The Republicans must be tickled pink that they have an ultra-conservative, outspoken female candidate who isn’t Sarah Palin (and, yes, we kinda are too). But just because Michele Bachmann is a kinder, gentler she-ro of the Right doesn’t make her any less threatening. Though it’s hard not to get excited about a woman presidential candidate — especially considering that we’ve only had a handful in the history of our country — she’s not the candidate women should support (because it doesn’t seem she supports them). Here are just a few reasons (in addition to being anti-gay and generally bigoted) why she’s not a feminist candidate — or even a moral one:
1. She advocates being a submissive wife, first and foremost — because that’s what God wants. The message to young women is: Go for it, girls, as long as you’ve adequately utilized your uterus and made your husband dinner.
2. She rejects the word “feminist.” She is running for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. Sorry, lady, but how the hell do you think you got this opportunity?
3. She, like Palin, talks a lot about “Real America” and has a political crush on the Founding Fathers, when she can figure out who’s who. It’s not anti-American to recognize that many of the dudes who helped create our country also supported slavery and the oppression of women. These facts are so often conveniently left out of the conversation.
4. She doesn’t get that her personal story about becoming Pro Life is actually one of the strongest arguments for choice. She had a miscarriage, which affected her deeply, as it does any woman. She then vowed to support life at all costs. That’s fantastic, really. Because when something in your life affects you so deeply it influences your political beliefs, that’s an action of choice, period.
5. Sure, she has the confidence and dignity to take media interviews from news outlets other than Fox News (something Sarah Palin simply won’t do), but it’s clear that her target constituency is primarily white, working-class Tea Partiers. This may be a strategy to win the Republican ticket –we’ve all seen that the Tea Party has real political muscle — but what’s she going to do if she needs the whole country to vote for her?