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Margaret Thatcher: Feminist Icon

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 6:18 pm - April 8, 2013.
Filed under: Leadership,Strong Women

It seemed that any time in the past twenty-one years someone offered a critique of Hillary Clinton, her defenders, more often than not, would, without addressing the particular points of the critique, retort that we were threatened by strong women.  Many would not change their tune even as we reminded them how highly we regarded and how much we praised the greatest British Prime Minister since Churchill, Margaret Thatcher.

And unlike Mrs. Clinton, Lady Thatcher made it entirely on her own, without having hitched her star to a prominent politician.

This strong British woman truly earned — and then commanded — the respect of men, on both sides of the Atlantic.  And one wonders why so few feminists, interested in seeing women succeed in professions once dominated by men, didn’t hold Lady Thatcher in higher esteem.  From the 1970s onward, nearly every leading conservative, including the most prominent American conservative of the last century, adored this leader who just happened to be a woman.

Margaret Thatcher proved that conservatives have always looked up to women who showed their strength in the public square.

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If you believe a woman can do the job as good as (if not better than) a man, you need only study Lady Thatcher’s life story.

Rest in peace, Iron Lady! A giant has fallen.

RELATED: Muscular Feminism: Margaret Thatcher didn’t just talk. She did things.

UPDATE:  Kudos to the Huffington Post for featuring images of the friendship between two giants of freedom.

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  1. In recent years we have seen that, now that Reagan is dead, lefties have tried to revise history, invoking Reagan’s name and claiming that he would have agreed with them.

    Perhaps, in a few more years, they will do the same with Lady Thatcher, finally giving her the recognition and credit that she deserves.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 8, 2013 @ 6:33 pm - April 8, 2013

  2. This is one you should check if you haven’t already seen:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/matt-hadro/2013/04/08/gop-reps-gay-son-claims-cnn-msnbc-canceled-interviews-because-he-wouldnt

    Comment by Tim in MT — April 8, 2013 @ 7:31 pm - April 8, 2013

  3. Blacks, Hispanics, homosexuals, and women are only praised in the lamestream media if they remain on the liberal/socialist plantation. There is no diversity in thought with these people, and anyone who strays from the shackles of slavery is demonized.

    Comment by davinci — April 8, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - April 8, 2013

  4. I’m not sure the term has any conservative application.

    In my opinion, a ‘feminist’ is a female socialist, while an enlightened female who thinks for herself should more properly be called ‘an individual’. It’s only the left that likes to politically segregate terms for; male/female, white/black, gay/straight, etc.

    Margaret was unique, intelligent, patient, and highly effective! She communicated very powerful ideas into very simple language. She did us all a favor!

    Comment by gastorgrab — April 8, 2013 @ 8:41 pm - April 8, 2013

  5. I kid you not… I spotted a comment by a deranged leftist regular at Business Insider blaming Mrs. Thatcher for the housing bubble, derivatives, &c. These people are truly demented.

    RIP, Mrs. Thatcher… there are far too few like you. She was a lady but she could sure teach a thing or two about our “conservative” pols.

    Comment by KCRob — April 8, 2013 @ 8:48 pm - April 8, 2013

  6. Agree^. Thatcher’s success was owing to her ideas being classical and universal, and their application being practical, functional. Individualism is the enemy of feminism and feminists know it. This is why it is no wonder a feminist cannot afford to celebrate one whose ideas need not concern themselves with arbitrary identities.

    Comment by Ignatius — April 8, 2013 @ 8:48 pm - April 8, 2013

  7. Shrinking violets of the Weaker Sex, such as myself, regard Mrs. Thatcher as role models. We study her devotedly, hoping she will inspire us to become less meek.

    Comment by Lori Heine — April 8, 2013 @ 8:56 pm - April 8, 2013

  8. Thatcher had a rather interesting record on gay rights, of course.

    Comment by Section 28 — April 8, 2013 @ 10:11 pm - April 8, 2013

  9. And there you have it, folks: the myopia (or self-absorption?) of the Gay Left.

    All S28 said was that homosexuality shouldn’t be taught in schools. It did not create a criminal offense (unlike, say, sodomy laws), and nobody was ever prosecuted under it. Insofar as it chilled speech and ended some gay-straight alliances at schools, I agree that it was a mistake and I opposed it in principle. But it wasn’t the end of the world (gay or otherwise). Even leaving aside that Lady Thatcher does not appear to have been the primary force behind it, it cannot begin to outweight the great good that she did for human freedom, which of necessity includes gay freedom. Unless, of course, you have your Gay Left blinders on. Ask former Soviet Bloc gays if they would have rather lived under Britain with Section 28 or under the Soviet system with its treatment of gays – or, for that matter, under U.S. sodomy laws of the same period – and if they’re honest, you should get an instructive answer.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 9, 2013 @ 2:30 am - April 9, 2013

