Want a great example of “virtue signaling?”  Look no further than the wife of California Governor Gavin Newsom — Jennifer Siebel Newsom — who recently changed her Twitter bio to “First Partner of California.”

She deemed that “First Lady” was too gender stereotypical. The text describing Ms. Newsom on the website now reads:

Jennifer Siebel Newsom – First Partner

After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Jennifer worked in Africa and Latin America, helping women entrepreneurs create their own socially and environmentally responsible businesses. She then moved to Hollywood to pursue acting and producing.

Dismayed by the way women were represented both in front of and behind the camera, Jennifer decided to rewrite this story and wrote, directed, and produced the award-winning documentary film “Miss Representation.” Released in 2011, the film exposes how the misrepresentation of women in the media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence in America, and challenges the media’s limited and often disparaging portrayals of women and girls. In response to the film’s powerful impact, Jennifer launched The Representation Project.

Jennifer’s second film, “The Mask You Live In,” made its world premiere in 2015 and explores how our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large.

Makes me glad I left California.

First, let me say that I honestly don’t care what the wife of the California Governor calls herself.  Honestly, but “The First Person” was Adam and the “The First Partner” was Eve, if we want to get technical about it.  Isn’t she committing some sort of numerical appropriation by assuming a title that has the word “first” in it?  (And does it disadvantage those who are second and third and fourth?)

But, I point this sort of posturing out because it’s more than just annoying, it’s culture-destroying.  Men have a certain (very important) role in society and women have a certain (and important) role in society.  It is ludicrous to gloss over the real differences that exist between men and women in a lame attempt at “equality.”

It should also be noted that the new Governor is the former mayor of San Francisco where human feces is literally everywhere due to the lawlessness of an uncontrolled homeless population.  There are many reasons to be worried about Newsom being elected to leadership over the whole state, considering his proven ineptitude… and none of them have to do with what his wife wants to be called.

No doubt the mainstream media will fawn over this new title and applaud the Governor and the First Partner’s progressivism.  But never forget what Newsom’s progressivism has really wrought.  (Hint: if you need a reminder, take a stroll in San Francisco and look down.  That pretty much sums it up.)

Image Credit: Thomas Hawk on Flickr

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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