Matt Walsh is a Feminist, and He Doesn’t Even Know It!
I have no idea what initially drew me to the Matt Walsh show, but I know what made me stay: His dry sense of humor, his stories about his wife and kids, his unapologetic Catholic faith, and finally, his constant advocacy for Women’s Rights. All of these things have made me a member of the Sweet Baby Gang for Life!
But despite his claims that feminism is an atheistic cult that murders babies, (paraphrasing) arguably one of the most important and famous founders, Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were both feminists and Pro-Life!
So many of the things that Matt Walsh believes about Women’s equality, pornography, and abortion have been echoed by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton.
A Brief Introduction to Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Stanton
Let’s start with the obvious-That all feminist leaders, originally, were anti-abortion, did not hate men, and did not hate God. The most famous of these was Susan B Anthony and, to a lesser extent, Elizabeth Stanton. Although Susan B Anthony never married, she praised sexuality as “the highest and holiest function of the physical organism.”
Susan helped raise Elizabeth Stanton’s seven children, and would watch her children while Elizabeth wrote for their co-authored feminist newspaper The Revolution. Susan adored those children, stating “a child one loves is a constant benediction to the soul.”
Additionally, Elizabeth would write speeches for Susan, but rarely left the house due to the devotion she had to her children, and used Susan as her “voice”.
Susan fought for mother’s rights in the nineteenth century. During the nineteenth century, if a father died before the birth of his child, the child could be taken away from the mother and given to a previously appointed guardian.
Susan was fundamental in changing the law in order to keep the family, already traumatized by the death of the father, together. She stated “Sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them.”
Although many feminists claim that there is no evidence for Susan B Anthony’s pro-life stance, she certainly put her money where her mouth was (or wasn’t). In Elizabeth and Susan’s newspaper The Revolution, Susan (who financed it) refused to advertise abortifacient medication, which resulted in their newspaper eventually being bankrupted. Additionally, the newspaper termed abortion as “child murder” and “infanticide”.
Finally, Susan did not hate men, stating “You would better educate ten women into the practice of liberal [democratic] principles than to organize a thousand on a platform of intolerance and bigotry”
There is no evidence that Elizabeth Stanton hated men either, given that she was married with seven children.
Although Elizabeth Stanton was not religious, Susan B Anthony was a god fearing woman, stating, “I pray every single moment of my life; not on my knees but with my work. My prayer is to lift women to equality with men. Work and worship are one with me.”
Susan and Elizabeth fought hard for women’s rights to education, to vote, and to work outside the home.
Matt Walsh’s Opinion of Equality of Women - Statements from "The Matt Walsh Show"
On the Matt Walsh Blog, Matt Walsh states one of his most controversial opinions. In a blog post titled “I will not allow my daughter to be a victim of gender equality” Matt Walsh states the following:
Our culture is very dedicated to the false notion of “gender equality.” We’ve been working for many years to achieve an androgynous utopia where women are treated as men and men as women, and where there is no distinguishable difference between the sexes.”
I believe Matt Walsh’s quote perfectly exemplifies how the word “Equal”, in the way that feminists meant it, has been so distorted that even modern feminists have it confused. But if we look at the way that Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton meant the word “equal” it paints a very different picture.
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