The June electoral primaries settled it for the media: 2010 will go down as the Year of the Woman. Always susceptible to the seductive powers of a good identity politics narrative, the pundit class eagerly weighed in with variations on the theme: The Year of the New Woman, The Year of the Conservative Woman, The Year of GOP Women, and The Year of the (Pro-Life) Woman.
Predictably, this didn’t sit well with the feminist Left. Detecting a mortal threat to their exclusive ownership of the terms “feminist” and “woman,” they lashed out at conservative women politicians and their supporters. They dubbed Sarah Palin an anti-feminist, Jan Brewer a racist, and Meg Whitman a ruthless corporate tyrant. And while they admitted Nikki Haley might technically be a woman, she was deemed the wrong kind of woman.
Jezebel waded in with a list of the ten lowest moments for women in politics. Shockingly, it just happened to focus almost exclusively on unfair treatment of female Democrats and supposedly egregious conservative behavior. Number ten, for example, was “Almost anything Michelle Bachmann has ever said.” Such wit! Such biting commentary!
Perhaps the ladies at Jezebel need a reminder (or ten) of why no one’s declaring 2010 the Year of the Lefty Woman.