The Family Research Council, a conservative Christian group, has come out against VAWA reauthorization, saying the bill is a waste of money and used by feminists to seize funds from taxpayers.
When VAWA was first passed in 1994, conservatives gave it strong support. The white knighting impulse was still strong, and anything to protect women – even if it was an anti-male, anti-family piece of legislation – was almost guaranteed to get the right’s vote.
Feminists were at their strongest in the 1990s, because gender feminism had hit that sweet spot where feminists were coming into power while Americans still had a strong cultural mandate, originally part of the patriarchal deal with women where they cede some political and economic power in exchange for special status and protection, to be very protective of women. At that time, feminists could not lose.
However, things have changed. Conservatives, always a bit behind the curve, have finally figured out how destructive the law is to their values, which include marriage, family and benevolent patriarchy. They are now openly calling for letting VAWA die, and threatening to hold politicians who support its renewal accountable:
The socially conservative Family Research Council asked supporters to help it oppose the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act because, the group says, the “real abuse” is how much it will waste taxpayer dollars.
In an email alert on Monday, the FRC decried the VAWA (“which, ironically, is supported by the same administration that wants to put women in front-line combat!”) as an “abuse of taxpayer dollars” that “does more to promote a radical agenda than it does to help women.”
The email quoted conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, who also opposes VAWA. “In its 17 years of operation,” Schlafly wrote on TownHall.com, VAWA “has done little or no good for real victims of domestic violence, while its funds have been used to fill feminist coffers and to lobby for feminist objectives and laws. Although every spending bill should be subject to rigorous auditing procedures in order to curb waste and fraud, VAWA has somehow ducked accountability for the [$660 million] a year it doles out to radical feminist organizations.”
Feminist political immunity is officially over.