Saturday, May 20, 2017 by Isabelle Z.
While scientists continue to debate what could be causing climate change, feminist icon Gloria Steinem thinks she knows the answer. In an interview with Refinery29, the outspoken 83-year-old said that climate change is actually a feminist issue. In her view, the fact that not all women have access to abortions is directly responsible for world overpopulation, thereby causing global warming.
She told the publication: “If we had not been systematically forcing women to have children they don’t want or can’t care for over the 500 years of patriarchy, we wouldn’t have the climate problems that we have. That’s the fundamental cause of climate change.”
It’s not the first time she has expressed this poorly reasoned stance. At a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood last September, she said: “Forced childbirth is the single biggest cause of global warming.”
Is she saying that the solution to global warming is aborting babies? The idea has more support than you might think. Planned Parenthood would undoubtedly be the first ones to nod in agreement. After all, anything that helps them get their blood-slathered hands on more baby body parts to sell for profit is a statement they can get behind, no matter how ludicrous it sounds to sane people.
It’s interesting to note that the interviewer did not point out the flaws in her logic. Who exactly are we trying to save the planet for if we are aborting the future generation en masse?
In the same interview, Steinem jumped on an opportunity to get in a dig against the Trumps. Because we all know that feminists only support fellow women when it’s convenient, she directed her ire toward Ivanka Trump rather than her father, the one who holds the actual power in this country. After saying that Ivanka is clearly not a feminist, she went on to compare Trump’s childcare and maternity policies, which Ivanka promotes, to those in Nazi Germany. Her beef with Ivanka is the fact that she has said that she views herself as a feminist but does not go out of her way to promote abortion rights.
Steinem did the interview while in New York to host part of the Create & Cultivate NYC conference, which is for women who want to “create and cultivate the career of their dreams.” She’s an interesting choice of a speaker for that event when you consider that she told her Refinery29 interviewer, Lindsey Stanberry, that she’s never really had a job.
In a 2015 interview, Steinem said that climate change is also somehow the Pope’s fault. “We should have this massive education campaign pointing out that the Pope and all of the other patriarchal religions that dictate to women in this way, accusing them of global warming,” she told Cosmopolitan. “Because the human load on this earth is the biggest cause of global warming, and that is because of forcing women to have children they would not on their own choose to have.”
She added that while she was glad that the Pope had spoken out about global warming, she asked if he knows that he is causing it. According to her logic, is her own mother also responsible for global warming by allowing her to be born?