In the US during the early years of this decade, the Obama Administration relentlessly proclaimed that the Republicans were waging a War on Women. What this war mostly entailed was not approving additional goodies and privileges for women. The high point of the war occurred when Sandra Fluke (a professional rabble-rouser) testified before Congress of the need for women to have free of charge birth control. The news media breathlessly reported on this event as if an important civil rights frontier was being breached. And perhaps they believed it also.
However a seemingly odd thing happened. Election campaigns bearing the War on Women banner fizzled. Voters were just not buying it. This happened even though the Republicans spent no effort in challenging the Democrat’s line. The explanation as to why it fell flat came down to basically, “It just did not make any sense”. But all of this leads to a larger question.
How did things ever get to this point? How did seemingly politically astute people ever believe that not adding a new benefit of free birth control for women would be interpreted as a War on Women? The answer undoubtedly starts with the fact that this general approach (toned down a bit) has work in the past. During those battles, women were implied to be virtuous sympathetic oppressed victims in need of redress from society. Consider how much women as a group have gained from this approach though out the years. During this time, men mostly went along, seemingly desirous to avoid fights.
But how did this situation come about, where women continually desired more and more from society as a whole. Of course, the answer lies with the feminine imperative. Here we had a horde of women (and their male sycophants) believing in the total righteousness of their cause and in their invincibility. This is what brought the War on Women crashing down; they believed in their cause so much that the distance between their reality and the “real” reality was a bridge too far. How can one with any sense state that not giving women free birth control is declaring war on them?
What lessons might be learned from this? Perhaps that the feminine imperative is relentless, politicians can hardly help but lie prostrate before it, and that it can distort the reality of many to their (and others) detriment.