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Monday, January 20, 2020
PROFANITY at Women’s March Proves Protesters Aren’t Learning
Bedraggled pussy hats were the order of the day as the climate gods frowned on the Women’s March on Saturday with sleet and slushy snow in New York and Washington.
There was good reason to frown, considering the crude obscenities and general puerile smut on display.
“F–k Trump,” read the signs.
“Public Cervix Announcement: F–k the patriarchy.”
“I support men’s rights to STFU.”
“Pussy bites back.”
“Women don’t owe you s–t.”
Plenty are too coarse to repeat, along with illustrations of female body parts.
I guess we should be grateful we were spared the spectacle of small children, one barely school-aged, holding signs and screaming “F Donald Trump!” as in the Women’s March in Los Angeles. Great parenting there.
Who do these angry feminists think they’re shocking with their vulgarities and cartoon vaginas? Men?
Hardly. You should see what the porn industry has done with pussy hats. Men dressing up as giant vaginas for stag parties: Is that empowering for women?
In fact, courtesy and chivalry, not to mention marriage and motherhood, serve women and children more than they do men. Now these virtues are derided by liberals as artifacts of an evil patriarchy, along with police and border protection.
The upshot is a society ruled by the law of the jungle, in which women and children are most at risk.
It’s not clear why a march ostensibly about women had to degenerate into such rank profanity. It immediately disqualifies the participants from civilized discourse.
Just because Donald Trump speaks crudely at times doesn’t require you to descend to that level to critique him. It just means you lost the argument.
Exhibit A is the fluorescence-haired New York Times contributing opinion writer Mona Eltahawy. She is known for weirdly discordant profanity, but the Egyptian-born New Yorker outdid herself at the DC Women’s March.
Flipping the bird with both hands in front of the White House, she can be seen in a tweeted video selfie chanting: “F–k the patriarchy, f—k Donald Trump, f–k Mike Pence, f–k white supremacy, f–k racism, f–k misogyny, f–k homophobia, f–k transphobia, f–k capitalism . . . Here in front of the White House I am not here for polite protest.”
No kidding. The vulgarity and anger is repellent to anyone not in desperate need of therapy.
The National Archives tacitly acknowledged the fringe nature of the Women’s March when it censored placards referring to Trump and women’s anatomy from a 2017 photograph on show in a display of feminist protests through the ages. The word “vagina” was blurred out of one sign and the word “Trump” blurred in “God Hates Trump.”
After much condemnation, the archives apologized Saturday for its attempt to make the march appear like a legitimate protest for women’s rights, rather than a partisan screech fest.
But the truth is that the Women’s March is just another anti-Trump protest masquerading as female empowerment. It showcases a grab bag of radical left causes, most of which aren’t supported by the majority of American women, from unlimited abortion and economy-crushing climate action to open-door immigration.
For instance, only 17 percent of American women believe in its anything-goes abortion platform, according to the latest NPR-PBS NewsHour-Marist Poll. The vast majority either think abortion should be restricted to the first three months of pregnancy or should occur only in extreme cases, such as to save the life of the mother, or in the case of rape.
As an experiment, compare the images of women at the Women’s March with those who will take part in the pro-life March for Life this Friday and see who looks happier.
In any case, conscripting one sex to the anti-Trump cause will backfire. Women aren’t sheep, or Hillary Clinton would be president.
In fact, 53 percent of white women — the inconveniently dominant demographic of the Women’s March movement — voted for Trump in 2016.
That result showed the failure of white victim feminism to convince anyone of anything.
Yet it shows no signs of learning the lesson.
You’d think the whole enterprise would have crawled off the stage in embarrassment after the atrocities of the inaugural 2017 Women’s March, when Madonna fantasized about “blowing up the White House.”
The distasteful and illiberal nature of the organization has been on full display since, and it soon became clear that anti-Semitism was in its DNA.
Privileged big city women wailing about their victimhood at the hands of Trump just come off as ridiculously self-engrossed. There are real female victims far more deserving of compassion.
Take Lara Logan‘s searing story on “Fox Nation” about the Mexican sex trade, girls of 12 sold by their own mothers into sexual slavery.
Their plight is something worth fighting for, but it will take more than pussy hats.
Meg’s dad no prince of a guy
Queen Elizabeth dispatched troublesome grandson Prince Harry and his American wife, Meghan Markle, with hard-boiled deftness on the weekend. They get their Megxit, but without the “Royal Highness” honorifics and only after refunding millions spent renovating their home.
In other words, they can have their cake, but they can’t eat it too. Although they asked for it, you can’t help but feel sorry for the former royals, especially after Meghan’s estranged father weighed in with a venomous spray.
What kind of monster kicks his daughter when she’s down? For all their well-publicized faults, the Windsors have treated Meghan better than her mendacious pig of a father. No wonder she’s fragile.
Aussie brushfires a smokescreen
For a kid who doesn’t fly, Greta Thunberg sure gets around. The teenage Swedish eco-evangelist appeared at Davos over the weekend, along with a swathe of toy koalas with “Help” signs around their necks.
Images of burned Australian wildlife have taken the place of the summer’s Amazon rainforest fires as the latest propaganda tool of climate fundamentalists in their bid to impoverish the economies of the West.
Someone should tell them that Australia (which contributes a mere 1.3 percent of global climate emissions) has always had bushfires in summer, a.k.a bushfire season, and periodically, during drought and when the ground fuel builds up, it suffers catastrophic fires.
In 2009, the “Black Saturday” bushfires killed 173 people. By that measure, it was the bigger tragedy.
But the current fires have become a global cause célèbre because, this time, there’s a phony climate angle to be exploited.