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1 Nurturing the Nations Reclaiming the Dignity of Women in Building Healthy Cultures
The Crushing of Women

2 Backdrop of Maleness For the most part, life in every culture is lived out against the backdrop of the culture of: Male superiority Female inferiority This leads to: the crushing of women in sexist culture the disappearance of the female in feminist culture Culture after culture institutionalizes the lie that men are superior to women, male is superior to female. Because of the culture of female inferiority, in much of the world a girl has a life to look forward to that is filled with disrespect, poverty and violence. This culture of female inferiority lead to:

3 The Female Child unwanted before birth and often aborted
neglected and malnourished as a child denied an education and healthcare placed into childhood labor molested, raped, sold into prostitution or married at a young age

4 The Female Child (Cont.)
malnourished as a woman and while pregnant overworked and under recognized violently treated and humiliated by husbands and other men murdered by a husband or a father abandoned as a widow

5 The Silent War The law and justice system turns its back.
Often there are no laws to protect women When there are, the abusers often go unpunished The church, the first institution that is called to defend women, is: Too often apathetic More often complicit The war against women is largely a silent war, a war that goes un-seen or unnoticed. Small Group Work Where do you see this war going on in your owns society? How do you see the silence manifest in your Legal System? Church? Feedback

6 Eve’s Revenge “It appears that, universally, the physical vulnerability of women and deep-seated ideas about the meaning of womanhood incite domination in men and self-loathing in women.” (italics mine) Lilian Calles Barger Maternal Feminist Calles Barger

7 Key Elements of the War Family Destruction Trafficking “Reproduction”
Murder There are four major areas where the war against women is being carried out. We will look at them in their turn Family Destruction Domestic Violence Rape Divorce Trafficking Pornography Prostitution Sex Trafficking Sex Tourism “Reproduction” Abortion Forced Sterilization Female Genital Mutilation Murder Female Infanticide Female Feticide Honor Killing Dowry Death

8 Family Destruction Domestic Violence Rape Divorce

9 Domestic Violence In the USA a woman is abused by her “partner” every nine seconds According to the 1998 U.S. Justice Department Survey, 22% of American adult females are battered by their husband or boyfriend

10 Types of Violence Sexual Abuse Psychological Abuse Coercive sex
Violent sex Forcing one’s wife into sex with other men Psychological Abuse Demeaning language Intimidation Harassment Smothering the person Emotional abandonment Four types of violence Sexual Abuse Psychological Abuse Economic Abuse Physical Abuse

11 Types of Violence (Cont.)
Economic Abuse Not providing for a wife’s needs Leaching off of a wife’s income Bankrupting the family’s finances Creating a spirit of economic dependency

12 Types of Violence (Cont.)
Physical Abuse Acid attacks Beating Rape

13 Rape Patterns worldwide are the same.
Between one in five and one in seven women will be victims of rape in their lifetime.

14 Sex With a Virgin Prevents AIDS
“There is a myth in South Africa that having sex with a virgin will cure AIDS. The younger the virgin, the more potent the cure. This has led to an epidemic of rapes by infected males, with the correspondent infection of innocent kids. Many have died in these cruel rapes. Recently in Cape Town, a nine month old baby was raped by 6 men. … The poor child is fighting for her life. This is just one of the million cases of child abuse…”[1] [1]From the SAPS Child Protection Unit in the government of South Africa internet 03/21/03

15 Rape: Assault on the Soul
The violence of rape is not merely an assault on the physical being, but on the internal nature of the woman; it is an attack on her soul, her personhood, her dignity, and her identity. The impact of rape on the inside of a woman will last longer than the scars on the external. Depression, an inability to risk giving herself wholly to another person, loss of trust of men

16 Trafficking Pornography Prostitution Sex Trafficking Sex Tourism
1. Woman are objects, not subjects 2. They are things, not human beings 3. Woman are treated as property, as tools, as toys for men’s pleasure 4. Kenyan Tribe – no name for woman. Called a tool

17 Two Types of Porn Hard Core Soft Core Is violent and “sick”
Sadism-masochism It is about the power over and control of women Soft Core The stuff of locker room jokes The pin-ups in working men’s lunch rooms Playboy

