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Friday, September 12, 2014

Ray Rice: The War On Women And Equality Intersect


The Ray Rice scandal has been all over the news.  Living in the state of Maryland, you can imagine this has been a hot topic of conversation.  This is truly Ravens Nation.  Last night the Ravens played their arch rivals, the Pittsburg Steelers.  I am happy to report that they won. 

What was more shocking than how well they played in spite of the dark cloud hanging over the team, was the number of 27/Ray Rice jerseys in the stands.  Even more shocking, as CNN noted this morning, was how many of these Ray Rice jerseys were worn by women!  Where is the outrage? Where are the protest signs?  For heaven’s sake, where are the vagina costumes?

These women aren’t alone. Many liberal women are sighting Whoppi Goldberg’s comments about Jay Z and Solange when she was quoted as saying, “If you hit a man, don’t be surprised if he hits back.” Goldberg goes on to remind women that chivalry may not “still be in place.”  See her comments here: http://www.theroot.com/blogs/the_grapevine/2014/07/whoopi_goldberg_defends_stephen_a_smith_if_you_hit_a_man_don_t_be_surprised.html

I know Goldberg doesn’t speak for all liberals.  And, to be fair, many women’s groups have come out against Rice.  However, Goldberg is not the only person to voice these sentiments.  The fact that so many women wore jerseys in support of Rice last night makes my point - she isn’t alone. 

The left has pushed The War on Women, and idea of the “rape culture” because it is working politically. At the same time, they also believe in equality and not judging anyone.  Looking at the Rice case, it appears in their eyes, you truly can’t be judged for anything. This is where the disconnect lies. With Rice, it’s one or the other.  You either have a War on Women, or you have true equality, a punch for a punch.  They can’t reconcile both positions. (Never mind that he knocked out his then fiancĂ©e, rendering her unconscious...a pesky detail.)

Once again, the conservatives have a unique opportunity, if they can seize the moment.  Conservatives pride themselves on having a foundation of guiding principles and convictions.  They can use this strength against this weakness in the liberal platform.  This may be their best opportunity to show the War on Women is just a political strategy.  When push comes to literal shove, their War on Women doesn’t empower, or protect women at all.  In fact, it can be argued, only having a strong platform based on the constitution, laws, respect, and general morality will protect women in the end.  The liberals are at the intersection of the War on Women and equality and have no idea where to go.  This is a prime opportunity for conservatives to change the discussion, change the direction, and change the narrative with women.  

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