Newest Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is almost the polar opposite of the “Sex and the City” chimera of female empowerment: a serious Christian who eschews hookup culture and has seven kids. Half of her resume consists of behavior the leftists who control feminism constantly attack as anti-woman: big-time motherhood and big-time religion.
Fertile women who are serious about prayer get derided as brainless sex slaves, with the “Handmaid’s Tale” imagery that gets deployed against any skepticism of abortion. Of course, this is a steaming pile of horse hockey, and Barrett proves it. She is obviously not a browbeaten, barefoot and pregnant caricature of a conservative woman. Those kind of women are not professors at Notre Dame Law School, or Supreme Court clerks, or federal court judges.
Barrett has done exactly what the left’s anti-woman feminist narrative says is impossible — obtaining a high-octane education while maintaining religious devotion, marrying in her 20s and choosing both a big family and a big career. To really rub salt in that eyeball, her big career has consisted of kicking butt and taking names in a field the left believes is their own and is central to power.
Barrett is a walking rebuke not only to the narrative but to the powers that be. And she looks great while she does it. Her very existence repudiates the left’s binary thinking about womanhood, that women have to deny what makes women different from men to achieve professionally. And that’s why they hate her.
Here is a rundown of just some of the left’s lies about women that Barrett’s achievements undermine.
Women Need Abortion to Succeed
Two of Barrett’s seven children are adopted. Both adopting children and having more than two are repudiations of the left’s open and implicit claim that babies hold women back, that pregnancy is an obstacle rather than a miracle, and that children are so problematic that you should have maybe just one or two of these money-sucking terrors at the very most, if at all.
Yet Barrett didn’t need abortion to “save” her from “unwanted” pregnancies. She didn’t need it as a backstop if the contraception failed. At least two of her children were not born into ideal circumstances, as evidenced by their need for adoption. But they were adopted, not aborted.
Instead of treating children as an obstacle to pursuing her dreams, Barrett actively welcomed them to join her life journey. She not only had five herself, she chose to mother more!
Like all children, all of hers are beautiful. And all of them are wanted by someone.
Children Make You Unhappy
Fear is a driving factor in support for abortion. Children are disruptive. They ruin your life. A baby is a problem. This sort of anti-human animus drives support for abortion. People who think every baby is a blessing, a miracle, and a treasure do not support abortion. People who think some babies’ lives won’t be worth living, that babies are a burden — those are the ones who support abortion. Just listen to any pro-abortion rhetoric. It all views children as negative, something to beware of.
Not Barrett. “Our children are my greatest joy, even though they deprive me of any reasonable amount of sleep,” Barrett said when accepting the high court nomination. Most mothers would say the same.
It seems evident that Barrett would be completely happy without the crowning professional achievement that a woman on the left would be willing to kill her own children to obtain. That is psychological torture for the left’s social media wailers and gnashers of teeth — to be the kind of low person who is willing to sacrifice your soul to gain the world, then seeing the world you’d kill to obtain handed on a platter to a woman whose soul and integrity she prizes above it. Her treasure isn’t on this earth, so it can’t be taken away.
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— Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak) September 26, 2020
Women Must Repress Their Fertility to Succeed
As a Sept. 27 Politico article points out, Barrett’s would-be predecessor on the Supreme Court, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “viewed abortion rights as central to sexual equality.” That’s because bearing children requires significantly more physical labor for women than for men, especially in the early years.
The left’s solution to this has been to stamp out women’s physical uniqueness, to chemically or surgically neuter our capacity to cultivate human life. Their way to make men and women “equal” is to eliminate female-ness. It’s the left’s Procrustean bed fetish.
Abortion is just one of many weapons to attack female fertility, to hack it into a more male presentation. It all implies that what makes women women is bad. Yahoo! ran an article saying Barrett “hates your uterus” because she believes “life begins at conception.” Like the babies they grow, however, it’s to the left that uteruses are truly problematic, not the right. They demand we spray our uteruses with womb-Raid, even if that means suffering numerous nasty side-effects in silence.
Well, Barrett didn’t need to do that to herself. Her obvious fecundity has not prevented her world-class career, which is better than the careers of most men and women in the world. She very obviously doesn’t “hate uteruses,” she loves them. Hers has gotten very productive use.
"We all know what at the core is of smearing women according to a feminist perspective. It's, of course, abortion. Because what's more woman than killing the thing that women can do that men can't?"@JoyPullmann demolishes a feminist law prof's NYT op-ed attacking ACB pic.twitter.com/MrT0zgjwhe
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) September 26, 2020
Religious People and Conservatives Are Anti-Sex
Because conservatives and religious people support the careful use of sexuality as compared to wanton promiscuity, we are smeared as hating sex. It’s like being told you “hate kitchen tools” if you advocate for prudent knife use.
