Superwoman made a curious appearance this weekend, gracing the program cover of the National Organization for Women (NOW) National Conference, which was themed, “No Capes, No Masks, No Boundaries: Feminist Super-Women Unite!”
“The concept of feminist superheroes is not much of a stretch,” Kim Gandy, President of NOW, said. “Both feminists and superheroes are dedicated to fighting injustice, while facing off against corrupt, malicious villains out to dominate the world (Bush and Cheney, anyone?). What makes feminists special is that they do this without superhuman powers-just a lot of pride, passion and patience.”
Besides revealing an inflated view of their own organization, the superhero analogy demonstrates the destructive attitude dominating feminism today. It is the attitude that everyone is against women, out to get them. To feminists, women must take on the entire world. They must save everyone, even sometimes from themselves. Like Superwoman, these feminists are constantly fearful that they will find an enemy, like sexism, around every corner. The media: Sexist. Fewer women in math and sciences: Sexism. Fewer female elected officials: Sexism.
Rather than fighting for one cause for women, NOW is focused on fighting for the sake of fighting. They see anyone and everyone as enemies out to oppress women, and this attitude was prevalent throughout the Conference. While attending the Conference, participants were pressured to sign a multitude of petitions. The Alliance of Faith & Feminism encouraged women to sign a petition to, “fight the patriarchy in the Church.” The American Anti-Vivisection Society sought signatures on a petition to fight animal testing. The Women’s Environmental and Development Organization sought signatures to petition NOW to take a position on climate change because of the way it negatively impacts women. One woman sought signatures on a letter written to Condoleezza Rice to remove the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) from the American terrorist organization list. Carol Jenkins, President of the Women’s Media Center and a panelist, proudly encouraged women to “pitch a fit” when they are upset.
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