The real war on women

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.

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sweet caroline wrote on July 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm

Please run for office, Laura.  I will vote for you and campaign for you!  Your letter is based on facts.  Unfortunately, progressives make up their own "facts" and will do whatever is necessary to protect their sacred legal right to kill their own pre-born children.  They have no remorse or qualms about it.  They are ravenous in their attempts to convince women that abortion isn't murder and that a human fetus isn't a person. 

There is reason to hope, though.  Americans, especially YOUNG Americans of voting age, are re-thinking their eagerness to snuff out the lives of the tiniest, most innocent of humans.  We may see a reflection of this turnaround in thinking in the results of this November's elections.


cgirl wrote on July 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Again with the slut shaming, with the definition of "any woman who doesn't agree with you" being a slut!

You just called me a slut, because I use one of the easiest, best and healthiest forms of birth control around-- an IUD. Also, FYI I've only had sex with one man, my husband. Maybe you need to rethink calling me promiscuous.

I'm pro choice which means I'm as pissed of about unwilling abortions in China as I am about un-allowed abortions here in the US. But making the United States as constrictive a country is China is not the answer.

jms wrote on July 13, 2014 at 2:07 pm

As a progressive feminist who is over 60 years old, I would say be grateful to the women and men who believe that feminism in this country is not petty and has nothing to do with "promiscuity," but true choice about reproductive rights, and that we worked very hard for equality in this country and abroad. When I was 19, I had to have higher SATs than did men to get into college. I can go on, but Gail Collins' "When Everything Changed" is a great place to start and find out just how difficult it was to negotiate earning money, going to a hotel alone, etc.

It's so discouraging to think that the letter writer claims that progressive feminists kill their own children and don't care about the rights of women everywhere, and seems to believe the nonsense and non-facts spewed on right-wing talk radio. It's also a shame that she fails to understand that feminists can also be men.

This letter is just sad. Willful ignorance....

SaintClarence27 wrote on July 21, 2014 at 10:07 am

I had a discussion with my 96 year old grandmother the other day about feminism and how if I were a woman, I would slap the first person that called me "sweetheart." I can't believe what women still go through.

She then told me an awesome story about quitting a job in the 40s when the man she trained was promoted ahead of her.

How people demonize women's rights (even women!) just mystifies me.

Straight Eight wrote on July 13, 2014 at 3:07 pm

The opposition to abortion comes from a religious belief. Abortion is legal right protected by the laws of the United States. It's not an opinion. It's a choice. 

The opposition to birth control comes from a religous belief too. The author of this piece is a strident Christian in the community. 

It's ironic that Ms. Adrian bashes Islam as the "real war on women", but then endorses her religion's penchant for telling women that they don't have the right to make decisions for themselves. 

Her opinion has nothing to do with furthering women's rights. Her opinion is a poorly hidden attempt to furher the author's own religion's methods of oppressing women -  all under the cloak of criticizing other unjust ways other religions and cultures oppress women. 

If Ms Adrian disagrees with abortion she shouldn't get one. If she disagrees with birth control, she doesn't have to use it. What is galling is that Ms. Adrian would tell other women that they have no right to make decisions about their own bodies based on Ms. Adrian's religious beliefs that other women may not even practice!

I don't see what is so hard for these Fox News Christians to understand. It's live and let live, not live and tell others how to live. 


Dogchakra wrote on July 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

That's a mighty broad brush you are using Ms. Adrian which leads me to believe that you are majoring in barn painting at EIU. 

rsp wrote on July 14, 2014 at 12:07 am

Does the writer really believe the tired myth that abortion clinics prey on African-American women? It's funny how if you repeat a lie enough times... So modern woman should be modest, know right from wrong, then there's the stuff about true beauty, femininity, motherhood, decorum and decency, childbearing and homemaking. If she is employed, she is grateful, even if she is discriminated or sexually harrassed in the workplace. If there's a glass ceiling she's grateful because it gives her more time with her family, which is where she should be in the first place!<sarcasm>

Perhaps the writer should delete her twitter acct. if she truly feels that way.