Ready for V-Day, Guys?
Yes, it’s the time of year to hear all the moaning and groaning about how the “Patriarchy” conspiracy has oppressed women. Eve Ensler’s V-Day “play,” ripe with appeals to the inner-lesbian in all women, will be paraded around by her “Vagina Warriors” and praised by the arbiters of opinion in the mainstream news media. Meanwhile, the victim statistics that appear like so many magical ballots in a King County election will be splashed across our newspapers. The message of both: Mothers, don’t let your daughters marry cowboys .... or any other man, for that matter.
This year’s celebration was kicked-off by Donna St. George of the Washington Post, who pumps up the hysteria about the horribly dangerous state of all pregnant women IF they choose to have the male that impregnated them around. It’s even got a catchy name, ready for a jingle: Momicide. Gentlemen, a brand new victim group has been born!
St. George’s triumph of opportunism (in the wake of the Scott Peterson trial) was soundly demolished by Jack Shafer, an editor of Slate Magazine and someone who knows a thing or two about editorial integrity, who called Ms. St. George to task here and here. In fact, based on the very blood numbers Ms. St. George splattered all over the Washington Post for three days, Mr. Shafer, through sound use of addition and a scoatch of multiplication, determined that the safest person in the United States is a pregnant woman.
It is curious that within the gender feminism victim cult there is absolutely no talk of the number of pregnant women that are routinely saved by men from all variety of dangerous people and situations. But, I digress, so I’ll save that discussion for another day. Instead, let’s turn to a member of our local hysteria mill, The Everett Herald. This paper is also in on the act during this year's Valentine season, dutifully reminding us of “love’s dark side,” with prose like this:
“More often than we’d ever want to admit … love goes hand-in-hand with danger.”Of course, no article about domestic violence would be complete without citing some or another of the oddly enormous statistics, such as, “In the United States, women have a 50-50 chance in a lifetime of getting into an abusive, violent relationship. That has stayed steady in our training for at least a decade." We can add this to the fiction that “1 in 3 women on college campus will experience either rape or domestic violence before graduating,” and a veritable shelter-full of other incendiary myths.
Glenn Sacks has debunked all of these drama queen favorites by identifying their source and explaining for the statistically impaired why they are wrong, so I’ll leave that a click away for you. (Personally, if I were the Everett Herald, I’d be a little more concerned about the fact that children are most often abused by the women in their lives.)
All of these statistics are manufactured by the domestic violence industry grown up around the Violence Against Women Act of 1994. The federal money that came out of this “Act” supports anecdotal studies and research that is literally pregnant with a rich variety of statistics to prove that men are bad, woman are good, and the former should ALL be in jail. Of course, the conclusions of these studies are always “more funding is needed.” Funny how that works.
If the hysteria were directed towards such matters as female circumcision, basic women’s rights, and the otherwise horrible state of women in many Islamic countries, there would be nothing but support. But, alas, the same vocal proponents of the horribly suffering women of the US are also the multi-cultural, culturally sensitive, and seemingly parochial bunch who protest against taking action to support the democratization, and hence liberation, of the Middle East.
So, all this manufactured anger gets vented through fatuous spectacles like V-Day, and solemnly poignant newspaper series warning of eminent danger for every woman within radar contact of a man. Not to be outdone, our State Legislature then gets to work discouraging marriage through bills like HB 1314, which adds a surcharge to marriage licenses which then goes to fund abused women’s shelters. Well, heck, since the guys are going to beat their women in the future anyway, they may as well start paying for it from day one.
No wonder a whopping 46% of the men in King County in their 30’s have never been married. I suppose that for Eve Ensler and her Vagina Warriors, that sad statistic is a victory. Apparently it is for eHarmony.com as well, who is making record profits targeting desperate women in their 30’s and 40’s.
So, guys, enjoy your Valentines Day. Just remember to watch your back.