There’s Something About Phyllis (Schlafly)

schlafly-460x307Phyllis Schlafly hates feminists. To be fair, she also hates liberals, the LGBT community, President and Mrs. Obama, and the idea of any kind of gun control. Up until a few years ago, I thought Phyllis Schlafly was dead, so you can imagine my surprise when I found a rant of hers featured at Right Wing Watch. Phyllis was a guest on one of the most right wing, insane, just all kinds of WHAT THE HELL program, “Talk to Solomon,” hosted by Stan Solomon. Stan is a flaming birther, who also believes the president is gay, believes President Obama is coming for our guns (you know…someday), and is one of many fringe pundits in desperate need of psychological help. Phyllis Schlafly is a frequent guest on “Talk to Solomon,” which makes me wonder about her mental health, as well.

You have to understand-Phyllis Schlafly has been spouting her flotsam and jetsam since I was a wee little lass. She misses the days when the DAR was more “conservative.” Phyllis used to write a monthly newsletter for the Daughters of the American Revolution, and it upsets her that the group no longer embraces the values it did in 1952. Yes, she was that specific. During a speech given at Breitbart News’ alternative CPAC conference this year (because for some on the right, CPAC just isn’t conservative enough), Phyllis segued from growling that amnesty in any form is “death” for the GOP to her involvement with the highly controversial McCarran-Walter Act. Which led to this statement on the DAR:

The DAR at that time was a strong, pro-American organization.

As of 1952, the DAR had reversed its 1939 decision to ban African-American singer Marian Anderson from performing, but the group did not admit any black members until the late 1970’s. I wonder what it is exactly Phyllis misses from the good ol’ days of the DAR? Since her animus towards them has come to light, I am sorely tempted to pull out my “I have ancestors who fought in the American Revolution” card, and become a Daughter of the American Revolution myself.

Phyllis Schlafly is convinced that feminism is ruining America, because men should be men, and women should not be men, or something like that. In 1972, she fought against the Equal Rights Amendment, because in her mind, the ERA would, among other things, remove legal protection of wives, remove barriers to women in combat, and require that public bathrooms be unisex. Phyllis calls VAWA “feminist pork,” and states the law “forces Soviet-style psychological re-education on men and teenage boys.” And in 2007, during a speech at Bates College, Phyllis said:

By getting married, the woman has consented to sex, and I don’t think you can call it rape.

Take as long as you need. I understand.

Now, let’s talk about a group of “feminists” who are worthy of Phyllis Schlafly’s scorn (and all of ours, really): TERFs. TERF stands for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminists, and they are horrible, awful, cruel women. One of the most prominent TERFs is a woman named Cathy Brennan. Ms. Brennan was at one time a liaison on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, but in 2012, a petition was created to have her removed, because Ms. Brennan “flatly” rejected the “Gender Identity” half of her job description. She and other members of her hate group have been featured in Forbes, and the left-wing publication, Counter Punch, because their most recent Redfem conference had trouble finding a venue. Gee, I can’t imagine why.

Cathy Brennan, like all hate mongers, loves Twitter. In July of 2012, she posted a photo on Twitter of two crudely made paper dolls. One doll had a vagina. The other had the genitalia scratched out with marker, and the words “Sorry about your dick” written on it. It was accompanied by this text, also written by Cathy Brennan:

@transadvocate repsect is extended to those who are respectful. You were never female. We’re taking women back.

In the case of TERFs like Cathy Brennan, I agree 100% with Phyllis Schlafly: If this is what feminism is, I am not a feminist. However, TERFs represent a subset, and a very small one at that. Prior to a month ago, I’d never even heard of them, but now that I have, I am publicly stating I am not a TERF, and I think these women are awful people. And I know that the majority of feminists (both men and women) agree. Feminism is the notion that women are people, and deserve equal rights. Thing is, I also believe that about men.

Men are raped, men are the victims of domestic violence. VAWA needs to be VAEA, or the Violence Against Everyone Act. As a feminist/humanist, I recognize the need for addressing rape and violence for everyone, not just women. Phyllis Schlafly, and her ilk, don’t even think that sort of thing exists. It always confuses me when women wage war on other women, and that’s what I see Phyllis Schlafly doing, that’s what I see TERFs like Cathy Brennan doing. Phyllis will never change, and it’s doubtful Cathy Brennan and the TERF “movement” will ever change, which means it’s up to us. Our voices of love and acceptance have to be louder than their voices of hate and intolerance.

Erin Nanasi

Erin Nanasi is the creator of The Bachmann Diaries: Satirical Excerpts from Michele Bachmann's Fictional Diary. She hates writing about herself in the third person. Erin enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with family. And wombats. Come visit Erin on on Facebook. She also can be found on Twitter at @WriterENanasi.


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