It has become clear to me that the left-wing in this country is absolutely not the least bit interested in allowing people, especially women, to be free to make their own choices in life.
Surprised? I can understand why since the left likes to cloak its positions in the language of "choice" and in opposition to government intrusion into what are "private matters" but don't be fooled. The left has an orthodoxy no less rigid than the fiercest Puritan only with a lot more self-indulgence.
This strict idea of how people should behave is particularly acute when it comes to the role of women. The latest in a seemingly endless string of examples comes in an excellent post by Randy in Richmond at Fairly Conservative. It is comedian Tina Fey during her acceptance speech for the Mark Twain Prize:
And, you know, politics aside, the success of Sarah Palin and women like her is good for all women – except, of course –those who will end up, you know, like, paying for their own rape ‘kit ‘n’ stuff,” Fey said. “But for everybody else, it’s a win-win. Unless you’re a gay woman who wants to marry your partner of 20 years – whatever. But for most women, the success of conservative women is good for all of us. Unless you believe in evolution. You know – actually, I take it back. The whole thing’s a disaster.Now Fey intends this to be funny, and it is. That doesn't make it any less damning.
The message here for women is clear. If you consider yourself a conservative you are a fool. Fey, and those of like mind, can't fathom that a woman might have thought and read about the issues facing our country and come to the conclusion that a conservative approach is the right one. The only explanation they can admit for such an outcome is one that has the woman playing the role of duped victim yet again. How sexist is that?
This attitude extends beyond politics, of course, right up and into the home. It can't permit that a woman might find satisfaction in a loving and respectful marriage between equals with different roles, in the care and raising of children, and in the successful management of a household. The message that so many on the left seem to have imbibed from modern feminism is that all of these things represent oppression, and no woman could ever freely choose these.
Adding to the hidden nature of this liberal orthodoxy is it enforcement mechanism. While no less coercive, it is infinitely more subtle. Its transmission is through the culture itself. From books, televisions, magazines and now blogs, the message is loud and clear: There is only one role for women and it is not to serve in the traditional roles of wife and mother, it is to be as much like men as possible. Bombarded with this attitude in the popular culture, is it any wonder that so many women have adopted it and in turn proclaim it in coffee shops, conference rooms, and even our churches?
This attitude is, of course, most harmful to women. Attempting to remake women in the image of men destroys what is best in women. It removes from our society those attributes particular to women, and particularly lacking in men. And, as a result, women suffer, families suffer, and the nation suffers.
I'm not surprised people on the left think everyone ought to live like them. A belief that others ought to be just like us is probably just part of our human condition. As such, the left should just drop the charade that they want women to be free to make their own choices. What they really want is women to emulate the lives of the left-wing elite. You have to wonder just who do they think is going to clean the hotel rooms of and pour the coffee for all the powerful and privileged while they hammer away at the glass ceiling. And while those sheets are changed and tables cleared, who do they think will care for the children of the women doing so?
So the next time someone tells you the right-wing in this country seeks to control the private lives of its citizens, be sure to tell them maybe that's true, but it's no less true of the left. The only problem is that no one on the left will admit it.