In an interview with the Washington Post, supposed advisor to Donald Trump and perpetual lie-spewer Kellyanne Conway said she considered herself a “postfeminist”, citing feminism’s apparent “anti-male culture” and that her generation “isn’t a big fan of labels.” Frankly, I was delighted to hear her reject the label. We don’t want or need her on our team, not when she’s busy propping up a bigoted administration that sees The Handmaid’s Tale as an instructional guide.
That’s not to say she isn’t a fan of using feminism and its work as a handy shield whenever she needs to deflect criticism from herself. She called an MSNBC report on her “sexist” last November, accused Tim Kaine of sexism for interrupting a female moderator during the VP debate, and did the same to a Buzzfeed piece on her role in the campaign, even adding, “And I’m not one to run around screaming about sexism”.
The newest target of her selectively feminist critique is CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who rolled his eyes during an interview with her, where she, as always, engaged in Class A word vomit of lies upon lies related to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey. Honestly, an eye-roll is restrained. A table-flip wouldn’t have been out of order.
Turning to the shiny teethed morning propagandists at Fox & Friends, Conway said “Could you imagine … having a male anchor on the network roll eyes at Hillary Clinton, at somebody — a female representative spokeswoman for President Obama or President Bill Clinton? I think not.” I’m guessing she’s missed about two decades of journalism, TV, and generally everything surrounding how Hillary was reported. And, just because Conway couldn’t bring herself to say anything even remotely positive about Clinton, she added this:
“Hillary Clinton is in search of sexism as a lame excuse for why her disastrous candidacy and campaign lost six months ago. I face sexism a lot of times when I show up for interviews like that.”
I don’t doubt that Conway faces exism. Literally every woman does. Feminists will defend Conway when she faces misogyny, but this right here? This appropriation of feminist rhetoric and ideals explicitly to defend herself from facing any real consequences for lying and propping up a government that hates women? That’s not feminism - that’s narcissism.
So Kellyanne, from me to you…