Ashley Judd...she is the epitome of why I don't feel any attraction to or representation by modern feminism. Was listening to a conversation on NPR yesterday between female reporters and why they feel "dismayed" by this Sarah Palin phenomenon. She came out of the ring fighting at the GOP convention, then proceeded to fumble for words in interviews with Katie Couric, et al. And this made the feminists mad, that this influential career was obtained, not by another feminist, but by a conservative, who doesn't appear to think well on her feet. They all think they could do the job so much better. Or that Hilary could, and so Sarah Palin has "let women down." Especially since she's "standing on the shoulders" of the women's movement which allows her to have a family AND a career.
It's this idea, that the platform of "THE WOMEN's MOVEMENT," or that one influential woman must be the representative of the beliefs of ALL women that bugs me so much. Ashley Judd apparently thinks that women only have the right to vote (an issue which originally united women) if they vote for her particular platform. I wasn't under the impression that the women's vote was so passionately fought for, so that we could vote as a group of clones.
And of course this doesn't even touch on the myriad ways in which I DO NOT identify with modern feminism, and indeed at times feel offended by the assertions it makes about my life. I started keeping a list of these ways once which I intended to turn into some sort of an article--but when I realized it might be a book--I got intimidated. Perhaps a blog conversation would be a more appropriate venue for such a discussion since those of us who feel called to do so can add to the list at will and at leisure. I move we create a list in the comments section of this post, and then compile it for a later post. In that way the "Little Women" of the Husted family can let their voices compete with Ashley Judd's for America's node-space.
So there's my first complaint: Why can't a woman reap the rewards of the women's movement (ie, voting, equality, career) in order to express a DIFFERENT opinion than the one put forward by modern feminists? Does the idea that all women must share a common viewpoint on reproductive "Rights", career vs. family, etc. really promote the freedom of women, or does it compress women's rights into a different box than the one from which the women's movement initially sought relief? Obviously, I feel opressed by this assertion that as a woman, I must support particular "pro-woman" political opinions. Primarily because I feel that those pro-woman opinions are NOT pro-woman.