I'm A Conservative Female And, Yes, We Exist.

I'm A Conservative Female And, Yes, We Exist

We exist contrary to popular belief.

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Contrary to popular belief, there are females out in America that are conservative. There are probably not as many compared to the massive amounts of liberal females, but trust me, we exist.

It's hard to be a conservative woman in today's America.

Want to know why? It is because it is automatically assumed that since we are women, we should all be on the same page when it comes to politics. If you are interested in politics, you know it's VERY hard to get everyone to agree with everything a party stands for. With that in mind, this is where the magical rare unicorns that are conservative women exist.

We do not agree with a majority of what these feminist movements stand for, and we have a different view as to how current situations should pan out that align with the conservative viewpoints, which is why we see ourselves as conservatives.

What do conservative women believe?

I can't speak for every woman who identifies as a conservative but most of us believe being a feminist nowadays has taken it to an extreme.

Does that mean we are not for things like equality or immigration reform? No! If a woman does the same job as a man, she should be paid the same amount as him! That's common logic, and the fact that women aren't currently being paid the same as men is a bunch of bullshit.

Immigration reform –– yes it needs to change but in a way that is beneficial for everyone, not just the immigrant. If you want to live here, you can. But you need to do it legally.

I don't think that's a lot to ask as I know if I tried to get citizenship in another "safe and sustainable" country they would make me do the work as well.

You need to pay taxes, you need to get a job, and you need to contribute to society. I am not doing all of that so you can stay at home and collect the benefits of my tax dollars.

Speaking of taxes, I want a say in what they go to. I am okay with a state and federal tax (to some extent) but if my tax dollars help fund something that goes against my moral and political beliefs, I would like the right to pick where my taxes go.

The next stance is on the most delicate which is that of healthcare.

There are two ways to view this issue but it's semi-comedic most liberal assume it's strictly because those of us who are Christian conservatives view the clump of cells as a baby aka a human life. The non-religious conservative view is my tax dollars are paying for other people's birth control and clinic visits.

If you want to have sex, that's up to you and your partner but if you're going to do it without paying for your own protection, you should have to deal with the consequences of your actions like everyone does for literally anything else in life.

It's your body and it is your choice but my tax money should not be used to pay for your birth control or your abortions.

It's fine that conservative women are shunned from feminist movements but that doesn't mean we can't also be feminist in our own way. To the liberal women, stop saying you represent "all women" when you don't. You represent a specific group of women but not ALL.

It's okay to have a difference in opinion on how government should work.

Just because your views don't line up with mine and vice versa, does not make you a bad person. That's the beauty of America is we are all allowed to have our own opinion.

So while the liberal bias society we live in today would like to forget that there are women out there that are conservatives, I am here to burst that bubble and tell you we exist and we are proud of our stances.

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This Is How Your Same-Sex Marriage Affects Me As A Catholic Woman

I hear you over there, Bible Bob.
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It won't.

Wait, what?

I promise you did read that right. Not what you were expecting me to say, right? Who another person decides to marry will never in any way affect my own marriage whatsoever. Unless they try to marry the person that I want to, then we might have a few problems.

As a kid, I was raised, baptized, and confirmed into an old school Irish Catholic church in the middle of a small, midwestern town.

Not exactly a place that most people would consider to be very liberal or open-minded. Despite this I was taught to love and accept others as a child, to not cast judgment because the only person fit to judge was God. I learned this from my Grandpa, a man whose love of others was only rivaled by his love of sweets and spoiling his grandkids.

While I learned this at an early age, not everyone else in my hometown — or even within my own church — seemed to get the memo. When same-sex marriage was finally legalized country-wide, I cried tears of joy for some of my closest friends who happen to be members of the LGBTQ community.

I was happy while others I knew were disgusted and even enraged.

"That's not what it says in the bible! Marriage is between a man and a woman!"

"God made Adam and Eve for a reason! Man shall not lie with another man as he would a woman!"

"Homosexuality is a sin! It's bad enough that they're all going to hell, now we're letting them marry?"

Alright, Bible Bob, we get it, you don't agree with same-sex relationships. Honestly, that's not the issue. One of our civil liberties as United States citizens is the freedom of religion. If you believe your religion doesn't support homosexuality that's OK.

What isn't OK is thinking that your religious beliefs should dictate others lives.

What isn't OK is using your religion or your beliefs to take away rights from those who chose to live their life differently than you.

Some members of my church are still convinced that their marriage now means less because people are free to marry whoever they want to. Honestly, I wish I was kidding. Tell me again, Brenda how exactly do Steve and Jason's marriage affect yours and Tom's?

It doesn't. Really, it doesn't affect you at all.

Unless Tom suddenly starts having an affair with Steve their marriage has zero effect on you. You never know Brenda, you and Jason might become best friends by the end of the divorce. (And in that case, Brenda and Tom both need to go to church considering the bible also teaches against adultery and divorce.)

I'll say it one more time for the people in the back: same-sex marriage does not affect you even if you or your religion does not support it. If you don't agree with same-sex marriage then do not marry someone of the same sex. Really, it's a simple concept.

It amazes me that I still actually have to discuss this with some people in 2017. And it amazes me that people use God as a reason to hinder the lives of others.

As a proud young Catholic woman, I wholeheartedly support the LGBTQ community with my entire being.

My God taught me to not hold hate so close to my heart. He told me not to judge and to accept others with open arms. My God taught me to love and I hope yours teaches you the same.

Disclaimer - This article in no way is meant to be an insult to the Bible or religion or the LGBTQ community.

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

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Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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