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NEW YORK – Ever since Sarah Palin created the mama grizzlies and claimed the feminist banner, political warfare has broken at every level between conservative and liberal women. The core questions – Who is a real feminist? Who is pro-abortion and who is not? – have ignited some sensible and thoughtful debate, but mostly the two sides have been sniping and yapping at each other and seeming more outrageous each time.
Now comes this bit from the Smart Girl Summit conference in Arlington, Va. – an outgrowth of Smart Girl Politics, which bills itself as "the home on the Internet for conservative women and grassroots activism." It was a two-day affair on Thursday and Friday this week, including big-time Republican luminaries Liz Cheney and Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Probably a couple hundred women showed up and paid the $199 per-person ticket to listen to gung-ho conservative femme stuff.
Well, not to be left out of the inner workings of Smart Girls, the uber-liberal feminist group Emily's List – whose ad mocking the mama grizzlies was such a dud – dispatched an intern to embed herself in enemy lines, to report for Emily's List's Web site and just spook around the conference rooms at the Hyatt hotel where the summit was held.
Emily's List's intern, named Jamie, had been reporting from inside the summit all day Thursday, saying she met a lot of nice women in the crowd, though she was not so happy that speakers referred to women like her – liberal feminists – as old and irrelevant. Still, Jamie was fine until she attended the Susan B. Anthony List panel. The SBAL is the conservative equivalent, if there's such a thing, of Emily's List.
There, Jamie heard that liberal women like herself who support abortion rights are a "freak of nature," and that liberal feminists adhere to the "neo-Nazi feminist way" of going to an Ivy League school, starting a career, and putting off having children.
Apparently, according to an Emily's List blogger, the words came from Princella Smith, a 26-year-old former congressional Republican candidate from Arkansas.
Responding to the "neo-Nazi" epithet, the Emily's List blogger, Jess McIntosh, wrote: "We're really talking about choice now. Not just the right to choose when we want to start a family, but the right to choose what kind of life we want to lead. And unless the life we're choosing involves genocide, there is no 'Nazi way' of doing it."
Addressing the Smart Girls, McIntosh says: " So, smart girls, I have a question for you. Were there any of you in the audience who cringed a littlel when panelist and congressional condidate Princella Smith said that? Any of you who made the choice to wait a while before having children and never thought that made you a freak of a woman? Any of you who went to an Ivy League school and never thought that meant someone would think you were somehow unfeminine?" Well, the answer has to be obvious.
Now comes Smart Girl blogger Jenny Erikson, countering with a challenge:
"Listen up liberals, because I am sick to death of saying it. We conservatives don't believe it's freakish and against the laws of nature to decide not to have children, to attend an Ivy League school, or to have a career....''
"What is against the laws of nature? For a woman to kill her unborn child for no reason other than being pregnant is inconvenient."
She goes on, sharpening her argument:
"Reproductive freedom and choice has nothing to do with abortion. No one is forcing anyone else to get pregnant...Don't want to get pregnant? Don't have sex."
As with the misguided ad parodying Palin's mama grizzlies' video, Emily's List excursion into enemy territory is a bit of an embarrassment. Why sent an intern on the sly to report on a conference that was open to anyone willing to pay for a ticket? Why spy on conservative women? Why so shocked and appalled at the speeches? The whole thing makes Emily's List look a little desperate, a little out of step. Again it fails to understand conservative smart girls.
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nanciec

Fighting about this one issue will never be solved. NEVER. Too many opinions too much fighting. Has anyone thought that that is exactly what THEY want us to do? Split and divide so NOTHING get accomplished. Woman against woman GREAT! So we are all running around still trying to define ourselves. Nothing done for violence, nothing for femocide, nothing for forced marraiges, nothing for trafficking Nothing done Nothing done. The country is buzy fighting to divide us. We are like sheep for the media. They speak we react like a string on a violin. Sad Sad Sad

October 04 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
lsorion3

Women have 500 menstrual cycles. All women since the beginning of time have controlled their cycle each month. Only in male dominated or religious dominated cultures are women denied their right to start their period each month. Conservative women are not smart, they are anti-historical and they have black-and-white thinking. On religion, on menstrual cycles, on local and international cultural and racial matters, all conservatives operate from a fear-based emotional reaction of us-vs-them, with us or against us mentality. You can't know world history, including religious, reproductive, art and language history and still think that your ideas are the ONLY RIGHT ones. I suppose it is convenient to be anti-historical and uninformed and think there is "one true way" - you can just emote your base response onto people over and over without having to have any factual contextually relevant data.

October 03 2010 at 3:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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rstbnnyj

Ah yes, a pot to the conservative kettle. Fortunately, those black-and-white thinking conservative women will not be forced to wade through a lot of pesky nuance (or factual contextually relevant data,for that matter) in evaluating your argument.

October 05 2010 at 12:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pam and Mike

Oh yes, let me see...I'm sure we all want to go back to the days of "Leave it to Beaver" and "Father Knows Best" where a woman is supposed to stay in the kitchen dressed in her apron and her little pearl necklace while the old man sits in his recliner with his slippers and his newspaper. I think these"conservative" women should print up posters of Edith Bunker as their mascot. And don't forget to include a big "DINGBAT" as a header! Look, if you're not smart enough to go to so called "Ivy league schools" or any college as we were, then that's too bad. But don't degrade other women for your short comings. If you think having babies is the only lot in life for women, be my guest...have ten kids...knock yourself out! But don't show your stupidity by saying that all women should not be entitled to any opportunity they wish to persue!! And do me a favor, go look up some old episodes of "ALL in the Family." They had it right...Digbat, meathead and Archie Bunker. Maybe this is just part of their plan to "take the country BACK like to the stone ages maybe? Get real!!!!!

October 03 2010 at 12:59 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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