Robert George on Radical Gratitude

Princeton University Professor Robert George

This interview with Katherine Jean Lopez and APP’s founder Prof. Robert George is a must-read:

“Gratitude radicalized me.”

Back in December, some of us stopped in place and fell to our knees. I happened to be at a conference with many friends, colleagues, and admirers of Princeton professor Robert P. George, when we learned he was in the hospital with heart trouble, and it did not sound good. We prayed. We were not alone. Robby is one of those people, like the late Justice Scalia, who are irreplaceable. (Of course, each of us is, if we only knew it and treated one another that way.) Our public and intellectual world wouldn’t be the same without him. Even with the tremendous legacy Professor George has created by mentoring young academics and activists, the loss of the man himself would run deep.

He’s long back at work now. And I thought of him when a comment that feminist icon Gloria Steinem made on Bill Maher’s show resurfaced after Lands’ End inexplicably made an unforced error by profiling her for its spring catalogue. (When you think “practical family clothing” — and school uniforms! — bra burning in the Seventies isn’t the first image that comes to mind.) What this reminded me of was her comment, a few weeks ago now, that “gratitude never radicalized anybody.”

She was talking about trailblazing and Roe v. Wade and Hillary Clinton running for president. She infamously got in trouble during that interview for explaining away young women supporting Bernie Sanders as simply being where the boys are.

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Bernie Sanders Comes Out as an Honorary Woman

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Just as people in Seattle are upset by the news a young man calmly entered the women’s locker room at a public swimming pool and calmly undressed before the aghast females, including a girls’ swimming team, Sen. Bernie Sanders came out to accept his designation as an “honorary woman” bestowed by Gloria Steinem:

“I consider myself a strong feminist,” Sanders told a young woman from the audience in a Nevada town hall. “And in fact, Gloria Steinem — everybody knows Gloria is one of the leading feminists in America — made me an honorary woman many, many years ago.”

“I don’t know exactly what that meant, but I accepted it when she came to campaign for me,” Sanders added.

The moms in the locker room in Seattle didn’t know exactly what it meant, either, to be an honorary woman. When they alerted the staff and the staff challenged what appeared to be a man undressing in their midst, he said simply that he had a right to use the locker room of his choice, according to the new gender-identity neutral ordinances. Police were not called. After he swam and changed again he left.

No word on whether Sanders intends to exercise his privileged gender status in Washington state’s taxpayer financed swimming pools. But gender is certainly getting fluider and fluider, isn’t it?

Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at the American Principles Project.

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If We Are Serious About Women in Combat, Let’s Abolish Women’s Sports First

James Robson in Canada’s National Post asks a good question: if we think women are just as good as men in combat, why don’t we believe first they are just as good as men in football and other sports?

Let’s eliminate discriminatory gender-based sports leagues…NOT. But our desire to nurture women-only sports is a clear sign we recognize gender matters.

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Fiorina: “GOP Needs to Reclaim Feminism”

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina (photo credit: Gage Skidmore)

Carly Fiorina is causing a ruckus by bringing the word “feminism” into the limelight and challenging conservatives to reclaim it.

The Left is desperately scrambling to paint Fiorina and her campaign as “offensive to women.” But Fiorina remains fearless and steadfast against these attacks, continuing her push for conservatives to redefine and reclaim feminism.

Fiorina has discussed feminism in countless interviews and TV appearances over the past week, including during her appearance on the left-leaning show The View. But it all began when she made “feminism” the centerpiece of her speech at the Competitive Enterprise Institute dinner last week.

“Feminism began as a rallying cry to empower women — to vote, to get an education, to enter the workplace,” Fiorina said at the CEI dinner. “But over the years, feminism has devolved into a left-leaning political ideology where women are pitted against men and used as a political weapon to win elections.”

“It is important to have this conversation as conservatives. It is important to have this conversation as Republicans,” Fiorina continued. “[The Left’s] version of feminism isn’t working. It’s time for a new definition.”

For years, we’ve let the Left define the word “feminism.” They mention the word and we get defensive or change the subject.

Sound familiar? That’s because that’s exactly what happened with abortion back in 2012. Any time President Obama or any liberal brought up abortion — or any of the social issues for that matter — Romney and other GOP candidates would pivot away from the issue and change the subject. Continue Reading