A Nuanced Response to Ross Douthat's Take on Amy Coney Barrett's 'Conservative Feminism'

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People? Always saying things. For example, New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote an op-ed published Saturday asking whether anti-abortion judge Amy Coney Barrett’s likely nomination to succeed Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court represents a way forward for “a conservative feminism that’s distinctive, coherent, and influential,” which ha ha ha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha haha haha haha haha haha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha hahaha ha haa no are you fucking stupidksldl;;;hahaaaaahahaha hah ah aha ah ha haha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha ha haha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha hahaha ha haha hahahaha hahaha ha ha haoh ymy god what’s your salaryayafshhahahahhahaha hahaha as;s;;lsdak slkdjf;lksj;kls lsjkf;lsd;lsllslslkdk;;;;

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The op-ed is behind a paywall. And all jokes aside, I’ve noticed “conservative feminism” gaining steam lately on the right. Ivanka Trump is the most visible face, but a bunch of other women (mostly thin, white, blonde Christian women in sheath dresses and pearls) are held up as right-wing feminist icons because they’re “empowered” enough to fight for conservative values in the public and political spheres while still remaining pious Christian wives and mothers. It’s particularly insidious because it co-opts the language of liberal feminism, but redirects its ends toward patriarchy.

And more broadly, it’s not always a bad thing to engage seriously with the ideas of your enemies, if only to understand what motivates them.