On June 26, the New York Times ran an op-ed from Ross Douthat which highlighted the horror of there being 160 million girls missing in the world today, largely owing to sex-selective abortions. However, rather than indicting this as a horrible outgrowth of deeply entrenched male-supremacy and patriarchy, Douthat places the blame for this on women’s right to abortion and the few hard-won advances that have been made in some spheres for some women. As such, he ends up arguing for the very male supremacy and traditional values that lead to this kind of thing in the first place.
As demands for political change rock North Africa and the Middle East, nothing short of a parallel revolution must also take place: women’s rights must be promoted as human rights.
Rather than “where are the women,” we might ask: Why does much of U.S. public discourse frame Egypt’s revolution through Islamophobia and why have corporate media focused mostly on men?
This is boundary-breaking & inspiring. Listen to Carl Dix of the Revolutionary Communist Party spit some cold truth in his remarks at the International Womens’ Program program at LaPregunta Arts Cafe near Harlem on March 6, 2010.
“And who are you to criticize someone else’s culture?” Sunsara Taylor takes this on…
Sunsara Taylor begins national campus speaking tour – see her video
Sunsara Taylor exposes the Christian fascist lunacy behind Tim Tebow & Focus on the Family’s anti-abortion ad to air during the superbowl next week.