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Larry Flynt and the Tall Tale of Female Oppression in America

Posted on September 11 2010 12:00 pm
Jenny Erikson is a conservative chick with a strong opinion and a smart mouth. She blogs at and records a weekly radio show, The Jenny Erikson Radio Show.

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Larry Flynt wonders what ever happened to equal rights for women. I wonder what the heck he’s talking about. It’s news to this American female that my gender doesn’t share equal rights with men.

Flynt uses the standby “pay gap” line as proof that women are wildly discriminated against in the big bad United States. The Hustler publisher (I know, the irony kills me too) says, “To this day women are paid roughly 20% to 25% less than their male counterparts for doing the same job.”

This claim has been so soundly blown out of the water that it’s almost amusing when leftists bring it up. It’s like watching someone try to convince a group of rational adults that the boogeyman really does live in the closet.

Maybe if Mr. Flynt put down his magazine full of naked ladies long enough to read some real news, he’d find some actual female oppression around the globe. Just last month, The Washington Post published an article detailing a popular medical procedure for Chinese women preparing for marriage – hymenoplasty.

It turns out that Chinese men want their women untouched. That’s not good for the Chinese women that enjoyed being touched, before marriage, and not by their fiancés. Now, thanks to Dr. Zhou Hong and countless others, women can oblige their future husbands with surgical hymen reconstruction.

“We can fix it so everything is perfect, so the men can believe they are marrying virgins,” said Zhou Hong, a physician and director of gynecology at the Beijing Wuzhou Women’s Hospital. “We don’t advertise it; we don’t publicize it.”

Zhou, 44, said most of her patients are sexually active young women who are about to marry and have told their future husbands they are virgins. She said a smaller number want to forget a bad relationship and “start over,” and a few have been victims of rape.

Is this what liberation looks like? Cheating the system?

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