The War on Women: Binders vs Burqas
I’ve tried to imagine it. George Washington leading the charge across the Delaware so I can have free birth control. Our patriots rallying against loyalists at the Battle of King’s Mountain so I can head on down to Planned Parenthood and get a free abortion. Besty Ross, lovingly crafting the American flag so my resume won’t be presented in a binder.
It’s just not working for me. I can’t insult the sacrifices made by our patriots by trivializing their valiant efforts this way. It occurs to me, that this really isn’t about freedom, or women’s rights. There is something else afoot here. Somewhere down the line, the ideals of freedom have been morphed into the ideal of “freebies”. Imagined insult has taken the place of blatant acts of tyranny.
Democrats are determined to package their political agenda as a righteous cause on behalf of women. I wish they would just stop. It’s embarrassing. What’s more, at best, it is a misguided waste of well intended effort. At worst, it is a facade for bringing in the vote. If they are really concerned about the rights of women, why don’t they take a genuine stand against the War on Women?
It’s going to take a bit of effort. First of all, they are going to have to drop the “I’m a victim” charade, and recognize the real victims in the War on Women. To do so, they are going to have to start all over from scratch and learn the difference between a true victim and a counterfit.
So lets take a look at the difference.
Here are some examples of women who are not victims. They have chosen to champion “women’s rights”, but in reality, they are mere tin soldiers in opposition to the fabricated War on Women created by the Democrats.
Sandra Fluke is an example. And she should know better. A law school graduate of Georgetown, she has made some significant contributions to the causes of women. Domestic violence and human trafficking in Kenya being one of them.
On the other hand, her recent effort to force religious institutions such as Georgetown to pay for birth control on their insurance plan is just wrong. This appears to be more in line with her studies at Cornell, where she graduated from Cornell University’s Program in Feminist, Gender, & Sexuality Studies in 2003. Her effort to infringe on religious sovereignty is totally contrary to her studies of law. When she attempts to do such things, Sandra Fluke appears to me to be waging a War on Religion rather than a true defense of women’s rights.
Sandra Fluke is not a victim. She can afford birth control, as can most of the liberal elites who stand beside her and cry “tyranny”. What is more, lower income women are not denied free birth control. County health departments have Family Planning Clinics, and they have been providing pap smears and free birth control for decades for lower income women. They also provide free STD tests and treatment for those who practice unsafe sex, male and female. What they do not provide is free abortions for those who were irresponsible and failed to utilize the free birth control program.
The only thing Sandra Fluke is a victim of these days is her own foolishness for taking on this bogus cause. She is currently the inspiration for nationwide lampoons due to her recent effort to rally people in Nevada to her cause. Only 10 people showed up as she campaigned on the stump for Obama.
Where were all of her victims that day? Why were they not there to support their champion? I’m not sure. Maybe they were busy fighting for justice on the latest front lines of the War on Women: Dressed in cardboard and protesting binders, with the unfettered courage of a slighted Barbie.
How dare Mitt Romney call for the resumes of women in binders? Might it possibly be because women had prepared these binders with said resumes?
So now we have taken a look at the counterfit War on Women. What about the real deal? Yes Virginia, there is a War on Women. But Sandra Fluke won’t find the battlefield while campaigning for Obama at the local “Sak ‘N Save”.
The War on Women
In China, the “Family Planning Policy”, means something totally different than it does in the US. The “one child policy” of China has led to the murder of female infants and mothers, and forced abortions are a major human rights issue.
In a recent interview with TIME, blind Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng spoke of these atrocities in an article titled “Enemies of the State?”. Here is a quote from the article:
The men with the poison-filled syringe arrived two days before Li Juan’s due date. They pinned her down on a bed in a local clinic, she says, and drove the needle into her abdomen until it entered the 9-month-old fetus. “At first, I could feel my child kicking a lot,” says the 23-year-old. “Then, after a while, I couldn’t feel her moving anymore.” Ten hours later, Li delivered the girl she had intended to name Shuang (Bright). The baby was dead. To be absolutely sure, says Li, the officials–from the Linyi region, where she lives, in China’s eastern Shandong province–dunked the infant’s body for several minutes in a bucket of water beside the bed.
In China, women are not fighting for the right to have an abortion. They are fighting for the right to not have an abortion. And the War on Women does not stop there.
The inexcusable and horrific attack against Malala Yousafzai has opened the eyes of a sleeping world in the matter of atrocities against women under Taliban rule. But Malala, a true champion in opposition to the ongoing War on Women, is not alone.
Some brief and harsh realities are listed immediately below about life for women under Taliban rule. The following is taken from a basic article about the plight of women in Afghanistan, who like the women of Malala’s Pakistan, have been forced to submit to unbelievable brutality and incomrehensible injustice. From the Taliban Treatment of Women:
Afghan women were forced to wear the burqa at all times in public, because, according to one Taliban spokesman, “the face of a woman is a source of corruption” for men not related to them. In a systematic segregation sometimes referred to as gender apartheid, women were not allowed to work, they were not allowed to be educated after the age of eight, and until then were permitted only to study the Qur’an.
