On Saturday, The New York Times ran one of the worst op-eds in the history of their often-execrable op-ed page: a piece by gender writer and professional useless person Alexis Grenell. That piece, titled “White Women, Come Get Your People,” is legitimately one of the most insulting and discriminatory pieces published in modern memory.
Grenell begins with the kind of purple writing that would earn a failing grade from most first-year undergraduates:
After a confirmation process where women all but slit their wrists, letting their stories of sexual trauma run like rivers of blood through the Capitol, the Senate still voted to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. With the exception of Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, all the women in the Republican conference caved, including Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who held out until the bitter end.
These women are gender traitors, to borrow a term from the dystopian TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” They’ve made standing by the patriarchy a full-time job. The women who support them show up at the Capitol wearing “Women for Kavanaugh” T-shirts, but also probably tell their daughters to put on less revealing clothes when they go out.
“Gender traitors.” Being a woman apparently means you must believe that uncorroborated allegations of sexual assault some four decades old ought to destroy the life of an accused federal jurist. Due process and presumption of innocence are out of date – gender solidarity is in.
If you do not agree with Grenell, you are simply standing with the patriarchy. What’s more, you’re probably one of those old fuddy-duddies who thinks that it’s a bad idea for their teenage daughter to go to frat parties with a bunch of boys while dressed in skimpy attire. True feminism means believing all men are incipient rapists, but walking through crowds of them while dressed in a bikini is empowerment.
The idiocy continues:
These are the kind of women who think that being falsely accused of rape is almost as bad as being raped. The kind of women who agree with President Trump that “it’s a very scary time for young men in America,” which he said during a news conference on Tuesday.
As it turns out, there’s no actual need to compare the evil of falsely accusing someone of rape and rape itself. They’re both awful. Rape is worse. But falsely accusing someone of rape is pretty freaking terrible. It ruins someone’s life, subjects them to the scorn of an entire society, and does so on the basis of a lie. If Grenell’s idea is that we must always believe women because it’s not that bad to be falsely accused of rape, she ought to talk to the Scottsboro Boys.
But the lowest rung of Hell is reserved, according to Grenell, for “the mothers, sisters and wives of those young men, because my stupid uterus still holds out some insane hope of solidarity.”
Well, she shouldn’t let her uterus do her thinking for her. But she does. She goes on to suggest that white women “put their racial privilege ahead of their second-class gender status” if they vote Republican – because all women must think like Grenell. Never mind that women are individual human beings – a proposition which was, at one point, the centerpiece of the feminist movement. No, they are merely widgets to be used in the battle against the so-called patriarchy.
Grenell suggests that white women are racist; that’s the only explanation for why they vote Republican more often.
Women of color, and specifically black women, make the margin of difference for Democrats. The voting patterns of white women and white men mirror each other much more closely, and they tend to cast their ballots for Republicans. The gender gap in politics is really a color line.
Except that white women are more frequently married and more frequently high income than women of other races (except for women of Asian ethnicity). Those explanatory factors have a lot to do with voting patterns. Grenell is going to have to explain why white women didn’t vote for a white woman in 2016, if this is all about race.
Slandering all white women as racist for voting the way you don’t like might not be the best politics, either. But according to Grenell, white women have traded their genitals for their skin color:
That’s because white women benefit from patriarchy by trading on their whiteness to monopolize resources for mutual gain. In return they’re placed on a pedestal to be “cherished and revered,” as Speaker Paul D. Ryan has said about women, but all the while denied basic rights…[I]t seems that white women are expected to support the patriarchy by marrying within their racial group, reproducing whiteness and even minimizing violence against their own bodies.
This is conspiratorial insipidity of the highest order. Can Grenell name a single person who makes this case outside of the openly racist alt-right? Can she name a single white woman she slanders who believes this? Of course not. It’s merely wild, insane name-calling: you back Brett Kavanaugh, so you must want to become Ofbrett or Ofdonald. In making this claim, Grenell even goes so far as to accuse Kellyanne Conway of “weaponiz[ing] her own alleged sexual assault” – as opposed to the entire Left weaponizing an unsupported gang rape allegation against Kavanaugh for its own political purposes.
Grenell concludes that white women and white men have a “blood pact.” Or, perhaps, many women of all races simply aren’t up for a society of mob rule, or a society in which female senators like Susan Collins are subjected to the screaming nuttiness of people like Grenell (who says she got a “rage headache” when Collins spoke).
Grenell says that white women must choose whether to be complicit in the patriarchy or to be true women. But the real question for all Americans will be whether they want a country governed by intolerant cretins like Alexis Grenell, or whether they’d prefer a country in which we can have differences of opinion without being labeled sexual traitors.