Saturday, September 6, 2008

Another feminist failure

Let's make a couple of things perfectly clear. I am a supporter of feminism. I believe in equal pay for equal work. I believe that a woman should be able to do anything a man does, provided she is physically capable of doing so. However, I think that modern feminism has become so completely politicized that it no longer acts as an advocacy group for all women. Instead, it has become a movement which focuses exclusively on the rights of Liberal or left-leaning women and the causes they espouse. This is why you see not a single word out of groups like NOW when so-called "honour killings" take place--it would be politically incorrect to say anything negative about Islam. That is also why you see not a word from feminist leaders about the rights of women in countries such as Saudi Arabia or Iran, where the dangerous and delusional Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is moving against the few rights women in that country still have: http://www.nypost.com/seven/09062008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/ahmadinejads_new_enemy__women_127724.htm.

If feminism is to retain its legitimacy as a movement, it can't simply speak on behalf of some women. It has to speak for all women.

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