Liz Heron Twitter

Liz Heron, the executive editor over at HuffPo, did the world a huge favor on Friday — she demonstrated why so many people have a problem with modern feminism.

“Notice anything about this @HuffingtonPost editors meeting” the editor wrote while adding emojis that screamed “girl power!”

The internet responded with predictable snark, but the issue demands more attention than that. What viewers witness in a single tweet is that feminism is a congeries of contradictory rules and regulations, which allow elites to wallow in self-congratulation for behavior that would earn others condemnation.

Ask yourself the following questions about Ms. Heron’s tweet:

  • If women should be judged on their merits, then why is HuffPo essentially asking readers to cheer the amount of estrogen it packed into a room?
  •  Should HuffPo be applauded for its female editors, or scolded for its lack of racial diversity?
  • If feminism is about equal opportunity, then why tweet an image that seems to relish the idea of excluding men?
  • If making an assumption about gender based on physical appearance is frowned upon, then why engage in “you go, girl!” tweets that encourage such behavior?

Personally, I do not care what a room full of editors looks like as long as they produce good content. HuffPo generally reads like it’s run by 25-year-old women, so on some level it’s nice to know my suspicions were correct. If that’s the vibe the website is going for, then great — but those same women should probably zip it when they run across a website that unabashedly celebrates the male minds behind a male-oriented website.

The weird thing about identity politics is that its foot soldiers litter the cultural landscape with social justice mines and then eventually step on their own munitions. Instead of learning a lesson or two after their credibility explodes into a thousands pieces, they go right back to laying mines. Independent voters should keep all of this in mind next time they read a HuffPo political piece that translates: “Vote for Hillary Clinton because she wears a bra.”

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

8 comments

  1. It’s funny how stuff like this is considered “progress,” but if that were a picture of all white guys, the Huffington Post clowns would shriek about “the lack of diversity.” It’s ridiculous.

    1. “It’s funny how stuff like this is considered ‘progress,’ but if that were a picture of all white guys, the Huffington Post clowns would shriek about ‘the lack of diversity.’ It’s ridiculous.”

      Heck, if you showed this exact picture to oblivious HuffPo readers and said it was the editorial staff of, say, National Review, then they would go nuts about the lack of diversity. HuffPo is getting called out, but the criticism from the left is muted while conservatives are merely calling out the hypocrisy, double standards, etc.

  2. It’s really ironic, isn’t it? Feminism is allegedly all about diversity and how women’s value should not revolve around gender and appearance only. Then they proceed to gather together a uniform group of relatively attractive 25 year old middle class, white women……

    It’s somewhat funny too, there are quite a few of us who are now twice their age, who where actually around when second wave feminism was born, who have some words of wisdom for our younger sisters, but unfortunately they have completely dismissed us as being women who are too old to know anything about this kind of stuff.

    It’s really not men at all, men will listen, men will actually look at your experience and credentials and take them into consideration. The post modern fems will go, so is she 25? Attractive, but not more attractive than us? Middle class? White? Does she use that shampoo that’s going to save the rain forests and does she click like on the correct facebook posts?? If so, she’s qualified, let’s hire her!

    Ai yi yi.

    1. Some of those editors look like they’re about 2 years removed from college. How the heck are they editors? Did HuffPo have a major purge in recent years? They must either know someone … or be so well-versed in political correctness that they were put on the fast-track to success.

      “It’s really not men at all, men will listen, men will actually look at your experience and credentials and take them into consideration. The post modern fems will go, so is she 25? Attractive, but not more attractive than us? Middle class? White? Does she use that shampoo that’s going to save the rain forests and does she click like on the correct facebook posts?? If so, she’s qualified, let’s hire her!”

      I’ve had quite a few female bosses over the years. Some of them were impressive, and then some of them rather odd — just like my male bosses. The one difference I’ve noticed is that women I’ve worked with tend to be weirdly passive-aggressive when they’re angry while guys are usually direct and to the point.

  3. (Answer to the Tweet’s question) …they’re all smiling like they’re trying out for the Stepford Wives?

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