There’s no doubt, when liberals refer to “women” as in “women’s rights” or “standing up for women” or “code pink” for abortion, they are always talking about eugenics.
Examples abound, and they’re not even hard to find. Here are a few current cases of women who achieved success but aren’t worth celebrating because they can’t accept eugenics.
Kellyanne Conway: loves being a mother and a successful woman
When Kellyanne Conway became the first woman in history to manage a successful presidential campaign, liberals offered pretzeled arguments of Conway “using her femininity as a tool.” Catch this from Vogue:
But when she is called out for looking tired, or when she’s belittled for purportedly using her femininity as a tool, Conway wins—especially when the attacks come from her political opponents. Aside from reifying the notion that public misogyny is acceptable under any circumstances, when feminists and progressives attack Trump’s interlocutor in sexist terms, they leave themselves vulnerable to what could well be carefully plotted manipulation on Conway’s part.
What does that even mean? That Conway is somehow doing a double-secret manipulation by being a feminine, yet powerful woman, to somehow undercut arguments by feminists that she doesn’t do enough for women?
In feminist circles, merely being a woman who achieves something doesn’t make your achievement count unless you do it for a particular cause. That cause is reproductive rights, although it’s wrapped like a tamale in other “intersectional” issues like LGBTQ, support of the poor, and of course immigration and racism. But it’s really the right to birth control of all means, including abortion–even late term abortion.
Karen Handel: fought against breast cancer, pro-life
Conway, and now Rep-elect Karen Handel, are subject to withering attacks because they aren’t supporting “women.”
And they don’t even know what they’re talking (tweeting) about.
— Left Of Main Street (@LeftOfMainSt) April 19, 2017
The Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure gave grant money to Planned Parenthood. It was a completely political arrangement, since PP doesn’t do mammograms. When Handel, who was a senior vice president with Komen, was given the task of cutting those grants, she took the fall when the political feces hit the fan.
According to Komen’s website, 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2017, along with 40,610 breast cancer deaths. I don’t think any sane person could argue that Handel’s work for Komen was somehow against women’s health. That is, unless you define women’s health strictly as reproductive rights.
Though Handel, a devout Catholic, denied that the decision had to do with “political beliefs or ideology,” Planned Parenthood has been part of Handel’s politics since she was on the Fulton County board of commissioners in the early 2000s and voted to grant $400,000 to Planned Parenthood. When she ran unsuccessfully for governor of Georgia in 2010, she was criticized for that vote, and accused by her opponent for not being conservative enough. By the time she was running for governor, Handel included cutting state aid to Planned Parenthood in her gubernatorial platform. At that time, though, she still thought abortion should be legal in cases of rape, incest, or threat to a mother’s life. In 2017, Handel listed abortion as one of eight major issues on her campaign website, stating that she believes “life begins at conception.”
Who cares about breast cancer or mammograms? It’s all about abortion, which is itself a euphemism for eugenics.
Eugenics makes women into little gods
Eugenics means “good birth.” It was the founding principle of the American Birth Control League, which is now known as Planned Parenthood. In the early 20th century, eugenics was all the rage. Herr Hitler was a huge fan, as were many in the U.S. After all, improving the human race, and eliminating unwanted babies that were a drag on society was considered to be a virtue.
Eugenics was not only the purview of academics, and it became a popular social movement that peaked in the 1920s and 30s. During this period, the American Eugenics Society was founded, in addition to many local societies and groups around the country (PBS 1998). Members competed in “fitter family” and “better baby” competitions at fairs and exhibitions (Remsberg 2011). Movies and books promoting eugenic principles were popular. A film called The Black Stork (1917), based on a true story, depicted as heroic a doctor that allowed a syphilitic infant to die after convincing the child’s parents that it was better to spare society one more outcast.
The cold logic is simple. An unwanted baby should be spared living, and a parent who doesn’t want to be one should be spared having to care for the unwanted child. Society therefore has a responsibility to eliminate those children or be faced with the task of finding suitable care.
Couching the decision in the veil of “rights” of the mother–in rape and incest cases, in cases of chromosomal damage, or just because the mother took a “Plan B” pill–makes the euphemism more comfortable. What they’re really doing is ridding society of a burden.
For feminist liberals, a woman who doesn’t support eugenics isn’t worth celebrating for any achievement, because “women” must accept their role as the arbiters of life, little gods who decide who lives and dies based on their own womanly intuition and needs.
This is, stripped of all the “causes” and “rights” talk, what liberals are fighting for. In their view, women can only be empowered when they achieve power over life, instead of simply being nurturers of life regardless of the circumstances of its origin.
Katy Talento: fights AIDS, criticized after-conception birth control
They’ve tied this to economics (How the Pill Made the American Economy Great), and they’ve tied it to AIDS. One of the reasons six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS quit, saying Trump “simply does not care” about the topic, is because they don’t like Katy Talento, Trump’s health policy adviser (and an HIV/AIDS expert) on the Domestic Policy Council.
From the Washington Post:
[Council member Scott Schoettes] also criticized Talento for making inaccurate claims about birth control in the past. “This administration has shown themselves to be anti-science in multiple areas. I don’t know how we can argue policy positions if they don’t use facts.”
The “inaccurate claims” he referred to was a piece Talento published in The Federalist about the dangers of chemical birth control. The article is chock-full of science, and even gives space to opposing views. It cites a 2012 study published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
But Schoettes claims it’s “anti-science.” Not because it’s claiming AIDS isn’t a health problem, but because it deals with birth control, especially the pills that prevent “a fertilized egg (i.e. after conception) from hunkering down in the wall of the uterus, where it can grow normally.” Talento, a high achieving women with a high-profile administration position, can’t be trusted because her views on birth control don’t line up with eugenics.
To liberals, when you get past all their deflections, it’s very clear that their first cause is making women into little gods, and that, to them, is the meaning of feminism, and of “standing up for women.” Any woman’s achievement, without the first cause, is not a cause they will celebrate.