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Posted on 03/08/2011 9:56:17 AM PST by Sub-Driver
On International Women's Day NOW Calls for End to the "War on Women" Statement of NOW President Terry O'Neill
March 8, 2011
Today we celebrate International Women's Day, exactly 100 years after it was first established. Women have made incredible strides in that time -- both in the United States and around the globe. We cheer these advancements and thank the feminist activists whose dedication and fearlessness made them possible. At the same time, we are under no illusion about the road ahead, and we take this occasion to reaffirm our pledge that we will win full equality for all women.
The challenges before us are extraordinary. Many countries and cultures still view and treat women as second-class citizens. Human rights violations against women and girls take place in virtually every society. The global business of sex trafficking exploits millions of girls and women each year. In some parts of the world, rape is commonly used as a weapon of war. Even at one of the most triumphant moments in recent history -- the successful uprising in Egypt -- a woman reporter was targeted by a gang of men for a brutal sexual assault.
Here at home, we are no strangers to violence and injustice fueled by misogyny. Every two minutes in the U.S., someone, most likely a girl or woman, is sexually assaulted. Women continue to be paid less than men. They face discrimination at work and school. They are marginalized and objectified in the media. And now we face an all-out war on women's reproductive rights and their ability to access health care.
If conservatives are successful in their efforts, countless women will lose access to a wide range of services at family planning clinics, including mammograms, pap smears, screening for HIV and sexually transmitted infections, as well as contraception. Hospital emergency rooms will be allowed to let a pregnant woman die rather than perform a life-saving abortion. Public funding for abortion care will be permanently outlawed, and tax penalties will be imposed on companies and employees whose insurance covers abortion. The House of Representatives also voted to decimate funding for essential programs like prenatal care, women's and children's nutritional assistance, job training and college tuition assistance.
Sadly, the "war on women" isn't restricted to U.S. women. The House is poised to deliver a huge blow to the global women's health community by cutting international family planning assistance. This strike would include the elimination of all U.S. funds designated for UNFPA, the international development agency that works to reduce poverty and promote women's reproductive health in underserved areas around the world.
NOW calls on Congress and President Obama to vigorously defend the health and dignity of women everywhere. On International Women's Day, NOW also reiterates its call for the long-overdue U.S. ratification of CEDAW (the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) -- the most complete international agreement on basic human rights for women. Our message is simple: The individual atrocities and indignities committed against women every day will not stop until the larger war against our sex is ended and women's full equality is guaranteed.
It’s more important to feminists that they be allowed to have sex whenever they want without dealing with the consequences (allowed to kill their babies, free STD treatments, etc.) than it is for them to save women in Islamic countries from female genital mutilation.
Unless of course they happen to be conservative women, then it's open season.
Someone needs to tell these whiners that males are much more likely to be victims of violence than females. Also that the safest place for a women to be is MARRIED. Single and divorced women are more likely to be victims of violence than those who are married.
I dont want to get started on the wage gap BS.
Shaddap, b*tch! Go fix me a turkey pot pie!
Oh brother....they are as passe in the US as a pager.
They should go to Muzzieland and see how they are received over there.
on Fat Tuesday??
well done there..
The way the communists did it...take over. They divide and conquer. We are no longer Americans...Blacks, Gays, Men, Women, Hispanics, Whites, Poor, Rich, Middle Class, Private employees, Government employees, All segregated groups pitted against each other for the favor of a too large government. Well it sucks and I am glad to be old enough to have lived in a free country when I was a kid.
***Shouldn’t NOW be talking at the Muslim countries?***
They only attack those who won’t fight back, like white men and dead babies of both sexes.
Interesting that they reference "war", because they have been at war against the family unit for at least 30 years now. They think a married woman with kids is akin to an abused slave.
The thing is, they do not seem to care about literal slaves in Saharan Africa. Moral relativity, I guess.
The nags will still be grubbing for donations as Islam consumes them.
Exactly Jag. I can think of one conservative woman who may very well be our next President.