  10. and if they’re honest

    [myhtbuster]Well there’s your problem![/mythbuster]

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 9, 2013 @ 8:07 am - April 9, 2013

  11. Who would argue that -1 is greater than -100? But honesty seems also to demand that an account of Thatcher’s career, from a gay conservative perspective, acknowledge the justifiable hostility her politics generated among gay Brits. Looking at the balance sheet of her tenure and saying it was a net positive for freedom is reasonable, but ignoring the very real negatives isn’t.

    Comment by Section 28 — April 9, 2013 @ 8:50 am - April 9, 2013

  12. “Children who need to be taught to respect traditional moral values are being taught that they have an inalienable right to be gay.”– Thatcher, 1987 Oct. 9 Speech to Conservative Party Conference: http://www.margaretthatcher.org/document/106941

    Comment by Section 28 — April 9, 2013 @ 9:07 am - April 9, 2013

  13. Who would argue that -1 is greater than -100?

    That’s easy, Section 28. You, your fellow gay-sex liberals, and everyone else in your pampered spoiled-brat “progressive” movement that thinks you are pontificating on great philosophy when you’re too incompetent to get a job, spend less than you make, pay your bills, and live off what you earn instead of sucking other people dry.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 9, 2013 @ 9:31 am - April 9, 2013

  14. Looking at the balance sheet of her tenure and saying it was a net positive for freedom is reasonable

    Thank you.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 9, 2013 @ 9:54 am - April 9, 2013

  15. And of course, Section 28 can demonstrate its ability to honestly assess its leaders by listing ten attacks on freedom that Our Lord and Messiah Barack Obama has made.

    Or is Section 28 engaging in the typical leftist Alinsky behavior of demanding conservatives are lying unless they talk about everything negative their leaders ever did while simultaneously shrieking that anyone who criticizes their progressive masters is a racist/sexist/homophobic/Christofascist bigot?

    Once again, ILC, you are too kind. Section 28 is a grave-dancing little fascist pig who thinks its adherence to leftist philosophy entitles it to smear and attack a woman that did more in her life than this wretched leftist welfare brat Section 28 would ever find the gumption to do in fifty lifetimes. Treat accordingly.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 9, 2013 @ 10:07 am - April 9, 2013

  16. A leftist admits something because he/she/it has nothing to hide the overwhelming evidence that contradicts his leftism. Baby steps.

    Comment by Ignatius — April 9, 2013 @ 10:58 am - April 9, 2013

  17. Erm not to mention what she did against Ireland rather than for it. It took Mo Mowlam, a much worthier bearer of the title of feminist icon, to get things going in the right direction for Ireland.

    Although I find it abhorrent that there are a great many “good riddance” street parties happening now that Mrs Thatch has departed, it is not exactly something that affords her the status of icon of feminism. Not exactly endearing, is it?

    Perhaps icon of hatred. I mean how bad a mark does she have to leave a on society she ruled, that people are actuallý having parties about her death? Sick as it is, its not something that happened before with other supposedly admired leaders.

    Comment by Jonno — April 9, 2013 @ 3:48 pm - April 9, 2013

  18. Perhaps her narrowly escaping her hotel being bombed had something to do with it. Terrorists’ deaths deserve celebration, not Thatcher’s.

    Comment by Ignatius — April 9, 2013 @ 4:46 pm - April 9, 2013

  19. Nice piety dance, Jonno.

    how bad a mark does she have to leave a on society she ruled, that people are actuallý having parties about her death?

    So the sick people who voluntarily choose to do the sick parties are… her fault?

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 9, 2013 @ 5:06 pm - April 9, 2013

  20. Jonno – “I mean how bad a mark does she have to leave a on society she ruled, that people are actuallý having parties about her death?”

    Perhaps, Jonno, the fact that they are having parties about her death says more about their “character” than it says about Thatcher or her policies?

