Asparagus Anxiety and Jesus Jitters: The Moral Blindness of Politically Correct Parenting

Parenting is hard. The modern mom is supposed to do it all: Help pay the mortgage, bake the cookies, and raise socially conscious, compassionate children. We are supposed to purposefully expose our progeny to all religions, lifestyles, and backgrounds in the name of diversity. And we’re not supposed to let them play with evil toys like stick poniesBarbies, or trampolines.

Tree houses? Forget about it. They’re super-duper dangerous and should be torn down immediately.

Forbes recently published a list of dangerous toys that were recalled in 2010 for safety reasons. The list includes a stick pony (long reins could strangle a child), plush asparagus (wire could poke through and cause abrasions), and a pogo stick (falling risk). Obviously parents are too stupid to check over their kids’toys for loose or broken parts, or understand the “falling risk” associated with pogo sticks.

While we’re busy cutting up our kids’ hotdogs, we are supposed to broaden their worldview and encourage their minds to open into tolerant little sponges of acceptance. We’re not supposed to care that Kevin Jennings, Obama’s Safe School Czar, promotes the sexual education of children as young as five. That’s not morally deplorable, that’s progressive!

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Larry Flynt and the Tall Tale of Female Oppression in America

Larry Flynt wonders what ever happened to equal rights for women. I wonder what the heck he’s talking about. It’s news to this American female that my gender doesn’t share equal rights with men.

Flynt uses the standby “pay gap” line as proof that women are wildly discriminated against in the big bad United States. The Hustler publisher (I know, the irony kills me too) says, “To this day women are paid roughly 20% to 25% less than their male counterparts for doing the same job.”

This claim has been so soundly blown out of the water that it’s almost amusing when leftists bring it up. It’s like watching someone try to convince a group of rational adults that the boogeyman really does live in the closet.

Maybe if Mr. Flynt put down his magazine full of naked ladies long enough to read some real news, he’d find some actual female oppression around the globe. Just last month, The Washington Post published an article detailing a popular medical procedure for Chinese women preparing for marriage –hymenoplasty.

It turns out that Chinese men want their women untouched. That’s not good for the Chinese women that enjoyed being touched, before marriage, and not by their fiancés. Now, thanks to Dr. Zhou Hong and countless others, women can oblige their future husbands with surgical hymen reconstruction.

“We can fix it so everything is perfect, so the men can believe they are marrying virgins,” said Zhou Hong, a physician and director of gynecology at the Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital. “We don’t advertise it; we don’t publicize it.”

Zhou, 44, said most of her patients are sexually active young women who are about to marry and have told their future husbands they are virgins. She said a smaller number want to forget a bad relationship and “start over,” and a few have been victims of rape.

Is this what liberation looks like? Cheating the system?

There’s a reason this procedure isn’t popular in the United States like it is China and in areas with largeMuslim populations. Women in the United States don’t have to lie to their husbands about the state of their virginity, because they have nothing to fear from their men.

Women are of equal value to men in the United States. We are not oppressed. We are not reduced toproperty to be owned by men. Real oppression of women happens when the value of a female is reduced to the level of an electronic device.

Some men who were interviewed agreed about the importance of finding a virgin. “I really care about virginity,” said Xia Yang, product manager for a technology company. “If you go to buy a cellphone, of course you’d want to buy a new cellphone. Who would spend the same amount of money to buy an old cellphone that’s been used for two years?”

Larry Flynt, before you cry me a river about how oppressed I am as an American woman, please think about the fact that I enjoy the freedom of publishing this article. I doubt I’d be able to do so in China or Iran, places where women face real oppression and objectification.

Now please excuse me while I go steal the remote from my husband. Even though he’ll squabble at me, there’s a 50/50 chance he’ll give in and let me pick the channel. After all, I am secure in the knowledge that I am more precious to him than rubies, let alone his new iPhone. That is equality.

Cross Posted at David Horowitz’s NewsReal

Brutality and Subjugation: The Women of Islam at Home and Abroad

Talk is cheap. I’ve heard a lot of talk about the Islamic faith in the past several years. I’ve heard everything from Muslims are pure evil to Muslims are the embodiment of all that is good and pure in the world.

As with most things pertaining to a group of people sharing a religion, I believe the truth about Muslims lies somewhere between the two extremes. Like Christianity, Judaism, or any other religion, there will be followers across the spectrum.

But one thing that most, if not all, Muslims share is the mistreatment of women. From subtle derogation to death by stoning, it is clear that Muslim women are not held in the same regard as Muslim men in the Islamic world.

It’s hard to ignore the cover of Time magazine this week, which features the haunting picture of teenage Aisha. Aisha had her ears and nose cut off by her husband last year, under the order of a Taliban judge. Her crime? Running away from her husband’s family because she was being beaten nearly to death.

But that’s the Taliban – the terrorist group following the strictest interpretation of Sharia (Islamic) law. What about more moderate Muslims?

Even moderate Muslim women are to live under the control of their husbands, fathers, or male guardians, no matter how harsh it may be.

I talked to a young Iraqi woman named Rafraf Barrak who told me the tale of being locked in a closet for four months because she had dared to eat her lunch with a boy. I asked her if, during that time, did she understand how wrong it was to be treated that way, or did she view it as just punishment for her actions?

Growing up there [in Iraq], I knew it was a punishment. I knew that what I was doing was wrong because there’s [sic] rules and … traditions and you don’t break them… It wasn’t that my dad hated me; it was just his way of disciplining me.

I’d be willing to bet that the boy did not receive the same punishment.

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