“The problem is that they [gays] are trying to make us respect them, and that’s an interference with what we believe.”
Phyllis Schlafly, a reactionary whose views are the foundation for some of the modern principles the Republican party utilizes, died on Monday at the age of 92.
Schlafly was best known for her opposition to the feminist movement, taking a stance against abortion and her particularly salient resistance to gay rights.
Ironically, her son, John Schlafly is gay but continues in his mother’s footsteps as controller of Eagle Forum, a conservative publication.
Although she was a powerful woman in her own right,Schlafly drew upon her staunch opposition to women’s lib by suggesting that females not complain about their roles in society as wives and housekeepers.
“I would like to thank my husband Fred for letting me come today,” she has said during a speech, “I love to say that because it irritates the womens-libers, more than anything I say.”
She recently addressed what she called the “transgender fad” on the Eagle Forum, saying that children learn everything about the world through binary options, “But the radical feminists, who staff women’s studies departments at most colleges, have propagated the idea that we have to get rid of the “gender binary” along with the expectation of distinct roles for men and women,” she wrote.
And as for the gay rights movement, this was something that Schlafly made no bones about disagreeing with:
“Nobody’s stopping them [gays] from shacking up,’ Schlafly said in 2010. “The problem is that they are trying to make us respect them, and that’s an interference with what we believe.”