Left-wing feminist author Jessica Valenti fired a shot in today’s Washington Post — actually, it was more like a large-bore, sawed-off shotgun blast. Her target included the supposed miserable condition of women in the United States, their substandard employment opportunities and poor leadership representation – and American males. Valenti is just really angry about all of it. I got that. The shot pattern pretty well shredded the target.
…We have no problem condemning atrocities done to women abroad, yet too many of us in the United States ignore the oppression on our doorstep. We’re suffering under the mass delusion that women in America have achieved equality…
… But we’re basking in a “girl power” moment that doesn’t exist — it’s a mirage of equality that we’ve been duped into believing is the real thing… For all our “empowered” rhetoric, women in this country aren’t doing nearly as well as we’d like to think… After all, women are being shot dead in the streets here, too… In Iraq, women serving in the military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire…This is a far cry from progress; it’s an epidemic of sexism…”
As a career cop, I made arrests and testified in many cases of domestic violence and rape and can say with confidence that Valenti’s emotion-based analysis tells me one thing – she has lost all perspective. Rape, genital mutilation and sex trafficking, as well as slavery, are institutionalized within Muslim States and commonly accepted in some other cultures. Whereas, in the U.S. they are felonies.
Here are some examples of highly successful female authority figures from my life of 63 years:
My kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Beasley, was from the United Kingdom. The school principal was Belle Lytle. Our family physician and surgeon for many years was Mary Y. Murata. The department chair when I taught at Pasadena High School was Carolyn Shannon. Pasadena’s most famous and beloved school principal was Gladys Edwards. Teaching in Longmont, Colorado, my vice principal was Thelma Bishop, who went on to become the assistant superintendent of schools.
As a Longmont Police Officer, I testified in Judge Marsha Yeager’s Courtroom. Roxanne Bailin was also a Boulder County Judge. In the Adams County, Colorado, Sheriff’s Office I worked as a deputy under Sergeants Sue DeBaca and Della Crump. The lieutenant of detectives was Gail Lutter. Penny Collins-Brown and Karm Sundae were both division chiefs. Brown went on to become Undersheriff.
As a detective I had the pleasure of working with as many female prosecutors as males. Deputy District Attorney Jill Straus became a district court judge. And in my two years as an investigator with the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office, the number of female defense attorneys was close, if not equal, to the number of males. Several of the heavy-hitter appellate attorneys in the Denver office were women.
If you ask me who I believe is the best authority on jihad as related to U.S. military affairs, it’s Diana West. And lastly, one of my NRB editors, Karen Northon, is a distinguished veteran of U.S. military.
I rest my case. Put down that shotgun, lady.