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Who are the real heroes and villains of the media’s favorite “War on Women” narrative?
If you ask New York Times best-selling author and FOX News contributor Katie Pavlich, she will tell you that Democrats are the ones exploiting women, making them pawns in a political game for votes.
In her new book released today, Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left And Their War On Women, Pavlich uses original reporting and interviews to show that the Left’s most damaging offense against women is selling them the idea that reliance on government is empowering. She argues that this misguided philosophy reduces women to nothing more than the pills they take and the babies they make.
Learn more in our exclusive interview below with author Katie Pavlich:
1. What drove you to write Assault and Flattery?
A number of different things drove me to write the book, but the 2012 presidential election, which I covered very closely, was really the period of time that inspired me to put my ideas down on paper. Barack Obama’s campaign was hinged on women by distorting history and lying about contraception bans.
Someone needed to point out the blatant hypocrisy and lies being told to women in an effort to gain votes. The Democrat Party is far from being pro-woman. Liberals talk about women in one way and treat them in an entirely different way, which is something that needed to be exposed.
2. What are Democrats’ worst infractions against women? Could you pick the most damaging?
Other than Democrat Senator Ted Kennedy leaving loyal campaign staffer Mary Jo Kopechne to die in his car or President Bill Clinton being a serial sexual assaulter, the Left’s most damaging offense against women is promoting the false idea that reliance on government is empowering.
Reliance on government doesn’t provide a life of success, instead it provides one of disappointment, hopeless dependency and broken promises. The Left falsely telling young women for decades that government is the answer to their problems, and that they probably can’t survive without it, is an atrocity.
3. Is the “war on women” real? Do women still need special privileges in 2014?
The war on women is real and it’s coming from Democrats. In 2014, I do not believe women need special privileges or to be treated like victims. Equal opportunity is available for all of us and women have proved for years they don’t need special coddling or government assistance to be successful, yet the Left would like us to think otherwise. Women need respect, not special treatment.
4. Do you think women are buying into the Democrats’ arguments? How can we expose these falsehoods?
Women certainly have bought into Democrats’ lies, which couldn’t have been any clearer in the 2012 presidential election (and the same tactics will be used by Democrats in 2014 and 2016– we’re already seeing it after the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby ruling). I can’t tell you how many young women I talked to who said they were voting for Obama because Mitt Romney was going to ban their contraception, which was clear when Romney lost young, single women in a landslide.
First of all, the Supreme Court ruling in Griswald v. Connecticut has already set the precedent that contraception cannot be banned. Second, it was liberals, not conservatives, who brought the issue of contraception onto the campaign trail. Third, if Republicans want to win, they have to address the issue quickly and effectively. Ignoring the issue won’t make it go away, but instead opens the door for Democrats to falsely paint their opponents as knuckle-dragging cavemen.
5. What are “women’s issues” and why are women sometimes considered a separate voting block than the rest of the American people?
Women shouldn’t be a separate voting block. We care about the same issues that men do. The Left likes to separate us out into groups because we’re easier to control and lie to that way. Democrats want women to believe they should only be focused on two issues: birth control and abortion. The opposite is true. Women are focused on jobs, the economy, their bank accounts, pursuing opportunities, etc. There is nothing more dehumanizing that being classified by the types of pills you take or by your “lady parts,” and yet that’s exactly what Democrats have done to women.
6. How do female political candidates differ between the Democrat and Republican parties? Do we need more women politicians?
We need more politicians who can get the job done to limit government interference in our lives, if those political candidates happen to be women, great. Obviously the Democrat and Republican platforms differ, but I’ve found watching races that women are only embraced as “female candidates” by the media if they are liberal.
So-called women’s rights groups and their media allies have done everything they can to ignore or snuff out the other side of the female political spectrum. Women are half of the population in this country, and half of the female population is conservative. It’s time we all acknowledged and respected that fact. I should also note the first female congresswoman, Jeannette Rankin, was a Republican. You can learn all about her in my book.
7. What advice do you have for young modern women who don’t want to be pawns in a political game?
Do your own research and be wary of the loudest voices in the room, especially if they’re carrying a NOW sign. And for the record, nobody wants to ban your birth control.
*Katie Pavlich’s new book, Assault and Flattery, is now available for purchase on Amazon. Order your copy today.
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