On June 23, 2012, Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) told Denver Democrats that Republicans were waging war against women. This increasingly tiresome strategy of labeling Republicans unequivocally and indiscriminately as misogynists is highly unfortunate. But, Representative Waters and her ilk hope that this louche tactic distracts from the real enemy of women: the far-left. The members of this movement have worked assiduously to reduce feminism to sexual gratification and the gender card.
From 1998 until 2004, Sex and the City blighted television with the vulgar and clownish antics of a group of friends living in New York City. Their “shockingly frank” banter about sex elicited undeserved gasps of admiration and giddy praise from the left. Sadly, institutions of higher learning have not provided shelter from such intellectual refuse. In April of this year, the Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS), a self-styled feminist group at Harvard University, sponsored the eighth annual Female Orgasm Seminar. Attendees ate cupcakes, tastefully adorned with vagina and penis-shaped chocolates, whilst learning about female sexuality. In popular culture as well as the academic arena, the left have persisted in equating sexual gratification with feminism and by extension success. So, it hardly comes as a surprise that some women consider themselves feminists merely because their get-togethers consist of giggling over Mimosas and showing off the booty that they got from their boyfriends-cum-meal tickets.
Unfortunately, feminism has been further denigrated by the use of the gender card around the nation. This problem is especially acute in Massachusetts. Professor Elizabeth Warren, currently challenging Senator Scott Brown in the 2012 senatorial race, has been met with heavy criticism for identifying as a Native American in law school directories between 1986 and 1995 because Warren does not hold tribal membership. Moreover, she has never reached out to Native American groups in Boston and in the surrounding cities. When Senator Brown’s camp asked Professor Warren to explain the “contradictions between her rhetoric and record,” Warren’s campaign responded by accusing Brown of questioning "the qualifications and ability of a woman." Then, there is Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley. She has used her gender, in addition to her color, as a campaign platform, a catchall response, and the raison d'être of her political career. In the aforementioned instances, the use of the gender card greatly belittles the efforts of women that seek to get ahead simply through hard work.
Representative Waters and those that share her far-left beliefs represent the true danger to women. In the world of these people, women are little more than frivolous individuals that see sex as a pathway to happiness and personal/financial success or thinly qualified figures that use gender to deflect any serious questions about their credibility and qualifications (or both). So, Waters and others from the far-left can certainly advocate for women, but to be effective, they might want to inject a bit of honesty into their rhetoric.