The Implicit Feminism of Ann Coulter
by Mari Gomez
There’s some giddy talk about Hillary being the first woman Presidential candidate and this imminent breaking of a glass ceiling. Nobody really cares. Yet, the media tries to force this narrative.. Except, the world has seen too much of old Hillary to see her as a woman anymore. She’s another establishment rather hawkish politician who goes home, hangs up her skin, and tangos with the skeletons in her closet.
Her all white pant suit at the DNC wanted to suggest a purity highly contrasted with the “darkness” of Donald Trump and his, according to the Democrats, apocalyptic Republican National Convention.
Yet, Hillary will always be the woman who was initiated into the national consciousness because of who her husband was. Then, she received great national sympathy when her husband used the White House for other pleasures. Instead of leaving her cheating husband she, of course, saved the marriage. She was the noble loving wife who forgave and forgot and did it all for the selfless, altruistic, heroic promise that she too would become President of the United States one day.
Oh, she wants it sooooo bad.
The media has tried so hard to sell us Hillary as the next great hope and pillar of American progress and equality, even as her party undermined Bernie's campaign, and as she’s embroiled in controversy, criminal activity, negligence, incompetence, and corruption. I can see the history textbook five years from now:
The year 2016 marked a historic year when the United States elected the first woman President.
And all the kids will say “yaaayyyy!” And everything else will be swept under the great diversity rug.
But that’s another matter. The modern feminists are equally complicit in this perpetually trite whining and misdirected attention. I have a difficult time putting the feminist label on Ann Coulter because the word itself, in its modern context, doesn’t have the most respectable of connotations. The feminist movement has molted into a narrow minded, whiny, soiled diapered baby. They are constantly rubbing it in your face that they are, in fact women.
The idea is that it shouldn’t matter.If it really doesn’t matter that you are a woman why do you feel the need to point it out again and again, or to talk about menstruation as the dominating theme in itself, rather than a means to a higher end? We can tell you’re a woman you know. Or can we?
That’s why Ann Coulter, who has never self identified as a feminist and, in fact, has rejected the label in the past saying she knows “nothing about women,” is one of the strongest women in the mainstream media when it comes to political discourse. She does not use her identity as her selling point; it's her ideas.
We saw the contrary play out at the DNC where we had celebrities and grieved mothers reminding us just how impressionable women are. How easily we fall for emotional appeals and teary eyes. Most of the speakers made some kind of emotional argument and connected it with Hillary being a woman. Somehow that fact manages to overshadow Hillary’s entire questionable past.
Katie Perry started by saying that she didn’t have a “formal education, " but I’m voting for Hillary, which is not the greatest advertisement. Meryll Streep humiliated herself, babbling about Hillary’s long gone ovaries and how we should all worship them. Although I must admit she had a fabulous dress on!
Lena Dunham was perhaps the most atrocious of all. She steps up to the DNC podium along with America Ferrera and asks why we should care about what a television personality has to say about politics. Then, she (a television personality) goes on to tell us how she feels about politics.
I’ve never seen Girls, the show that kickstarted her to fame, nor do I have the desire to do so. I could bet a million dollars that nothing in that show even remotely relates to my life or my college experience. What I’ve seen in excerpts and trailers, it seems like a hipstered college version of Sex in the City. She assumes that Donald Trump would rank her a 2, which is probably accurate, I’d give her about a 5 because she’s got those baby cheeks, but what does her ranking have to do with ANYTHING? I thought you weren’t supposed to care what men thought about your physical appearance. I thought you didn’t want to be ‘objectified.’ Yet that is your OPENING statement?
In that same pathetic speech Lena Dunham talks about how she is a “feminist, sexual assault survivor, with a chronic reproductive illness,” a cheap cry of victim hood that somehow, inaccurately, blames and associates Donald Trump with her bad decisions, or trauma, or suffering, or whatever it is she’s claiming. Again, somewhat contradictory to a real feminist, who doesn't go around asking for sympathy or painting herself as a victim.
