Alyssa Milano Can’t Name a Single Right Men Have That Women Don’t
Alyssa Milano began her CNN op-ed with a quote from her testimony before Congress several months ago: “My name is Alyssa Milano, and I do not have equal rights under our Constitution. I have a three-year-old daughter named Bella. She does not have equal rights under the Constitution, either.” That’s a powerful way to begin your testimony, to say nothing of your op-ed, but it presents a fairly obvious expectation for the reader. When you drop a bombshell like that, you hint that somewhere within the next 1,000 words you’ll get around to explaining which Constitutional rights men enjoy that women do not. For some reason, Milano never did.
“According to polls conducted by the ERA Coalition, a group of over 75 member organizations as diverse as the American Association of University Women, Union Theological Seminary, the YWCA, GLAAD and the African American Policy Forum, 80% of Americans think women already have equal rights under the Constitution,” Milano informed us. “They assume that provision is already there, because, of course, it’s absurd for it not to be.”
Um, perhaps they assume that women already have equal rights under the Constitution…because they do? Milano’s only weak effort to explain otherwise is to say that there is no specific provision in our nation’s founding document explicitly saying so. But then, there is no amendment to the Constitution assuring postal workers that they have equal rights, either. Do we take that to mean that they don’t? Or do we go forward with the assumption that the Constitution affords its rights to all American citizens, irrespective of their gender (or job)?
The overall thrust of Milano’s op-ed is that in the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, women are more in need than ever of the Equal Rights Amendment, a hoary old feminist trope that’s been lingering on the fringes of our politics for nearly 40 years. Milano is concerned (according to her article) about “the injustices women suffer every day – in our relationships, in the streets of our communities, in our court system and our healthcare system, and, especially, in our workplaces.”
Once again, Milano winds up the pitch only to balk. She moves on to talk about how “one in three women has experienced sexual advances from a man they work with.” It’s unclear how the ERA would make a difference to that statistic. It would also be interesting to know how many of those sexual advances led to, you know, sex – if not marriage and children.
Milano’s ignorance is illustrative of why the #MeToo movement started off hot before descending quickly into self-parody. A serious topic – women coming forward to finally tell the truth about serial predators in high places – has turned into another soapbox for feminists who think the mere presence of a man in the workplace is an example of sexual misconduct all by itself. Feminists who think that if your boss won’t pay for your abortion, you’re a victim of the patriarchy. Meanwhile, real victims of sexual assault have been pushed aside once again to make room for the Democrats and their transparent political agenda.
Go back to scowling in the back rows, Alyssa. At least that’s something you’re good at.