HUNT: The Bold Femininity of Amy Coney Barrett


Thursday, October 29, 2020

October 26th saw Amy Coney Barrett confirmed as the newest Supreme Court Justice. She is now only the 5th woman to ever have that honor. One would think that this would be a national holiday for women everywhere. Instead, progressives mourned the loss of “their rights” and another step down into the handmaiden dystopia.

During her Senate hearing, Amy Coney Barrett (ACB) maintained her calm and collected poise as question after question was asked of her—a stark contrast to the women outside the senate hearing dressed in red hoods, crying about her nomination. Watching ACB handle inappropriate questions, aggressive senators, and attacks on her children with grace and dignity inspired me and gave me hope that women might reclaim their place in politics without sacrificing their femininity. 

Femininity is the set of attributes of being a woman. It encompasses so much but it could be defined as both the quiet strength to serve and the loud strength to stand up for what is right. It’s a caring nature but also tough love. It’s nurturing and watchful. 

In recent years, the media has lionized women in pink P*ssy Hats, running around DC in Handmaiden outfits. Hollywood commends Cardi B and Nicki Minaj, singing about sex, abortion, and another such debauchery. Actresses claim on a global stage they couldn’t be where they are without abortion.

The most recent event to demonstrate this trend was the Vice Presidential debate. Kamala Harris in an attempt to overcome Mike Pence came off as rude, aggressive, and inconsiderate—yet another contrast to the composure of Amy Coney Barrett who maintained a respectful air regardless of the asininity thrown her way. There is a culture of unwomanly brashness in America and it has infiltrated the politics of our great nation. 

Taylor Swift’s song “The Man” perfectly sums up the lie that women must sacrifice their womanliness to achieve:

I’m so sick of running as fast as I can

Wondering if I’d get there quicker if I was a man,

 And I’m so sick of them coming at me again

‘Cause if I was a man, then I’d be the man.

This victim mentality is unhealthy. It negates the success of powerful women; Taylor Swift herself is one of those powerful women.

Margaret Thatcher succinctly defines the strengths of womanhood: “If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman.” You don’t see one of the most powerful women in the world blaming her mistakes and trials on men, but leaning into her unique abilities and talents. 

Kyrsten Sinema, Amy Coney Barrett, Ivanka Trump, Kayleigh McEnany are all women who have maintained their femininity through their power. Ironically, their dress best exemplifies this. Kyrsten Sinema is constantly in the news for wearing bold colors and bright patterns at the State of the Union and other public events. Publications such as Slate have praised her sense of style claiming she is a “revolutionary dresser.”

Conversely, during the Senate hearing for Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation, she was attacked for not wearing a jacket with her dress. Lawyer Leslie McAdoo Gordon tweeted, “women lawyers & judges wear suits, including dresses with jackets, for work. It is not a great look that ACB consistently does not. No male judge would be dressed in less than correct courtroom attire. It’s inappropriately casual.” Instead of supporting a woman who was nominated to the court, people decided to try and force her into a box. 

Women should want to dress with class and elegance. The clothes a person wears is a direct view of their heart and a clue to their values. A woman who demands to be respected and yet dresses poorly is a walking contradiction. Modesty isn’t a four-letter word in either sense and should not be scorned. Even famous fashion designer Coco Canel said “Adornment, what a science! Beauty, what a weapon! Modesty, what elegance!”

Instead of trying to recast themselves in the mold of men, women have a unique ability to see the world in different light precisely because they are women. Politics does not need more men just because they are men, nor does it need women who try and be something they aren’t. What this nation needs is women lead by a deep conviction to leave the world better than they found it. The women who are going to change the world are not the ones parading in the streets twerking for change but the women who stand up for what is right and true with dignity and grace.

Taylor Hunt is currently attending Washington State University pursuing a degree in AG Engineering. In her spare moments, Taylor writes for multiple outlets and loved to explore the natural world.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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About Taylor Hunt

Taylor Hunt is currently attending Washington State University pursuing a degree in AG Engineering. In her spare moments, Taylor writes for multiple outlets and loved to explore the natural world.

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