We asked a female U.S. senator some years ago if she’d been treated badly by her peers due to gender.
“No,” she said. “But I’ve been ignored. And that’s worse.”
Likewise, it saddens us to see how poorly conservative women are treated as compared to their liberal counterparts. The list of conservative women with the news and entertainment media’s tire tracks on them seems to grow by the year.
Sarah Palin, and even her daughters, were singled out for scorn; late-night, left-wing comedian David Letterman even made a sick, tasteless joke about Palin’s daughter getting knocked up on a visit to New York.
Rather than being praised for her panache on the world stage, First Lady Melania Trump was actually boycotted by some in the fashion industry. Just look at her now! And rather than exult in Ivanka Trump’s ability to sub for her father at one of many G20 summit meetings, much of the media scowled.
If they’re not outright reproached or ridiculed, conservative women are often just ignored – which, as the lady said, can be worse. If Kellyanne Conway had been a Hillary Clinton protégé partly responsible for getting her candidate elected to the U.S. presidency, she likely would be the belle of the media ball.
If she were a liberal Democrat, it’s a good bet Carly Fiorina wouldn’t have ever dropped off the radar. But interestingly, a recent Cosmopolitan magazine article gleefully trumpeted “7 Women Who Could Be Our First Female President” – and not one was a conservative.
Most recently, the left-wing website The Daily Beast’s “culture” writer Ira Madison III tweeted that newly appointed White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders looks like a “butch queen” in drag.
Where’s the condemnation from the left? Where’s the media firestorm? Where’s the impassioned defense of women? Where is the balance?
For that matter, where is the carnage on the left side of the road – all the liberal women the media have savaged or slighted over the years? We just don’t see it.
When President Trump said of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski that he had once seen her “bleeding badly from a face-lift,” Democrat Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut called the comment “monstrous.” Maybe a little hyperbole there, but where is the condemnation of Madison and The Daily Beast?
Or is it OK to insult women if they’re conservative?