Yes, Trump’s position on abortion has been muddled. The unfortunate interview with Chris Matthews (not one of Trump’s greatest moments) only highlighted his contradictory stance and what appears to be his inability to articulate his feelings about the complicated issue. The conclusion seems to be that he’s uncomfortable with the idea and procedure of abortion, particularly late in pregnancy and he’s against public funding for it, but would allow it. He has said that it would go back to the states. He seems especially conflicted about discussing punishment or how to change the law.
Lena Dunham claimed that Trump was infringing upon her Constitutional rights. Abortion is not a Constitutional right. I do not believe the word abortion appears once in the Constitution.
Let’s break up Mrs. Dunham’s statement because it's great:
“Feminist..” That is, feminist in the liberal sense of the word,(and I mean liberal in the narrow minded intolerant leftist sense of the word) which means a woman that is constantly talking about how she is a woman and her experience is primarily filtered by this fact. Oh, and how she suffers when you hit on her or call her a 2.
“Sexual assault survivor...” Wait. What exactly do you mean by “sexual assault?” The definition is a bit loose nowadays (no pun intended). Isn’t your show all about sexually liberated women being promiscuous? I mean didn’t she, in her book, write about having sexual encounters that she consented, but later regretted and was then slowly convinced that she had been assaulted? This has now become a popular story-line, by the way. In my days, if you consented then regretted, you had to live with that regret and have it make you a better decision maker next time. Usually, you accumulated self loathing until you dug yourself out of it and moved on.
“With a chronic reproductive illness..” What does this have to do with anything? What does it have to do with Donald Trump?
In other words, Dunham announces with a white dress on, that she’s a victim and using it as a way to illicit sympathy? Popularity? Yest, she is seen as a strong woman?
Lena Dunham would never actually go on a show where somebody thinks she’s absolutely insane and try to defend whatever she thinks feminism means.The DNC is a safe space for people like her and that’s where they get brave. A true feminist is brave, has principles and composure and doesn't beg for your sympathy.
Anne Coulter legitimately gives zero fucks. She’ll go anywhere, debate anybody because she believes in her work.
A modern classic is a recent Anne Coulter on Univision talking to Jorge Ramos, the well known immigrant advocate. It’s already enemy territory,but she’s not on the defensive, she’s cool, calm, and collected. She sits with her legs crossed and occasionally runs her hand through her hair. She understands there is perilous fun in this.
While Jorge Ramos, out of incredulous disbelief stutters his questions, Ann patiently waits.One could sense the crowd is ready to charge at her when she begins to suggest that the Mexican people are of a lower, less developed culture. She’s talking to an all Hispanic crowd! She doesn’t back off, she doesn’t flinch, she simply sits there and explains her position. If you’ve watched enough Ann Coulter you begin to recognize moments where she’s lightly trolling, often using hyperbole as a technique to break through to people. She chooses to phrase things in a way that she knows will cause a reaction, then she elaborates with fact or statistics. It’s always carefully measured bait.
There is nothing about Anne Coulter that has ever asked for people’s pity, or compassion, nor has she ever blatantly pointed out to everyone that she is a woman. There is no emotional appeal, there is only information and fact and conclusions drawn from the two, but people are very turned off by that. It’s not woman-like enough, I guess.
At some point in this interview with Jorge Ramos an overweight Latina, who describes herself as an undocumented immigrant, asks Coulter the following:
“This undocumented immigrant who's lived in this nation for over 22 years want to as a sign, of my humanity and yours recognize this and give you a hug.”
Ann Coulter, without flinching says “No, let’s move on to the question.” She claimed that it was because she had a cold, which is probably true, you can actually hear it in her voice, but I get the sense there are other reasons too. Maybe she didn’t want to fall into the trap; she refused to play their game. The Left always does this. Secondly, Ann was perhaps simply uncomfortable with hugging a stranger that she knew deep down really disliked her. I mean the basis of the illegal’s statement was that she wanted to acknowledge her humanity. In other words, I want to make sure you are human by hugging you, which is kind of insulting actually.
