Double Standard: Women Treated Differently Depending on Political Affiliation

Have you ever noticed that personal attacks against conservative and Republican women are tolerated by Leftist groups and media outlets, yet when this treatment is directed at liberal and Democratic women, these groups quickly run to their defense?

All women, regardless of background and perspective, should be treated with dignity and respect. It’s simple: It’s unacceptable to denigrate liberal women, and it’s unacceptable to denigrate conservative women.

In a recent article for The Washington Times, Christian Toto examines the double standard of how women are treated depending on their political affiliation. In the article, IWF senior fellow Amy Cooke discusses how the mistreatment of conservative women can be traced back to Sarah Palin in 2008:

“I had never seen a woman in politics so consistently battered and abused for being a conservative. Worse, it was open season on the Palin children because Hollywood, especially comedians, didn’t like their mom.”

Unfortunately, the demeaning treatment of conservative women has become more and more common:

"Spewing vitriol at conservative women is sport in the elite media, Hollywood, academia and the leftist cocktail party circuit.”

The article highlights just a few of the most recent examples of personal attacks against conservative women:

Mr. Perlman on Twitter also has attacked first lady Melania Trump as a “pig” and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders as “crap.”

Actors Michael Rapaport and David Alan Grier used explicit sexual comments to denigrate conservative pundit Laura Ingraham for her “shut up and dribble” remark about Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James after his criticism of Mr. Trump.

Comedy Central star Jim Jefferies last year used his late-night show to satirize the first lady in a skit that called her “wooden” and “dirty.”

This month, comic actor Jim Carrey painted and posted an unflattering portrait of Mrs. Sanders, that appeared to mock her appearance.

HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver produced a parody of a book written by Mike Pence’s daughter, Charlotte Pence, and second lady Karen Pence, a project whose proceeds benefit charities dealing with human trafficking and cancer treatment.

In each of these instances, what was the response from professed feminists? Crickets.

When it comes to how a woman should be treated, it shouldn’t matter where she falls on the ideological spectrum. We should champion ALL women, regardless of their political views.



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