Thursday, June 11, 2015

Feminists or Lobbyists?

Feminist Lobbyist Group

There is a wide misconception in the United States that the feminists are just an ideological movement focusing their support on the everyday values of the average woman. This could not be farther from the truth. The sole function and purpose of NOW (National Organization for Women), the first and largest of America's feminist groups, is that of a lobbyist group. In recent years, NOW has been focused on political policy issues at the expense of core women's civil liberties issues. That in itself isn't that surprising, but what is surprising is who has been leveling these allegations: Former High-Ranking Feminist Leaders.

Tammy Bruce served as the LA NOW Chapter President in the early 1990's before resigning and critiquing the "failings of NOW". Bruce was focusing on sexual and domestic violence when she led an organized protest march after being outraged by the verdict in the O.J. Simpson trial. While NOW President Patricia Ireland accused Bruce of being "racially insensitive", Bruce countered that, "I was already a thorn in the side of NOW, but when I said race doesn't matter if you're a woman and your husband's fist is coming at your face, I was denounced." Bruce quit NOW, deciding that they were focusing more on racial aspects in the case instead of focusing on the women's issues involved. After leaving, Bruce got her Bachelor's degree in Political Science and now teaches a class called "Feminism 2.0" to correct the mistakes that feminism has made and focus on all responsible women, careerists and homemakers.

Deborah Watkins served as the Dallas NOW Chapter President until 2003 when she left to found the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas chapters for The National Coalition For Men. The NCFM "is dedicated to the removal of harmful gender based stereotypes, especially as they impact boys, men, their families and those who love them" which is the exact opposite of NOW's mission statement. The reason for the complete 360 as she stated, was the "hypocrisy and male bashing by NOW". One specific point Watkins has brought to spotlight is abortion in terms of male's reproduction rights. As she says, "How can men’s reproductive concerns be addressed, or the rights they ask for possibly be granted, when the male perspective never gets talked about or written about by those who deal with reproductive issues?"

These are just a couple of examples of the critiques posted against NOW and US feminism in general. These organizations like NOW are choosing to spend their time, money and efforts on goals that disable and alienate the majority of their constituents. To add insult to injury, these focuses often get taxpayer money involved for dissatisfying outcomes.

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