Women “Choose” to Harm Women

You’d think any movement with the label “feminist” would be out for the good of women, wouldn’t you? Not so. I am becoming increasingly more aware of how the sexual promiscuity and other social issues of many vocal feminists stand in direct opposition to one of my life goals — to form and build a strong family with a godly man.

My own prospects for marriage are by far the least important concern, however. In my last post, I referred to the practice of abortion and why feminists promote it so strongly. It is impossible to maintain the delusion that men and women are the same if women must live with the consequences of sex and men do not have to.

Recently, The Wall Street Journal reviewed a new book, Unnatural Selection, that paints an unavoidable picture of the true damage abortion has done to females. I say “females,” because the people most damaged are far too little to be called “women.” It turns out, writes book author Mara Hvistendahl, that in countries like India and China, women who are able to determine their unborn children’s sex before birth are disproportionately aborting their daughters. Worldwide, compared to the proportion of male vs. female births that should occur naturally, approximately 163 million girls are missing.

Even more telling, as the WSJ writer, Jonathan V. Last, points out:

Ms. Hvistendahl is particularly worried that the “right wing” or the “Christian right” — as she labels those whose politics differ from her own — will use sex-selective abortion as part of a wider war on abortion itself. She believes that something must be done about the purposeful aborting of female babies or it could lead to “feminists’ worst nightmare: a ban on all abortions.” It is telling that Ms. Hvistendahl identifies a ban on abortion — and not the killing of tens of millions of unborn girls — as the “worst nightmare” of feminism.

We women need to open our collective eyes and take note of the genocide we are either perpetrating, allowing, or being forced into. Feminists blame men for violence and war. The fact is that the sexes are equally guilty.

China’s Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong from 1958 to 1962 killed at least 45 million. World War II reported 55 million casualties worldwide. I am saddened beyond belief to compare these numbers to 163 million aborted baby girls. And that’s not even counting the ones killed in equal proportion to the aborted baby boys.

If you find this post discouraging, I do not apologize. This world can be a terrible place; that is why God’s unchanging grace is such good news. If these words motivate you to act or, at some point in your life, hold your hand from doing something you would regret, I am satisfied.

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  • Carmen says:

    It’s hardly fair to blame American feminism for the gendercide happening in India and China. There it is not feminism which promotes the abortions but a culture which values the lives of men over the lives of women – the very opposite of what American feminism stands for. If abortion were not an option for these women, then the girls would die another way. Girls born in India and China are far more likely to die before their 10th birthday than boys of the same age because they are fed less than the boys (hence severe malnutrition), are taken to the doctor/hospital far less often (parents are less willing to pay for medical care for a girl), and are more likely to be sold/abandoned by families who cannot afford to care for them. A girl can fetch the equivalent of several hundred dollars for a family should they sell her to a pimp – something many families are willing to do, hence the overwhelming number of underage prostitutes in cities such as Calcutta. One’s response to this article should not be how terrible American feminists are, but how terrible is a culture that so brazenly undervalues women – to the point where women have been turned against each other.

    • Mary Pride says:

      Yes, Carmen, I agree that it’s terrible how Asian culture undervalues women. However, I disagree that “if abortion were not an option for these women, then the girls would die another way.” Making a behavior legal, inexpensive, and invisible will greatly change how many people do it. I seriously doubt that 163 million baby girls would have been murdered post-birth, or that if large numbers of them were being murdered post-birth that there would be NO outcry.

      American feminism has spread worldwide via NGOs (non-governmental organizations) and official government organizations at both the country and global level (e.g., the UN). One of the main fruits of this has been the worldwide propagation of abortion as part of the family planning mix (with family planning/contraception/sterilization itself being promoted worldwide via US NGOs, GOs, and charities). Western “aid” intervention has relentlessly pushed a “women should be in the workforce, children are a burden” message. This, combined with the traditionally lower view of women in Asia, has often led to the logical (by their lights) and heartless choice to kill female babies in the womb.

      In this case, American feminism, as it spread globally, threw fuel on the fire.

  • Mary Pride says:

    I believe feminists have painted themselves into a corner with this one.

    The cornerstone of modern feminism (as opposed to the suffragettes and Susan B. Anthony) has been “a woman’s right to choose” whether to carry or abort a baby.

    So, when Asian women choose, for reasons that seem economically rational to them, to disproportionately abort their female babies, how exactly can any consistent modern feminist say this is wrong? The women is pregnant, she is choosing, and she is doing so for economic reasons.

