War on Women?


in america?

It’s an epidemic, they insist, and The War is being waged by all manner of people who seek to deprive women of what?  … food?  water?  home?  family?  education?  safety?  

No, it’s none of those things, which throughout world history have characterized war.  This one is different; this war is on American women’s “reproductive rights,” including you-name-the-birth-control, & of course the highest & holiest feminist sacrament of them all — abortion.  The war’s victims are, allegedly, all the women in America.  And the war is so serious, so life-threatening, that every vote & federal dollar must be preserved & allocated toward protecting women from this most heinous wartime result:  paying for contraception, and living with *some* state restrictions on abortion.

Really?  This is a war? 

That as an American woman, should I choose to be sexually active, I have to take responsibility for the results?  That I have to fork over some cash for my own birth control?  That, should I choose to eliminate a child I’ve helped to conceive — I have to do it earlier in my pregnancy?  That should I choose to carry my child to term, I can apply for federal & state financial aid, or give my child to another family eager to adopt?  That I cannot rely on the federal government and the taxpayer who lives next door to me, to fund my sex life??

Come on, this isn’t war, and calling it one is an insult to every woman on Earth right now who really IS in one.  Let me tell you about a few, and I’ll warn you that the details I’m about to share are graphic, & not suitable for children to hear:

A 12-yr old girl in Qadiya, Iraq has been captured by ISIS.  She is a member of the Yazidi religious minority, and because she practices a religion other than Islam, the Quran gives an ISIS fighter the right to rape her.  Before he does so, he takes the time to explain to her that what he’s about to do isn’t a sin; that the Quran condones & encourages this, and that by raping her, he is drawing closer to God.  After he binds her hands and gags her, he prostrates himself in prayer.  And after it’s over, he prays again, “bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.”

Another girl, this one 15-yrs old, says her family of 9 was trying to escape when ISIS took over their community of Dohuk, near Mount Sinjar.  She & her mother and her sisters (ages 4, 7 and 14) were helplessly standing by their stalled car when a convoy of heavily armed Islamic State fighters encircled them.  They separated the men from the women, and the women were taken away in a truck.  When they arrived in the closest town, the daughters were separated from their mother & forced to get on buses with so many other girls that they had to sit on each other’s laps. Upon reaching Mosul, they were held in confinement for days, months.  “The ISIS fighters laughed and jeered at us,” she reports, “saying ‘You are our sabaya.’ I didn’t know what that word meant,” she said. Later on, the local Islamic State leader explained it meant slave.

And then, inevitably, these girls were bought and sold for sex.  The details are so graphic that I can’t relate them on the public airwaves.

The Islamic State’s introduction of systematic sexual slavery was detailed in a meticulously researched article in Thursday’s New York Times, written by Rukmini Callimachi.  The numbers are sickening:  a total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144 are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them, the Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic courts. And the practice has become an established recruiting tool to lure men from deeply conservative Muslim societies, where casual sex is taboo and dating is forbidden.  I’ve posted Rukmini Callimachi’s article on our Facebook page & tweeted it from my account, because it’s a story that MUST BE HEARD.  It is absolute darkness, hell on earth, wickedness beyond what I’ve ever imagined — and it’s being visited upon women of every age, right this moment, by the Islamic State.  

The stories of these women are nearly impossible to read, the details of brutality too terrible to even for a split-second contemplate.  This, my friends, is war.  THIS IS A WAR ON WOMEN. Girls who are methodically abused, beaten, devalued to the point of debasement, then killed when they are too sick or too weak to be of further use. So spare me the protests of the American left. 

There’s no war on women here.  

Yes, there are kidnappings and rapes and women here in America can be victims too, and my heart aches for the pain of all of that, and for all of them.  But for the vast majority of us here in this country — we get to decide who we sleep with, and when.  We have NO idea what real war looks like, or feels like.  Most of us have never been kidnapped, or separated from our mothers & fathers, or been forced to watch our daughters sexually brutalized by soldiers of an invading army who hate us because we believe something different.

So no more tossing the term “War on Women” around— because every time we do, every time we let it be used to score political points, we cheapen the sick reality of women around the world — who live in a REAL war.


Kathy EmmonsComment