MEAN GIRLS: The Midterms Were Only Bad for Women If You Have a Very Narrow View of Women

EDITORIAL: It’s always nice when a woman stands up to say that abortion is NOT the ONLY or even the #1, 2nd or 3rd most important women’s issue today. And, regardless of which political party you’re attached to, women SHOULD celebrate other women’s victories. There were some significant milestones set this 2014 election but instead of experiencing them, democratic women are exhibiting what we used to call ‘sour grapes’. It’s not attractive by any means. Wondering how much media will downplay the whole process since they lost!

Liberal and radical feminism spend all their time and resources pimping abortion, sex slavery and irresponsible sexual activity while sexual assault runs rampant around the world today because they are paid by PIMPS. Many ARE PIMPS/MADAMS willing to sell females for their own greed and power cravings. An ounce of prevention would be worth a pound of cure here as they say but ethical sex education and effective birth control aren’t near as controversial (seeking attention in media) or profitable (Planned Parenthood got $500 million last year from TAXPAYERS. Their main function is abortion and abortion politics. What happened to non-profits having no participation in politics if taxpayer funded??).

Guess what? The majority of women in our nation have not had an abortion, contrary to what these money grubbing, power seeking women would have you all believe. While there are still too many that have, it’s not the most pressing female issue and it has never been the massive issue that women on both sides of the argument have made it out to be. These extremists steal the stage and then there’s the rest of our nation’s females whose voices are being oppressed.

Any woman who is truly concerned about all women’s issues and are for their OWN GENDER would celebrate the victories that women are experiencing right now. Instead, many times, mean girls never seem to grow up!

It’s time all women, that’s mothers and career women and feminists and religious women support issues that all women deal with. That includes many serious issues that involve our living children. More women have them than not. It’s time we’re all represented by the voices of women in public and influential positions. I know I want women in power who care about protecting and nurturing the children of our nation and around the World.

If we can’t accept equality and diversity amongst our own gender, we have no hope of equality and diversity throughout mankind!

I’m not sure I agree. If you are against everything Joni Ernst or Mia Love stand for, then this election was bad for you, and the policies you care about, not bad for women. It should be obvious, but “women”—half the population—are not a uniform voting block with uniform ideas about what is best for them. Though Friedman claims that Ernst was “a woman candidate whom most women voted against,” NBC’s Iowa exit poll shows that’s just not the case: Ernst and her opponent Bruce Braley split the female vote evenly, 49 to 49 percent. Though I personally find Ernst’s far right views terrifying (she believes in fetal personhood and wants to abolish the EPA and the Department of Education), “women” in Iowa do not agree with me, and she’s their representative, not mine.

It’s not just candidates that women disagree on. It’s the issues themselves. Let’s take access to abortion, which is seen as a pivotal “women’s issue.” According to the Washington Post, polling over the years has shown that there’s actually not that much difference between men and women’s views on abortion. And women may be more supportive of restrictions on late-term abortions than men are. Particularly in this election, issues like the economy and security have outweighed social issues among all voters.

Which is to say, though the right to choose is incredibly important to people like me and Ann Friedman, it’s not as important to a good portion of the female electorate. And even women who do care deeply about reproductive rights don’t necessarily like being treated as one-issue voters. Two anecdotal examples: After the election, a woman I think of as a deeply feminist Colorado resident—she has devoted her life to fighting sexual assault—posted on Facebook that she was glad to see Democratic Sen. Mark Udall lose his race. “The ads angered me,” she wrote of Udall’s TV commercials like “Backwards,” which focused on women’s access to abortion and contraception. “As a woman, all I care about is my private parts? I have nothing else on my mind, like, I don’t know, everything else?” Another woman who voted against Udall, who is a self-declared feminist and fan of Gloria Steinem, told CNN, “I want grandkids. I want security. I don’t want to worry about paying the bills…[Udall is] pandering on the choice issue, trying to scare women. I don’t scare anymore. I’m beyond that.”

One thing that is “bad news for women” is their paltry numbers in politics. The New York Times has a tally, and at most there will be 21 women in the Senate, 85 women in congress, and 5 women governors in 2015—those are record numbers in Congress, and they still stink. If we want more women in elected office, and we should, then we need to encourage all women of all political stripes to run. As political scientist Danny Hayes points out in the Washington Post, the biggest barrier to having more women in politics is that they don’t run in the first place. Maybe seeing a black first generation American like Mia Love get elected to congress in lily-white Utah will inspire some younger women to run in places where they might assume the electorate is stacked against them. That kind of diversity is good for everyone.

Jessica Grose is a frequent Slate contributor and the author of the novel Sad Desk Salad. Follow her on Twitter.

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