I may not be too crazy about her father (though I do wish him well in his fight with cancer) but Meghan McCain can often give great counterpoints to an otherwise entirely Liberal show.
This time… she takes on modern feminism. Especially it’s exclusion of conservative women.
“We’ve talked about this many times on this show, people don’t like this, but I don’t consider myself a feminist, and it’s a really inconvenient, difficult place for a conservative pro-life woman,” McCain explained. “It feels like a very exclusive — the women’s march in particular, felt very exclusive outside of me.”
“I want us to celebrate all women,” she added. “So, that means if you’re talking about Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, I would also like Condoleezza Rice and Mia Love and conservative women and Carly Fiorina to be included in that. And it seems to be a place where a lot of pro-choice women don’t like having pro-life women who don’t think abortion rights are the number one issue.”
“I think Hillary Clinton ran into this that there was an assumption that just because I’m a woman I’m going to vote for a woman,” she continued. “And for me women’s issues is also defeating ISIS. It’s also foreign policy. All issues are women’s issues. And that’s where my problem.”
Joy Behar responded by reading the definition of feminist.
This prompted Behar to read the definition of “feminist” to which McCain promptly replied: “Does that mean the rights of unborn women as well?”
“But I’m kind of with Meghan for different reasons, though, because I’m not sure that I identify myself as a feminist, although by that definition I am,” guest co-host Deborah Roberts explained. “But I’m also a southerner, and I guess I’m a little more traditional. I don’t know, does that mean that it’s weird if the guy wants to open the door and somebody says, ‘ladies first’?”
“You and I are in the majority, by the way,” McCain said. “Fifty-four percent of Americans, men and women, don’t consider themselves feminists or anti-feminist, according to a national Today survey. … I have a problem when it’s so tied up with Planned Parenthood, it’s so tied up with Cecile Richards. I don’t understand why conservative women aren’t given the same platform at women’s marches to talk about our perspective as well.”