18 America’s Porn Industry
“America’s pornography industry, which rakes in $10 billion to $14 billion a year, has become one of the most flush and fast growing in the country. It out paces the combined revenues of all the professional football, baseball, and basketball franchises – and it outruns the take at all the nation’s movie box offices.”[1] [1] ibid Selle; pg 7A Porn Statistics While Hollywood produces 400 feature films per year, the porn “studios” produce 11,000 a year.[1] “As of July 2003, there were 260 million pages of porn online, an increase of 1800% since Porn amounts to about 7% of the 3.3 billion pages indexed by Google.”[2] “Cybersex compulsive” refers to the 200,000 American adults that spend 11 hours a week or more on internet porn sites.[3] [1] Adult Video News; Quoted in Porn Matters – Divorce and Pornography Statistics; internet [2] N2H2/Secure Computing Corp.; Quoted in Porn Matters – Divorce and Pornography Statistics; internet 10/27/04 [3] ibid, Selle; pg. 7A

19 The Depreciation of Women
The String Swimsuit The Burka Small Group Process Describe the “ideas”/ values represented in these two pictures Is there a difference between the string suit and soft porn? If yes, what is it? If not, why not? Feedback In much of the world sexuality has been divorced from it’s moral and spiritual moorings. In some circles (some Moslems, some Christians), sex is seen as an evil thing With the rise of secularism in the west, sex has become both recreational and a spectator sport With the rise of internet technology Pornography has been mainstreamed and Is often seen as a legitimate entertainment option. The cost of pornography to society Dehumanizing of both men and women It reduces men to consumers and women to commodities. It creates a fantasy world that no real woman can live up to. It drives addictive impulses It destroys the lives of individuals, marriages and families, and communities It leads to sex crime, the promotion of sex trafficking and violence against women. .

20 Prostitution: A Career Choice
“The pro-abortion movement has made a woman’s ‘right’ to control her own body sacred. And if it is, then you’ve got to protect her right to sell her body when she wants to.”[1] Chuck Colson [1] ibid, Colson

21 Sex Trafficking In the USA there are between 50,000 and 70,000 women held in bondage as sex slaves.[1] Worldwide approximately 2.5 M women a year are forced into bondage.[2] [1] Selle, Robert R; A World That Seems to Hate Women; The Washington Times National Weekly Edition; pg. 3A [2] ibid Selle; pg. 3A

22 Trafficking Statistics
As many as 10,000 children between the ages of six and fourteen are enslaved in brothels in Sri Lanka.[1] 200,000 women and girls are trafficked in the Balkans each year.[2] In 1993, the Thai Embassy in Tokyo, Japan estimated that there were between 80, ,000 Thai women working in the sex industry in Japan.[3] Asian women are sold for $16,000 to brothels in the USA.[4] 10,000 women from the former Soviet Union are forced into prostitution in Israel.[5] The world-sex industry generated between $20-$23 billion in [6] [1] ibid, CNN [2] Quotables; World Magazine; Jan. 11, 2003 pg. 12 [3] ibid, Dorman, pg. 8 [4] CNN; Sex Slavery: The Growing Trade; March 8, 2001; internet 3/19/03 [5] ibid, CNN [6] ECPAT Australia, ECPAT Development Manual, Melbourne, Australia, 1994, pg. 29 from internet 3/20/03

23 Three Methods of Traffickers
Fraud – offered jobs, in some “romantic” place, as maids, in childcare, in travel or entertainment Violence – Force to break the woman’s will. She may be beaten, raped or “imprisoned” to bring her to a point of compliance Intimidation – Her travel documents may be taken from her, so she is in her new country illegally. Threats of injury or death to family at home

24 Bride Trafficking China’s one child policy
Now 111 million men who will not be able to find a wife[1] Thriving trade in bride trafficking Within China Outside China: North Korea, Vietnam [1] Quoted in Selle; pg. 7A

25 Baby Body Parts [1] East European women brought to Italy Impregnated
Held in bondage until baby is born Baby body parts harvested Sold to private clinics in Israel and Turkey [1] Frat, Peter; How Baby M Escaped Europe’s Trade in Humans; The Age, Saturday, May 24, 2003; pg 16

26 Sex Touring Companies Packaged tours Airfare Ground Transportation
Hotels Tour “Companion”

27 “Reproduction” Forced Sterilization Abortion Female Genital Mutilation
Forces Sterilization Abortion Female Genital Mutilation

