Thursday, 03 May 2012


Ken Berwitz

Do NOW, and other so-called "Women's Groups", actually give a damn about fighting the "war on women"?

Here's your answer:  while we endure their whining complaints that if female college students have to pay for some part of their contraceptive needs, or one particular woman is expected to substantiate her supposed "native American" background, it is somehow an attack on all womanhood,  we hear not one word about this - excerpted from Diana Markosian's article at the Washington Times:

ACHXOY-MARTAN, Chechnya Chechnya's government is openly approving of families that kill female relatives who violate their sense of honor, as this Russian republic embraces a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam after decades of religious suppression under Soviet rule.

In the past five years, the bodies of dozens of young Chechen women have been found dumped in woods, abandoned in alleys and left along roads in the capital, Grozny, and neighboring villages.

Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov publicly announced that the dead women had loose morals and were rightfully shot by male relatives. He went on to describe women as the property of their husbands, and said their main role is to bear children.

If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them should be killed, said Mr. Kadyrov, who often has stated his goal of making Chechnya more Islamic than the Islamists.

In todays Chechnya, alcohol is all but banned, Islamic dress codes are enforced and polygamous marriages are supported by the government.

Though observers agree that honor killings are on the rise in Chechnya, the issue remains largely taboo among locals making official statistics hard to come by.

You hear about these cases almost every day, said a local human rights defender, who asked that her name not be used out of fear for her safety. It is hard for me to investigate this topic, yet I worked on it with [human rights activist] Natasha [Estemirova] for a while. But, I cant anymore. I am too scared now. Ive almost given up, really.

Estemirova, who angered Chechen authorities with reports of torture, abductions and extrajudicial killings, was found in the woods in 2009 in the neighboring region of Ingushetia with gunshot wounds to the head and chest. Her killer or killers have not been found.

As one commenter correctly notes: 

"This isn't anything new, there are 500+ million Islamic women living in bondage, under threat of their lives JUST FOR BEING WOMEN. What's despicable is organizations like NOW's complete silence on the issue, just because opposition would be viewed as supporting a conservative position. Instead, NOW prefers to savage and tear down women who stay home to raise children. The brave Islamic women like Hirsi Ali who buck the system at the threat of their lives have NO support from women's groups in the US and EU, just the opposite. These groups also attack the Ali's of the world, and defend Islam's subjugation of women as 'cultural differences'. If NOW had any credibility to begin with, it'd be a stunning abdication of their charter."

You might, at this point, be asking yourself  "How come, if NOW and all those other supposed women's groups are so hot to stand up and be counted in the war against women, they do not continually attack, and picket the embassies of every Muslim country, or territory within a country, where women are treated this way?"  If so, you are asking an excellent question.  

How come they are not picketing the embassies of Egypt and Libya where, in no small part due to the actions of President Obama, shari'a law is taking over and women are losing even the most basic freedoms.  Or Pakistan.  Or Saudi Arabia.  Or Iran. can recite this litany as well as I can.

If it is worth fighting a "war against women" so that Sandra Fluke can have Adam "cutey pants" Mutterperl and who knows who else screw her brains out while we pay for the condoms, maybe it would be worth fighting for women to be able to have relationships with men free of the fear that they will be killed by their own families - within the law.  Or to simply be alone with a man even if there is no relationship at all - which is also cause for honor killings in some countries.  Or to be able to choose their husbands.  Or to be able to seek legal recourse if their husbands beat them.  Or to be able to divorce their husbands.  Or to simply to get an education, or drive a car, or to wear something other than a burqa, hijab and niqab,  etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.

But that, of course is just a pipe dream.  It has no basis in reality.  As we all know, the "war against women" has nothing to do with any of this.  Just ask those dedicated keepers of the flame at NOW or other such groups.  Their interest is left wing politics.  Who cares about women actually being subjugated?

So you'll pardon me if I am a bit less than taken with their whining complaints about things that would cause women under the thumb of radical Islam to unbelievingly shake their heads and roll their eyes about. 

Whenever this bunch of pseudo warriors wants to do battle against the real war against women, let me know, and I'll stand with them.  Until then, in the immortal words of the guys on 86th St,. in Bensonhurst, "Fuggedaboudit".

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