Carrie O’Connell writes in American Thinker “I am not supposed to exist” .
A 26 year pro life Catholic woman, Carrie writes how her profile is totally absent from the collection of media stereotypes either in the news or in the entertainment sector, which has become more difficult to distinguish. She basically described herself as intelligent, educated, thoughtful and conservative- yet young and female.
The reason her article struck me is that it explained why one side is so surprised at the election outcomes. When a voter profile that did not exist, or is deemed to be an extreme minority, sweeps an election, the other side is stunned. They then dream up conspiracy theories and elitist stereotypes to explain the totally illogical outcome. They write involved analysis such “What’s the Matter with Kansas” to explain why Americans vote conservative even when it is against their best interests to do so (in the writer’s judgment).
This becomes even more true as the left and right isolates themselves further in their own media bubble, shutting out reasonable voices from the other side. Without some cross pollination from the different camps there is no middle.
Whether you agree with Ms. O’Connell’s opinion is less relevant than the fact that many do not realize that her opinion exists, at least not in her demographic sector.
Some excerpts from her article:
“If I based my identity on how I see women my age represented on television and in the movies, my only conclusion is that I am not supposed to exist.”
“I don’t have cable television or an iPhone and I do not feel entitled to either. I do not feel that the government should have to provide me with necessities while I refuse to give up luxuries.”
“If I was voting on popularity and glamour, I would phone American Idol, not visit the ballot box.”
“Educated, well-read women who are pro-life are never written into character plots. I am told time and time again that art imitates life. When will they stop thinning the paint?”