Ed Driscoll

Phoning It In Since 9/11

Found via Fausta’s Blog, Front Page magazine notes that “The David Horowitz Freedom Center has succeeded in putting the feminists and Islamists on the defensive“:

As David Horowitz and Robert Spencer note in the article below, the DHFC’s exposure of the feminist movement’s lack of attention to women’s rights in the Muslim world has caused many of the movement’s most prominent activists to sign a letter protesting that they originated concern for Muslim women. The letter, drafted by feminist writer Katha Pollitt, has been signed by such notables as:

  • Susan Faludi, the author of Backlash: The Undeclared War Against Women, which argues conservatives are trying to suppress American womyn, and The Terror Dream: Fear and Fantasy in Post-9/11 America, which claims terrorism provided a handy excuse for the American Right to begin binding women’s feet again;

  • Julianne Malveaux, who expressed her feelings about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas on PBS’ To the Contrary, “I hope his wife feeds him lots of eggs and butter and he dies early like many black men do, of heart disease”

  • Jennifer Baumgardner, a Nation writer whose idea of fighting female oppression is staging productions of The Vagina Monologues;

  • Dana Goldstein, an employee of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress and a writing fellow at the Soros-funded The American Prospect; and

  • More than 700 more leftists.
  • The letter spread quickly, beginning on the website of the far-Left’s flagship publication, The Nation. (The Nation’s piece was also picked up by Yahoo News). Soon, it had been posted on Mother Jones, the Islamic Forum, the University of Maine, and many other sites — including that of a woman named Heart who is running for president. Not all are pleased; at least one insists U.S. immigration laws and Israeli treatment of Palestinians are a more direct affront to women’s rights than clitorectomies. (She asks, “Does Ms. Pollitt think that ‘Muslim countries’ are particularly hostile to women