Ivanka Trump is all too eager to play the role of “feminist” in an administration lead by a sexual predator who pays lip service to women’s rights while the government around him does everything possible to restrict women’s access to quality reproductive healthcare.
Her willingness to embrace hypocrisy and whitewash her father’s atrocious record when it comes to women’s issues has rightfully earned her a swath of criticism from women’s rights advocates, journalists, and concerned feminists across the board.
Ivanka was asked directly about the accusations of her complicity in her father’s heinous agenda in an interview set to air tomorrow on CBS This Morning, and her sneering answer left a lot to be desired: “I don’t know what complicit means.” (video below)
“If being complicit is wanting to––is wanting to be a force for good and to make a positive impact, then I’m complicit. I don’t know that the critics who may say that of me, if they found themselves in this very unique and unprecedented situation that I am now in, would do any differently than I’m doing.
I don’t know what it means to be complicit, but you know, I hope time will prove that I have done a good job,”
Unfortunately for her, empty platitudes devoid of any reinforcing action will not – and should not – do anything to appease her legions of detractors.
Saturday Night Live famously mocked the First Daughter in a parody perfume ad called “COMPLICIT” – “for the woman who could stop all this, but won’t.”
The Daily Beast‘s Erin Gloria Ryan eviscerated Ivanka just this morning in an excellent piece slamming Ivanka’s Twitter call for equal pay while having done nothing substantial for the cause her entire career.
Ivanka is a hack who wears the language of empowerment like a tacky piece of QVC jewelry, a person who is much more into posing for photos about advocacy than doing the work of advocacy. She’s White Lady Conference Feminism gone metastatic. But her posing as an advocate for workplace equality is especially rich. That’s because during her time as a business leader, Ivanka hasn’t exactly been a woman’s dream boss.
She is a pawn, a token, June Cleaver in a Sheryl Sandberg mask, someone who is pushed out into the spotlight to further the ambitions of the men in her life, only to scurry back into the shadows once she’s done being of use to them… She is as potent an avatar for toxic white male supremacy as her own father.
In a separate piece for Mic, Dickson points out that millionaire Ivanka didn’t even pay her female interns.
Jill Filipovic of the New York Times echoed those assessments of Ivanka Trump in her own scathing condemnation, painting her as a con artist just like her father – but one much subtle and pernicious in her misleading embrace of empowerment: “She’s a kind of post-feminist huckster, selling us traditional femininity and support of male power wrapped up in a feminist bow.”
Today is Equal Pay Day, where we remind the world that women are still paid less – substantially less for black and Latina women – than their male counterparts in every field. Last year, women made 22% less than men. Ivanka Trump now has a West Wing Office and is a Special Assistant to the President, and is in a better position than probably any woman in America to push for substantial change.
But like her father, she’s all tweet and no action.
Watch Ivanka’s remarks here:
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) April 4, 2017
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.