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United Families International has a new rant about about how the feminist movement supposedly “hurts” families (hat tip, with me cutting out the middleblog). It is false from start to stop and I debunk it paragraph by paragraph. It paragraphs are referred to with numbers and sentences with letters.

1A: Actually, feminism is good for the family. Social consies favourite model of a submissive stay-at-home woman is just about the worst sort of family model out there. 1B: From Title 22, Chapter 32, Subchapter I, Part I, Section 2151b, Subsection F, Paragraph 1 of the United States Code: “None of the funds made available to carry out subchapter I of this chapter may be used to pay for the performance of abortions as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.” This paragraph, known as the Helms Amendment, is still in effect and as long as it is, no American’s tax money will be spent on using abortions as a method of family planning overseas. 1C: Feminism does not make mothers “leave” their children. Rather, the cost of living is such that both parents must work in order to have a decent standard of living. 1D: I’m a feminist and I don’t have any masculinity issues. 1E: Just like women, men have a volition of their own. Since they have a will of their own, they choose to abandon their families or not. No one forces them too. Also, men left families before feminism. 1F: Homosexuality is old. It’s mentioned in the Bible. If it never took place then, why did anyone bother forbidding it? That sort of law would be moot. The word “lesbian” refers to the Greek island of Lesbos, where some Ancient Greek poet called Sappho lived circa 6th century BCE. Her poetry included expressions of love for other women. I doubt that there were many feminists back then. 1G: When Nero was emperor of Rome, he persecuted Christians. That made it unlawful to be a Christian. Feminism had nothing to do with it.

2A, 2B: I’m glad you’re unsuccesful so far at your attempts to entrench oppressive traditional gender roles. And if this blog post advances the “Feminist Agenda”, I’m glad to be part of it.

3A: Yes, in Africa many women get HIV/AIDS. It affects them and kills them unnecessarily. 3B: Your blog post is not fooling me. 3C: Abortion is an obstetric procedure. There is no medical connection between it and HIV/AIDS. About the only one is that some reproductive health clinics might offer HIV/AIDS testing as well as abortions, like Planned Parenthood does at some of its clinics. Otherwise there is no connection. 3D: I think bodily autonomy is so important that everyone should be able to do what they want with their body, and that includes sex work. Prostitution, as well as procuring and soliciting, should not be criminalized because it enables sex workers to come forward if they are attacked as well as getting proper medical care and support. It is even better to make sex work unnecessary for women by improving their prospects so they don’t have to resort to it to begin with. 3E: They’re speaking the truth. Gender is by and large a social construct. 3F: No women should face mandatory parenthood.

4A: Yes, rigid social constructs of gender are detrimental unless the roles, prospects, and so on are equal for all genders. 4B: Forcing women into subservience and mandatory parenthood is a sure-fire way to hold them back. 4C: It is better to avoid mandatory gender roles because they are unequal.

5A, 5B: The bill in question is called “The Magna Carta of Filipino Women of 2007“. Religion should not be used to oppress women. If there is a conflict between women’s rights and freedom of religion, women’s rights should always be first. The bill in question was introduced in 2007.

6A: A press release explaining the bill was released by the office of its sponsor, Senator MannyVillar.

7A, 7B, 7C: The world needs to be changed because women continue to be oppressed and unequal. One oppressed woman is too many oppressed women.

8A: It is a very important time because women are still oppressed and unequal. 8B: It’s good that Susan Rice will be advancing women’s rights throughout the world.

9A, 9B, 9C: The mission of these people is to continue the oppression of women.

The blog post then ends with a call for donations and errata.

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