In a rambling Elle Magazine piece published last week, titled “Ivanka Trump Will Not Fix ‘Women’s Issues’—She Will Distract From Them,” author Sandy Doyle becomes deeply upset that President-elect Donald Trump’s eldest daughter Ivanka is sexy, smart and successful. Attaining such attributes makes her a so-called “Exceptional Woman.” Though this is not a good thing, but rather a derogatory term: apparently perfect Ivanka is a pawn of the patriarchy and harmful to women as her presence tricks females into feeling empowered.
And here I thought feminists were supposed to welcome smart, sexy and successful women, not attack them. Silly me.
After accusing Ivanka of not being progressive, which is sheer insanity considering the eldest Trump daughter is a full-blown NYC-style progressive who promotes left-wing causes like global warming and increased entitlements, Doyle goes after Ivanka for essentially being too perfect and seemingly undeterred by our society allegedly rife with misogyny.
“Patriarchy has always had room for the Exceptional Woman—the one woman smart enough, sweet enough, strong enough, soft enough, pure enough, sexy enough to satisfy all of our culture’s contradictory demands on women, and thus make it to the top of a sexist system on merit alone,” writes Doyle.
Ivanka’s charm and success makes her particularly harmful, argues Doyle, since men simply use her as a prop to trick women into thinking they too can break free from manufactured victimhood, (which apparently they can’t).
“Patriarchy needs that woman. She provides men with an excuse to blame women for their own pain and struggles while simultaneously assuring women that sexism only needs to be outwitted to be overcome. She tells us that the system is survivable for women—you simply have to be the right kind of woman,” she writes.
“Exceptional Women don’t exist in real life. No one is unaffected by sexism; no woman, no matter how well-behaved, is ever safe,” adds the feminist, driving home the point that all women are victims. “But some women, by dint of privilege and good luck, are fairly convincing avatars,” she says, dubbing Ivanka 2016’s “Exceptional Woman.”
“Of course, Trumpism is unsurvivable for women who do not happen to be exceptional Ivankas,” declares Doyle, pointing to the possible repeal of Obamacare and potential abortion restrictions as evidence. “…The goal of Trumpism is not to benefit women. The goal is to benefit one woman, Ivanka, or the one type of woman she represents.”
Doyle then turns the deepest shape of green to conclude that smart, sexy, successful Ivanka is only making women feel bad about themselves for falling short, not helping women feel empowered:
“We’re not meant to benefit from her; we’re meant to look at her, and think about how we can be more like her,” she writes. “We’re meant to blame ourselves for falling short, as we have with every other Exceptional Woman to date. Ivanka is the Disney princess; we’re the peasant chorus members who watch, and serve, and sigh at her pretty hair.”