Coulter’s book, Adios, America is a long winded fact based tangent. It’s written in a conversational tone with a voice that is wholeheartedly Ann Coulter. There is no dressing up, there is no attempt to be clever or academic. Ann simply outlines the issues. Throughout the book she highlights the criminality of undocumented immigrants and how the media seems to want to obscure some of these facts.
She spends chapters delineating just how the media hides unpleasant aspects of the illegal immigrant conversation. At all time she’s stood firmly with her conviction that illegal immigration is the dominating issue for America; it effects the economy, jobs, and culture.
In a recent C-Span debate titled Conservatism vs. Progressivism, Ann Coulter showed that she was the only one on that panel who knew how to rock and roll. She was not just the only one to get her point across, but to do so while adequately responding to the attitude of the audience. The panel also included Carol Swain, next to Coulter, on the Conservative side. On the Progressive side: Sally Kohn and Janus Adams. Several times in the debate Ann Coulter “shh’s” the audience as they attempt to heckle her, but it doesn’t deter her, nor does it make her feel uncomfortable. She’s someone that has been hated, insulted by the media for so long, she simply brushes it off. As fake laughter comes from the audience, Anne addresses it:
“Oh yeah, your fake laughter is such a great argument.”
One last example of Coulter’s tenacity. She’s been on The View several times. Nobody could possibly take that show seriously, but Ann’s presence there makes it all worth it. The women inevitably exhibit a transformation from gossipy conversation mode to absolute disbelief and rage. They become so emotional that every one of them exposes themselves as just another gossip monger who can’t possibly think about anything for longer than they’re spouting off opinions about it.
In fact, Ann goes on these shows knowing that she will be attacked, her points belittled, her ideas painted as racist, insensitive, or outright insane. One lovely moment happened when Ann discusses immigration, sitting next to, as they point out, two immigrant women. Ann makes a point about how the Democrats encourage illegal immigration for votes and the rich do it for the cheap labor and cheap maids. The maid comment makes two of them begin to shift in their seats. As the camera pans to the other ladies, it’s clear they are no longer listening; they are merely trying to hold back calling her a crazy bitch. There is a black lady, Raven Something or other, that interjects Ann’s point (I honestly can’t be bothered to look up her full name) and she says, “My mother taught me if you’re not going to say something nice don’t say anything at all.”
And the crowd claps! Because there is a apparently bunch of three year olds watching The View. Ann is clearly disappointed at this woman’s lack of debate technique, but she maintains her posture. “I’m making a point about policy…” she says. She then brings up something this Raven lady had said in a previous show about how she wouldn’t hire people with exotic names. Lest you forget, Ann Coulter does her research. The black lady pretends not to know what Ann is talking about and shuts up.
Anne Coulter is relentless and unapologetic. That in itself is a feminist quality, but she never argues that she thinks this way because she is a woman or as a result of being a woman. Being a woman doesn’t help her write her books; she probably struggles like everyone else. She works for it. The fact that she is a woman is irrelevant.
Ann Coulter is actually very likable. If you listen to Ann when she’s not being attacked, she relaxes and jokes around. She’s never been disrespectful to her host or insulted them back. She might use her dry humor to make you look like an idiot, but she’ll be polite.
People that say they hate Ann Coulter are those who’ve never really listened to her points. You don't have to agree with her to appreciate what she does. In the end, she advocates for the poor folk in America. She’s looking out for you. She’s calling out the media, she’s calling out those that profit off of changing American culture and lowering your wages. It is a country’s duty to protect its borders and take care of its people. That’s what defines a nation and that’s what she defends again and again: for the good of the American people already here.
Certainly there are things I disagree with Coulter on. Regardless, Ann is a ferocious figure in American politics right now, but nobody calls her a feminist because feminist now implies a leftist woman complaining about life being unfair. Ann believes in her thinking because she dedicates her life to this research. She goes into enemy territory and defends her positions. She doesn’t put a white dress on in front of thousands and tells them how she’s a victim of this or that, or how she’s often bullied, or insulted, misunderstood, and misrepresented in the media. She can play dirty, she can play nice, she has a sense of humor. Most importantly, she’s not always harping on the fact that she is a woman. She simply is.