Sally Jenkins to NOW ninnies: Stuff it – PLUS: Edwards no longer the darling of “feminist” groups

Posted by: ST on February 2, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Sally Jenkins demonstrates how beautiful it is when one liberal feminist takes on another:

I’ll spit this out quick, before the armies of feminism try to gag me and strap electrodes to my forehead: Tim Tebow is one of the better things to happen to young women in some time. I realize this stance won’t endear me to the “Dwindling Organizations of Ladies in Lockstep,” otherwise known as DOLL, but I’ll try to pick up the shards of my shattered feminist credentials and go on.

As statements at Super Bowls go, I prefer the idea of Tebow’s pro-life ad to, say, Jim McMahon dropping his pants, as the former Chicago Bears quarterback once did in response to a question. We’re always harping on athletes to be more responsible and engaged in the issues of their day, and less concerned with just cashing checks. It therefore seems more than a little hypocritical to insist on it only if it means criticizing sneaker companies, and to stifle them when they take a stance that might make us uncomfortable.

I’m pro-choice, and Tebow clearly is not. But based on what I’ve heard in the past week, I’ll take his side against the group-think, elitism and condescension of the “National Organization of Fewer and Fewer Women All The Time.” For one thing, Tebow seems smarter than they do.

Tebow’s 30-second ad hasn’t even run yet, but it already has provoked “The National Organization for Women Who Only Think Like Us” to reveal something important about themselves: They aren’t actually “pro-choice” so much as they are pro-abortion. Pam Tebow has a genuine pro-choice story to tell. She got pregnant in 1987, post-Roe v. Wade, and while on a Christian mission in the Philippines, she contracted a tropical ailment. Doctors advised her the pregnancy could be dangerous, but she exercised her freedom of choice and now, 20-some years later, the outcome of that choice is her beauteous Heisman Trophy winner son, a chaste, proselytizing evangelical.

Pam Tebow and her son feel good enough about that choice to want to tell people about it. Only, NOW says they shouldn’t be allowed to. Apparently NOW feels this commercial is an inappropriate message for America to see for 30 seconds, but women in bikinis selling beer is the right one. I would like to meet the genius at NOW who made that decision. On second thought, no, I wouldn’t.

There’s not enough space in the sports pages for the serious weighing of values that constitutes this debate, but surely everyone in both camps, pro-choice or pro-life, wishes the “need” for abortions wasn’t so great. Which is precisely why NOW is so wrong to take aim at Tebow’s ad.

Here’s what we do need a lot more of: Tebows. Collegians who are selfless enough to choose not to spend summers poolside, but travel to impoverished countries to dispense medical care to children, as Tebow has every summer of his career. Athletes who believe in something other than themselves, and are willing to put their backbone where their mouth is. Celebrities who are self-possessed and self-controlled enough to use their wattage to advertise commitment over decadence.

You know what we really need more of? Famous guys who aren’t embarrassed to practice sexual restraint, and to say it out loud. If we had more of those, women might have fewer abortions. See, the best way to deal with unwanted pregnancy is to not get the sperm in the egg and the egg implanted to begin with, and that is an issue for men, too — and they should step up to that.

“Are you saving yourself for marriage?” Tebow was asked last summer during an SEC media day.

“Yes, I am,” he replied.

So not only can we thank the Tebows for exposing the utter intolerance of the NOW gang, we can also thank them for pitting liberal feminists against each other. How sweet it is :D

And speaking of liberal feminists, Open Secrets’ Capitol Eye blog today has a write-up on how disgraced former Senator and twice-failed candidate for President John Edwards used to be the darling of feminist groups across the country prior to the revelations about his affair and love child. What I found amusing in the article, however, was this:

Frances Kissling, founding president of the National Abortion Federation and instrumental in the women’s rights movement, is just one of many woman who chose to back Edwards both publicly and in the form of political donations.

“I’m a lifelong feminist activist. In this crucial election, I am supporting John Edwards, whose economic policies I think will best serve women” she stated in an article for in January 2008.

Now, she believes his “behavior and lying is so egregious” that she would not support
him for public office.

“The denial of the affair is disturbing. The denial of pregnancy is disturbing,” Kissling told Capital Eye in a phone interview. “[The affair] definitely affects women’s views of him as a person and as someone they could support in politics.”

Kissling remembers how before his run for the presidency, women’s rights activists supported Edwards for his record on women’s issues as a U.S. senator. Now, she says, “I would consider him to have serious flaws in terms of moral behavior and honesty.”

