The real war on women
By Laura Adrian
I am a woman. I can vote, I have a job, and I'm pursuing an education. Thank you, early women's libbers, for giving me those opportunities. But modern progressive feminism has gone far beyond suffrage and "votes for women." Once capable and virtuous, the new American woman is now petty and promiscuous.
Progressive feminism maintains the goal of wanting to "liberate" women. Liberate women from their husbands, from their children, from standards of right and wrong, from standards of modesty, and true beauty. Liberate them from their femininity. Liberate them from motherhood. Let them be as promiscuous as men can be, the men the feminists hated in the '70s. Liberate women from decorum and decency and childbearing and homemaking.
And the real war on women — the true societal impoverishment and degradation of women, the active oppression and cruelty — is conveniently ignored. Women of China still suffer forced abortions and sterilizations, and precious little girls have filled orphanages, victims of a long-standing one-child policy and a male-favoring society. This is the real war on women.
In Islamist nations, in the name of sharia law, women's educational rights are suppressed, women are legally mistreated in court, and they face severe penalties for leaving the home unless accompanied by a related male. This is the real war on women.
And there's Meriam Ibrahim, a young mother who gave birth on May 27, 2014 while in chains in prison in Khartoum, who was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for converting to Christianity and marrying a Christian man. Although she has since been released, the treatment she received is a brutal and appalling component of radical Islamist religiosity which should have no place in the world today. This is the real war on women.
What about the women and girls in India who face abduction, rape and murder in a society torn apart by a rape culture? Two sisters were recently gang-raped and hanged when they went outside their village because their home didn't have a toilet. This is the real war on women.
And the 300 Christian Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school on April 15 by the terrorist group Boko Haram, which then forced their conversion to Islam? This is the real war on women.
What about the many predominantly Muslim women who have been genitally mutilated in the name of radical Islam? It is an ongoing practice, in spite of attempts to eradicate it. This is the real war on women.
Or what about the atrocities happening on our own shores? Sex trafficking and pornography, and abortion clinics which prey on African-American women? Are those not of concern to the modern progressive feminist? These are the real war on women.
When does the feminist movement of today rally together to support these women worldwide, to liberate them from the imprisoning, tyrannical cultures and religious extremism which oppress them? When does feminism fight to wipe out sex trafficking, or pornography, or prostitution? Where is the rage and sympathy and fight for these true affronts against human dignity happening on a regular basis all around the world?
Today's women leaders are too concerned about government-regulated contraceptive care, keeping abortion centers open and getting women on the front lines, to worry about those women who truly need liberating.
The progressive feminist fights for the right to abort her children, while women in China fight for the right to carry their children to term. The progressive-feminist claims sexist insult at hastily spoken words, while women globally are fighting just to live in safety without the fear of being sexually violated if they step outside their home. The progressive feminist wants sexual pleasure at no cost, while others have had their bodies destroyed to sex. The progressive feminist complains of workplace inequality, instead of being grateful that she can work at all. The progressive feminist ignores the tragedies of sexual slavery in her own neighborhood and city, while fighting for greater freedom to be promiscuous herself.
If the pop-culture feminist truly wished to fight for women's rights, there is a world of struggling women out there desperate for help. Just take a good, hard look around.
Laura Adrian lives in the Champaign area and attends Eastern Illinois University.