28 Margaret Sanger Founder Planned Parenthood Neo-Malthusian
Leader of American Eugenics movement Pivot of Civilization Sex and hunger tied together Get rid of the “weeds”

29 Sterilization Statistics
In Vietnam, more than 31,000 women underwent quinacrine sterilizations between 1989 and 1993.[1] The Peruvian government began a public health sterilization program in saw 110,000 women sterilized in the program.[2] Between 1965 and 1971, one million women in Brazil had been sterilized.[3] In the 1970’s it is estimated that “25-40% of American Indian women were sterilized without their informed consent…”[4] [1] Rao, Mohan; Neo-Eugenics: The Quinacrine Sterilisation of Women in India; Woman’s Link, July-September 1997; internet 2/23/04 [2] Failoa, Anthony; Peru is accused of Coercing Poor Women to Be Sterilized; International Herald Tribune; Friday, February 13, 1998; pg. 9 [3] Latin and Indigenous Women & Children at Risk; February 23, 2004; internet 2/23/04 [4] Ibid Latin and Indigenous

30 Quotas & Incentives “Peruvian health workers were paid between $4 and $12 a head to ‘persuade’ poor women to be sterilized.”[1] [1] Rivera, Roberto; You Are That Man!; BreakPoint Worldview; April 2003; pg. 6

31 Worldwide Abortions [1]
46 million per year/ 126,000 per day 78% occur in developing countries and 22% in developed countries 26 M are in countries where abortion is legal. 20 M are in countries where abortion is illegal or restricted. The worldwide lifetime average is about 1 abortion per woman [1] Center for Bioethical Reform; internet 12/04/03

32 Pro-life Feminist Frederica Mathewes-Green
“… in a culture that treats pregnancy and childbearing as impediment, it [abortion] surgically adapts the woman to fit in. If women are an oppressed group, they are the only such group to require surgery to be equal. In Greek mythology, Procrustes was an exacting host: if you were the wrong size for his bed, he would stretch or chop you to fit. The abortion table is modern feminist’s Procrustean bed, one that is hideous and twisted, its victims actually march in the streets to demand.”[1] [1] Mathewes-Green, Frederica; Abortion: Women’s Rights … and Wrongs; internet 12/04/03

33 An Empty Womb An empty womb allows a woman to function like an unencumbered male in the market place Men do not have to be pregnant To become un-pregnant, instantly, while it denies the most fundamental nature of a woman, is the very thing that allows her to be most like a man

34 Abortion is a capitulate to a male dominated value system!
Small Group Work Do you agree or disagree? Why? Feedback

35 A Woman’s Womb A woman’s womb was designed to be the safest place in the world, the place of compassion. Instead it has been turned into one of the most dangerous places in the world.

36 Effects of Abortion on Women
Major Physical Effects[1] Death: “Legal abortion is reported as the fifth leading cause of maternal death in the United States,….” Breast Cancer: “The risk of breast cancer almost doubles after one abortion, and rises even further with two or more abortions.” Increased cervical, ovarian, and liver cancer [1] The Elliot Institute; Alist of Major Physical Sequelae Related to Abortion; internet 12/04/03Dr. Breast Cancer: Angela Lanfranchi, M.D., F.A.C.S. of the Breast Cancer Prevention Institute writes: “Abortion is a risk factor for breast cancer. I see it every day in my practice. Thirty percent of my breast cancer patients who are in their thirties do not have a family history of cancer, but have had an abortion. It is estimated that and additional ten thousand cases of breast cancer occur each year because of abortion.”[1]] Cervical Cancer, etc: “Women with one abortion face a 2.3 relative risk of cervical cancer, compared with non-aborted women…. Similar elevated risks of ovarian and liver cancer have also been linked to single and multiple abortions. These increased cancer rates for post-aborted women are apparently linked to the unnatural disruption of the hormonal changes which accompany pregnancy and untreated cervical damage.” [1] Lanfranchi, Dr. Angela; The Abortion-Breast Cancer Link; internet 12/4/03; pg. 1

37 Effects of Abortion on Women
Major Psychological Effects[1] Post Abortion Syndrome (PAS): “… a minimum of 19% of post-abortion women suffer from diagnosable post-traumatic stress disorder Sexual Dysfunction: “Thirty to fifty percent of aborted women reported sexual dysfunctions, of both short and long duration.” Suicidal Ideation and Suicide Attempts: “Approximately 60 percent of women who experienced post-abortion sequelae report suicidal ideation, with 28 percent actually attempting suicide….” [1] The Elliot Institute: A List of Major Psychological Sequelae of Abortion; 12/04/03

