Kellyanne Conway Says Feminism Is “Anti-Male” and “Pro-Abortion” in CPAC Talk

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Despite reports that she had been “sidelined” from public appearances lately, Kellyanne Conway appeared on Sean Hannity’s show Wednesday night and was front and center during a talk at the Conservative Political Action Conference Thursday morning. In an interview with political commentator Mercedes Schlapp, Conway, the counselor to President Trump, argued that women belong in the conservative movement, and explained why women didn’t rally behind Hillary Clinton in November as expected.

“I was raised to be a very strong and independent woman without anyone ever saying the word feminist or having a political conversation,” she said. “Hillary Clinton should be applauded for her willingness to serve publicly, but I thought it was very telling this year that many women looked past the commonality of gender and were looking for what they shared in terms of issues, ideology, vision, and what they wanted out of their futures for themselves.”

She expanded on the argument that the feminist movement, as it stands today, doesn’t fit with her conservative ideology, and even called it “anti-male,” a criticism she’s lobbed before:

“I believe this generation, particularly the younger people, don’t really like labels. We’re not necessarily joiners, or liking to label ourselves. That’s great in its own right, so I don’t know about calling yourself a feminist. I also, for me, it’s difficult for me to call myself a feminist in the classic sense because it seems to be very anti-male and it certainly is very pro-abortion in this context. And I’m neither anti-male or pro-abortion. So there’s an individual feminism, if you will, that you make your own choices. Mercedes, I look at myself as a product of my choices rather than a victim of my circumstances, and that’s really, to me, what conservative feminism, if you will, is all about.”

She later told a story of getting asked what her speaking fee was, and insisting to be paid the exact same as her male counterpart at a political forum.

In response to a question about the Women’s March, she said she’s been disappointed by women who “have a problem with women in power.”

“This whole sisterhood, this whole, ‘Let’s go march for women’s rights,’ and constantly talking about what women look like, or what they wear, or making fun of their choices, or presuming that they’re not as powerful as the men around,” she said. “This presumptive negativity about women in power is very unfortunate. Let’s just try to access that and have a conversation about that rather than a confrontation about it.”

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