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Thursday, January 23, 2014

The Truth About Feminism ...

... It is about hypergamy for the well-to-do, and single-mother-hood or spinster-hood for the rest. The Wall Street Journal notes this about Wendy Davis' back story:

Which brings us to Wendy Davis, who turns out to be a personification of this feminist myth. Davis is the Fort Worth, Texas, state senator who became a feminist cause célèbre last year when she led a failed filibuster against a bill to impose modest restrictions on abortion. Now she is running for governor.

Davis's campaign has leaned heavily on autobiography: "Mine is a story about a teenage single mother who struggled to keep her young family afloat," she declares on her campaign website. "It's a story about a young woman who was given a precious opportunity to work her way up in the world. It's a story about resiliency, and sacrifice, and perseverance. And you're damn right it's a true story."

... Slater quotes Davis's website bio: "With the help of academic scholarships and student loans, Wendy not only became the first person in her family to earn a bachelor's degree but graduated first in her class and was accepted to Harvard Law School."

It turns out that in addition to "academic scholarships and student loans," she benefited from a marriage to a high-status man. Jeff Davis, a friend of her father's, was a successful lawyer 13 years her senior.
He paid for her final 2 years at Texas Christian University, and paid for her Harvard law education and raised their daughter by himself while she was at Harvard. Afterwards, he helped her in her political career through his contacts. Once he paid off the rest of her student loans, she didn't need him, and, literally the day after the last loan payment was made, she left him and abandoned her daughter.

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