Um, um, but wasn’t that an issue with serial adulterer Bill Clinton, too? Yet liberal feminists across the country continued to support him in spite of his penchant for skirt-chasing and skirt-raising, with one prominent feminist (masquerading as a “journalist”) proclaiming that she would have been happy to um, get on her knees so she could “thank” Bill Clinton personally for his commitment to “pro-choice values.”

The only difference between then and now, the contrasting reactions to Bubba’s philandering vs. Edwards’ (who at one point was considered as a possibility for our first woman President) is that Edwards isn’t President. Believe me, if he was, the same women’s groups denouncing Edwards’ now would be making excuses for him just like they did Bill Clinton because, as we’ve seen time and time again, the “right” to kill the unborn is priority one over honoring your marriage vows and if you’re a Democrat elected office-holder (or one who is seeking office) who strays off the marital path, you are excused for your transgressions – as long as you keep on supporting abortion.

I really do not get these women. Ok, I do – but I don’t.

Make sense? :-?

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7 Responses to “Sally Jenkins to NOW ninnies: Stuff it – PLUS: Edwards no longer the darling of “feminist” groups”


  1. LC Gregory says:

    Okay – let me take a stab at this, with some possibilities. MAYBE these women all think that if they were with Clinton, got pregnant and wanted to keep the child, that FOR THEM, he would do the right thing and leave Hillary. As such, Clinton becomes a lovable rogue where Edwards is just filth.

    And I fully agree with them that Edwards Is Filth. ;)

    And you’re probably right that Clinton’s having been President raises the bar for what they’re willing to tolerate – or is that lowers the bar?

    Anyway – Thanks, ST, for holding them accountable!

  2. James says:

    I agree also![-(

    As far as “I really do not get these women. Ok, I do – but I don’t.” goes; I would be interested in hearing in what way you get them. Could it be that you are aware of their total lack of love for their fellow man, that they somehow cannot see that abortion is nothing short of murder, and not just murder, but the murder of the most defenseless of all human beings?

    Just asking.

  3. Great White Rat says:

    Now, (Kissling) says, “I would consider him to have serious flaws in terms of moral behavior and honesty.”

    But only because he got caught and the evidence is crawling around on Rielle Hunter’s living room floor.

    If Rielle had gone to a PP clinic and let them vacuum her daughter into a sink, or left the baby to die on a pile of dirty laundry (the Obama plan), and then Edwards had lied about the affair, Kissling and the NAF would have no issues with his moral behavior. Then they’d just claim the report of the affair was a lie and a smear by the evil VRWC (which somehow includes his former aide).

    Of course, it’s not like Edwards didn’t try to get Rielle to destroy the evidence, isn’t it?

  4. theQuestion says:

    I can hear Joy Behar, she would be more upset with Elizabeth Edwards. Her response would be more like “Only A Republican Woman would Leave her husband!”

  5. Carlos says:

    My question is, why haven’t they attacked Hunter for not having an abortion? They attacked Palin (using as an excuse that the baby would be RETARDED, a word since come into disrepute because she brought this to the nation’s attention, but that was simply a front for the vile hate they spewed) with gusto.

    I guess it all depends on whose sperm a woman takes, conservative or liberal, cheesy, lying idiot.

  6. Kate says:

    The hangers-on to feminism at this point in time are the old cronies who still impart the fabled wire hanger abortions. They are entrenched in the mentality of self, not selflessness. Therefore, they cannot see any reason why a women would not consider abortion. To them children are a burden, not a blessing. This generation is slowly dying off and will meet their maker for a flash of clarity before God and then judgement. I pray for their souls..they are truly lost.

    This brilliant young man is a hero. His courage is not just part of a sporting event, but a foundation for his life. I wish all young men were like him! I have two daughters that I hope find husbands like him, too! ;)

  7. Jo says:

    Kate, you’re right–they are all from the ‘it’s all about me and my rights and wants’ group of sixties has-been’s who only feel that the right ‘choice’ is that that is made with ones own self-interests in mind. My children were 9 and 7 when we found out I was pregnant again at 35. Even someone very close to me made a passing suggestion that I could easily not have to take on that added expense and responsibility of a third, un-planned child. I never even considered it as a possiblity. She is a gift to our family and I appreciate her. She is now 10 and such a wonderful person. I guess I failed the righteous, sanctimonious ’cause’ of women everywhere by having her. They can all kiss my backside.

    And so hilarious when one of their blessed male liberal saints like that odious Edwards turns out to be nothing more than a two-bit whore.