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Eggs on holiday: why I support the Liberal Ladies Who Lunch and their strike
This last month Georgetown Law student, Sandra Fluke appeared before a House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. She addressed the assembly about the economic impact she faces for having to pay for her own birth control. Her testimony came smack dab in the middle of a heated controversy concerning Catholic Church-run businesses wanting exemptions to the mandates of ObamaCare. The fall-out from Fluke’s testimony spurred new controversy from both sides of the political spectrum, and now a group of women have taken the debate to an entire new level. Calling themselves the Liberal Ladies Who Lunch, the group is organizing the Access Denied Sex Strike for this spring. The goal of their strike is to battle the conservative forces that they say seek to take away women’s reproductive choices.
The Access Denied Sex Strike Facebook page says this of the planned spring event, “Younger men and women may not remember the "good old days" when the only reproductive choice we had was to deny men access to sex. In truth, if we lose our hard won rights to medical care, birth control and pregnancy choice, it won't only affect women. Men will have to go back to the days when they waited for or paid for sex. This issue impacts all of us. This strike is designed to make that point. IT IS NOT A PUNISHMENT OR A WEAPON TO BE USED AGAINST ANYONE! It's a week in which you are conscious of the attack on women's rights, nothing more.
Ask your man to stand with you in solidarity and speak up for your rights, because when we lose our reproductive choices, so do they.”
On the Facebook page of the Liberal Ladies Who Lunch mother-group, I found a banner that reads, “Unite Against the WAR on Women”.
Now I may be too young to remember the “good old days” they’re talking about in their tongue-in-cheek fashion at the Access Denied page, but I do remember what I’ve experienced in a culture influenced by the Feminist movement and a media that is often overtly pro-Feminist. And one of the reoccurring rally cries Feminists make –or at least as long as I’ve been on this planet- is the assertion that there is a war on women. This assertion (or assumption, if you will) has made its mark on society in some ways that at its most significant can be called politically correct. But significant does not necessarily mean for the betterment of society.
Over the years the crusaders against this alleged War on Women have managed to bring about a very uncomfortable atmosphere to social interactions. The feminist movement has lashed out on everything associated with traditional femininity, from children’s toys to beauty pageants and gender segregated public restrooms. It has helped institute a work environment where everyone has to watch every single word they say lest they be accused of sexual harassment even for a joke told at the watercooler. It has brought an intolerant mindset into the public school system, and in doing so subjected very young children to being marked as predators for things as innocent as hugging their classmates or telling their friends they think a teacher is “cute”. Feminist allies in the legal world have tried to diminish the true villainy of rape by claiming that even if a woman engages in voluntary sex she is still a victim of assault if she decides at the moment of the man’s orgasm to say “No” The movement has used the issue of breast-feeding as a catalyst of defining their truth by accusing mothers who use formula as negligent mothers. By branding reading material feminists don’t like as demeaning to women they have made allies of ultra-conservatives in the anti-pornography movement that supports censorship. Likewise, while maintaining a woman has the right to do with her body what she wants they have united with morality watchdogs in boycotting television shows and movies they deem as debasing. They have repeatedly denounced wars made by men, while at the same time they strive to get women soldiers straight into combat zones. And even while they continue to say a woman has a right to do what she wants with her body, at the same time they have again and again aligned themselves with the same hard-line religious zealots that stone women and continue to make war on the Western world.
One of the biggest challenges radical feminists face (and complain about) today is in trying to recruit younger women to embrace the cause. Their answer is to blame today’s women for alleged ignorance, and say today’s women just don’t appreciate the great accomplishments made by the movement’s founding organizers on our behalf. Hmm. Our behalf, that’s the rub. Their argument cannot hold water because too many of these same founding organizers practiced stereotyping of men and demonstrated downright nastiness toward women who didn’t toe the line of their thinking. Their devout contemporary successors too often advocate the same patterns of behavior. But a majority of modern women have still rejected their doctrine, not because we are ignorant but simply because we have no use for male-bashing and intolerance, hypocrisy and censorship, violence and emotional blackmail.
The Feminist movement and the far-lefters of the Democratic Party have been close comrades for a long time. We can’t be surprised that liberals welcome the rad femmie spin on health care issues. But wherever Americans may stand on this issue, none of us can afford to be misdirected. Whether the Catholic Church is right or wrong in not wanting to pay for birth control, this debate is not about reproductive rights. It is not about a War on Women. It is an issue about ObamaCare and the inherent flaws created by its framers and those who passed the bill without choosing to read it first. Using Sandra Fluke as poster girl for reproductive choices or waving the hackneyed War on Women banner only demeans the core issues as well as the individuals on both sides who are willing to discuss it like adults.
