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What Would Susan B. Anthony Think of Us Now?

02/16/2010 Comment

Susan B. Anthony, one of America’s original women’s rights leaders, was born 190 years ago yesterday.

In light of recent events, I do wonder what the famed suffragette would think of the state of feminism in this nation she loved so well. After all, Susan B. Anthony, one of the founders of the women’s rights movement in the United States, was a fierce opponent of abortion:

“If Susan B. Anthony was alive today, she would be overjoyed by the strength of the growing American pro-life majority,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, President of the Susan B. Anthony List. “While many are familiar with Anthony’s efforts to earn women the right to vote, few realize she vehemently opposed abortion. Anthony recognized that authentic women’s rights could never be built upon the broken rights of innocent unborn children.”

“Susan B. Anthony’s brand of original, authentic pro-life feminism resonates with today’s American woman,” said Dannenfelser. “And it’s why the old guard of abortion-promoting feminists struggles to remain relevant. In our increasingly pro-life culture, the ‘pro-choice’ label has worn out its usefulness. The modern feminist mantra calling for a taxpayer-funded abortion in every home flies in the face of Susan B. Anthony’s legacy of equal rights for all, even the unborn. “

Susan B. Anthony fought for a woman’s right to vote. Today’s feminists, though, fight for a woman’s right to destroy unborn life within her.

Oh, and they also do all that they can to keep men firmly underfoot.

For example:

With the brouhaha over the “controversial” Tim Tebow pro-life ad, I almost missed the Dodge Charger Super Bowl ad featuring an emasculated man’s “last stand”:

“I will watch your vampire TV shows with you,” the male voice says, “I will put my underwear in the basket” and “I will carry your lip balm.”

“And because I do this,” comes the conclusion, “I will drive the car I want to drive. Charger—a man’s last stand.”

I think the ad is funny. And astute. If Charger wants to tap into the suppressed modern male ego and sell a few cars, more power to them.

But some women’s groups see the ad as an affront to all they have worked so hard to accomplish. Doesn’t Dodge know? “Real” feminism demands that men remain motionless under our boot heels. How dare a car company free them?

Some angry women’s groups have released a video response to the Charger ad, featuring their own woman’s “last stand.” (I won’t link to it here because it’s too vulgar—does this surprise you?)

Among other things, the female last stand includes “I will diet, Botox, and wax. Everything,” ” I will get the kids ready for school” and “I will eat half a grapefruit for breakfast.”

Oh, yawn.

For real? This is what you’ve got for me? This is the great suffering poor little women are being forced to endure at the hands of evil men?

Susan B. Anthony was a feminist deserving of the title. She devoted her life to the cause of giving every American woman a voice in our society. What an embarrassment that today this is what we’re saying with it.

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About Danielle Bean

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Danielle Bean, a wife and mother of eight, is editorial director of Faith & Family magazine and author of My Cup of Tea, Mom to Mom, Day to Day, and most recently Small Steps for Catholic Moms. Read more of her blogging at Faith & Family Live and DanielleBean.com.