within their own movement (as seen by Milano.) Worse, the bias perpetuated by Marie Claire (and publications like it) assumes that all women feel the same as Milano and Sarsour and the other forty-eight leftists they decided to include.
And we don't. Some women do, but many women don't.
I’m writing this because I want to say, loud and clear, that in the situation described above, I am not Alyssa Milano. I am 100% Laura Loomer. Like Loomer, I have questions that need to answers, and I’m not satisfied with vague, misleading womansplaining from a vapid celebrity.
Similarly, regarding the bogus allegations leveled against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, I am not Dianne Feinstein or Kamala Harris or Mazie Hirono -- three women ready and willing to recklessly ruin people’s lives, without evidence, for temporary political gain. I have far more respect for Rachel Mitchell, the attorney who managed to move beyond emotional hysteria in order to ask the questions that needed to be asked. Or Susan Collins, who listened, read, sought the truth, and chose justice over peer pressure, despite the consequences.
When it comes to movies or late night comedy, I have no interest in the bizarre ramblings of narcissists like Anne Hathaway (but how fabulous is Martina Markota?), Samantha Bee's slurs (because calling a woman you hate a “c*nt” isn't brave or revolutionary), or the exhausting hatred of Chelsea Handler. Instead, for entertaining, well-reasoned social commentary, I'll tune into Michelle Malkin, Allie Beth Stuckey, or Candace Owens (who interviews Mario Lopez here!) -- three funny, confident women who don't fit inside a neat Marie Claire box (or really any box for that matter.)
As for celebrity opinions, maybe next time Marie Claire can ask Angie Harmon, Laura Prepon, or Sarah Michelle Gellar why they're voting. At the very least, their answers might provide a bit of contrast in a sea of leftist uniformity.
When it comes to academia, I'm going to take a hard pass on man-hating, white people-hating, tenure-protected, violence-seeking extremists like Randa Jarrar and Christine Fair, as well as the feminist “scholars” who prove that their "work," in it's current state, is (quite literally) a joke. Instead, I'll learn from the likes of Christina Hoff Sommers, Camille Paglia, and Carol Miller Swain, among others. These professional women have varied expertise across the fields of philosophy, biology, and history, and they're not afraid to research beyond their own political agendas.
Lastly, when it comes to activism, I'm certainly not on board with Linda Sarsour and her cronies (best known for their involvement in the Women's March.) Because, unfortunately for Milano, Sarsour does support Sharia Law, and she's quite cozy with Muslim anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan (who recently led a "death to Israel, death to America" chant in Iran.) Instead, I'll stand with Antonia Okafor, Lila Rose, Alveda King, Isabella Chow, and other trailblazing women who don't get nearly as much publicity, but they still fight on for worthy causes.
Isn't it interesting that not a single one of the influential women I admire was included on Marie Claire’s list?
That’s no accident. Marie Claire (like most magazines, talk shows, award shows, or pretty much anything targeted towards women) is sending a subtle message to women like me:
If you don't fall on the far-left side of the political spectrum, you are not included in the conversation.
And the reason we're not included is because our voices -- our questions, our concerns, our convictions, our research, our willingness to reject false, force-fed narratives about women in the United States -- are a threat to the political monolith of modern feminism, which is currently so fragile that people like Alyssa Milano need security guards to drag away any woman brave enough to ask an uncomfortable question.
Thankfully, though, we don't need Marie Claire's recognition or Milano's approval. We just need more women who are willing to speak up (for themselves and for each other) because these "influential women" do not speak for us. Then we can start that revolution.
The Women's March was finally held accountable for its disturbing leadership, and that's largely thanks to Laura Loomer, who leftists have predictably smeared as an "alt-right" anti-semite (despite her being a devout Jew.)
Whether you like her or not, she's proof that one brave, free-thinking woman can bring down a monolith, one good question at a time.