WHITE, MIDDLE-CLASS WOMEN
NOW SCORNED BY THE LEFT
Your tastes and preferences set the direction of style, driving the consumer economy.
You were the market segment most pursued, the voting bloc most courted.
Barriers were removed and glass ceilings shattered so that you might attain new heights of educational and career success, your leadership potential realized at last.
You were the backbone of the Church. Even a pope (John Paul) hailed your special “feminine genius.”
You were WOMAN, and we heard you roar.
Alas, how things do change.
After being less than enthusiastic about Hillary Clinton in 2016 and failing to thoroughly rebuke Donald Trump in the election just passed, you are being called out as a bunch of narrow-minded, selfish, husband-dominated, and — wait for it — RACIST harpies.
Becky is the latest hip epithet, a dismissive label for that certain kind of pampered, self-absorbed, fluff-head once referred to as a Valley Girl.
I guess it was just a matter of time.
Middle-class white guys have been demonized as bigots, rapists and incipient Nazis for years. So no one was surprised that we would sell our benighted souls to The Donald.
You, on the other hand, were seen as the one hope for offsetting that malign influence.
And you blew it.
Now the Left hates you. Believe me, they do.
As reported in Biz Pac Review, CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers capsulized the prevailing disappointment in a panel discussion analyzing the election results…
“…we would hope that we would get better behavior from white women because white women are themselves oppressed and that they would be able to align themselves with other oppressed people.”
Kirsten Powers is so over having any sympathy for your oppressed state…
“I think we have to remember that the white patriarchal system actually benefits white women in a lot of ways, and they are attached to white men who are benefiting from the system that was created by them, for them. And their fathers and their husbands and their brothers are benefiting from the system, and so they are also benefiting.”
I suppose that the very white, very blond Kirsten Powers should know. She could easily be taken for one of those Becky types herself — which might explain a lot about her stand on this particular topic.
You see, she’s the generally more “conservative” CNN talking head, having worked previously for Fox News. Perhaps she’s doing penance for all that, as well as for writing a book titled The Silencing — How the Left is Killing Free speech.
Of course, Kirsten Powers isn’t alone in her disdain for the nation’s Beckies. UC Berkeley Professor Stephanie Jones-Rogers offered a historical take…
“…my research actually shows that [white women] long had deep investment in white supremacy, and not only did they benefit from it, but they participated in its construction and its perpetuation — not just in the context of slavery, not just in the colonial period, but well after slavery was over.”
Ah-ha! So the Beckies were out there all along, and nobody realized it.
Apparently not all white women are doing the Becky thing intentionally. Fearless investigative journalism on the part of the UK’s Guardian newspaper has uncovered widespread suppression of female votes by ham-fisted Republican husbands.
The infelicitously named Guardian columnist, Rebecca Solnit, did a post-election piece reporting on this poignant situation. She described how, after opening their doors to campaign workers soliciting votes for various Democrat candidates around the country…
“Wives asked their husbands directly who the two were going to vote for. Many seemed cowed. Husbands answered the door and refused to let the wife speak to canvassers, or talked or shouted over her, or insisted that she was going to vote Republican even though she was a registered Democrat, or insisted there were no Democrats in the house because she had never told him she was one.”
Solnit insisted that…
“I did not find stories of the reverse phenomenon — wives dominating their husbands, or husbands pushing their wives to vote for the Democratic candidate. Of course I talked to people canvassing for Democrats … but the bullying seemed to be mostly either to oblige the wife to lean to the right or to not participate at all.”
It goes without saying that Democrat husbands would never put such unfair pressure on the women with whom they share ideal egalitarian relationships.
Some white, middle-class women have had enough of all the ideological carping. They’re embracing their inner Becky and standing up for the conservative principles that guide their lives. Author and columnist Gina Loudon, who had been a Trump delegate to the Republican National Convention, is one such. Writing in the Tennessee Star, she tracks the slurs against white, middle-class women, and notes wryly how lefties assume…
“there’s nothing racist about singling women out by race and calling them ‘Beckies.’ After all, you can’t be racist against white women.”
She’s having none of this leftist guff…
“I wonder if liberals have stopped to think whether there might be other reasons that white women, especially married white women with kids, have resoundingly rejected their bullying and voted Republican.
“Maybe we identify more strongly with our ‘evil white male’ husbands and sons than the feminist ‘sisterhood’ that thinks we’re ‘so gross it’s f***ing embarrassing.’”
Which parallels my own observations. I do not perceive a large cadre of wives submitting to the political demands of overbearing husbands. But then, the women I know are, by and large, made of sterner stuff.
What I see is that married couples have common economic interests. Spouses are therefore naturally inclined to vote alike.
Not that this obvious fact makes any difference to lefties grasping at any little straw of explanation for why the vaunted “Blue Wave” pooped out before reaching shore.
Looking back over the last few years of election results, Attorney and regular American Thinker contributor Clarice Feldman notes that there was more at work in this failure than the recent voting choices of white women…
“4 percent more women voted for Obama in 2008 than for Hillary in 2016.” And while Donald Trump “won only about 1 percent more white voters [in 2016] than did McCain in 2008,” he won “80 percent more Black voters than McCain did and 15 percent more Latino voters….
“Since the left cannot — oh you know why — attack Black or Latino voters, they’ve aimed their bile at white women voters.”
Can Beckies undergo a change of heart, cast off their Beckyness, and regain their former position of favor? Writing in Taki’s Magazine, author and “redneck” blogger Jim Goad says it won’t be easy. They’ll have to…
“accept the fact that the minute they find themselves around anyone who is perceived to ‘enjoy’ more oppression than they do, they [white women] must zip their lips and allow themselves to be scolded and shamed and lectured and silenced.
“No matter how they wish they could crawl out of their skin, progressive white women will always be white and forever unwelcome in the progressive movement.”
Ah, well…gone are the days of “I am woman, hear me roar.”
Helen Reddy, where are you now when the girls need you most?
There was at least one dissenter in that CNN panel discussion that painted white, middle-class women as racists. Political commentator Alice Stewart objected…
“I strongly disagree with the characterization that women are oppressed and by nature of that oppression they should naturally vote for another group of people that are oppressed.
“I’m a Republican. I support this president, I voted for this president. I did so because of his policies — I do not agree with his tone and tenor. But his policies are what I stand for.”
For all the scary — and often not very convincing — stories about husbands directing their wives’ voting, which Rebecca Solnit relates in her Guardian piece, she does raise an interesting question about the increasing popularity of voting by mail, which she suggests may deny…
Read the article, and see if you believe that very many husbands exercise the kind of control she suggests…
Jim Goad is a humorist with a sharp eye turned to all things racial and ethnic. His books include such titles as The Redneck Manifesto and Whiteness, the Original Sin. In his Taki’s Magazine article he points out this bit of irony in the Ted Cruz vs. Beto O’Rourke race in Texas…
“What white women — more precisely, 59 percent of them — did in this case was vote for the Hispanic candidate, Ted Cruz, over the white candidate. And they presumably did this because they were racist.”…
Then check out Gina Loudon’s cry of defiance in the Tennessee Star…
“I Am ‘Becky,’ and I’ll Vote How I Darn Well Please!”
You go, girl…
From our “Shut Up and Sing” Department — Barbra Streisand has weighed in on the Becky issue, claiming that…
“A lot of women vote the way their husbands vote; they don’t believe enough in their own thoughts. Maybe that woman who’s so articulate, so experienced and so fit for the presidency [Hillary] was too intimidating.”
Yes, that must be it. Hillary was just too intimidating. From Fox News…