More Proof War on Women Is a Myth

Reince Priebus is not the only newsmaker standing up to the atrocious fiction that conservatives are engaged in an effort to restrict the rights of women. There’s an actual woman saying so, as well. You may have even heard of her: Phyllis Schlafly, who made an appearance at The Citadel this week. Here’s a first-hand report from Diane Knich of the Charleston Post & Courier:

The recent political flap about contraception being an important issue for women is completely contrived by Democrats and the media to divert attention from abortion and other important issues, said conservative political activist Phyllis Schlafly.

“Contraception is not controversial,” she said. “The issue is not access. It’s who’s going to pay for it.”

The first thing you need to do to understand what women really want, Schlafly indicated, is to stop listening to feminists:

Most women are concerned about issues such as jobs and religious liberty, Schlafly said, not issues being drummed up by feminists to foster support for President Barack Obama.

And feminists are working through the media and other channels because the American public no longer seems to strongly support their agenda, Schlafly said. “Feminists are having a hard time being elected because they essentially are unlikable,” she said.

Schlafly talked to a group of Citadel students about the culture of conservatism and the history of the religious right. She told the all-male group that “feminist is a bad word and everything they stand for is bad.”

But watch out! Feminists can be wily and seductive:

And she warned them about having personal relationships with feminists. “Find out if your girlfriend is a feminist before you get too far into it,” she said. “Some of them are pretty. They don’t all look like Bella Abzug.”

I sort of doubt the students at The Citadel have any idea who U.S. Rep. Bella Abzug (who died fourteen years ago) was. But Schlafly has always been rather proud of living in the past, when men were men and women were women and there was no foolishness about equal rights. Those nasty if sometimes attractive feminists are the ones waging a war against the natural, God-given order of things.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.