Life in Egypt Is Heaven on Earth for the Womenfolk
Egyptian Presidential Candidate Muhammad Mursi, explaining how much better off women have it when you deny them their rights:
"Not a single woman in Egypt – young or old, from a rural area or from the city, Muslim or Christian – has to write down who the baby’s father is when she gives birth at hospital. This doesn’t exist here.
"Abroad, they have that. They are free. A woman is even free to not write the father’s name at all in the birth certificate. We don’t have that. Our society is very stable.
"We don’t have the notion of child abuse. No woman beats her child in Egypt. That concept does not exist here.
"Marital relations here adhere to social norms, even more than legal or religious norms: Husband, wife, family, and stability. In other countries it’s not like that.
"We don’t have the notion of separated [couples], or the notion of ‘living together’ out of wedlock.
"There are tens of thousands of cases filed at police stations, in many countries that purport to give women their rights – cases of sex involving beatings. In Egypt, we don’t have that. It’s forbidden to Muslims as well as Christians."
Whatever Happened to “Keep Your Laws Off My Body”?
First New York, now Cambridge:
Following in the footsteps of New York City, Cambridge is considering limiting the size of sodas and sugar-sweetened beverages in city restaurants.
Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis proposed the idea at the council’s meeting Monday night, saying she brought the idea forward because of the health risks caused by consuming too much soda.
City Councilor Minka vanBeuzekom said she supports the idea of limiting the size of sodas because of the health concerns.
“It’s a very good thing to try and pursue, and in my opinion to ban, but it won’t be easy,” she said.
Five bucks says Cambridge’s officials are uniformly pro-choice when it comes to abortion. And good for them if they are.
So what makes them think they have any business controlling what other people do with their bodies?
Single-Sex & the President
Obama Thinks Augusta Golf Club Should Admit Women
President Barack Obama believes women should be allowed to join the all-male Augusta National Golf Club, the White House said on Thursday, adding pressure on the exclusive 80-year-old organization to change its restrictive policy.
"His personal opinion is that women should be admitted," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters, saying he had spoken to Obama about the issue.
"We are kind of long past the time when women should be excluded from anything," Carney said as the first round of the Masters tournament got under way at the Augusta club in Georgia.
- Reuters, April 6
Obama Gives Barnard Commencement
President Obama gave a rousing commencement address at New York City’s all-female Barnard College on Monday, urging graduates to “fight for a seat at the head of the table” in public life and politics. Obama stressed women’s leadership roles and challenged young graduates to “make this the century when women not only shape their own destiny but the destiny of the whole nation.” His speech was peppered with a few of his policy messages, including health care, education, and sustainable energy. The president also acknowledged the recession’s impact on job opportunities and other aspects of life for new grads, but encouraged them that “as tough as things have been, I am convinced you are tougher.” Obama, who joked about being a graduate of rival Columbia University, mostly focused on equal rights in his speech and vowed to “join you every step of the way.”
- Daily Beast, May 14
Trying to think of a sound argument as to why private single-sex colleges are fine but private single-sex golf clubs are not. Results so far:
Should We End Sex Segretation in War and Sports?
In February the Pentagon eased some restrictions keeping women out of combat — or, more accurately, out of certain combat-related job specialties; women in the services already get put in harm’s way. (More than 1,000 have been killed or injured in Iraq, for instance.) But women remain barred from ground combat units.
There are two arguments for the policy, and neither is terribly persuasive. The first says women are not up to the job. That might be true of the statistically average woman. But then it might also be true of the statistically average man. Anyway, statistical averages do not perform tasks; individuals do. And some individual women may be physically capable of the rigors of combat. If they are capable, then they should be allowed to serve. We would not say a gifted 9-year-old cannot study calculus simply because the average 9-year-old can’t.
The other argument says male soldiers might be overprotective of females. So what? We train soldiers to overcome even more basic instincts — such as running from danger.
Both of these arguments rest on the premise that women should not be placed in combat because it would cost lives. But the U.S. rarely fights wars of survival. Usually it commences hostilities for the sake of a principle, such as defending democracy or thwarting communism. If the U.S. is willing to sacrifice lives for the sake of those aims, then it seems odd to balk at sacrificing the occasional life for the sake of another aim, women’s equality.
It seems even harder to justify segregating the sexes in sports — where nothing remotely as important as human life is at stake….
Whole thing here.
Exception: New York!
“[I]t is illegal for women to go topless in most cities, yet you can buy a magazine of a woman without her top on at any 7-11 store. So, you can sell breasts, but you cannot wear breasts, in America.”
— Violet Rose, in Three Steps to Better Sex
Never let it be said the Village Voice is not on the case!
And yet, Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to cut back on booze sales. Funny town, New York.
p.s. — Note, “absent a link to some commercial enterprise or promotion.” That’s just begging for clarification … especially in light of the frequency with which New York art galleries put nekkid women in the window.