No, Stormy Daniels, You Don’t Represent All Women

No, Stormy Daniels, You Don’t Represent All Women

In a Twitter spat that has left us all feeling kinda icky, Stormy Daniels fired back at President Trump’s mocking tweet after a federal judge in California threw out her defamation lawsuit against him.

Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump in 2006, not only refused to take the high road, she went about as low as you can go.

I’m not going to complain about the lack of dignity on Twitter—it’s swill and Trump uses it to his detriment and benefit, depending on the audience. Instead, I want to focus on Daniel’s assumption that Trump’s treatment of her translates into his treatment of all women—as if an onscreen prostitute like Daniels represents the rest of us. The case was dismissed only because her politically motivated lawyer accused the police of being politically motivated in their arrest.

My response to Daniels is rather straightforward:

Woman aren’t part of some mindless collective that can be defined and represented by any individual who claims to have magical moral authority simply because she’s a female. This assumption is one of the problems with the feminist movement today. If we don’t believe Christine Blasey Ford was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, then we don’t believe any woman, they claim. If we don’t vote for Hillary Clinton, we don’t want any woman to succeed. If we defend a man, we’re “gender traitors.”

The feminist collective demands complete allegiance. If one man violates a woman, all men are guilty. History even defines a man’s identity. If men have suppressed the rights of women in the past, denying them political liberty, then men today are still stained by that association. This imposes historical guilt on the innocent. According to this groupthink, we are all guilty or—for women—victimized, merely by living under a group’s mantle.

Many feminists infamously use this manipulation of group dynamics to push their political ideology and expand state powers. Women who are angry about one thing or another—usually abortion, free contraception, or a man in their life who abused them—rally the sisterhood to identify with them: All for one victim, one victim for all. It doesn’t matter if our lives have zero in common; solidarity is demanded purely because we share the same genitalia.

We are expected to vote as one, protest as one, speak as one, and identify with the worst among us as one. We’re expected to believe all women who accuse men of rape and sexual assault, even without corroborating evidence, and even if we know they’re lying. We are expected to cheer Daniels simply because she’s a woman.

Many of us are saying, “Enough!” We are individuals, not drones in a collective or lemmings in a mob. We think for ourselves and come to our own decisions based on reason, beliefs, and experience, not on our identity as female.

Moral authority is not sex-specific. It is rooted in principles of liberty and objective truth. These, and the value of identifying people first as human beings, is the source of individuality and, after that, solidarity.

Denise C. McAllister is a journalist based in Charlotte, North Carolina. Follow her on Twitter @McAllisterDen.
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