38 Female Genital Mutilation Statistics
Two million girls each year (6,000 each day) are genitally mutilated.[1] 130 million girls have undergone genital mutilation.[2] FGM is practiced in 40 countries, including the USA.[3] [1] ibid Bunch; pg. 2 of 3 [2] Kristof, Nicholas D. ; Guest Commentary: Bush vs. Women; Naples Daily News/Perspective 08/16/02; [3] Maher, Robin M.; Female Genital Mutilation: The Modern Day Strugggle to Eradicate a Torturous Rite of Passage; Human Rights, Volume 23, Number 4, Fall 1996.; internet 3/19/03; pg. 1

39 FGM Map 75% of all cases are found in Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan. It is most prevalent in Islamic populations.

40 FGM & Culture Female Beauty Safety for Men
“…women’s unmutilated genitals are ugly and bulky. In some cultures, there is a belief that a woman’s genitals can grow and become unwieldy, hanging down between her legs, unless the clitoris is excised.”[2] Safety for Men “Some groups believe that a woman’s clitoris is dangerous and that if it touches a man’s penis, he will die.” [1] [1] ibid FGM; pg. 6 [2] ibid FGM; pg. 6

41 A Kenyan Post FGM Song The knife cut down the guardian of the village today. Now he is dead and gone. Before the village was dirty, But now without the guardian it is clean. So look at us, we are only women and the men have come to beat the tam-tam. They have phalli like the elephants. They have come when we are bleeding. Now back to the village where a thick Phallus is waiting. Now we can make love because our sex is clean.[1] [1] Lightfoot-Klein; Prisoners of Ritual: An Odyssey into Female Genital Circumcision in Africa; New York: Harrington Park Press, 1996; pg. 71

42 Murder Female Infanticide Female Feticide Honor Killing Dowry Death

43 Female Feticide the murder of female babies, before they are born, simply because they are female

44 India - Abortion Clinic Advertisement
“… it is better to spend $38 now to terminate a female fetus [baby] than $3,800 later on her dowery.”[1] [1] The Hunger Project Online Briefing Program: The Condition of Women in South East Asia; The Cycle of Malnutrition. Pg. 20 of 25; 7/21/03

45 Modern Technology Determine sex of baby Abortion Machine Amniocentesis
Ultra sound Abortion Machine

46 Female Feticide Statistics
Between 2 and 5 million female babies are aborted each year in India.[1] A national census in China released in May of 2002 reveals that “more than 116 male births are for every 100 female births….” [1] “the imbalance between the sexes is now so distorted that there are 111 million men in China – more than three times the population of Canada – who will not be able to find a wife.”[1] [1] Quoted in Selle; pg. 7A [1] ibid, Selle; pg. 7A [1] Gittings, John; Growing Sex Imbalance Shocks China; The Guardian, May 13, 2002; quoted in Jones, Adam; Case Study: Female Infanticide Gendercide Watch; internet 3/17/03; pg. 5

47 Female Infanticide the murder of female babies after they are born, simply because they are female

48 China & India China India One child policy
Baby girls known as “maggots in the rice”[1] 1 million abandoned per year Dying Rooms India Dowry and marriage costs overwhelm poor Infant girls are buried or starved to death [1] Woods, Brian; The Dying Rooms Trust; quoted in Jones, Adam; Case Study: Female Infanticide Gendercide Watch; internet 3/17/03; pg 7