I don’t know if the Liberal Ladies Who Lunch are consciously obtuse or just think the rest of us are stupid, but there is one huge telling irony about their insinuations they work to protect women from male oppression: their expectation is to change their male partners’ political stand by emotional blackmail. It is petty and childish, and yet it demonstrates these women really do not see the majority of males in our society as the violent-prone rape-happy barbarians they so happily make them out to be when it is convenient. No, they fully expect their partners will capitulate - nothing less and nothing more.
Of course, their actions leave room to speculate if these women always confuse sex with making love? Real adults, when in love, don’t let disagreements divide the relationship or interfere in expressions of love, even the most intimate form of expression. I cannot see disagreements about politics being an exception in a mature relationship.
So while I will not fall for the misdirection game or give credence to the War on Women agenda, I do wish the Liberal Ladies Who Lunch and their supporters much success with the sex strike. For often the result of making love –or, in the matter of the LLWL crowd, just sex- is procreation. The less rad femmies and their compliant partners engage in sex the less breeding they will do. And the less chance they have to use their brainwashing on the next generation the closer toward extinction the whole warped cult becomes.
Faces of Feminist Intolerance
Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, found allies-in-arms in the Eugenics movement, saying that birth control advocates and Eugenicists both wanted to, “assist the race toward the elimination of the unfit.” She also freely admitted that she supported coercion to prevent the “feeble-minded” from procreating. She was a proponent of negative eugenics.
Feminist Emma Goldman was a Russian-born American emigrant. She also espoused violence and even murder in the aim to accomplish anarchist aims. Her lover, fellow anarchist Alexander Berkman, served several years in prison for the attempted assassination of industrialist, Henry Clay Frick.. Goldman is credited by admirers for being Berkman’s mentor and the mastermind of his many plots. Goldman was eventually found guilty of violating the U.S. Espionage act and deported to Finland. The Fins, not wanting her, were relieved when the Soviets welcomed her back. Goldman survived the embarrassment, writing propaganda and serving as an icon of violent anarchism well into old age.
Feminist icon, Gloria Steinem, who last year joined forces with morality watchdogs in calling for a boycott against the NBC program for adult audiences, The Playboy Club.
Radical leader, Andrea Dworkin, was a leader of the Feminist anti-pornography movement. She was vocal in opposition to books and films enjoyed by men and by what she saw as fictionalized gender roles. In addition to Dworkin's claim that there are no biological differences between men and women she also lauded bestiality and incest.
Lynne Stewart, the disbarred American feminist attorney who was convicted for conspiracy and giving material support to terrorists in 2005.
Adrienne Gerhaeuser, a German militant feminist, was sentenced in 2007 for her admitted role in two failed bomb attacks in the late 1980’s. The group Gerhaeuser belonged to, Rote Zora, had earlier claimed responsibility for a rash of arsons and explosions in the aim of what they called “a violent change in German society.” The targets of the bomb attacks were intended to be sex-shops, pharmaceuticals and other businesses the group accused of exploiting women. Gerhaeuser, who gave herself up to authorities, was given only a two year suspended sentence for her involvement as the judge believed she was no longer violent. Whether or not Gerhaeuser is still a threat to society, at the time of her trial her long-time boyfriend was still suspected of being involved in terrorist acts.
A member of the feminist-supported anti-war group, Code-Pink, shows the world that she has no stomach for war or much dress for stomach. The group is known for publicity stunts aimed at disrupting political events.
Former NOW attorney and VAWA chief counsel, Lisalyn R. Jacobs –who last year was arrested for assaulting Ben Vonderheide, aka Daddy Justice, an activist for a father’s rights group. The assault occurred in the halls of the U.S. Senate, and Jacobs pleaded out on the charges and was sentenced to community service. Jacob’s current bio at the Legal Momentum website describes her as an advocate of human rights.
Feminist actress and entertainer Janeane Garofalo has spent a lot of energy in making sweeping allegations against anyone not part of the liberal team. She has called the Tea Party racist red necks, anyone belonging to the GOP *ssholes", Sarah Palin dumb and accused former GOP contender Herman Cain that he was a paid prop to deflect GOP racism. One of her most scathing remarks was about the American flag when she said, “When I see the American flag, I go, 'Oh my God, you're insulting me.”
In 2011 Rwandan feminist and former government minister, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, was sentenced to life in prison for her active role in the genocide of over 500,000 Tutsi men, women and children. During her trial eye-witnesses testified that Nyiramasuhuko ordered her Hutu militiamen to rape the female Tutsi victims before killing them. Along with these atrocities Nyiramasuhuko was also found guilty of aiding and abetting in arson, kidnapping and torture aainst the Tutsi people.
In a non-politically-correct world we'd see bullying amazonian tyrants made the butt of as many jokes as their male counter-parts. But since we have what we do let's take a few moments for a laugh at the expense of some male tyrants with the Nando's Last Dictator Standing commercial.