Regardless, a womb only gets fruitful one way. As evidenced by our higher fertility rates, it seems pretty clear that, contrary to the leftist narrative, conservatives rock that thing people do that makes babies. The science even confirms it.
Women Don’t Need Men
Marriage is the epitome of the cooperation of the sexes, yet the left treats it as unnecessary at best and harmful at worst. The Black Lives Matter organization, for example, which has been supported by millions in donations and thousands of endorsements from CEOs and Democrat politicians, in its policy platform openly attacked “heteronormative” “nuclear families.”
Gloria Steinem, the apostle of feminism, popularized the phrase “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” Leftism and feminism pit the sexes against each other, while conservatism and Christianity recognize that the sexes are interdependent. This recognition brings humankind joy instead of hatred.
Fathers are crucial to the happiness and well-being of every child, a need that only intensifies with the addition of each child. Barrett’s husband Jesse is a full partner in their marriage with his own significant career. Barrett recognized her husband’s major contributions to their family and her happiness in her nomination acceptance speech Saturday night.
I couldn’t manage this very full life without the unwavering support of my husband Jesse. At the start of our marriage, I imagined that we would run our household as partners. As it has turned out, Jesse does far more than his share of the work. To my chagrin, I learned at dinner recently that my children consider him to be the better cook. For 21 years, Jesse has asked me every single morning what he can do for me that day. And though I almost always say ‘Nothing,’ he still finds ways to take things off my plate. And that’s not because he has a lot of free time—he has a busy law practice. It’s because he has a superb and generous husband, and I am very fortunate.
Given her description, I think it’s accurate to guess Barrett and her husband’s interdependence is a source of strength and joy to them both, as well as to their children and community. They have undoubtedly achieved much more together than they could have separately, as many highly successful women will also tell you of their marriages. Our husbands are our sometimes-secret weapon.
Christianity Oppresses Women
The left constantly charges Christianity with being anti-woman. Women are a majority of adherents to the faith, which implies either the left doesn’t know what it’s talking about or millions of women are brainwashed. The latter would suggest women as a group are passive and ignorant, which is also at odds with the left’s claims that women are independent, competitive “bosses.”
While I can’t square that circle, it is clear that Barrett’s life also repudiates this smear. She is by all accounts a devoted Christian who has pursued her faith relentlessly. It has done no damage to her brain, family, or career. That’s only surprising to people who are prejudiced against Christianity.
Conservatives Hate Women
A corollary to the “Christians hate women” charge is that the right hates women because we don’t support mutilating their bodies with abortion and abortifacient contraception. Barrett contradicts that smear by having spent her life amid highly conservative religious, legal, and professional environments yet being constantly awarded and promoted, now to the highest court in the land in a career achievement everyone else can only dream of, thanks to a man and political team the left insists is “misogynistic.”
Notice, however, that during her confirmation hearings, it will not be the “pro-woman” left championing this distinguished, highly accomplished woman. It will be the right.
NEW: Federalist Editor Torches NYT Op-Ed Attacking Amy Coney Barrett As 'Wrecking Ball'
— The Federalist (@FDRLST) September 26, 2020
Women Should Prioritize Career Over Family
The feminist narrative pushes women to value things over people. It conveys to women that they should value paid work over the interpersonal investment that characterizes motherhood, sisterhood, and volunteering. This is why women are pressured to neuter themselves: To pursue a career without any “distractions.”
Yet Barrett has managed to obtain that most elusive of girl-boss goals: Having it all. Both the family and the job. It is definitely very difficult and thus highly unlikely. But this unusual woman has done it. Here are some highlights of Barrett’s law career, as mentioned by President Trump in his nomination speech:
Amy then received one of the highest honors a young lawyer could have, serving as a clerk on the Supreme Court for Justice Antonin Scalia. A highly — a very highly respected law professor at Notre Dame wrote to Justice Scalia with a one-sentence recommendation: ‘Amy Coney is the best student I ever had.’ That’s pretty good. Justice Scalia hired her shortly thereafter.
Women Are Oppressed
At the core of the left’s insane views of what it means to be a woman is the oppression narrative. No matter what women achieve, no matter how happy we are, their political project rests upon resentment, so resentment must be cultivated. That’s why even as women surpass men on every measure, the left has pushed even harder to get us to believe that things are actually getting worse for women.
That’s the real problem with Amy Coney Barrett. She’s a happy woman. She has “it” all today, but even if she lost “it,” because of her faith she’d still be happy. And a happy woman is the left’s worst enemy.