In truth, I could extend this series out to Part XX, but I think I’m going to conclude at this point with a manifesto of sorts that details what I feel should be the guiding philosophy of a new conservative feminism that moves beyond the leftist ideology of the radical feminist establishment.
A Declaration of Principles
As women living in the West in the 21st century, we can freely choose to pursue a career, stay at home, or do some combination of the two. We have the vote, and we are free to run for elective office. We can and do serve in every branch of our government and participate in our national economy as entrepreneurs and business leaders. In short, we Western women enjoy a freedom that is absolutely unprecedented; we are more affluent and more educated than any other group of women in the history of the world. And we recognize that our freedom and prosperity exists thanks to the efforts of our feminist foremothers. Because Elizabeth Blackwell persevered in her studies despite the taunts of her male classmates, women can now go to medical school. Because of the ceaseless activism of women like Susan B. Anthony, we now have a voice in national and local politics.
However, as the 20th century progressed, the feminist movement – which had previously been focused on establishing basic equity – evolved into something different. Cultural Marxism gradually made inroads, and it gave feminism a distinctly illiberal flavor. Simone de Beauvoir, one of the earliest members of this new feminist vanguard, became a harbinger of things to come when she declared in The Second Sex, “No woman should be authorized to stay at home and raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one.” Today, many self-declared feminists idolize sexual libertinism, propagate misandry, attack marriage and child-rearing, and actively discourage dissent within their own ranks.
As conservative feminists, we categorically reject any ideology that seeks to control other human beings in the name of a supposed societal good;
We reject the proposition that marriage and motherhood are inherently limiting;
We reject the proposition that a woman’s freedom rests on her ability to murder her unborn children;
We reject the proposition that freedom and sexual license are the same;
We reject the proposition that a woman must be leftist in her politics to be considered intelligent, authentic and worthy of respect;
And we reject the proposition that men are uniquely sinful and deserving of special rebuke.
Instead of the hateful radical feminist creed, we affirm:
That all women – whether they be laborers, secretaries, CEO’s, or homemakers – should be encouraged to make choices according to their individual interests and desires and not according to a narrow “feminist” ideal;
That motherhood is a beautiful, fulfilling, and socially necessary profession that should be honored, not derided;
That struggling mothers should be supported by crisis pregnancy centers in the communities in which they live;
That abortion should never be our default response to an unplanned pregnancy;
That sexual monogamy promotes the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of women and should be actively encouraged;
That women are best served by a political system that is based upon objective truth, liberty, and the rule of law;
That women are best served by an economic system that fosters entrepreneurship, as many women are currently seeking ways to work from home;
That women are best served by a society in which the family is the central organizing principle;
That women should be able to express any opinion without fear that they will be personally attacked by those who control the engines of our popular culture;
That free and respectful debate should be encouraged among women and orthodoxies-by-fiat discouraged;
And that men are partners – not adversaries – with whom we will happily cooperate in order to advance those ideals that will lead to the betterment of the entire human race.
As conservative feminists, we feel it is our responsibility to vigorously champion the guiding principles outlined above — and we refuse to be silenced by the aspiring totalitarians in our midst.