Feminism, that increasingly silly gaggle of aging hippies who once pretended to stand for something, is most easily understood - at least in my mind - with the acronym for its informal organization, LAME (Ladies Auxiliary of Marxist Envy.) Its function is not - Gaea forbid! - to actually help women anywhere. When Bill Clinton was accused of brutally raping a woman - a woman who had bruises and friends who corroborated her story - well, that did not deal with "women's issues" but only women. When women like Carrie Prejean or Sarah Palin speak as strong women, well, LAME is not exactly interested in "strong women" (why else support a woman whose brain seems to work at about the same level as Daisy Duck to be Speaker of the House?)
LAME is only about power for certain women, specifically those in the offices and salons of LAME, and there is one group which promises to bring together, for the sake of power, Klansmen like Robert Byrd with black racists like Jeremiah Wright or prissy "women's issue" senators like Ms. Boxer with men who treat women like Kleenex, like John Edwards. The Left (or, as I believe is more descriptive, Sinisterists) care about power alone and will dole out goodies in direct proportion to political loyalty.
In America, sometimes, this is so childish that it is funny. But right now the anti-women leaders of LAME are failing in a horrifying, inexcusable way. Their moral crime rivals that of American Communist Jews during the months between September 1939 and June 1941 who, faithful more to the horror of Stalin, fought to keep Hitler (the Haman of modern times) from losing to Churchill (one of the most philo-Semitic statesmen of our century.)
In the streets of Iran, women are leading the protest for true democracy. Persian women have endured a Jim Crow status since the Shah lost his throne the likes of which we have not seen. The mullahs stone women to death for the "crime" of being raped. The normal civil rights of women in the Iranian Thugocracy are nil. The leading martyr of the revolt against the mullahs, Neda Soltan, was a fearless woman who faced the truncheons and guns of misogynist bullies.
Honest and fair democracy is the best friend of women in the world. As the world sees now in Iran, when men wish to simply bully and terrorize women into third or fourth class status, men can. When the voice meets the violence, the violence wins. But democracy has been able to do some wonderful things for the status of women in the world. India and Pakistan, nations whose religious traditions once embraced the suttee and Sharia, have elected women as heads of government. In Kuwait, overwhelmingly male electorates have given victories to female candidates in parliamentary elections. The Bush-imposed democracy in Afghanistan has produced a National Assembly with which 27% of the members are women (a higher percentage than in America.) The Bush-imposed democracy in Iraq has a mandate that 25% of the cabinet members must be women.
In Iran, however, once one of the freest nations in Asia for women, bad guys with big sticks are driving Iranians - specifically the courageous women of Iran - away from liberty, away from democracy, away from even the pretense of formal equality. This is, or should be, the greatest issue of the day for "feminists." Women, whose support was essential for the Obama victory and his continued power, ought to care more than anything about their sisters in Iran, whose blood is literally flowing in the streets, whose bravery in encouraging Iranian men to stand up with them is truly ennobling and inspiring.
We have grown used to the LAME response to the genital mutilation of young girls in nations which hated President Bush - LAME could hardly stand up to this sort of mass horror if it meant, say, supporting President Bush, could it? We have even grown used to relentlessly LAME attacks on Christianity as "misogynist" while in diverse cultures in our own nation, Moslem men engage in "honor killings" of their daughters, wives, and mothers - LAME could hardly "defend" Judeo-Christian values, could it?
But what is happening today in Iran is a quantum leap beyond even this sort of surreal superciliousness. Today - this very day - Iranian girls are undoubtedly being raped and tortured by the SS forces of the mullahs for the dual crimes of wanting true democracy and for being "uppity" women. What more needs to awaken the deaf ears of LAME? They should be leading the charge in Congress. They should forget their crush on Obama and demand that he lead the world against the mullahs.
There is a pattern, though, to LAME. In free America, among people guided by Biblical traditions which treat women incomparably better than Islam, Hinduism, or even Buddhism, living in rich communities of like minded women, LAME knows that it can safely savage those who protect them from the mullahs and their henchmen. These women are not just lame, they are gutless wonders. To the heroines of Iran, God help you. To the nebbishes of LAME, I would say "Shame!" but you are shameless.