For years, feminist groups have had the reputation of working hard to protect women and advancing the desire to protect women’s dignity, safety, and privacy. Suddenly, though, in the face of politically correct locker room and shower policies, they are nowhere to be found, despite the obvious risks to women and girls. Have they ever really been “pro-woman” after all?
Feminist leaders in groups like National Organization for Women have sounded the alarm time and again about the threat of predatory men and the prevalence of sexual assault and rape in schools. They have aired statistics that 1 in 5 women and nearly 1 in 8 high school girls have been sexually assaulted. Their groups have led seminars and set up fundraising campaigns to raise awareness, all in an effort to teach women to look for warning signs and to protect their privacy and safety. But now, crickets.
Instead, some of these groups are applauding President Obama’s mandate that women share locker rooms and showers with biological males, which would violate every foundational feminist belief in a right to bodily privacy and safety, threatening to put women in precarious situations in the most vulnerable and private of places. Feminists should be outraged. Has the irony been lost on them?
Women are receiving mixed messages. On one hand, NOW, for example, has set up campaigns to “Take Rape Seriously” and remind visitors to its website that every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. On the other hand, NOW applauds the president’s policy that, first, undermines what it means to be a woman by demanding the acceptance of biological men as women and, secondly, mandates unfettered access for biological males to women’s showers and locker rooms, despite the stories of victimized women who have legitimate concerns.
And if you think the mandate stops at bathrooms only, think again. The mandate allows biological males to have access to girls’ locker rooms, shower facilities, dorm rooms, and overnight sleeping arrangements on field trips. Who’s waging a so-called “war on women” now? The feminists who should oppose this most strongly are either silent about this actual war on women or are participants in waging it themselves.
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