There were some predictable antics by Leftist protesters yesterday at the Senate confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They're petrified that Kavanaugh will single-handedly replace the U.S. Constitution with Shari'a law, because, you know, he hates women. I mean, he's married and has two daughters, but for any conservative-leaning justice that's just a charade. Deep down, he obviously can't wait to get on the court and start clapping women in irons.
Since women's rights – especially their right to abortion – are in such jeopardy with Kavanaugh, a group of women showed up to his hearing yesterday dressed as women from The Handmaid's Tale. That's the Hulu show based on the dystopian novel by Canadian feminist Margaret Atwood. The plot involves America being ruled by crazy Christian fundamentalists who force women to be concubines, take away their freedoms, and abuse them in all kinds of ways.
The costumed women are from an organization called Demand Justice who released a statement calling Kavanaugh, "…an extremist ideologue who, if confirmed to the Supreme Court, will take away women's basic rights."
It's insane. They clearly don't understand how any of our branches of government function.
The Handmaid's Tale protest outside Kavanaugh's hearing would almost be funny if the kind of oppression they think Kavanaugh stands for didn't actually exist in many other countries.
Take Yemen, for example, where women don't have the right to divorce or to child custody. Where honor killings of women are still allowed. Where there is no legal minimum age to get married, so 52% of females in Yemen are married before they're 18. Or how 'bout Honduras, where one woman is murdered every 18 hours – the "femicide" capital of the world.
So, until burkas are a government requirement in America, let's save the overdramatic Handmaid's Tale costumes for Halloween.
Or Egypt, where 80% of girls ages 15-19 – that's over 125 million girls – have endured female genital mutilation (more than any country in the world). Or Saudi Arabia where women aren't allowed higher education and must get permission from a male guardian to travel. Then there's Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan – all with shocking statistics of domestic abuse and rape. Oh, and abortion is illegal in all those countries, with just a few exceptions to save the life of the woman. Many of these are literally Handmaid's Tale-like regimes.
So, until burkas are a government requirement in America, let's save the overdramatic Handmaid's Tale costumes for Halloween. And in the meantime, try to find some perspective.