Women Fashion Magazines Have A Trend Alert. There’s Just One Problem.
They’re anti-conservative women.
In July, Cosmopolitan and Vogue published articles praising actress Scarlett Johansson and Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood. These articles show a larger societal trend of feminists’ obsession with so-called reproductive rights over empowering the minds of women.
Cosmopolitan’s July cover girl, Scarlett Johansson, perpetuates the importance of feminism being centered around a woman’s body. Cosmopolitan’s interview with the actress illustrates just how much liberals refuse to recognize women making gains in any other field besides reproductive rights. On Cosmopolitan’s cover, Johansson is advertised as “holding nothing back.”
However, she has held back and dismissed everything Ivanka Trump has done for women since her father took office in January. When asked about the first daughter, Johansson says, “Hopefully she’ll make the courageous choice and stand up for what she believes in–whatever that might happen to be.” Cosmopolitan also titles part of Johansson’s interview as “Ivanka Trump’s ‘quiet’ activism.”
Cosmopolitan has it wrong.
There is nothing quiet about Ivanka Trump and there is no question about her beliefs. While Scarlett Johansson was criticizing Ivanka Trump for not supporting her version of feminism, Ivanka Trump was attending the G20 summit and participating in discussions surrounding the challenges facing female entrepreneurs in the global economy. She also worked with the president and the United Nations on sponsoring STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) opportunities for women, which is a male-dominated field.
Since June alone, Ivanka Trump has participated in numerous discussions and events ranging in issues from human trafficking, to women in business and STEM. She attended the FIRST Robotics Competition, an international technology competition that emphasizes a collaborative work environment while balancing personal gain in the field of technology. She invited two girls to the White House: Joy Bishara and Lydia Pogu, abductees of Boko Haram. The girls escaped the radical terrorist group and now will be attending school at Southeastern University in the fall. (The meeting was not announced or publicized).
The First Daughter further showed her capabilities at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, personally invited by Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. Ivanka Trump shared her input in issues of women’s economic empowerment; something Ivanka has made clear she is passionate about.
Trump also helped launch the World Bank’s “Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative” or “WeFi” to help women in developing countries start businesses effectively.
However, all of this was overlooked at the G20 Summit due to Trump’s outfit choice. During the summit, Ivanka wore a pink dress with bows on the sleeves. Some found the ensemble inappropriate for being ”too feminine”. MSNBC political analyst, Joan Walsh, commented that Ivanka Trump’s dress was “so incredibly ornamental” and that Trump was somehow displaying herself as the property of her father through her choice of dress. Ms. Walsh prefaced all her comments by mentioning “it can be dangerous to comment on what women wear”.
How “incredibly” contradictory.
Vogue’s spread on Cecile Richards starts by praising her interview outfit and reads like a “how-to” on gaining popularity among Democrat politicians. Every woman in the lengthy article is introduced with a description of her looks, with the exception of two women, two conservative women: Charmaine Yoest and Teresa Manning.
Both Yoest and Manning hold cabinet positions in the Trump administration, not to mention their professional strides in the male dominated fields of politics and academia. Yoest’s resume includes being CEO of a not-for-profit pro-life law firm and Vice President of the Family Research Council. Yoest has testified in confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee for both Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan and has been appointed to the Congressional Award Board by Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell. Teresa Manning fought a 3-year long battle in court against the University of Iowa for not hiring her due to her conservative beliefs.
Both women are feminists by any definition of the word, regardless of one’s political belief system. However, because of their conservative feminist ideals they receive very little recognition-besides criticism from a liberal media. Women’s magazines are no exception.
Conservative feminism is empowering the minds of women. Liberal feminism is a shallow focus on sexuality. You tell me, which is pro-women?
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