LOS ANGELES, March 16, 2012—Over the last few weeks, the American people have been told over and over again that there is a “war against women” occurring in the United States.
That claim demands support. A few moments of research on the subject confirm that there is indeed a war on women, and its reach is global.
- On July 15th, 2010, a woman in Iran was accused of adultery. She was sentence to death by stoning. She was pregnant at the time. Her attorney pleaded for leniency, which meant a lashing followed by a death by hanging instead of stoning.
- On October 5th, 2011, a woman in Saudi Arabia was sentenced to ten lashes. She was caught driving an automobile, which is forbidden for women in the Kingdom that Saud built.
- On November 11th, 2011, Americans were celebrating Veteran’s Day, which included honoring female veterans. American girls celebrated the cool clocks that showed 11/11/11 at 11:11am and pm. Meanwhile, in Afghanistan, a mother and her daughter were found guilty of adultery and sentenced to a stoning.
- On December 20th, 2011, a woman in Egypt was beaten, stomped on, and struck with metal batons. Her crime was apparently breathing while being female.
- On March 12th, 2012, Syria continued its violent crackdown on peaceful protests. 45 women and children were beaten and killed for having the nerve to be against being beaten and killed.
What made these and so many other incidents remarkable is that the brutality was greeted with stone-cold, silent indifference from American feminist organizations. The National Organization for Women is considered by many Americans to be at the forefront in protecting women’s rights. They would want to speak up against these atrocities, and they almost certainly would do it, but their attention has been focused on Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke.
There is terrible violence against women, from poor urban areas of the U.S., to Africa and the Middle East. Poor American women can’t afford prenatal care. But what outrages NOW? A well-educated law student at an expensive Catholic university was verbally trashed by Rush Limbaugh over the issue of free birth control under her school’s health plan.
It is self-indulgent and utterly reprehensible that the entire movement has focused on the cry of a 30-year-old upper middle-class white woman who wants free contraception.
Are there any sane women left in the women’s movement?
The right has attacked women’s organizations for years with the charge that their only concern is to make abortion legal and cheap for all women at all stages of pregnancy for any reason they desire. Their idea of women’s issues starts and ends at abortion. Those groups have responded that this is cheap and outrageous hyperbole. And so we ask, when women are stoned to death, lashed, beaten and abused, where is the outrage?
Why does it take Rush Limbaugh and Sandra Fluke to get a rise out of NOW? Is this an accurate reflection of feminist priorities?
Perhaps their limited resources require them to focus on America. Okay, Juanita Broaddrick accused President Clinton of rape and feminists simply shrugged. It was never proven in court, but was Ms. Broaddrick so much less sympathetic than Ms. Fluke that her charge didn’t merit even an “oh, dear, we certainly hope that’s not true?”
Senator Ted Kennedy (D) drove off a bridge and left a pregnant woman to drown, and NOW and other feminists declared him a champion of women’s rights. Neither his womanizing, his unwanted drunken physical contact with a waitress, nor the strange questions surrounding his behavior in Palm Beach drew the slightest reaction from feminists.
Their questions and their ire have been reserved for other targets, such as two accomplished women, Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann, who are dedicated, pro-life mothers.
Pro-life President George W. Bush led a war to free millions of women in Middle Eastern countries from abuse and terror, yet he was despised by feminists. Is it really more important to be pro-choice on abortion than anti-violence-against-women?
A virulent strain of Islam that violently beats women receives a free pass from a group that is supposed to be for ALL women, while a Christian church that provides women with excellent legal educations and has beliefs against abortion is regarded as repressive and anti-woman.
This evidence cries out that the sole issue that galvanizes feminists is choice. Ending violence against women, educating them, increasing their economic power, and standing as examples of powerful, successful women all counts for nothing against ones stand on abortion.
Liberal television personalities can refer to women using the b-word, c-word, t-word, and other epithets, all of them disgusting from anyone, without the slightest criticism from feminists, while Evangelical conservative women can be verbally carpet-bombed for their beliefs by these same liberal women and the media they support.
Liberal women who believe that the worst, most important violence against women is the refusal to provide them free contraception have no idea what oppression is. Virtually every woman alive today in America has full voting rights. Not one of them would be beaten today in the town square as others shrugged and looked the other way.
Affluent liberals are like the rest of us. They see the issues that affect them or people like them as the most important issues on the agenda. They recognize the existence of other problems, but they aren’t galvanized by them. Abortion and contraception for the more affluent are the emotional linchpins for issues that affect not the most vulnerable women, but the least. They’re focused on politics and the battles of their privileged college youth, not the raw tragedy that is every day life for most of the women on this planet.
Third world genocidal lunatics trying to kill everyone do not discriminate against black, white, gay, straight, Jewish, Christian, young, or old. They see ALL women, from Beverly Hills to Baghdad, as second-class citizens.
George W. Bush freed millions of women while Barack Obama bows down to oppressor despots. Yet feminists worship the latter and despise the former.
For these reasons, the made-up war on women will soon be an anachronism, along with every other failed war the left has tried to wage. These range from the war on poverty to the war on homelessness to the war on education. In fact, the only wars liberals never seem to want to fight are the real wars on terror and tyranny that would save the lives of women globally.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, blogger, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian.
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