I am a conservative who has been saying much of the same things this author says in this editorial (below). Too many other conservatives automatically discredit any and all arguments or concerns of feminists, in part because they wrongly conflate feminism with liberalism.
Even if it were true that all feminists are liberals (which is not the case), it does not stand that every point they raise is wrong.
I’ve also noticed for a long time now that a lot of conservatives misunderstand some of the terms or concepts feminists discuss.
I agree with about 99% of the following piece by S. Quinlan; there may be one or two points I do not fully agree with, however.
I was a lifelong Republican until a few years ago. I left the Republican party for several reasons, one of which is I do see double standards – Republicans really do not respect women; a lot of conservative men really are sexist (as are some of the women on the right, who at times pen editorials denying the barriers their own biological sex face).
I, however, cannot join the left or the Democratic Party, because they also adhere to sexist double standards, as well.
Conservatives Are Wrong to Dismiss Feminism
by S. Quinlan
Today’s feminists have some valid concerns, and those on the right would benefit from listening.
Last week, Representative Martha McSally (R., Ariz.) revealed that she had been sexually abused in high school by a coach. Her #MeToo story is a reminder that conservatism cannot afford to dismiss the modern feminist movement.
In the six months since the #MeToo movement began, conservatives have, at times rightly, questioned or criticized some aspects of it. But too often they have wrongly downplayed, ignored, or completely dismissed the impetus of the movement.