As the much-anticipated "Blue Wave" failed to materialize Tuesday night, Democrats started looking for someone to blame, but targets were few: the pollsters had mostly gotten the election right, their well-financed and celebrity-endorsed candidates had become national sensations, and their target demographics turned out to vote in droves.
It took until the exit polls emerged for Democrats to finally settle on a satisfactory scapegoat: white women who had defied their fealty oaths to the Democratic party and the edicts of feminism to cast ballots for Republican Ted Cruz in Texas, Republican Ron DeSantis in Florida, and Republican Brian Kemp in Georgia.
The attacks were swift and merciless, as feminists and leftists alike descended on white women voters, accusing them of betraying their gender by selecting a candidate of their choice based on their needs rather than following marching orders from the feminist movement.
"Radical feminist" author Mona Eltahawy declared white women who voted for Republicans in Florida, Georgia, and Texas "foot-soldiers of the Patriarchy."
White women: footsoldiers of the patriarchy.— Mona Eltahawy (@monaeltahawy) November 7, 2018
Brian Kemp: 76%
Ted Cruz: 59%
Ron DeSantis: 51% pic.twitter.com/1RTZlppkiZ
Later on in Mona's Twitter temper tantrum she attempted to substantiate her claims by citing a feminist author who suggested in a real paper that Republican women actively trade their electoral agency for the protection of their Patriarchal overlord, voting against their own interests — which obviously align with the Democratic party — for the safety and security of oppression.
Clearly Ms. Eltahawy hasn't met a lot of Republican women.
Next, a writer from Rolling Stone attempted to "mansplain" white female voters by suggesting that they knowingly vote on behalf of their chosen member of the Patriarchy — their husband, father, or brother — as a trade off. Because if there's anyone who knows what women think, it's a man.
White women are a Republican constituency, and in many states they again voted as if patriarchy would protect them. 50 percent or more for DeSantis, Cruz, and Kemp. I am unsure when they will understand the damage that they do, and not just to themselves. https://t.co/onJN2BqRvM— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) November 7, 2018
"White women are a Republican constituency, and in many states they again voted as if patriarchy would protect them. 50 percent or more for DeSantis, Cruz, and Kemp. I am unsure when they will understand the damage that they do, and not just to themselves," Smith whined, implying that women are "selling out" their gender-sisters to keep their husband's happy.
The vagina-shaming continued with one Ms. Jessica Raven, who took the "gender traitor" idea one step further, implying that white women imperiled all oppressed peoples by thinking only of themselves.
61% of white women voted for Cruz over Beto. 76% of white women voted for Kemp over Abrams. 51% of white women voted for DeSantis over Gillum.— Jessica Raven (@thejessicaraven) November 7, 2018
White women: What will you do to be accountable to women, trans, queer, and non binary people of color in your everyday lives? pic.twitter.com/KVDTsHA0T0
It is possible, of course, that white women regularly interact with other people, and that they believe — independently of the men who apparently rule their behavior — that conservative policies might better provide for their friends and neighbors.
That's crazy though, of course. Who would believe women could think independently?
Weirdly enough, the other women questioned in these exit polls also voted as a bloc — and in greater numbers than white women — but those women aren't being denied their agency because they voted correctly. So, if we're following the logic here, it's fine to vote the same way everyone else in your demographic votes, so long as you fully and completely ascribe to leftist principles.
The good news is, some feminists aren't off the hook for Republican women voters. In fact, feminists of color used the returns from Tuesday night to "prove" that even white feminists can't be trusted, and shouldn't be leading the feminist movement.
Former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill laid the blame for Tuesday's losses squarely at the feet of white feminists.
59 percent of white women voted for Ted Cruz. 53 percent of white women voted for Donald Trump. So given these numbers, who is the real face of feminism? pic.twitter.com/BSCg0b5RSJ— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) November 7, 2018
And the Women's March condescendingly suggested that further training and re-indoctrination is needed to bring errant feminists, who may have caused last night's disaster, back into the fold.
There needs to be accountability and an honest reckoning. There’s a lot of work to do, white women. A lot of learning. A lot of growing.— Women's March (@womensmarch) November 7, 2018
We want to do it with you.
Stay tuned. https://t.co/nN0cFqqmy5
Watch out for that pink pussy-hat fealty oath.