Conservative PolitiChicks talk ‘feminism’ on Fox News

by Jackie Leahy

When the hosts of the web show “PolitiChicks” made a guest appearance on “Fox & Friends” this past Tuesday, they voiced opinions that probably would have been offensive if they hadn’t been so deeply confusing. The occasion for the PolitiChicks’ visit to “Fox & Friends” was the release of their new book, entitled “What Women Really Want.” After listening to their interview, I have serious doubts that the PolitiChicks even know what women are. 

The PolitiChicks – Ann-Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany and Dr. Gina Loudon – have aimed to voice the concerns of conservative women through their webTV talk show. Their book is their latest effort to do so.

In the course of the interview with “Fox & Friends”, Murrell claims that feminists are “sexualists” and proposes a radical new female anatomy when she says, “[Feminism is] about from their heads down, it has nothing to do with their brains or their hearts.” (I wonder what that thumping is in my chest?)

And the confusion continues. . . “They claim that we put women back into the ’50s where women stayed home and took care of their children and their families,” said PolitiChicks Editor-in-Chief Ann-Marie Murrell. “I say that what they’re doing, they are like cave women waiting for cavemen to bonk them on the head and drag them into the caves by the hair. That’s who they are. They’re the ones putting us back into the stone ages.”

Ok, moving from the ’50s to the Stone Age must have given me some kind of whiplash because I have no idea what this means. I’m guessing that Murrell is claiming that the only way women can take charge of their sexuality is through inducing men to “[bonk them] on the head.” This seems to give all feminists some strange masochistic power of inception.

It gets better. According to the PolitiChicks, feminism “has nothing to do with empowering women anymore. We earned the right to vote. We have equality in the workplace. If we don’t, we can fight that on a one-on-one” — which makes sense because, like Neo or Jesus, most individuals, especially those who are systemically disadvantaged, can best challenge inequality “on a one-on-one basis.”

As preposterous as the ideas expressed by the PolitiChicks can seem, their suggestions a that sex and violence are inseparable and the only way women can enjoy sex is when unconscious (“bonked on the head”) are tragic. And when they claimed that feminists have made women afraid of being stay-at-home moms, I actually felt sorry for them because they didn’t understand that feminism advocates choice—the choice to be a career woman, a housewife, both, neither or something else entirely.  

When PolitiChicks host Morgan Brittany said women “want less government in their lives,” I snorted thinking that less government in female lives could mean more government in the bedroom. But I empathized when she continued, “They want to make their own decisions. They want freedom to choose for their children, their families. That’s what women really want.” Taken out of context, this is a sentiment that could be taken as (actually) feminist. It talks about initiative and desire for respect, but then it constrains these things so that these rights apply only to certain kinds of women in specific contexts, to women who live domestic lives. What’s free about that?

Brittany’s final remark constrained female wants even more, specifically (and transphobically) to cis-male partners: “And [women] also want real men. We love real men.”

Eyeroll. Perhaps in the beautiful, incorporated world of tomorrow that these women envision, all the Ken dolls in the world will be melted and we will be left with only real men. Again, I could just be naive or something but I thought all men were real men, and for one crazy second I thought that all men and women were created equal. Phew, I’m glad the PolitiChicks were able to put me back on track. 

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