Guardian U.S. writer Moira Donegan is only one of many liberal feminists upset that more than half of American white women continue to vote for the Republican Party, but she appears to be more angry about it than most. In a column this week devoted to finding out “what’s wrong with them,” Donegan concludes that at least 53% of white women (the number that voted for Donald Trump) “would rather choose the racism espoused by the Republican Party than join in the moral coalition represented by men of color and other women.” In other words, why aren’t these women voting for Democrats, damn it!
“On the left, this number can elicit exasperation, rage, and even suspicions about the moral legitimacy of the feminist project,” she writes. “It casts doubts on the political convictions of liberal white women, colors leftist perception of female-coded liberal political projects like the Women’s March, and has prompted long-overdue calls for increased political leadership by women of color.”
That’s a very odd series of claims to make. Most pertinently, we’ve never seen a single true-blue liberal feminist express even a fraction of a doubt about the “moral legitimacy” of their efforts, and we have a feeling that Donegan herself has never wavered in her convictions. It seems to say, perhaps, that liberal white women are not fully buying into the hysteria of today’s Democratic Party, and that is undoubtedly true, given how absurd and outlandish said party has become. It may also indicate that there’s a healthy percentage of American white women who do not think protecting abortion should be among their life’s highest aspirations.
Donegan goes on to note that the shift in Republican politics in the age of Trump has sparked a battle for “white women’s hearts.”
“As the Republican party has shifted its rhetoric away from drab Romneyite fiscal conservatism and towards the sadistic racism that is Donald Trump’s stock and trade, there is some evidence that growing numbers of white women are turning away, repulsed,” she writes. “There is a battle on for the soul of America, between the peevish, racist cruelty of Trump and his supporters and a vision of inclusion, justice, and decency forwarded by an increasingly diverse coalition on the left. Much of that battle is being waged in white women’s hearts, with the left hoping that more and more of them will break with their historical loyalty to white supremacy and embrace a kinder, more sustainable model for the future.”
Yes, and nothing will certainly make them come running more quickly than to assure them that they will be leaving behind a “historical loyalty to white supremacy”!
It’s hard to imagine being this caught up in extremist feminism (Donegan betrays her ideology when she extensively quotes Andrew Dworkin later in her column) that you can’t even comprehend why normal, sane women want nothing to do with it. We know what it is to “feel right” about something, but we’re not sure we’ve ever felt this morally righteous in our entire lives. If we should ever mutter something snide about black female voters and their “historical loyalty to welfare,” hopefully someone will tap us on the back and suggest a time out.
Someone should have done Donegan that favor when she turned in this crap-fest of a column.