We’ll be on Da Techguy‘s radio show in Massachusetts, which can apparently be heard over the actual airwaves throughout much of New England (and is consequently a great advertising bargain for Northeast-based businesses), this Saturday morning.
Please listen in live if you can at WCRN 830 AM–10:00 a.m. Eastern on Saturday, April 2nd. Moderated (if you can call it that!) by Peter I, da TechGuy, Stacy and I will be discussing conservatism and the women’s movement–and whether the notion of equity feminism can be redeemed–for the first hour of the show.
But please listen to the whole show, since the incomparable Roxeanne de Luca (of Haemet and Camp of the Saints) will be in-studio that day, and is part of the panel in the following hour. Roxeanne has been my biggest ally, along with Cassandra of Villainous Company, Darleen of Protein Wisdom, and Cynthia Yockey, in my quest to demonstrate that conservatives should–must!–stand against sexism, even as we celebrate the differences in the sexes.
It is the job of the true conservative to support women’s achievements, both in the home and outside it. To deny the worth of raising the next generation is both short-sighted and disrespectful of women throughout history; to denigrate the accomplishments of women outside the home, however, is to cut the movement off from a huge talent pool, and shepherd our wives, mothers, and daughters into potentially unidimensional lives with fewer creative opportunities and less ability to make decent money.
Please do not misunderstand: this dispute is not about whether or not you like that word, “feminism.” It’s about whether you can acknowledge, gracefully, some of the positive achievements brought about by those who bore that mantle, even as–of course!–you oppose the use of related concepts to engage in reckless social engineering.
The time zone math here is unfortunate: those of you on Pacific time will not only be forced to listen via the station’s web site, but you will also have to get up early that day. It’s on at 7:00 a.m. Yipes! (Remember to allow extra time to install the radio’s software; you know how twitchy those audio players get.)
Of course, I’ll be up between 5:00 and 6:00 that day. Don’t cry for me, Argentina: just keep sending money.
UPDATE, 4/1/11: Cynthia has been added to the list of my supporters, even though she didn’t make it into every last little lagoon in the vast conservative-feminist sea. Which underscores my point: when the term “feminist” is used in its most neutral, generic sense, we are an uncountable, unstoppable force.
There is no reason to force that term upon women who aren’t comfortable with it. But there is also no reason to simply write off those who see radical feminism as the offshoot–the perversion of the feminist egalitarian ideal.
There should be no quarrel here, no “urge to purge.” And yet, that is what Stacy McCain would apparently like to see: endless squabbling with women like Sarah Palin who self-identify as feminists. A continual refrain of “no, you aren’t.”
Well, you know: according to the dictionary, I am.
UPDATE 2: Per Cynthia’s suggestion, the history of our splendid little war:
* On Sarah Palin “Kneecapping” the Radical Feminist Movement
He’s Confused–But Not a Racist
* Arguing with Stacy Over the Phone
Stacy Would Like Me To Kick Him When He’s Down
* Stacy Agrees with Me, But Continues to Pick a Fight
Not Tonight, Stacy!
* Fisking Stacy
* Stacy’s Selective Statistics
And . . . the Blogosphere Rallies Around Little Miss Attila!
The Fedora Squad
* Clarifying Matters
Post-Debate: A “Clean Sweep”
And . . . Phyllis Schlafly Gets Into the Act
Stacy Waxes Ahistorical