MATTHEWS: About that ‘Republican women must hate themselves’ argument 

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For as long as I can remember, Republican women have been attacked by the “tolerant” Left regarding how they must hate themselves for continuing to vote for Republicans. 

The argument recently resurfaced in a tweet posted by John Pavlovitz, a former North Carolina megachurch pastor who was fired in 2014 “for being outspoken in matters of inclusion, equality, and diversity,” according to his account of what allegedly happened. 

A darling of leftist Christians and secularists who view him as a hero and icon for standing his ground and becoming even more “woke” in the aftermath of the alleged firing, Pavlovitz took to the Twitter machine earlier this month and accused women who vote for Republicans of having “internalized misogyny.” 

“Aside from internalized misogyny, why do any women still vote Republican?” Pavlovitz, who paints himself as a compassionate liberal man of faith whose goal it is to bring people together, asked. 

He posted a similar tweet nearly a year prior. 

“I can’t fathom the mind of a woman who still votes Republican,” Pavlovitz, the author of a book titled “If God Is Love, Don’t Be a Jerk,” wrote at the time. 

“I can only feel sorry for whatever story they tell themselves.” 

Honestly, every time this argument is made, the people making it are actually doing conservative women a favor by confirming what we have known all along about the condescending, misogynistic tendencies of our supposed intellectual betters in the Democratic party. 

I mean, in essence, they’re kind of making our arguments for us, even though they don’t realize it. 

In their view, women who don’t toe the far left’s line on issues like abortion and motherhood are inauthentically female, are slaves to the demands of the men in their lives, and are poorly educated and/or unable to think for themselves. 

Here’s a newsflash for self-styled progressives like Pavlovitz: It’s actually OK for women to have differing viewpoints, including on the hot-button issues that are so near and dear to modern “feminists” (both female and male), and just because they do doesn’t mean they hate themselves and/or are being mindlessly subservient to the patriarchy or whatever. 

Not only that, but women actually care about other issues including the ones that are not exclusive to women, so treating them like they should vote solely based on their lady parts is, well, kinda sexist. 

One Twitter user put it a little more bluntly in their response to Pavlovitz’s tiresome but predictable argument on “internalized misogyny.” 

“You know why I continue to vote Republican?” the Twitter user wrote. “Because of gross misogynists like you. You treat us like brainless reproductive organs with legs and then when we don’t vote the way you want you spew hateful sexist garbage like this.” 

To be fair, both major parties have their share of problems on several fronts. But I’ll take my chances with the one that at the very least can identify what a woman is and which refuses to bow to the naive sentiment that allowing men who identify as women to compete in women’s sports is the right thing to do. 

The side benefit to these pointless debates on social media and elsewhere is that they help further expose the left’s duplicitous nature when it comes to their supposed commitment to diversity in thought. 

For that, we should thank the John Pavlovitzes of the world for saying the quiet part out loud in telling us again who Democrats really are. 

North Carolina native Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a media analyst and regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.