When I read articles such as this, I can only smile. It truly shows how embittered, jealous, and antiquated NOW is becoming. NOW represents women like Jim Jones represented Christians.
That would take a measure of integrity and courage which NOW is lacking.
In fact Muslim Countries which are not friendly to the west are considered allies of NOW because they both have one thing in common; hatred for the United States.
What a joke. These shriveled old bats declaring strides around the world...yet not a one of them will stand up for that muslim woman buried up to her neck in the ground and having hateful people stoning her.
They should be hanging their heads in shame.
"war on women" = interfering with the feminist agenda.
"family planning" = abortion
"misogyny" = men are evil and women who agree with those men are traitors to their sex.
“The individual atrocities and indignities committed against women every day will not stop until the larger war against our sex is ended and women’s full equality is guaranteed”
Hmmm sounds wonderful... BUT I bet there are Muslim women the world over who would just settle for an immediate and permanent end to the dehumanizing gender apartheid which makes them less than chattel from birth to death.
Not one of the faux, womens rights camera hogs would last a single instant if they had to endure what Muslim women tolerate daily and what is worse, what Muslim women know to be inevitable for their daughters. Their despair has to be paralyzing too sad for words.
The perpetual intellectual and spiritual squalor enforced against Muslim women in the name of religion is so heinous and is such a brutal throwback that I wonder any of the womens rights people can look one another in the eye without shuddering!!
I see their humanitarian indignation as laughably insincere!!
NOW must speak to the issue immediately and address Muslim practices DIRECTLY-BY NAME!!!
NOW is so totally sick....they don’t even mention the war on boys and men—and how many more boys are sodomized in our country, then girls raped. The homosexuals rape 128 boys to heterosexual’s 8 girls.
The point I am making, is that their purposeful separation and divide of men and women, is to destroy men and boys and motherhood—that nurturing of both boys and girls with a biological father so that children do not become abused and objects of lust by boyfriends or strangers, where most abuse comes from.
It is abandonment of children by nurturing mothers, which opens up this cycle of abuse and they are the cause of it.
If they were a constructive organization....they would promote human rights, not be exclusive and trying to destroy the patriarchy—the most successful structure of societies in the history of the world. People need roles to be productive and efficient. NOW is trying to destroy natural law roles...and be gods and dictate the new “better” roles which deny God’s design.
All philosophy prior to the irrational Postmoderns KNEW that when you defy natural law (where we get private property rights) you can NEVER be happy. That right to the pursuit of happiness, encompasses Just Law defined by Natural Law Theory.
They are about destroying the natural family—the safest unit for raising healthy and productive human beings. (Of course, Marxists are out to destroy the family and promote perversion to destroy all relationships so the emotional health of all children is damaged and creates a dysfunctional society, in need of the nanny state).
Then stop supporting Saddam Hussein Obama and his tribe of Shi'ite heads at the White House. Otherwise get used to this look you dumb bi+ches.
Of the estimated seven members left in NOW, three are lesbians, two are actually men in drag, one is Helen Thomas, who defies categorization as to species let alone gender, and one is a confused bovine who wandered into the Starbucks where the annual convention was being held and was immediately voted Poster Mammal.
A simple solution is to change the “social sanction” around the world.
“Social sanctions” are the unwritten laws that almost every person, in every society, strongly enforces. Parents teach such laws to their children, and to a greater or lesser extent, most every person will help in some way to enforce these unwritten laws.
In America, for example, one social sanction might be if a person put on a t-shirt that said, “I have sex with young children”. They would have a hard time walking down a city sidewalk without being assailed by someone. This could run from looks of disdain, all the way to physical attack. Social sanctions can be very, very serious.
So this new unwritten law, this new social sanction, should be taught by women to other women, and to girls, everywhere around the world.
“Women and girls should *always* carry a bladed weapon with them, and if attacked by a man, they must cut him with it.”
Now, it does not matter if this is a 440 stainless fighting knife, or as little as a sharpened piece of scrap metal, or even broken glass, in very poor countries.
