Feminist icon Gloria Steinem, writer of “The Vagina Monologues” blasted Ivanka Trump, even though the Presidents daughter has actually admitted she “agrees” with feminism. Well, Steinem’s idea of feminism is that unless you’re talking about vaginas all the time, you can’t be a feminist. The writer blasted Ivanka with words that many have called entirely “inappropriate”.
“She hasn’t co-opted feminism. Nobody on earth thinks she’s a feminist, are you kidding me?” said the activist, who was speaking as part of conference for Create & Cultivate NYC.
“I have not seen her standing up and saying women should have a right to control their own bodies and decide when and whether to have children,” Steinem said.
Specifically, she added, “I saw her being interviewed by Cosmopolitan, and she was asked about her maternity leave policy, but it’s only if you physically give birth. It’s not for adoptive parents, not for fathers.”
The Daily Mail continues:
‘It’s perfectly natural for the [Cosmopolitan interviewer] to say “What about fathers, what about adoptive parents?” said Steinem. ‘And when she asked that question, Ivanka stopped the interview.’
The interview, which took place in September of 2016, was cut short by Ivanka when journalist Prachi Gupta pushed her to clarify whether same-sex couples who adopt should be entitled to parental leave, after Ivanka herself brought up same-sex couples.
At the time, Ivanka was promoting her dad Donald Trump’s newly-released plan for childcare and maternity leave. Gupta pointed out that Trump had previously said that pregnancy was inconvenient for business — stating a fact to which Ivanka took offense.
The interviewer continued to ask Ivanka to clarify points, which Ivanka found ‘negative’ — leading to her hanging up.
Speaking of the policy that Ivanka was promoting, Steinem went so far as to compare it to a policy of Nazi Germany.
‘That happens to be the same policy as every authoritarian regime on Earth that I know of, including Hitler’s Germany. I’m not saying that she knows this, but [the Nazis] were paying women to have children. By accident, perhaps, that’s her policy.’
Steinem was likely referring to the Nazi association called Lebensborn, which encouraged ‘pure blood’ women to reproduce. The program provided care for these children, essentially offering monetary help to women who birthed blonde-haired, blue-eyed offspring.
Steinem is not the first feminist voice this month to speak out against Ivanka, particularly in light of the First Daughter’s new book.
In Women Who Work: Rewriting the Rules for Success, Ivanka highlights Reshma Saujani’s non-profit Girls Who Code, lauding the founder for closing the tech industry’s gender gap.
But Saujani was not flattered to be included — in fact, she seemed quite angry at the mention, twetting: ‘@ivankatrump Don’t use my story in #WomenWhoWork unless you are going to stop being #complicit.’
Saujani, who criticized the president for ending Michelle Obama’s education initiative for girls in developing countries on Monday tweeted a sharp rebuke the following day when Ivanka’s book was released.
She accused Ivanka of ‘using’ her story and branded her ‘complicit’ — a common critique that was solidified in pop culture after Saturday Night Live ran a fake perfume ad mocking the first daughter for helping soften Donald Trump’s message.