The Left Continues Its Assault On Common Sense–
Continuing the theme from yesterday…
It’s dangerous leftists like Amanda Marqotte at The Guardian that lead women (and men) from America to believe that the dangers in foreign countries are no different than what we face here in America. Marqotte, who has a long history of offensive and outrageous statements, wrote at the Guardian today that the threats of violence against women in Egypt is no different than here in the US.
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It’s irresponsible lunatics like Marcotte who want you to believe that a attending a protest in Tahrir Square is no different than going to a Super Bowl party.
CBS News says Lara Logan, shown covering the reaction in Cairo’s Tahrir Square the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, was attacked Friday and suffered a brutal beating and sexual assault before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. (AOL.com)
The Guardian reported:
Most people, regardless of political affiliation, reacted with simple horror and sympathy to the news that journalist Lara Logan had been sexually assaulted by a mob that took advantage of the tight-packed conditions in Tahrir Square during the post-Mubarak celebrations, which Logan was covering for CBS. Unfortunately, as anti-rape activists could have told you, there’s no such thing as a sex crime too brutal that some folks won’t try to use it for political score-keeping.
In this case, rightwingers who have an interest in stoking fear and loathing of Muslims worldwide pounced at the opportunity to smear all Egyptians with this crime…
While the reaction was entirely predictable, it should be resisted. Not to cover up or deny that sexual violence is a very real problem in Egypt, which is notorious for its high levels of street harassment, but because it’s wrong to blame Egypt for this and pretend that it isn’t a worldwide phenomenon that crosses cultural and religious boundaries. If street harassment and sexual assault in a culture precludes the people having a right to self-government, then there is no nation on the planet that can be a democracy.
In her otherwise good response to this tragedy, the Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri does regrettably also give the “us v them” narrative some juice, arguing that in the United States, unlike Egypt, women can walk the streets “unmolested”. But the very website she uses correctly to identify the problem of street harassment in Egypt also has studies that show up to 100% of American women suffer street harassment, as well. It’s not uncommon in the US for groups of men to take jubilatory occasions and crowds as permission to sexually assault and rape women, either. Such attacks occur at college parties, high school dances and rock concerts, usually with a crowd of onlookers who don’t intervene, as happened with Logan until the army and a group of women saved her.
The response from some quarters in the US should quell any notion that we’ve somehow grown past our issues with sexual violence that still plague Egypt. This attack also proved that there’s apparently no sexual assault so brutal and no victim so clearly innocent that some people won’t find an excuse to suggest the victim “had it coming”.
…The Gateway Pundit went the same route, suggesting that the response to sexual assault should be to institute formal discrimination against female journalists, keeping them at home and restricting their possibilities for raises and promotion.
Sorry Amanda, that isn’t what I said.
In no way was I discriminating against women. I was discriminating against wild leftist thought and political correctness. There’s a difference.
You owe me an apology.