We have become so accustomed

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We have become so accustomed to living in a society saturated with misogyny that the barbaric treatment of women and girls has come to be more or less expected.

We profess to being shocked at one or another of these outlandish crimes, but the shock wears off quickly in an environment in which the rape, murder and humiliation of females is not only a staple of the news, but an important cornerstone of the nation’s entertainment.

The mainstream culture is filled with the most gruesome forms of misogyny, and pornography is now a multibillion-dollar industry — much of it controlled by mainstream U.S. corporations.

Life in the United States is mind-bogglingly violent. But we should take particular notice of the staggering amounts of violence brought down on the nation’s women and girls each and every day for no other reason than who they are. They are attacked because they are female.

A girl or woman somewhere in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every couple of minutes or so. The number of seriously battered wives and girlfriends is far beyond the ability of any agency to count.

There were so many sexual attacks against women in the armed forces that the Defense Department had to revise its entire approach to the problem.

We would become much more sane, much healthier, as a society if we could bring ourselves to acknowledge that misogyny is a serious and pervasive problem, and that the twisted way so many men feel about women, combined with the absurdly easy availability of guns, is a toxic mix of the most tragic proportions.

BOB HERBERT, “Women At Risk,” New York Times Op-Ed, August 7, 2009 <http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/08/opinion/08herbert.html?_r=2>

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  1. Darlene

     /  August 8, 2009

    Dear Regina Mom – thank you for writing this. So many times I hear people refer to the violence against women in other countries as so horrible that here in Canada – well, we should just be glad we’re not them. These comparisons are just an excuse for doing nothing about the situation we really could do something about. But, how does it compare? Do you know…have ever come across stats comparing? Just curious.

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  2. SM

     /  August 8, 2009

    Hey Regina Mom;
    As far as I’m concerned, it starts in church. You can’t have actual respect through equality for women in secular society until you have respect through equality for women in religious society. Christians have 2 and only 2 kinds of women, both named mary, one the mother, a Virgin AND a Mother, (??) and the other the whore. Is it any wonder that society is totally confused?

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  3. Sarah Wells

     /  September 24, 2009

    Very interesting article.

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