Leaving aside the undefined and rather pretentious notion of authenticity, “pro-life feminism” makes no sense. Feminism is about equality, about a woman’s right to make her own choices in life, including whether to continue a pregnancy. Without that right, women lose control over their lives. Women who run on a platform that includes denying other women the right to choose how many children they will have or whether they have any are not feminists. They can call themselves whatever they want — pro-family, anti-tax, small government — but not feminists. Feminism means more than individual success in the workplace or in politics. Feminism is also about more than reproductive rights, but it most certainly includes that.
Janet Bagnall will feel good about the fact that I don’t call myself a feminist, no. That’s because the feminists I’ve met who strongly self-identified as such are some of the most bitter, ill-informed, out of touch, boring, whining, unhappy lot of old women I’ve ever met.
Just so we’re clear on why I’m not one.by