The social sanction is of women, demanding of other women and girls, that they must *always* have a bladed weapon on their person, and they *must* cut any boy or man that attacks them.
“Because this is what girls do.” That is the sole reason, with no other need for justification.
And then what happens? Undoubtedly some women will be beaten, or even killed, when attacked by men. But that happens right now.
But more importantly, men who *might* attack will have to think twice. And this makes all the difference in the world. “Does she have a knife? Will she cut me with it?”, are thoughts that persuade men to *not* attack in the first place.
There is a critical mass, of sorts, of women carrying bladed weapons. Many women and girls just won’t. But many will. And it is up to men to guess which ones are armed, and which ones are helpless. And they cannot tell. But the result is the same.
“I better not attack her, because she might have a knife, and she might cut me!”
And the world is changed.
“Because that is what girls do.”
“You don’t have your knife?? Here, I have an extra. You can have it. You don’t want to be out without one.”
Yes. In the middle east they subjugate women. Is that what she is talking about?
This is exactly what I thought it would be, decrying the loss of free services and restrictions on abortion, while ignoring the total subjugation of women under Islam.
To NOW, family planning clinics are places where familes are destroyed at the espense of the U.S. Taxpayers.
They have the hubris to assume they speak for all women. Any woman who doesn't march lockstep is derided. Stay at home Mom's are prisoners, etc. As I've said before, they are a miserable group of women clinging to each other and flotsam in the water as their ship goes down.
“March 8, 2011 - Today we celebrate International Women’s Day...”
Who knew? Fat Tuesday and IWD on the same day. As for me, I celebrate the women of Mardi Gras. Let the good times roll.
Any organization that promotes a day called “Love Your Body” Day that encourages celebrating by sitting around in sweats eating chocolates has no legitimacy in my book
Governor Palin called Griffin on it but NOW members are not known for their face to face courage. Making disgusting remarks from afar and then hiding behind their First Amendment Rights are more their style!
An armed society is a polite society.
She is about the unfunniest (is that a word?) person I've heard. I saw here on TV, and the extent of her humor was how she likes black men. Who cares?
It would be as if had a one-dimensional routine where I talked about nothing but taking out the garbage.
Speaking about taking out the garbage, NOW and Ms. Griffin are no match for Sarah Palin. Sarah is no wallflower.
An end to Islam would go far towards accomplising their goal.
An end to Islam would go far towards accomplishing their goal.
Social sanctions are the unwritten laws that almost every person, in every society, strongly enforces. “
I remember those...one of them was “you don’t hit girls”.
Unintended consequences: knives + PMS = danger!
“Someone needs to tell these whiners that males are much more likely to be victims of violence than females.”
Where’d you get that information? Everything I’ve read has it at around 75-85% (of non-lethal assaults) on women, not men.
I've seen them at the PETA building in Norfolk.
I once went to one of PETAs employee's homes to fix her refrigerator and
it was full of steaks, chicken and other meats. She said it was her husbands food,
I call for an end to NOW and an end to NOWs war on babies.
Probably nobody but black men.
For that matter, all men would run for the bathroom to vomit at the thought of Kathy Griffin pursuing them for any reason.
DOJ stats. Will see if I can dig out later in the week.
Here ya go:
Violent victimization rates:
DOJ has more recent stuff but I need to get some sleep right now. I know I saw stats a few years ago that were current then, and males had higher rates than females.
The most bogus figure you hear is the one in four women will be raped in their lifetime. Complete hogwash.
Thanks for the link.
What I read from this report is that the 40/1000 is *all* violent crime against men, not violence committed by women against men. And the 25/1000 is again, all violence committed against women by either sex.
But, I also read elsewhere that the numbers for domestic violence are estimated to be roughly the same for both sexes, but men report it much less. So how they know it’s happening is beyond me.
The guru on this subject is Martin Fiebart at Univ of California Long Beach (psychology dept). Here's his compilation of studies on the question of domestic violence (as opposed to all violence). Completely different picture from the NOW dogma.