49 In Islam Women Are Property
“Women are considered the property of the males in their family irrespective of their class, ethnic or religions group. The owner of the property has the right to decide its fate. The concept of ownership has turned women into a commodity which can be exchanged, bought and sold.”[1] Shahid Khan, a professor at Aga Khan University in Pakistan [1] Khan, Aga; Chained to Custom; 1999; quoted in Hillary Mayell’s Thousands of Women Killed for Family “Honor;” National Geographic New; February 12, 2002; internet Lakshmi’s Story “Lakshmi already had one daughter, so when she gave birth to a second girl, she killed her. For three days of her second child’s short life, Lakshmi admits, she refused to nurse her. To silence the infant’s famished cries, the impoverished village woman squeezed the milky sap from an oleander shrub, mixed it with castor oil, and forced the poison potion down the newborn’s throat. The baby bled from the nose, then died soon afterwards. Female neighbors buried her in a small hole near Lakshmi’s square thatched hut of sunbaked mud. They sympathized with Lakshmi, and in the same circumstances, some would have probably done as she did…. In some of the hamlets of … Tamil Nadu, murdering girls is still something believed to be a wiser course than raising them. ‘A daughter is always liabilities. How can I bring up a second?’ Lakshmi, 28, answered firmly when asked by visitors how she could have taken her own child’s life eight years ago. ‘Instead of her suffering the way I do, I thought it was better to get rid of her.’”[1] [1] Dahlburg, John-Thor; Where killing a baby girl “is no big sin;” The Los Angeles Times [in The Toronto Star, February 28, 1994] internet 3/17/03

50 Family Honor Because a woman is the property of men, she is a reflection on the family’s honor. A young girl is taught to remain a virgin until she is married. They are taught about eib which means shame and sharaf which means honor.[1] “ A woman is like a cup; if someone drinks from it, no one will want it… A woman is like a sheet of glass; once it is broken it can never be fixed.” [1] [1] Kamguian, Azam; Yes, It is Islamic Don’t Apologize for It!; Institute for the Seculoarization of Islamic Society internet; 03/19/03 [1] Khouri, Norma; Honor Lost; Atria Books; New York; 2003; pg. 1st page of Farewell

51 Triggers for Honor Killing
Adultery – marital infidelity Fornication – pre-marital sex Perception of immoral behavior Flirting Victim of rape Refusal to submit to an arranged marriage Seeking a divorce from a cruel husband

52 Means of Honor Killing Shot Stoned Poisoned Beheaded Stabbed Strangled

53 U.N. Estimates of Number of Honor Killings - 1998
1,000 in Pakistan and Afghanistan 400 in Yemen 50 in Lebanon 1,000 in Egypt 2,330 in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jordan[1] [1] Khouri, Norma; Honor Lost; Atria Books; New York; 2003; pg. ?

54 Dowry Deaths In India there are more than 5,000 women killed each year because of inadequate dowries.[1] Rationale for dowry death Bride fails to bring a high enough dowry Groom or his family want to gain another dowry so they kill the first wife Means of dowry death Drive to suicide Kitchen accidents [1] ibid Bunch; pg. 2 of 3 Story Baskar’s family was not able to pay the full dowry price in her arranged marriage. The lacking item was a motor cycle. The 15-year-old bride from Firozpur Namak, India will never forget her first day of marriage. “On her wedding night,” Baskar says, “her drunken new husband and his three friends beat her and took turns raping her. They forced her to crouch on all fours while they: taunted her. They said, ‘Let’s make her a motorcycle.’” Baskar relates in an interview, her face half-hidden by her traditional Islamic veil. Baskar was one of the fortunate ones. More than 5,000 women are killed every year in India because their husbands considered their dowries to be inadequate.[1] [1] SARAH, this is footnote number 1 from the monograph Raising Up Esther. Please get it and insert it here. Also, please check the quote.

55 Other Aspects of the War
Education 60% of the children that are kept from school are girls.[1] 66% of the world’s 880 million illiterate adults are women.[2] Maternal Mortality 600,000 die each year worldwide through causes related to pregnancy and childbirth.[1] [1] ibid Kristof NDN/P [2] Sadik, Dr. Nafis; Lives Together, Worlds Apart; The State of World Populations 2000, UNFPA; pg 41[ 1] Watkins, Sheryl; Women: Five Barriers Facing Women in the Developing World; “Today Magazine;” 04/97; pg. 2 of 6

56 Other Aspects of the War (Cont.)
Homeless A majority of the 100 million homeless are women and children.[1] Refugees 80% of world’s refugees are women.[1] General Poverty Women receive 10% of the world’s income, 1% of world’s property and make up 70% of the world’s poor.[1] [1] ibid, Watkins; 5 of 6 [1] Barrett, Dr. David; The Monday Morning Reality Check ; GEM World Evangelization Research; 03/12/98 [1] Barrett, Dr. David; The Monday Morning Reality Check ; GEM World Evangelization Research; 03/12/98eneral Poverty

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