Oh the left got so excited for Wendy Davis, the spunky Texan who overcame adversity, stood up for abortion, made something of herself, and, unlike those other rubes from the South, was not a conservative reprobrate. Turns out she was an ordinary one and a liar, however. I’m loving it.
Ace made an interesting observation that all her “I did it all” bio was not really that impressive, and there is a big puzzle at the heart of feminism rooted in a certain kind of insecurity:
She was running on the platform of #DoingItAll. She’d raised herself by her own bootstraps; she’d raised her kids by her own hand. All while becoming a Harvard lawyer.
Well, only one of those things is true. Becoming a Harvard lawyer is not terribly impressive; many people manage to do so, especially lawyers who attend Harvard.
What made her story special (in her own telling) was that she had had the scrap to pay her own way, and that she had done all this while raising little children.
But she did not do these things. She married (after her first divorce from a blue-collar worker) a wealthy lawyer 13 years her senior who paid her way through Harvard and took care of the kids (including the one from her first marriage) and who she then promptly tossed away like last week’s news when her student loans were paid off.
Oh, and she let him have full custody of the kids, too.
Does Wendy Davis really think it is that impressive that a woman should graduate from Harvard Law, alone, without those other distinguishing elements, which turned out to be lies?
Apparently she does.
This is the strange thing about feminism, sometimes. They wish to suggest that women are capable of the extraordinary. But then, to prove that women can achieve the extraordinary, they put forth examples of women achieving the merely ordinary, and they say it’s extraordinary, Because a Girl Did It.
That’s not quite compatible with the idea that women can #DoItAll, is it?