How to be a Republican “Feminist”

Try making sense of Carly Fiorina’s headache-inducing manifesto “Redefining Feminism” on Medium. A feminist, according to Fiorina, is a woman who lives the life she chooses. Yet she argues that “feminism has devolved into a left-leaning political ideology where women are pitted against men and used as a political weapon to win elections.” It seems she wants to claim the mantle of feminism without actually taking the measures that are necessary for equality. This is a good summary of why the essay is a bunch of self-contradictory nonsense.

Fiorina’s Planned Parenthood remarks have been widely analyzed, but for the record, at no point did anyone say “keep it alive to harvest its brain,” despite her imaginative retelling.


  • nowhere

    Well, she seems to be just as adept at being a “feminist” and a presidential candidate as she was at running large companies. Hardly a surprise.

  • ThorstenV

    Well maybe someones’s brain was harvested …

  • Alan Barta

    The glass ceiling against women as presidents versus Peter’s Principle of rising to the level of your incompetence. Puzzling through that kind of gives me a headache, too. She is the best among the dirty republican dozen running, but that’s not saying much when total narcissist casino tycoon Trump is the frontrunner in polls. Can’t any intelligent humans run. I’d nominate Jen. Nobody with any smarts wants the job, even if the pay is pretty good.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.