Monday, May 26, 2008

The Slow Death of Radical Feminism

How, then, is [Katha] Pollitt unable to distinguish a small, allegedly abusive cult in remote Texas from a 2,000-year-old, 1.2-billion-strong, worldwide religious movement that has produced women like Catherine of Siena, Caryll Houselander, Sigrid Undset, Mother Teresa, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, and Mary Ann Glendon, to name a few? How does she leap from rebuking the "FLDS' extreme male dominance" to berating the media "lovefest" with "Benedict's intellect, charm and elegant red shoes" during his recent United States visit?

And why the vitriol with which she willingly, perhaps purposefully, obscures fact, hatefully lashing out at a cultural enclave deeply cherished and defended by millions of the same women on whose behalf she claims to argue? For a person who believes that women, not the government, are best suited to make a decision regarding abortion, Pollitt certainly vents a breathtaking lack of faith in Catholic women's ability to make spiritual and moral decisions for themselves.


Here, then, is the source of Pollitt's unlikely correlation: Any behavior or reflection suggestive of the "myth" that relates female identity and meaning to the birth of a child is suspect. Pollitt can thus lump together the statutory rape and underage sexual activity suspected at the FLDS ranch and the Catholic Church's pro-life teachings as in-kind schemes to make "women . . . baby machines controlled by powerful older men in the name of God."


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