On Thursday, Vogue published an article about the disappointment of white women voters, after exit polls from Tuesday’s midterm elections showed that the demographic primarily voted in favor of GOP candidates. Now, Fox & Friends is expressing its own opinion about the piece, saying that the article is “remarkable in its misogyny.”
Under a headline that asked “Why Do White Women Keep Voting for the GOP and Against Their Own Interests?,” the Vogue article aggregated data from the recent election that illustrates white women’s overwhelming support for Republican candidates who are against critical women’s issues like reproductive rights and equal pay.
“As sure as black women have proven themselves to be the often-underappreciated backbone of the Democratic party, white women voters are establishing themselves as maddeningly, confusingly … unsisterly,” the article stated, while also asking, “Are they so invested in their own white privilege that they simply don’t care about other women? Are they parroting their Republican husbands and/or brainwashed by Fox & Friends?”
Fox & Friends is fighting back by saying that this hypothesis is sexist. The network brought in Tammy Bruce, a Fox News contributor and the president of the Independent Women’s Voice, who said that the piece’s outlook isn’t anything new. In fact, she says that it’s an argument that’s been used by misogynists and sexists time and time again.
“IT’S MISOGYNY”: @HeyTammyBruce slams Vogue article that criticizes white women for voting Republican pic.twitter.com/o0gdIZ5Z2z
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) November 9, 2018
“Women have always been attacked when they don’t conform, or when they’ve been different or when they’ve thought for themselves,” Bruce explained. “The irony of women who stand there and present themselves as supposedly the champion of women, condemning women for making choices that best suited them, when I thought that was the entire point of feminism.”
And she isn’t the only one making this argument. In fact, people all over Twitter are sharing conflicting thoughts on the Vogue article.
More accurate headline:
“Will we be able to shame and club a specific race and gender into doing what we want?” https://t.co/YYWVEqsnqV
— Adam Trahan (@AdamTrahan) November 9, 2018
Who writes this stuff? Women do not think & vote the same. Many women are happily pro-life and prioritize the economy above birth control when they vote. Awful @voguemagazine article: Will White Women Voters Ever Be Who We Want Them to Be? https://t.co/rNppdYTqAK
— Patrice Lee Onwuka (@PatricePinkFile) November 9, 2018
We at Vogue celebrate diversity! Now, women who disagree with us, get back in your box and stop being so unsisterly. https://t.co/82oxL1wF6h
— Natalie Johnson (@nataliejohnsonn) November 9, 2018
My gender and race does not dictate my vote! I support the best interests of my family! I resent the implications that I must be uneducated and unable to form my own informed decisions! https://t.co/D2vov8Lz4C
— Jenni Charneski (@JenCaclsRN) November 9, 2018
Still, there are plenty who argue that reproductive choice and paid leave are universally in the interest of women.
You'd think what *should* be universal to all women is not supporting killing your own babies while they are in your womb. But that's not the case, now is it… https://t.co/Sz7I6ZoCFW
— Ericka Andersen (@ErickaAndersen) November 9, 2018
This is a v. good read for progressive white women puzzling out how best to reach non-progressive white women. We can't give up on or 'cancel' them so it's good food for thought. Will White Women Voters Ever Be Who We Want Them to Be? https://t.co/W3XoUEoZZK via @voguemagazine
— Lily Burana (@lilyburana) November 8, 2018
Excellent article! This is much deeper than any of us can imagine. And these are only some of the reasons, yet they are valid reasons we all need to take to heart.
There are deep psychological… https://t.co/scIYNCW3e5
— Jaynellen DanceCraft (@JaynellenDance) November 9, 2018
Regardless of which side of the argument people on social media agree with, the writer of the Vogue piece, Michelle Ruiz, is now wondering where her invite to share her logic on Fox & Friends was.
Only too happy to have my @voguemagazine piece on white women voters become a @FoxNews segment this morning. What, no invite to come on and talk about it? https://t.co/Ku6qQAyROl
— Michelle Ruiz (@michelleruiz) November 9, 2018