Letter to the EditorBetty Friedan’s 1963 book The Feminine Mystique is often credited with sparking the second wave of American feminism in the 20th century. This movement advocated bringing women “into the mainstream of American society now [in] fully equal partnership with men.” So how did this movement evolve into one that now promotes women being dependent on government handouts for such things as birth control?
Yes, women should have the same individual rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness as men. However, making women dependent on government actually takes away individual rights by forcing taxpayers, including women, to pay for this dependence. Why should one woman be forced to pay for another woman’s reproductive “rights,” including birth control and abortion, when many are struggling to pay for their own healthcare? In fact, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Claims Being a Woman Is a Preexisting Condition. What a demeaning statement about women!
The current women’s movement is actually among the groups leading the onslaught against freedom. For example, the feminists now support Muslims who believe in Sharia Law, which is extremely anti-woman. In fact, one of the leaders of the Women’s March in January was Linda Sarsour, a defender of Sharia Law.
It’s time for the women’s movement to evolve to true liberation from government dependency into women standing strong on their own.