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by Pamela Paul
Perhaps it makes sense that women - complacent and pleasant-looking creatures, selfless and so cute - were the ones that finally brought our polarised country together.
Why the extreme right and the extreme left have found the one thing they can agree on: women do not count.
The position of the right-wing is the best known; the movement has been aggressively dedicated to depriving women of basic rights for decades. Thanks also to two Supreme Court judges who have been credibly accused of abusive behaviour towards women, Roe v. Wade, which has been a target for almost 50 years, has been mercilessly overturned.
Much more disconcerting was the part of the left, who launched herself with her own agenda perhaps unintentionally but effectively misogynist. There was a time when campus groups and activist organisations strongly supported women. Women's rights were human rights and something to fight for. Although the Equal Rights Amendment was never ratified, legal scholars and advocacy groups spent years working to define women as a protected class.
Today, however a number of academics, super progressives, transgender activists, civil liberty organisations and medical organisations are working with the opposite objective: to deny women their humanity, reducing them to a mix of body parts and gender stereotypes.
As reported by my colleague Michael Powell, even the word 'woman' has become forbidden. Previously commonly used to refer to half the world's population, the word woman had a specific meaning related to genetics, biology, history, politics and culture. Not any more. Instead, heavy terms such as 'pregnant people', 'menstruators' and 'bodies with vaginas' are used.
Planned Parenthood, once a staunch defender of women's rights, omits the word 'woman' from its homepage. NARAL Pro-Choice America uses 'people giving birth' instead of 'women'. L'American Civil Liberties Uniona long-standing defender of women's rights, last month tweeted her outrage at the possible overturning Roe v. Wade as a threat to several groups: 'Black, indigenous and other people of colour, the Lgbtq community, immigrants, young people'.
He excluded naming the most threatened: women.
This is a bitter way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX (Title IX is the common name for those education amendments passed in 1972 in the United States, amendments that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in public education programmes, ed.)
here the editorial of the New York Times
translation by Marina Terragni