    Since feminists will not speak out against abortions done for personal convenience, or extremely late in pregnancy (witness their support for partial birth abortion), they really have no leg to stand on when denouncing abortions of “less valuable” girls.

    No red herrings about “pro-life feminists,” please – I know some exist, but they are NOT the founders of the feminist movement, the anointed followers of the founders, or those who speak for feminism as a whole.

  • SM says:

    “China’s Cultural Revolution under Mao Zedong from 1958 to 1962 killed at least 45 million. World War II reported 55 million casualties worldwide. I am saddened beyond belief to compare these numbers to 163 million aborted baby girls. And that’s not even counting the ones killed in equal proportion to the aborted baby boys. “

    You think that this is the American “feminists” fault? This is a result of how they treat women, which is less than men, AKA worthless.

    Do you really think that a country that values men way more than women care even a little bit about what a bunch of fanatical, male-dominating, angry, American women think or believe?? think about it!

    Lets first change the laws on how women are treated in country’s like this, lets first get them to full citizen status and maybe, just maybe, there will be less aborted girls and boys.

    The problem is not American feminism, it’s the laws and the culture of those country’s.

    “In a culture that idolizes sons and dreads the birth of a daughter, to be born female comes perilously close to being born less than human,” the Indian government conceded in a recent report by its Department of Women and Child Development. “

    “From South America to South Asia, women are often subjected to a lifetime of discrimination with little or no hope of relief. As children, they are fed less, denied education and refused hospitalization. As teen-agers, many are forced into marriage, sometimes bought and sold for prostitution and slave labor. As wives and mothers, they are treated little better than farmhands and baby machines. Should they outlive their husbands, they frequently are denied inheritance, banished from their homes and forced to live as beggars on the streets.
    While the forms of discrimination vary tremendously among regions, ethnic groups and age levels in the developing world, Shahla Zia, an attorney and women’s activist in Islamabad, Pakistan, said there is a unifying theme: “Overall, there is a social and cultural attitude where women are inferior — and discrimination tends to start at birth.”
    A woman’s greatest challenge is an elemental one: simply surviving through a normal life cycle. In South Asia and China, the perils begin at birth, with the threat of infanticide. “
    “In urban areas, easier access to modern medical technology enables women to act before birth. Through amniocentesis, women can learn the sex of a fetus and undergo sex-selective abortions. At one clinic in Bombay, of 8,000 abortions performed after amniocentesis, 7,999 were of female fetuses, according to a recent report by the Indian government.
    Female infanticide and sex-selective abortion are not unique to India. Social workers in other South Asian states believe that some communities also condone the practice.
    The root problems, according to village women, sociologists and other experts, are cultural and economic. In India, a young woman is regarded as a temporary member of her natural family and a drain on its wealth. Her parents are considered caretakers whose main responsibility is to deliver a chaste daughter, along with a sizable dowry, to her husband’s family.
    “They say bringing up a girl is like watering a neighbor’s plant,” said R. Venkatachalam, director of the Community Services Guild of Madras. “From birth to death, the expenditure is there.” The dowry, he said, often wipes out a family’s life savings but is necessary to arrange a proper marriage and maintain the honor of the bride’s family.
    After giving birth to a daughter, village women “immediately start thinking, `Do we have the money to support her through life?’ and if they don’t, they kill her,” according to Vasanthai, 20, the mother of an 18-month- old girl and a resident of the village where Rani lives. “You definitely do it after two or three daughters. Why would you want more?”
    Few activists or government officials in India see female infanticide as a law-and-order issue, viewing it instead as a social problem that should be eradicated through better education, family planning and job programs. Police officials say few cases are reported and witnesses seldom cooperate. “

    “Boys are generally breast-fed longer. In many cultures, women and girls eat leftovers after the men and boys have finished their meals. “

    “Women are often hospitalized only when they have reached a critical stage of illness, which is one reason so many mothers die in childbirth. Female children often are not hospitalized at all. A 1990 study of patient records at Islamabad Children’s Hospital in Pakistan found that 71 percent of the babies admitted under age 2 were boys. For all age groups, twice as many boys as girls were admitted to the hospital’s surgery, pediatric intensive care and diarrhea units. Mary Okumu, an official with the African Medical and Research Foundation in Nairobi, said that when a worker in drought-ravaged northern Kenya asked why only boys were lined up at a clinic, the worker was told that in times of drought, many families let their daughters die. “

    • sarah says:

      I reiterate my point, which is the irony of this book’s author saying that feminists’ worst fear is the banning of abortion — rather than all these things that you mention. We all should be fighting these terrible ills. In fact, I am about to type a new post that touches on these themes.

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