So who does the farmer represent? And what does the milk represent? I’ve said before, confusion from too few labels is just as bad as driving the point into the ground with too many.
But the bigger question is Bonsteel’s train of thought here, and that of other conservatives who try to paint Democrats as anti-women. I don’t see Democrats as being exceptional in their fight for gender equality, but in comparison to the Republicans they’re the living spirit of Susan B. Anthony.
More likely conservatives know Republicans are, at best, apathetic to the issue of gender equality and at worst outright hostile to it. But they realize that alienating women is not good political strategy, so they have to give lip service. They have to say “I’m not anti-women, I’m just (pro-religious freedom/anti-government mandates/pro-liberty/pro-faith and family)” and they occasionally follow it up with “It’s the Democrats who are really anti-women, because they make so much political hay out of reproductive rights and whatnot. They’re just using women to get votes and campaign contributions.” (They do the same thing when racial equality becomes an issue.)
There’s probably a few people who believe that crap, self-deluded or just so full-on into the “by your bootstraps, no one needs any help” Randian philosophy. And then the privileged are blind to the problems of the Not Them, and many people who suffer think their problems are the only ones that matter. (The fact that Bonsteel is a woman brings a different angle to the entire thing, though I’m not going to harp on it because I assume she’s coming from the Randian perspective.)
I can’t say I’m angry about all this so much as just frustrated that such showboating and “I’m not really X, I’m just Y” lies are accepted. Are people so jaded and apathetic, or is it tribalism, or what is it? The idea that Democrats are somehow tying down feminism through reproductive rights is patently absurd on every level, yet someone has tried to make this argument, and others will accept it.