In one of the most obvious bits of pandering we’ve seen from this administration, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced this week that there will soon be a woman gracing the front of our $10 bills. That the federal government is taking action on this now speaks to the effectiveness of the feminist movement to put a woman on the $20. Apparently by going with the ten-spot instead, Obama believes he can avoid looking like he bends whichever way the wind blows.
Mission, ah, failed.
Now, clearly there’s nothing wrong with putting a woman on the currency. It’s probably long overdue. But one has to wonder why it matters at all. Is this really moving forward women’s equality in the world? If Obama gives women the $10, will women agree not to vote for Hillary Clinton? Let’s have a little give and take here. The feminists can have Harriet Tubman or whoever on the money, and we’ll put another man in the White House in 2016. Fair? Everyone in agreement? Good, let’s move on.
All right, the left probably isn’t going to agree to those terms. Even on their dimmest days, they understand that it’s a bigger deal to elect a female president than it is to put a female on the ten dollar bill. But you should forgive me for entertaining the idea of a deal. After all, when it comes to women’s issues and feminism, there is no subject too frivolous. Is there a hierarchy of importance written down somewhere? How do all of these foolish crusades fit together? Is rape culture more or less important than putting a woman on the currency? Is having a female president more or less important than manspreading on the subway? Where does the largely fictitious “gender pay gap” fit into the puzzle?
At least with this business about the $10 settled, feminists can put this issue to bed. Oh, they can’t? Oh, Alexander Hamilton will remain on the note? Goodness! A woman will have to share the bill with a white man? How awful. Well, feminists should be glad for it. They are, after all, fueled by their manufactured oppression. Can’t solve all the problems at once, or these groups will have nothing to do. By demoting them from the $20 to the $10 and forcing them to share it with Hamilton, Obama has done the feminists the ultimate favor: he’s allowed them to keep complaining.
And complain they will, putting off the more serious topics for another day. It’s hard work, you know, to tackle the real oppression of women in countries where people aren’t as privileged as American feminists. Hard to get college girls engaged in a movement that deals with complex issues that require study and thought and action. Better to stick with the fun stuff. Sorry, women of the world.