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Contributors wanted for upcoming compilation, “Election Aborted 2008: A Maverick Sisterhood of Sexism and Misogyny Through the Ages,” edited by BettyJean Kling.  

 

‘Women’s rights are human rights.’ Human Rights need to be extended to every woman regardless of her personal moral beliefs. True choice must include freedom to choose. Freedom of Choice flows both ways, members are expected to embrace her/his own personal principles exclusive of imposing those values on others.

There needs to be a realigning of priorities for women’s groups. Many women’s groups have slowly become political organizations with a platform similar to those of a political party.  By doing this (as some race-based groups have also done) they have narrowed their reach and effectiveness.  By imposing a set of political standards on the membership of a group the implication is that if you are a woman there is the list of things you must believe.  That’s not equality, and while their intentions may be good, these groups that sum up a person by either gender or race or sexual orientation are doing exactly the opposite of what the original goal of said organization was.

This creates a tremendous clash among women on a few wedge issues, choice for example. The reality is that some on the left and on the right have used rhetoric to help radicalize the debate, making it a huge wedge issue. True equality and freedom for women will exist when pro-choice translates to free-choice and each woman is free to make her own decision without having it imposed on her.

Therefore a modern effective woman’s group needs to depoliticize itself from conventional party politics and from automatically aligning with a particular party. Our rights and needs cannot be subordinated to any male-defined agenda as those agendas have always marginalized us. Women are free to believe in woman’s equality and hold a private personal opinion on issues such as abortion. This holds for other issues too.  It is up to the individual to decide where they stand on all issues; economics, foreign policy, and the like; it is not up to this group to determine the thoughts and beliefs of its members.

This group is charged with standing up for women against violence, inequality and sexist attacks regardless of political belief and/or background.  It is the task of this group to stand up for the dignity and respect of women and to stand up for human rights as a whole. ~ BettyJean Kling Founder TMU – 2007

 

 

Hillary Clinton once stated that ‘women’s rights are human rights.’  If one accepts this statement as true then there needs to be a realigning of priorities for women’s groups.  For quite awhile many women’s groups have slowly become political organizations with a platform similar to those of a political party.  Yet by doing this (as some race-based groups have also done) they have narrowed their reach and effectiveness.  By imposing a set of political standards on the membership of a group the implication is that if you are a woman there is the list of things you must believe.  That’s not equality, and while their intentions may be good, these groups that sum up a person by either gender or race or sexual orientation are doing exactly the opposite of what was the original goal of said organization.  Oddly enough the successes of these groups has rendered them irrelevant.

No place is this more evident than when addressing the issue of abortion.  Many genuinely see abortion as the ‘taking of a life,’ and therefore feel obligated to speak out against it.  They go up against those who perceive pro-lifers as trying to restrict the rights of women.  This creates a tremendous clash. Yet this isn’t the stark issue that some have made it out to be.  The reality is that some on the left and on the right have used rhetoric to help radicalize the debate, making it a huge wedge issue. True equality and freedom for women will exist when pro-choice translates to free-choice and each woman is free to make her own decision without having it imposed on her.

Therefore a modern effective woman’s group needs to depoliticize itself from conventional party politics and from automatically aligning with a particular party. Our rights and needs cannot be subordinated to any male-defined agenda as those agendas have always marginalized us. Women are free to believe in woman’s equality, and think abortion is wrong.  Women are also free to believe that choice is their right.  This holds for other issues too.  It is up to the individual to decide where they stand on economics, foreign policy, and the like; it is not up to this group to determine the thoughts and beliefs of its members.

This group is charged with standing up for women against sexist attacks regardless of political belief and/or background.  It is the task of this group to stand up for the dignity and respect of women and to stand up for human rights as a whole. ~ BettyJean Kling Founder TMU – 2007

 

Most Sincerely

Bettyjean Kling


Bettyjean Kling M.S, M.Ed

 

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