Lilith Fair charity campaign includes anti-choice orgs

Looks like this year’s revival of Lilith Fair could follow in the footsteps of Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival as another for-profit music event marketed to feminists but with some very anti-feminist politics.
Lilith Fair’s Facebook page is running a “Choose Your Charity” campaign – fans in every city that will host Lilith Fair events can vote for local charities and the winners will receive $1 for every ticket sold in that city. However, as the Chicago Reader reports, anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs) are included in the list of charities folks can vote to fund. CPCs misinform and outright lie to women with the aim of keeping them from accessing contraception and abortion. Not exactly my definition of pro-woman charities.
It sounds from the Chicago Reader article like Lilith Fair did not do the necessary work at the local level to make sure the charities included were actually pro-woman. Nettwerk CEO and Lilith cofounder Terry McBride claims the list was generated by searching online for organizations that are woman-focused and have federal tax ID numbers. If this is the case I hope organizers will act swiftly to remove anti-choice organizations from the running. However, voting went down on the Lilith Fair Facebook page recently, and when it relaunched a vague statement was released and the CPCs were still on the list of charities.
In the meantime you can join the Facebook group Lilith Fair: No money for crisis pregnancy centers! and contact Lilith Fair to let them know anti-choice CPCs are not feminist or pro-woman charities.

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3 Comments

  1. common_reaction
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am | Permalink

    As always, I can count on Feministing to keep me up to date on everything.
    I went to the LF Facebook page to check it out for myself to see if there were any CPC’s listed for my city. Thankfully, there weren’t but, I did stumble onto this post (warning: very heavy pro-life slant) which lists a few of the CPC’s and “maternity homes” up for the vote in other cities.
    Also, she lists the two “abortion mills” you can vote for (re: a Feminist Women’s Health Center in Atlanta and NARAL in Raleigh.) I wasn’t aware we were using the term “abortion mill” now, but thanks for comparing babies to puppies, pro-life America!
    I especially love the people who are saying, “Aren’t you supposed to be pro-choice? Don’t I have a the CHOICE to vote for a CPC?”
    Sigh.

  2. LN80
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    I also disagree with the policy articulated/enforced by the Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival, but I think that describing the festival simply as a “for-profit music event marketed to feminists” is misleading to the point of being pejorative (and erases the fact that the festival is overwhelming lesbian and queer-identified). Afterellen has a good profile, here: http://www.afterellen.com/archive/ellen/Music/2005/4/michigan.html.
    That being said, I agree that Lilith Fair’s list of charities is appalling, and a good example of how anti-feminist organizations have been so successful at deceptively co-opting feminist language/rhetoric.

  3. genericjanedoe
    Posted April 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    I think they actually compared women to dogs. Babies aren’t the product of abortion services.

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