The above clip has been blown out of proportion regarding the contraception comment. Look at everything she discusses, including the need for more women in politics! The idea that diversity has a positive effect on an organization is an argument of identity politics that has not been well accepted in conservative circles. It is starting to make inroads as populism continues to flourish on the right. It’s really kind of exciting to see it in action. But that’s not what gets the headlines. No, the focus is, once again, on contraception.
I think Haley’s right that women care about more than just reproductive issues, and that the economy and jobs and other issues are as important, if not more so. I know jobs are more important to me.
I’m 41 and at the end of my reproductive life cycle. I’ve been very happy with the options I’ve had to limit my pregnancies, successfully limiting my family to one child, and never requiring an abortion to do it. The options for women today are even better.
I don’t understand why we’re still talking about this issue, except as I understand it to be used as a cudgel with which to beat women into the submission of one side. The sad thing is, the focus on the conversation as it is just drives home what women are really denied: a good education that leads to real critical thinking, and the opportunity to reflect and come to their own opinion about things. People (parents, siblings, sometimes husbands, bosses, politicians, the “beauty” industry, psychologists, parenting experts, the medical establishment, etc) are always trying to make women’s minds up for them, and all too often women let them.