Today is the “International Day of the Girl Child,” a United Nations established day of recognition of the struggles that female children face around the world.
The U.N.’s page for the International Day of the Girl Child states this in part, “Adolescent girls have the right to a safe, educated, and healthy life, not only during these critical formative years, but also as they mature into women. If effectively supported during the adolescent years, girls have the potential to change the world – both as the empowered girls of today and as tomorrow’s workers, mothers, entrepreneurs, mentors, household heads, and political leaders.”
I think we could all agree with the sentiment of that statement. At least for those of us reading that statement in the Western world, there’s nothing controversial about the value and potential of our daughters.
When we look at the struggles that girls do have around the world, however, we can grasp an understanding of why such a fundamental truth would need to be affirmed by an organization like the U.N.
Treatment of children which we would consider primitive are still facts of life for many children around the world; issues like child marriages, female genital mutilation, honor killings, sex trafficking, forced prostitution, etc. Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive for the first time, just 2 weeks ago.
Even as I was doing research for this article, I found this headline at the International Business Times, “Saudi man flees own wedding because bride's father wants daughter to drive.” The groom literally walked out of the ceremony when the father-in-law to be insisted that his daughter should be allowed to drive under Saudi Arabia’s new laws.
Girls and women do face unbelievable struggles and restrictions all around the world.
In light of these atrocities, how does the Day of the Girl – US (and other feminist organizations) stand up for the suffering of their sisters around the world?
To quote DayOfTheGirl.org, “Day of the Girl-US is an 100% youth-led movement fighting for gender justice and youth rights. Our work to dismantle patriarchy and fight for social justice is rooted in girl-led activism across the country, using October 11th as a day of national action. We are outraged by the neglect and devaluation of female-identifying youth…”
Female-identifying youth? Gender justice? Patriarchy? In the midst of real-world suffering for women, Day of the Girl – US chooses to simply echo the liberal feminist talking points, including making the defense of gender-confused boys one of their principle issues.
Some recent facts which detract from “patriarchy” plotline spun by feminists: In the last election, both major parties had female candidates, both of whom had leads at certain times during the primaries, and one of whom won the popular vote in the national election. Another fun fact is that female college enrollment substantially outstrips male college enrollment, with even the liberal Atlantic publication calling male college students, “the new minority on campus.”
The biggest feminist complaint pointed by feminists is the “Gender Wage Gap.”
Christian Hoff Sommers has an answer for that: “Want to close [the]wage gap? Step one: Change your major from feminist dance therapy to electrical engineering.”
Sommers has more thoroughly answered the Wage Gap myth many times, including in this video by Prager University.
However, all of this is not to say that the United States doesn’t have any problems with the way it treats women and girls.
We do, but it’s much less popular to address, as it’s intrinsic to our culture and entertainment.
It’s pornography and the objectification of women.
Do you think I’m overstating the problem?
Consider this article, brought to our attention by Dr. Albert Moehler’s daily news podcast, the Briefing:
Porn: The Dark Data Metric for Gauging Cultural Attention
It’s an article by a well known advertising publication, not a publication for advertising but about advertising, and it’s making the point that an advertising data metric which has been overlooked is an event’s (read: advertising opportunity) ability to put a dent in the traffic of popular pornographic websites.
To put that another way, an event is truly momentous if it can pull eyes and minds of viewers away from the women and girls on the screen.
The alarming and incredible-seeming statistic that this article is based on is even more alarming:in 2016, (one popular porn site)alone saw 64 million unique daily users, compared to YouTube's 30 million.”
As Moehler points out, there are about 300 million Americans, that means the equivalent of 20% of Americans, or 1 in 5 visited this website. Now, the count of daily users apparently includes viewership around the globe. Even so, American viewership is presumably in the tens of millions.
Today, the International Day of the Girl Child, is an ideal time to remember those women and girls trapped in the pornography industry, valued only for their physical appearance and their willingness to degrade themselves on camera.
They were little girls once too, and they’re worth so much more than our culture gives them credit for.
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