As a woman myself, I’m trying to understand these women’s protests. I’m looking at their little ‘pussy hats’ and wondering – are they protesting the fact that many years ago a guy said something crude about women? What am I missing here? Because as far as I know, constitutionally and legally, women have exactly the same rights as men in the West. They even have extra ‘rights’ because they can decide whether or not they want to abort their unborn child. The father of the child has no right to make a decision on that. He (and his baby) are at the mother’s mercy when it comes to that particular ‘right.’
These women live in a country that allows them to take to the streets and protest the fact that their president said something crude. By all means, protest that historical crudeness – it’s your right to do so in the awesome country you live in. You’re allowed to protest, you have a voice, you can do anything a man can do and more, and your protests bring results. You have amazing opportunities to stand up for women – opportunities that women in other countries don’t have – which brings me to my main question. If you care so much about women’s rights, why the radio silence from you on countries that really do abuse women?
In Saudi Arabia, women can’t drive, they have very few rights and must always be covered. In China and India, there is infanticide of baby girls. In Afghanistan, there are unequal education rights. In Congo, the rapes are brutal and women are left to die, or HIV infected and left to care for children alone. In Mali, the women can not escape the torture of genital mutilation. In the tribal areas of Pakistan, the women are gang raped to pay for men’s crime. In Guatemala, the impoverished female underclass of Guatemala faces domestic violence and rape.
That’s just a few examples. In various Islamic countries, women don’t have the same rights as men, there are female circumcisions, beating your wife is perfectly acceptable and even honor killings are not dealt with properly. Outside of our protected cocoon, there is a real war on women. These are the women that really need our voice.
Anyway, if you want to make a big fuss about a guy who said something crude over a decade ago, that is entirely your right. Put on your pussy hats and hit the streets. Just don’t expect anyone to take you seriously on women’s rights if you have never uttered a word of protest against the abuse of women in Islamic countries, where women really are inferior citizens and need your awareness and voice more than ever. Apply the same standard across the board and work out which countries really need your protesting feet on the streets. (Hint: It’s not the historically Christian nations in the West)