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Mullah Joan Walsh Goes Full Mean Girl Criticizing Ivanka’s Dress, Proves Feminism is the New Sexism

Mullah Joan Walsh Goes Full Mean Girl Criticizing Ivanka’s Dress, Proves Feminism is the New Sexism

“That’s not a dress that’s made to go out in the world and make a difference. That is a dress that is designed to show off your girliness.”

Neo-feminism abandoned the egalitarian mantle long ago. Instead, the moniker has devolved into a platform to espouse bitter insecurities, mainly through attacking successful, but “wrong-minded” women, and leading a crusade to rid the world of masculinity.

MSNBC Political Analyst and self-proclaimed feminist, Joan Walsh made that case better than I ever could. Wednesday, she criticized Ivanka Trump’s choice of dress during the G20 summit, calling the “girliness” of her pink frock a “frightening” message.

“That’s not a dress that’s made to go out in the world and make a difference. That is a dress that is designed to show off your girliness,” said Walsh.


In her own words:

“With big bows on her sleeve. I mean, I don’t mean to sound sexist — it can be dangerous to comment on what women wear — but the fact that she sat in for her father in a dress that was so incredibly ornamental was such a contradiction in terms. And I think that what we see is that in patriarchal, authoritarian societies, daughters have great value — they are property. And the message that she is sending about her own value, about her place in the White House, and about the place of women in this administration, I think, are really frightening.

…That’s not a dress that’s made for work. That’s not a dress that’s made to go out in the world and make a difference. That is a dress that is designed to show off your girliness, and, you know, God bless her, show it off, but don’t then tell us that you’re crusading for an equal place for women at the table because you’re not.

…You can be a feminist and be girlie. We all have our girlie days, but I think showing up, taking your father’s seat in a pink dress with big bows on the sleeves is really an interesting message.”

A pink dress as a “frightening” statement. Grow the eff up.

“But don’t then tell us that you’re crusading for an equal place for women at the table because you’re not,” said Walsh. I’m not sure how Walsh squares her unofficial feminist dress code with last week’s ridiculous accusations that a Congressional dress code forbidding sleeveless attire and open-toed shoes was inherently sexist.

So which is it? Should professional women be free to dress as they please or bound by dress codes, unofficial and otherwise? And if one dress code is sexist, how is the other not?

Relatedly, I’d love to read Walsh’s wardrobe critique of slut walk participants.

Walsh essentially argues that for Ivanka to be viewed as an equal, she must dress more masculine. Maybe Walsh briefly forgot she was supposed to be a feminist when she advised the only way to be taken seriously in a man’s world is to be more like men? ¯_(ツ)_/¯

Women were told to support Hillary simply she was a woman, regardless of her qualifications or lack thereof. Now that the president has placed a woman in a position of responsibility, the same women have nothing better to contribute to the conversation other than “OMG, can you BELIEVE what she was WEARING?!”

Good job, feminism! Next time I want my wardrobe, success, or life choices criticized by pathetically petty, tacky, foolish women who pretend they represent equality, I know who to call.

Shockingly, Walsh didn’t appreciate Professor Jacobson’s take:

Hopefully, Ivanka learned her lesson and will keep her pink frocks for Wednesday’s only:

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To be a true feminist, you may flash those cankles every once in a while as you sashay in your drab Kirkland brand Mao suits. But the Trump women go too far by actually being stylish, graceful and gorgeous. They need to study the Muslim women who have mastered the art of looking like a pile of drab laundry. And nothing says feminism louder than walking five paces behind your man.

    Immolate in reply to Pasadena Phil. | July 13, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Hey, it isn’t Walsh’s fault that she was born plain and dumpy. It is her fault that she keeps inviting others to compare and contrast her to other women who are infinitely more attractive. Criticize Kim Jong Un instead, Joan. Compared to him, you’re a fox.

      It’s about charm, elegance, class and style. Good taste never goes out of fashion and good manners with a winning smile is always charming.

      What Walsh is doing is the reverse of fat shaming. She is VIRTUE shaming. Do these screechers really believe they are changing any minds to their cause?

