donkey hoteyI’ve been marveling how Donald Trump’s blatant disrespect toward women never seems to faze his supporters. Whether the billionaire is cyberstalking Megyn Kelly, insulting Carly Fiorina’s looks, mocking (yes) Rosie O’Donnell, boasting about his many adulteries, profiting from a strip club, insulting Heidi Cruz’s looks and threatening to “spill the beans” on her, spreading unfounded libels about Ted Cruz’s alleged “affairs,” or whatever (it’s hard to remember everything), Trump’s misogyny only seems to help his candidacy. NOW remains largely silent; Trump’s cowardly male voters and apologists in the “conservative” media, rather than speaking up, pretty much do likewise, or bleat something about how their man refuses to bow to “political correctness.”

How can Trump continue getting away with this in our post-feminist world? Let me offer a theory. Feminism has told us for decades that men and women are “the same” and that women should be treated “just like men.” Claiming that the old order of deference to female sensibilities was in fact a form of patriarchal “slavery,” women now face a world where old concepts such as chivalry and males as the warrior class no longer apply.

Women now have “the right” to serve in front line combat positions, and the same applies in politics, even for candidates’ wives. Now women such as Heidi Cruz who are “in the arena” are “fair game” for any sleazy attack, just like the men. Donald Trump boasts about bloodying the noses of any who defy him, and the rabble hoot and holler. If women get in his way, well that’s just too bad.

Feminists who have repeated the mantra of male-female sameness are in the awkward position of not being able to speak a word of protest when The Donald takes them at their word.

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About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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