Women seeking an education were forced to attend underground schools, where they and their teachers risked execution if caught. They were not allowed to be treated by male doctors unless accompanied by a male chaperone, which led to illnesses remaining untreated. They faced public flogging and execution for violations of the Taliban’s laws. The Taliban allowed and in some cases encouraged marriage for girls under the age of 16. Amnesty International reported that 80 percent of Afghan marriages were considered to be arranged by force.
Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of Great Britain, and current UN Special Envoy for Global Education has launched a movement on behalf of Malala’s goal for education for girls. Gordon has declared November 10, 2012 to be a “Day of Action”, it is officially to be called “Malala and the 32 million girls day”. Brown has invited the world to participate by signing his petition. Quoting the BBC, here is how he describes it:
By declaring 10 November – one month after the attempted assassination – “Malala and the 32 million girls day”, we can start to make Malala’s dream come true.
I will call for a global day of action, when I meet President Zardari of Pakistan next month to hand him our petitions and ask him to lead governmental changes in policy to secure girls’ education in his and Malala’s country.
If you are as outraged by the plight of Malala and the young women of Pakistan as you should be, and would like to lend your support for Malala Youfzai’s cause for women’s right to an education, please see Day of action for Malala and girls’ right to school to read more about Gordon Brown’s movement and learn how you can participate.
The long and twisted arm of the Taliban and Islamist extremists have not been restricted to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Nor are human rights abuses against women strictly limited to China, and Islamist extremism.
In Africa and elsewhere, the practice of Female Genital Mutilation is bone chilling and sickening reality. I first read of this practice years ago, in a magazine interview with Supermodel from Somali, Waris Dirie. I was so sickened to hear her relate the reality of the barbaric procedure of this practice, I never forgot it. I never will.
Waris Dirie has founded The Desert Flower Foundation which seeks to put an end to this inhumane and hideous practice. Here is another glimpse from the front lines of the real War on Women via a quote from The Desert Flower Foundation website:
Female Genital Mutilation (often referred to as FGM) is a destructive operation, during which the female genitals are partly or entirely removed or injured with the goals of inhibiting a woman’s sexual feelings. Most often the mutilation is performed before puberty, often on girls between the age of four and eight, but recently it is increasingly performed on nurslings who are only a couple of days, weeks or months old.
Female Genital Mutilation happens primarily in Africa, in particular in North-Eastern, Eastern and Western Africa. However, it also takes place in the Middle East, in South-East Asia – and also among immigrants in Europe. According to estimates by the World Health Organisation (WHO) 150 million women are affected by FGM world-wide. In Europe, the number of mutilated women or girls and women threatened by FGM amounts up to 50FGM is usually performed by professional circumcisers, women who are enjoying a high reputation in their societies. It is also performed by traditional midwives and occasionally by healers, barbers or nurses or doctors trained in Western medicine. The procedure is usually performed without anaesthetic and under catastrophic hygienic circumstances. Knives, scissors, razor blades or pieces of broken glass are used as instruments among others.
To aid in the fight againt this atrocity, please visit the Desert Flower Foundation at the above link.
Waris Dirie of Somalia, Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan, and activist Chen Guangcheng of China, are all members of an elite group of Special Forces who are truly engaged in combatting the real War on Women. To these true warriors in the ongoing War on Women, I offer my utmost respect.
But when I read stories such as these, as a woman, it is impossible for me to believe in or have any respect for the charade the Democrats call the “War on Women”.
If a woman wants to wear a Burqa, this should be respected as the exercise of liberty that it is. If a woman wants to present her resume in a binder, this is not an attack against freedom. If a woman has to pay for her own birth control and her own abortion, this is not a violation of her human rights. Women in America have a choice in all of these issues. And that choice is not in danger.
When a woman is forced to wear a Burqa, forced to be married, forced to have her genitals mutilated, forced to have an abortion, forced to surrender her education, forced to be publically flogged, legally raped, and publically executed for refusing to submit to such atrocities, this is tyranny, and it is a War on Women.
It occurs to me that perhaps the Democrats who are crying out that there is a War on Women in America are not really concerned with true assaults on the rights of women. They are perhaps more concerned with their political agenda of getting Obama elected.
So I wish they would just stop. Take off their cardboard armour, and just stop. Because it is an insult to every woman around the world who lives in the midst of true tyranny from the cradle to the grave. You do not do them a service. It is like crying rape when you have not been raped at all, and you are an embarrassment to the cause of women’s rights.
American women are free of the shackles of very real tyranny that enslave so many women worldwide. This is so because for generations, patriots, male and female alike, have secured that freedom. Our patriots did not fight to keep other women from putting your resume in a binder. Our patriots did not fight to give you the right to free birth control. They did not fight to give you the right to a free abortion. These are not “rights”, they are personal responsibilities.
“I stand here tonight to say that we have never known defeat; we have never been vanquished. We have not always reached the goal toward which we have striven, but in the hour of our greatest disappointment we could always point to our battlefield and say:
“There we fought our good fight, there we defended the principles for which our ancestors and yours laid down their lives; there is our battlefield for justice, equality and freedom. Where is yours?” ~Anna Howard Shaw