The chairmen daughter is continually used as salve for Trumps misogyny, but most American women know what real feminism is and what sexism looks like
Ivanka Trump and Kellyanne Conway sure are working hard to convince us that the president isnt a misogynist. While Conway tweets about Trumps commitment to womens health and cover-ups for his bigotry on the cable news circuit, the first daughter continues her mission to present the softer side of a human whose best-known quote on gender involves grabbing pussies.
It would be ludicrous if it wasnt so dangerous. As feminism continues to grow more powerful millions of women marched against Trump and sexism less than 2 months ago conservative women will try to use the rhetoric of the movement to mask Republican misogyny.
In a day when so many misunderstood feminism to mean anything a woman does rather than a well-defined movement for justice, this strategy could very well run. The mischaracterization of feminism has been political amber for women on the right: spies who once called feminists baby-killers and man-haters now claim the label for themselves even as they support stripping American women of fundamental and hard-won rights.
The most dangerous musician in all of this is Ivanka herself poised, smoothed, telegenic and continuously trotted out as salve for her parents explicit sexism.
Just this week Ivanka tweeted out a picture of her parent ratify two laws that push for gender parity in STEM fields with the hashtag #ClosingTheGenderGap. In the shot, Trump is surrounded by female staff member, Ivanka and his wife. The photo-op was a clear response to the image that ran viral in January of Trump surrounded by humen as he reinstated the anti-choice Global Gag Rule.( A mandatory held liable for thousands of womens demises across the globe .)
Even before the election, Ivanka was trying to convince us that her father isnt misogynist. Her speech at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland constructed Trump seem more like a feminist revolutionary than a human who walks into teenage daughters dressing room. Shes even called him a feminist.
Though Ivankas feminist bonafides are shaky at best the child care plan she pushed doesnt include parents, her Wives Who Run campaign is more Pinterest than activist, she supports an unrepentant racist misogynist any criticism of her is positioned as a rejection of feminist ideals. As the Trump brand takes massive hits, for example, reactionaries like Tomi Lahren insist that any boycott of Ivankas clothing is proof that you are not really a feminist and dont support women.
Ivanka taking an interest is womens issues is fine, but using them to cover for her parents rank intolerance is reprehensible.
Feminism is not blind assistance of any other woman regardless of her politics its a movement for justice and a is asking for systemic change. That may seem obvious, but its a phase well need to hammer home over the next four years if we want to prevent Republicans from rolling back women rights while pointing to Ivanka and Conway as proof that they couldnt maybe be sexist.
Most American women wont be fooled by empowered mottoes and hashtags we know what real feminism is, and what sexism looks like. And no matter how many female faces Trump surrounds himself with, we know exactly who he is and what he thinks of women.
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