    Comment by Charles — April 9, 2013 @ 11:07 pm - April 9, 2013

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  22. Per the Thatcher quote in the next blog post, those celebrating her death aren’t celebrating so much as attempting to wound her in death via glee. And that’s a compliment to Thatcher: her being their target is an indirect compliment to her past effectiveness and indicates that they really don’t have a political argument against her. We see this online every day, i.e. those who resort to name-calling, outrageous insults, etc. because they have nothing else. This also indicates yet another leftist pathology, namely that politics are the most important thing in life. Only someone with such a twisted set of priorities (such as replacing God with some omniscient state) would behave in this manner.

    Comment by Ignatius — April 10, 2013 @ 10:53 am - April 10, 2013

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  24. Aside on Irish terrorists.

    I always try to wear orange on St Patrick’s day. Most people don’t get it. Those that do it’s funny to see ’em all riled up.

    Comment by The_Livewire — April 10, 2013 @ 12:50 pm - April 10, 2013

  25. What exactly has the word “Ireland” got to do with terrorism? Jeez, talk about prejudging an entire nation…

    Miss Kathy Griffin, ask your mammy to put down her box of wine for a moment and please stand to address the forum and educate them about Ireland…

    Anyway, I think some people on here need to get transported back in time to live as a gay person in Mrs Thatch’s Britain, outside of London, in the 80s. Maybe that will wipe the smile off your faces.

    With the added fun of joblessness and Gene Hunt style-condoned policing. Then there’s the raids on gay bars, raiders equipped with surgical gloves for no apparent reason. All unperinned by the homophobic sentiments strengthened by section 28 and much more besides. Yes, oodles of fun, that was…

    Comment by jonno — April 10, 2013 @ 3:29 pm - April 10, 2013

  26. some people on here need to get transported back in time to live as a gay person in Mrs Thatch’s Britain

    Do tell, Jonno. What terrible oppression did you suffer? Did you have to go to the gay bar in a part of town that wasn’t the very nicest, when you wanted to meet guys? Was it Maggie who drove you to meet strangers in public cottages? Your U.S. counterparts like to suggest, sometimes, that Reagan made them do it.

    If you suffered something real, like say violence, I’m sorry about that. It still wouldn’t get you too far here, though, as it still wouldn’t be Thatcher’s fault (or anything she ever wanted).

    the added fun of joblessness

    …which was caused by systemic problems in the UK economy that Mrs. Thatcher’s policies did much to improve, for the long term. Also, do you mean to suggest that gays suffered more of it, being singled out by their cruel Brit countrymen?

    raiders equipped with surgical gloves

    Oh, the horror! You’re right, I feel so oppressed by that. (Operative word, “feel”…as in, oppression that exists primarily in the imagination of the one feeling it; not something objective.)

    Gene Hunt style-condoned policing

    Fictional character, doesn’t count, try again.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 10, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - April 10, 2013

  27. from a (1.) gay conservative perspective, acknowledge the justifiable hostility her politics generated among (2.) gay Brits.

    Typical.

    “A (1.) gay conservative perspective” ≠ the whole population of (2.) gay Brits.

    We are to believe that Margaret Thatcher’s conservatism negatively affected the entire population of gay Brits. Whew!

    Please sprinkle some epiphany dust on me. Well, on second blush, don’t. I am conservative and therefore incapable of correct thinking or even withstanding a hint of reason.

    Comment by heliotrope — April 10, 2013 @ 4:12 pm - April 10, 2013

  28. Bidisha sums up the icon status interestingly:

    “A feminist icon is woman-positive and woman-identified. She openly fights machismo and misogyny. On rape, domestic violence, childcare, benefits for single mothers, discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual inequality, Thatcher did nothing.” (see http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/the-womens-blog-with-jane-martinson/2012/jan/05/margaret-thatcher-feminist-icon)

    Germaine Greer, feminist icon in her own right, also has a few interesting things to say over in her guardian columns.

    Anyway, it seems like the George Michael/Madness spoof at 5:26 pretty much summed up the sentiments of many people at the time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SlKMzm2xiQ

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  30. I’m suddenly reminded just how boring feminists are.

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  32. Thanks to Bruce’s Twitter stream (see? I do check it once in a while), I’m suddenly reminded what real anti-gay oppression looks like: http://www.infowars.com/photo-of-gay-man-who-walked-through-muslim-suburb-of-paris-with-boyfriend-causes-shock/

    It happened a few days ago, I believe Saturday.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 10, 2013 @ 9:09 pm - April 10, 2013

  33. P.S. Not to belabor the point, but: Lady Thatcher wasn’t behind it; not even in spirit.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 10, 2013 @ 10:04 pm - April 10, 2013

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