Joel Mowbray

Taking a break from hounding Augusta National Country Club for not admitting female members, infamous feminist Martha Burk heeded the call of the State Department last month to represent the United States as part of a delegation to a conference on women’s issues in Tallin, Estonia.  In her short time there—on the taxpayer dime—she saw fit to slam President Bush, criticize the United States generally, and bemoan the “pornophication” of society.

  The third in a series of summits, the Baltic Conference on Women and Democracy focused mostly on feminist agenda items—“women in power and decision-making,” “women and economy,” and “women in media”—as well as serious issues such as prostitution and violence against women.  Not one to address the real concerns of ordinary women—like the ability to golf at an exclusive club—Burk stuck to the likes of “sexualization of mass culture and our environment.”  She did take the time, however, to branch out to bash Bush and the country she was representing.

  At one dinner session, Burk toasted to having a “different President” by the time of the next conference.  But Burk was not finished.  At the closing session, she leapt to give an oral report on a workshop for which she served as vice-chair, which is unusual since the chairperson normally addresses the conference.  Rather than sticking to the topic at hand, though, she spent several minutes chastising the U.S. for failing to pass the Equal Rights Amendment as well as CEDAW (Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women—a global ERA), lamenting that women in the U.S. are second-class citizens.

  In mid-February, with the world on the brink of war, Burk ranted to a receptive audience about...  Abercrombie and Fitch catalogs.  Serving as the vice-chair on the “Pornophication of the Public Space” workshop, Burk led the discussion on “Sex as a Marketing Tool.”  (She’s “anti-,” by the way.)  Apparently, the provocative poses by the models in the upscale clothier’s ads was a far more pressing concern than, say, the thousands of women who fall prey to profiteering sex traffickers.

Joel Mowbray

Joel Mowbray, who got his start with, is an award-winning investigative journalist, nationally-syndicated columnist and author of Dangerous Diplomacy: How the State Department Threatens America's Security.

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