Friday, May 30, 2008

Maggie Gallagher Knows Women's Rights, Not


Photo by Isaac Mao

Shorter Maggie Gallagher: Just because I have no understanding of the concept of human [of the female persuasion] rights doesn't mean I don't have an opinion about it.

Reminded of the horrifying fact that [i]n China the government owns everything, including women's bodies by the government's announcement that families with only one child killed in the recent earthquake can now obtain a certificate to have another child, Ms. Gallagher does not hesitate to showcase her ignorance (emphasis mine):

Tibetan Buddhists have their friends in Hollywood, and the international human rights community still frowns on torturing political activists. But China's brutal oppression of women's bodies and basic disrespect for human life generates a collective yawn in the Western human rights community.

Throw an AIDS/HIV activist in jail? International outrage, naturally. But who really cares about the right of an ordinary Chinese woman to have her baby?

Chinese population policies spawn an ambivalent (at best) reaction in the West because so many agree with the goal, they tend to downplay or ignore the means.


Let's keep this simple so that even Maggie Gallagher can understand:

1) Opposition to a government's brutal oppression of women's bodies and basic disrespect for human life, irrespective of manifestation -- forced pregnancy or forced abortion -- is the essence of any human rights community.

2) Who really cares about the right of an ordinary Chinese woman to have her baby? The exact, same, very people who care about the right of an ordinary American woman to have an abortion.

3) In the West (or the East, or Mars for that matter) the goal of human rights for women isn't that of Chinese population policies, namely population control via government ownership of women's bodies.

And just so we're clear, when you contemplate Mahire's ordeal, keep in mind that a woman subjected to a forced pregnancy requires over nine months of constant government surveillance, bureaucratic interference, and forced examinations and medical procedures.

Bottom line: Only the few as ignorant as Maggie Gallagher tend to downplay or ignore the fact that both forced pregnancy and forced abortion are governmental means of brutal oppression of women's bodies and basic human rights violations.

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7 Comments:

At 2:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for shedding some truth on Maggie and her ilk. How could anyone downplay such actions? Sheesh.

John McCain: he's excited about taking on Roe v. Wade.

 
At 9:36 PM, Anonymous ak said...

Having read about some of her positions and past statements, I heartily disagree with M.G. on a LOT of things, but frankly this post does a terrible job of reading this particular column. The bolded comments you picked out seem pretty clearly made with complete sarcasm. I think she is trying to point out the hypocrisy of supporting the Tibetan cause but not that of the Chinese people, a vast number of whom are just as brutally oppressed by their own government. Was that really not clear to you in reading this? She may be pretty monstrous elsewhere, but this column seems awfully critical of China's policies...perhaps you should reread it?

 
At 3:53 AM, Blogger ema said...

ak,

I have no idea who Maggie Gallagher is (and deliberately didn't try to find out).

I think she is trying to point out the hypocrisy of supporting the Tibetan cause but not that of the Chinese people, a vast number of whom are just as brutally oppressed by their own government.

No need to (mistakenly) guess what she's trying to point out. She clearly states it: the Western human rights community (not some Supporters4Tibet, or Hollywood BFFTibet group) ignores China's brutal oppression of women's bodies because so many [in the West] agree with the goal.

The assertion that Western human rights groups (be they supporters of Tibet, or opponents of forced pregnancy or torture) agree with brutal governmental oppression of citizens is silly propaganda.

 
At 8:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Forced pregnancy? Who's being forced to get pregnant?

 
At 7:10 PM, Blogger ema said...

Anon @ 8:52 PM,

Heh, good one! Thanks.

 
At 4:08 AM, Blogger Lynn said...

Oh ok I thought agree with the goal meant population control... I misread, I'm tired...

I think I am just generally tired of the whole "you're mad about this but not this" thing. People will point out that one group cares about pets more than children, another cares about poor women in this country more than in another... we have to stick with universal rights everywhere but also stop being so critical when people choose to focus on one battle, or two. We should be concerned about Tibet AND the control of women's bodies.

 
At 2:32 AM, Anonymous worldpeace said...

The building looks so weird.

 

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