Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Dear N.O.W......

According to the "About" section on the website for the National Organization for Women, or NOW (www.now.org), their mission is as follows:

The National Organization for Women (NOW) is the largest organization of feminist activists in the United States. NOW has 500,000 contributing members and 550 chapters in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Since its founding in 1966, NOW's goal has been to take action to bring about equality for all women. NOW works to eliminate discrimination and harassment in the workplace, schools, the justice system, and all other sectors of society; secure abortion, birth control and reproductive rights for all women; end all forms of violence against women; eradicate racism, sexism and homophobia; and promote equality and justice in our society.
Mmmmm k. The highlighted text confuses me. Here's why.... The following "hot topics" can be found on NOW's homepage right now:
  • 850 articles and references to Herman Cain
  • A letter to the Secretary of Health & Human Services pleading for abortion to be covered under Obamacare
  • An article bashing a Dr. Pepper ad for discriminating against women
  • A letter to Penn State's Board of Trustees about recent child sexual assault allegations
  • Numerous articles intended to scare us into believing the Super Committee is going to abolish Social Security and Medicare (it isn't.)
  • A suggestion for legislation to make it illegal for an employer to check an applicant's credit history
  • A plea for women to speak up on "Love Your Body" day
  • An article on how to care for your hair after having extensions-and finally,
  • Why you should love your breasts and wear them proudly.
What you WON'T find anywhere on any of NOW's numerous websites is a single reference to MULTIPLE rapes and sexual assaults at OWS camps across America.
So, to NOW, I pose the following questions:
  • What about the14 year old girl who was SEXUALLY ASSAULTED at Occupy Dallas?
  • What about the 19 year old girl who was RAPED at Occupy Cleveland?
  • What about the man who was arrested for SEXUALLY ASSAULTING 2 different women at Occupy Wall Street?
  • What about the 10 alleged SEXUAL ASSAULTS at Occupy Wall Street that weren't reported to the police?
  • What about the 23 year old woman who was RAPED at Occupy Philadelphia?
  • What about the man arrested at Occupy Seattle for exposing himself to little children?
  • What about the pamphlet drafted and passed around Occupy Baltimore that discouraged protesters from reporting sexual assaults to police?
Shameful.  And dangerous.  But thanks for the tips on taming my frizzy hair!

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