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Phyllis Schlafly: Private vs Public

Phyllis Schlafly died yesterday. To her family, condolences. I’m sure she will be missed as a private person.

As a public person, I can’t think of a single person who has had such a negative effect on the progress of American women and gay people. This lawyer and working wife hypocritically set the clock back for other professional women and wives. She convinced a generation of women who were born too soon for the cultural changes of the 60s and 70s to drag their daughters back to 1950’s fantasyland. She helped block the Equal Rights Amendment. She helped concretize implicit bias in our public lives.

Want to know why Hillary Clinton has faced so much resistance and sexism on the road to the White House? Phyllis Schlafly.

I’m sure she still has her fan base. Public figures like Sarah Palin will sanctify her. There’s another woman who wanted to play it both ways, having power and convincing other women to give theirs up.

We probably shouldn’t celebrate the deaths of anyone but Hitler type malefactors. Schlafly probably didn’t kill anyone (that we know of). But she may have been complicit in the deaths of domestic violence victims, the coming deaths of women who self-abort in states like Indiana, the deaths of careers and the deaths of dreams for women and gay people all around the country.

She overstayed her welcome. She finally left the party.

It couldn’t have come a minute too soon.


12 Responses

  1. Well said.

  2. When I saw her obit in the NY Times late (after 11 pm CDT) Monday night, my first reaction was to say “Good.”

    In her support of Reagan and conservative orthodoxy she derailed the progressive agenda for decades. Most of the problems our country faces stems from Reagan’s administration. The supply side economics has destroyed American manufacturing and has led to the weakening of the middle class.

    The NY Times obit quoted a comment that Gail Sheehy made in 1980 in the NY Times that Phyllis Schlafly’s marriage to a wealthy man made made it possible for her to be a lady of leisure and then pull the ladder of opportunity up to make it impossible for others to do the same.

    Last night the NY Times was not taking comments about her passing, then this morning they did, but the Times shut it down after 19 comments, most of which were unfavorable.


  3. Rest In Perdition, Phyllis Schlafly.

  4. Remind me never to make any of you lot angry. *cringes*

  5. The NY Times started accepting comments to her obit again. My favorite thus far was that if Dante were alive today, he would find a special circle for her.

  6. One shouldn’t speak ill of the dead, unless they were horrible when they were alive. I am thrilled that the Wicked Witch of the West is gone. Some people leave a vacuum when they pass on, and the world is a sadder place. But Ms. Schlafly was a horrible human being, and the world feels brighter, and the air fresher, because she isn’t taking up space in it anymore. She was a dreadful human being just last week, and the fact that she has gone to meet her Maker (cough*Satan*cough) doesn’t suddenly make her someone to be respected.
    Her own family has turned on her recently (they are all about Cruz and the religious right, she was a Harpy for Trump) — lawsuits were being initiated lately because her kids were trying to take over her slush fund, err, think tank, err propaganda firm (whatever). So, even personally, I doubt that she will be missed. Phyllis Schlafly, R.I.H.

    • That was a good essay, thanks for posting it.
      I’ve always been a Democrat and have looked askance at Republican voters, but I’ve never seen them as traitors to our country -until now.

  7. I felt the same about Scalito’s passing. It makes most of us feel guilty to not be sorry when someone dies but, lets’s face it, the ones who spent the majority of their lives forcing their views on others and causing pain and unhappiness through their words and actions, overstayed their welcome to the Human Race. None of them seem to die young, do they?

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