Pavlich traces out the modern left’s narrative about women — starting with the “rise of Femi-Marxism” now alive and well on a campus near you, to the final destination: votes for Democrats on election day. Pavlich details how the National Organization for Women even denied her press credentials to attend the NOW conference in Chicago. After NOW press flunkie Sarah Coppersmith (@SarahCopper) rebuffed Katie, Katie joined NOW to attend the conference as a NOW member.
And what as sight it was.
Empty seats. Empty exhibit halls. Lots of bumper stickers for sale. “Just say no to sex with pro-lifers” was one. “Don’t like abortion, don’t have one,” was another.
“The whole place had the feel of yesteryear,” Pavlich wrote. But Pavlich describes that the lone forward-looking component of the event was the political push for Hillary to run for president. No Palin stickers were anywhere, because after all, NOW really isn’t about women. NOW is about something else, and the bumper stickers told the whole story.
Politics, sex, abortion. Modern feminism captured in three short words.
Here’s a challenge to gender studies agitators on campus like Michael Bronski, Evelyn Glenn, Marilyn Frye and Katie Oliviero: have Pavlich address students in your degree program. Have Pavlich come to campus to talk about Assault and Flattery and how women are suffering because of the ideological constraints imposed upon them by the left, by your scholarship. I suspect no professor will have the guts to invite Pavlich, but we can dream.
You won’t get much out of the left-wing media about Pavlich’s script flip either. Dave Weigel over at Slate, for example, is hot to judge Katie Pavlich’s new book on appearances only. Scripts flipped indeed.