A Frankenstein’s monster of identity politics, the Women’s March on Washington heaved through the streets of DC one day after the inauguration in a fit of depraved hypocrisy.
That hypocrisy shadows activist and National Co-Chair of the Women’s March Linda Sarsour. In the past Sarsour has railed against women spotlighting misogyny in the Muslim world. She openly advocates for including sharia law in the United States. Yet sharia law would dwarf her march’s half a million turnout to 250,000, because under sharia a woman’s testimony is worth half that of a man’s.
Sharia law would also punish the female protestors for vulgarity in publicly displaying “pussy caps” and other brazen symbols of womanhood. It would also allow men to beat their wives and daughters for participating in the protest. Although she thinks a President Trump will turn back the clock by 300 years, Sarsour forgets that Islam never left the Middle Ages in its primeval view of women.
The truth is, society failed feminism long before President Trump arrived on the scene. The problem isn’t Trump’s words, and the solution isn’t to tar and feather the man who has broken a seal into one of the most agonizing conversations women still need to have. The solution starts with understanding that we don’t tackle something the first time around.
America is exceptional because it harnesses a powerful formula of ideas and innovation that keeps shaping the problem until we get it right.
The Civil War didn’t end slavery. The suffragette movement didn’t secure women’s rights. These movements come in waves, and require the intelligence to act as futurists—to be forward-thinking, push beyond the platforms of previous eras, and say no to the mental “comfort food” of identity politics.