Ann Coulter is the
perfect example of both the epitome of feminism and the hypocrisy within
the modern feminist movement. I know there are other examples like
her, but I’ve chosen her for a bit of irony – considering she is so loathed
by modern-day feminists.
If you don’t know who Ann Coulter is, you are truly missing out. Here’s
a synopsis: Coulter graduated with honors from Cornell University and received
her J.D. from University of Michigan Law School, where she was an editor
of The Michigan Law Review.
Coulter clerked for the Honorable Pasco Bowman II of the United States Court
of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and was an attorney in the Department of
Justice Honors Program for outstanding law school graduates.
Coulter practiced law for a private firm in New York City and worked for
the Senate Judiciary Committee. From there, she became a litigator with the
Center For Individual Rights in Washington, DC, a public interest law firm
dedicated to the defense of individual rights with particular emphasis on
freedom of speech, civil rights, and the free exercise of religion.
Coulter is the legal correspondent for Human Events and writes a popular
syndicated column for Universal Press Syndicate. She is a frequent guest
on many TV shows, including Hannity and Colmes, The O'Reilly Factor, (the
late) Politically Incorrect, Larry King Live, American Morning With Paula
Zahn, Crossfire, ABC’s “This Week,” Good Morning America, the Leeza Show,
and has been profiled in TV Guide, the Washington Post, New York Magazine,
Capital Style, National Journal, and Harper’s Bazaar. She was named
one of the top 100 Public Intellectuals by federal judge Richard Posner in
2001 and dubbed "One of the 20 Most Fascinating Women in Politics" by George
Coulter is also the author of the New York Times best sellers, High Crimes
and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton, Slander: Liberal Lies About
the American Right and Treason: Liberal Treachery from the Cold War to the
War on Terrorism.
You may be wondering how this woman can be both an example of the epitome
of feminism and the hypocrisy within the modern feminist movement.
To you I submit the following.
Feminism is defined as the belief in the social, political and economic equality
of the sexes. Right? Right. A feminist is defined as a
person whose beliefs and behavior are based on feminism. Right?
Right. Ann Coulter believes in these values, therefore she is a feminist
by definition. But feminism has moved far from its definition.
If modern-day feminists were consistent in their principles, they would acknowledge
what Coulter has done for women. Coulter has risen to the top of her
career - - excuse me - - careers, and made great strides in the advancement
of women in the social, political and economic realms. A lawyer, a
syndicated columnist, an empowered career woman, a media star, a coveted
political pundit and best selling author of not one -- or even two -- but three
books. Her plethora of accomplishments speak for themselves.
Ann Coulter is the epitome of true feminism – I applaud her.
But ironically, guess who isn’t clapping with me. You guessed it, modern
“feminists.” Why is this? I offer you that modern “feminists”
are not interested in the equal advancement of women. They are only
interested in the rapid advancement of hard left, liberal women. A
vast majority of modern feminists are left wing demagogues.
My senior year of college wasn’t long ago and I remember sitting in “Cultural
and Social Change,” my Sociology 426 class and the last of my minor in the
subject. My professor and I were debating, as usual, and she was trying
to tell me that I was indeed a feminist myself with the views that I hold
(i.e. the equality of women, etc.). To an extent she was right.
Purely speaking, I hold traditional feminist values. However, what
I had to explain to her was how the modern feminist movement has mutated
into an entirely different being – an entirely different monster if you will.
The modern feminist movement has no room for conservatives like myself, even
with my pure feminist values.
Getting back to my main point. This mutation is so perfectly illustrated
through Ann Coulter. With all that Coulter has succeeded in her life
thus far, she should be a champion in the eyes of the feminist movement.
But alas, she is not. She is loathed and considered the opposition
to what feminism “stands for.” Can you imagine NOW (the National Organization
for Women) hiring Ann Coulter to be a voice for women nationwide? Not
going to happen. Why not? Simple: organizations such as NOW have
been overrun with a liberal agenda. Don’t believe me? Am I just
a paranoid conservative? For the answer one needn’t look further than
the front page of the organization’s web site. Front page article titles
include "Radical Anti-Abortion Doctor Takes Predictable Stand on RU-486" and
"NOW Blasts Introduction of Federal Anti-Marriage Amendment." NOW has
assumed for all you women out there that abortion is okay and so is gay marriage
(even though national statistics contradict this assumption). One can
easily see the liberal, anti-conservative agenda of organizations such as
now, typical of the modern feminist movement.
The sad fact is this: without pro-abortion, pro-taxation, anti-capitalistic,
anti-gun, pro-homosexual marriage, anti-war and other liberal sentiments,
no matter her accomplishments, Ann Coulter will always be considered a traitor
in the minds of modern “feminists.” This is precisely why Coulter is
in fact a feminist icon. True to herself, her beliefs and her values,
Coulter is everything feminism should be, but is no longer.
Glesne is a Communication/Marketing Specialist for a software corporation
in Camarillo, California and a United States Marine Corps reservist.