MATTHEWS: Sexism coming from women shouldn’t be any more acceptable than when it comes from men

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks with reporters in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

It’s amazing to me how often I’m told by so-called “feminists” that there’s no such thing as female sexism towards men because of the “power dynamic” that is supposedly there between the two.

But whether the “power dynamic” is there or not, women can indeed display sexism. Here’s a very recent example that proves my point.

At a White House daily briefing held earlier this month, one of the topics press secretary Jen Psaki was getting peppered with questions over was the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision on Sept. 1 regarding the Texas fetal heartbeat law.

Though the ruling was on procedural grounds, allowing the law to stand while other lawsuits against it wind their way through the court system, it nevertheless sent Democrats and various women’s rights groups into a frenzy, with some alleging the nation’s highest court had effectively overturned Roe v. Wade (spoiler alert: they didn’t).

In any event, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) Global Catholic Network reporter Owen Jensen asked Psaki a series of questions the day after the Supreme Court’s ruling, with the last one being about President Biden’s support for abortion.

“Following up on the Texas law, why does the president support abortion when his own Catholic faith teaches abortion is morally wrong?” Jensen inquired.

Psaki’s first response was a canned one: “Well, he believes that it’s a woman’s right; it’s a woman’s body, and it’s her choice.”

Jensen followed up by asking, “Why does the president — who does he believe, then, should look out for the unborn child?”

“He believes that it’s up to a woman to make those decisions and up to a woman to make those decisions with her doctor,” Psaki began, before falling back on her female privilege. “I know you’ve never faced those choices, nor have you ever been pregnant. But for women out there who have faced those choices — this is an incredibly difficult thing. The president believes their rights should be respected.”

Let’s just call the answer for what it was — sexist. A female reporter could have just as easily asked that question because it’s one that millions of pro-life women have. Obviously, Psaki wouldn’t have been able to play the woman card to swat back at a lady journalist, and she shouldn’t have done it in this instance with Jensen.

Besides, he wasn’t asking the question in a personal capacity; he was asking in his capacity as a reporter for a Catholic news service. It was a legitimate question.

Further, imagine a country where you get shut down for asking questions about a military’s exit strategy because you didn’t serve in the military. Imagine a society where women who aren’t mothers are told their opinions on issues impacting mothers are irrelevant because you don’t have children. The possibilities are endless.

Do we want to be that type of society? For anyone who answers “yes,” you might want to check yourself because last I checked that’s now how the United States was supposed to work.

If this country is supposed to be one big melting pot full of diverse perspectives, then those differing perspectives should matter regardless of what they are and should not be automatically dismissed simply because of the identity/characteristics of the person who offers them. Period. If not, everything falls apart.

Media analyst Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym Sister Toldjah and is a regular contributor to RedState and Legal Insurrection.