Kristan Hawkins

As a full-time mom and full-time President of Students for Life, I have grown-up considering myself a feminist. I have 2 young children and one on the way, yet I lead one of the largest pro-life organizations in the country. Most people consider my exhausting choice to be both a full-time mom and full-time professional impossible. And guess what --- it’s hard. The belief that you can “have it all” is just that - a belief, not a reality. Something is always sacrificed, whether it’s time with my children and husband or time at work.

However, I had the opportunity to make that choice because of ladies like Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. And I’ve never had to objectify my body to do it.

I represent a feminism that embraces all my successes and challenges as a woman. One that appreciates my role as a business woman and as a mother. One that celebrates my real accomplishments, not one that celebrates the curves of my body or how well I “twerk” on stage.

Miley’s performance on Sunday night will echo throughout our culture with far-reaching consequences. Our young women, who already look to pop culture stars as heroes, will watch her performance and begin to believe that such an approach is necessary for success. They will learn not only that they must objectify themselves and degrade their femininity in order to get ahead, but that twerking, half naked, and touching yourself in front of millions of people is what successful women do.

This is the cruel, cruel lie.

Kristan Hawkins

Kristan Hawkins is the President of Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest pro-life youth organization with over 700 groups nationwide. She is author of the new book “Courageous: Students Abolishing Abortion in this Lifetime.”