Posted at 8:00 AM Jul 21, 2009By Jennifer Mathieu
Just for fun, let's go retro for this edition of Women Who Make Us Ask WTF? Now I can't say what it was that got me thinking about Phyllis (maybe I was itching for a good beehive hair don't), but if there was ever a woman who deserved a WTF shout out, it's our gal Phyllis.
For you young 'uns out there, you may not know who Phyllis Schlafly is, so I'll put it simply: she is horrible. Founder of the ultra-conservative Eagle Forum, she was the main champion against the Equal Rights Amendment back in the day, coming up with all kinds of ridiculous propaganda against a clause that simply wanted to ensure equal protection for women under the law. (Unisex bathrooms? Noooooo!) Many blame her for its failure to gain ratification, thus ensuring that our Constitution will probably never explicitly protect women and men equally under the law.
What bugs me the most about Phyllis is that while she always advocated that a woman's place was in the home, that didn't stop her from being a writer, lawyer, and activist who regularly traveled to speaking engagements around the country. Ol' Phyllis didn't mind telling other women what to do; she just wasn't going to follow her own advice.
Add to that her belief that married women can't be raped because they're married and the thinly-veiled racism that is part of her past (she once advocated against the Republican Party including a plank about civil rights), and you've got the makings of a person whose belief system is so backward and antiquated, it pains me that she still has a voice in modern political debate.
Oh, and did I mention she thinks some of the best things to happen to women are paper diapers and the electric dryer? Seriously, lady...WTF?