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This, Too, is War


Just today, I saw a statement online that tried to downplay the outrage that has come from the statements of Rep. Akin on “legitimate” rape by comparing this to a “real” problem – that of President Obama’s latest statement about a “red line” with Syria.  That, the statement I read online said, was a real problem.  A call to arms.  A threat of war.  In other words, a manly problem.  Who cares about women’s rights when we are talking about yet another war?!

It is easy to discount the importance of women.  Apparently.  After all, it has been going on for at least as long as we have history, in every culture, in every time, the whole world over.  But, in our modern age, with all of our advancements in political regimes, science, technology, and ideas, how can we still fail to see the interconnectedness of war and the way that we treat women?

On war, Virginia Woolf once said, “[A]s a woman, I have no country.  As a woman, I want no country.  As a woman, my country is the whole world.”  On the importance of women in the world, Hillary Rodham Clinton famously said, “Women’s rights are human rights.”

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