      At least they have made it acceptable to point out how ugly and insufferable they are. Fighting sexism with sexism is fair game. And pointing out how obnoxious and ugly a woman is isn’t sexism, it’s just impolite.

The feminists are all angry hateful bitches. A woman shouldn’t have to look like a lumberjack to escape their bs.

The Friendly Grizzly | July 12, 2017 at 5:04 pm

Joan Walsh criticizing Ivanka’s dress just proves women can be catty. Nothing more.

This is just another illustration that feminism, political correctness, and all that stuff only exists as a tool for shutting down opposing speech. PCness does not exist because its liberal gatekeepers care deeply about marginalized groups. It doest not exist as a consistent principle. It is merely a tool gor attacking conservatives.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Dr. Ransom. | July 12, 2017 at 9:03 pm

    PC = just another name for Democrat’s “Divide and Conquer” election strategy.

Any real feminist would be crowing over the picture of Ivanka Trump towering over the tiny little Russian guy.

    tarheelkate in reply to clintack. | July 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    I didn’t see Ivanka towering over a Russian guy, but I loved the picture of Melania making Vladimir look small.

If Ivanka really wanted to be taken seriously as a powerful woman, she should have shown up in something like this:

Joanie is just jealous. Feminism is for ugly chicks.

Nag, nag, nag…

Sure looks like this woman is wearing the obligatory sleeveless sheath dress uniform of the cable news females. Seems to me her argument might have more punch if she was wearing a 3 piece suit.

    tarheelkate in reply to labrat. | July 12, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Yup. A low-cut sleeveless sheath dress with big jewelry is not any more businesslike than Ivanka’s dress; in fact, probably less so.

… don’t then tell us that you’re crusading for an equal place for women at the table because you’re not.

This said about a woman who was literally sitting in an equal place at the table.

Feminism apparently has no ties whatever to the real world.

As a woman, I recognize jealousy anywhere – that’s it!

Ivanka makes these women mad because they’ve convinced themselves pretty women can not be smart or genuinely successful.

    puhiawa in reply to scfanjl. | July 12, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    More than a few observers have opined that the obvious visual differential between conservative/libertarian women and liberal/feminists women has become a very sore point among progressives.

“designed to show off your girliness.” The dress did a very good job of that. Ivanka could also wear a potato sack and it would show off her girliness. Donald Trump is surrounded by good looking women.

Have you ever noticed that most of the feminist tend to be less than pleasing to look at and/or grossly overweight.

Feminism is female chauvinism. As its male counterpart, it does not serve womankind but rather women, individual, narcissistic, self-indulgent, and ambitious. Men do not defer to male chauvinist pigs. Women would do well to avoid female chauvinist pigs.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | July 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm

Feminism is the new sexist sexism.
I like that expression.

I find it amusing that Ivanka went to the G20 meetings with the specific mission to promote women in business, and all this “feminist” could write about was her clothing.

    pilgrim1949 in reply to Valerie. | July 13, 2017 at 9:28 am

    When you’re a dull, blunt instrument (e.g., a rusty hammer) all the world looks like nails that need to be hammered down.

HR McMaster and Rex Tillerson should quit on the spot because they weren’t asked to hold Trump’s seat? She is absolutely insane. That she wasn’t fired on the spot shows that their station is a joke. The left is unhinged.

She said: I mean, I don’t mean to sound sexist…

Oh, yes you do.

Actually Joan is out of line because sleeveless dresses are NOT appropriate in business. seems like Ivanka’s outfit is more appropriate than what Joan wears.

she also is showing her age in her resentment of ivanka’s dress – she hasn’t been able to wear something that youthful in 25-39 years.

Forgot to ask – can anyone direct me to her column knocking MO for her sloppy shorts and sandals – certainly not the way a First Lady dresses when traveling?

Joah Walsh at The Nation back in January: “Pussy Power”

kenoshamarge | July 13, 2017 at 9:37 am

I can’t imagine taking fashion advice, or come to think of it any other kind of advice from Joan Walsh. She’s a typical liberal tool and fool.

Maybe Ivanka would have been more acceptable in Hillary Mao suit?