Maine Senator Susan Collins explained her reason for voting to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh in a 45 minute speech. Some will find her reasons sufficient, perhaps even persuasive. Some will not. But then, there are some for whom reasons have nothing to do with it. This matters.
One can discuss and debate with people who are working in the same world of facts and logic as others. One cannot engage in any productive discussion with a person whose grasp of the world is constrained by their irrational beliefs, as they can’t see any world except the one stuck in their delusion. Or as Alexis Grenell describes it, her “stupid uterus.”
After a confirmation process where women all but slit their wrists, letting their stories of sexual trauma run like rivers of blood through the Capitol, the Senate still voted to confirm Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.
Her imagery is vivid, like the nightmares of the insane. She doesn’t represent women, even though she makes quite clear that “no true woman” would do as Susan Collins did.
These women are gender traitors, to borrow a term from the dystopian TV series “The Handmaid’s Tale.” They’ve made standing by the patriarchy a full-time job. The women who support them show up at the Capitol wearing “Women for Kavanaugh” T-shirts, but also probably tell their daughters to put on less revealing clothes when they go out.
They “probably” do everything Grennell finds absolutely horrifying and exhausting, because there can be no possible woman who wouldn’t do as Grennell would demand they do. Collins didn’t. Women who supported Kavanaugh didn’t. They are gender traitors, supplicants to the Patriarchy, because what other explanation could there be for women to be so wrong?
But these women have one additional attribute, which explains their being evil.
We’re talking about white women. The same 53 percent who put their racial privilege ahead of their second-class gender status in 2016 by voting to uphold a system that values only their whiteness, just as they have for decades.
On another day, I might be critical of the New York Times for using its real estate to air idiocy, or worse, flagrantly false and scientifically unsound positions, but only when they further a particular goal that would otherwise stand in stark contrast with reality.
This time, it’s appreciated, though not likely for the reason they published it. I’m not the intended audience for this blood-letting of emotion, but then, I only get to see snippets of the insanity of a world view attributing all outcomes to racism and sexism.
Most rational and moderately sane people have the capacity to see the merit of other views. The irrational do not. They know what they feel, and there are no facts, no logic, no reasons, that can change that. Rational people turn away from the irrational because of this, there being no purpose in engaging with someone whose view of the world is grounded in self-serving fantasy.
But the people who scare me the most are the mothers, sisters and wives of those young men, because my stupid uterus still holds out some insane hope of solidarity.
In the scheme of equality, women have agency, the ability to make their own decisions, to reason for themselves, to reach conclusions that, to them, are correct. In the scheme of social justice, there can be no conclusion but theirs. Solidarity means no women can disagree with them except traitors to the cause, handmaidens to the Patriarchy. Grenell says they “scare” her, but this isn’t the real emotion she’s feeling. She despises them. They pray to the wrong god. She hates them for not backing her god.
Women of color, and specifically black women, make the margin of difference for Democrats. The voting patterns of white women and white men mirror each other much more closely, and they tend to cast their ballots for Republicans. The gender gap in politics is really a color line.
This is about as clear an explanation of how the world looks through a progressive lens as possible. It provides a clear vision of a mind lost to insanity, one so mired in an irrational belief system that everything comes down to race and gender. White males are evil for obvious reasons. White women take a little more explanation, since they should cry for the pain of their sisters because shouldn’t all women believe in the one true god?
Susan Collins couldn’t possibly have made a decision for the reasons she spent 45 minutes explaining. Perhaps she didn’t. Who knows what’s really inside another person’s head? Well, Grenell knows.
That’s because white women benefit from patriarchy by trading on their whiteness to monopolize resources for mutual gain. In return they’re placed on a pedestal to be “cherished and revered,” as Speaker Paul D. Ryan has said about women, but all the while denied basic rights.
The unduly passionate may respond, but there is racism, there is sexism, and that, of course, is true. But that doesn’t make every act, every thought, every word, every breath, all about racism and sexism, unless you’ve lost touch the reality.
I’m told that I’m not allowed to call a woman irrational because men have used the “nuts and sluts” argument to oppress woman for millennia. So what word is permissible to describe irrationality when it’s spewed by a woman? This is a litmus test between the liberal and progressive view of the world. A liberal believes in equality, which means we can all be as good or as bad, as rational or irrational, as we are, and that neither race nor gender makes a person better or worse. The progressive view is that identities control.
Meanwhile, Senator Collins subjected us to a slow funeral dirge about due process and some other nonsense I couldn’t even hear through my rage headache as she announced on Friday she would vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh. Her mostly male colleagues applauded her.
The question for white women in November is: Which one of these two women are you?
And indeed, it’s a good question. Will you be a rational person or will your “rage headache” prevent you from hearing any words that challenge your hatred? Thank you, New York Times, for making the options as clear as possible by publishing this manifesto of irrationality. As much as we may not share conservative values, the alternative of progressive irrationality and hatred offers no option either.
If there is to be an alternative to Trump, to conservatives, it will not come from screaming “racist and sexist” at everyone who disagrees with you because your stupid uterus tells you to.