Thoughts that matter
Many years ago an earthshaking publication came out by Marx and Engels. It opened with the famous words, “A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of communism. All the powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre.” (Marx and Engels, “The Manifesto of the Communist Party,” published 1848)
Nearly twenty years ago, a major UN conference on women set in motion a worldwide agenda to “mainstream a gender perspective” on a host of issues. This is as revolutionary a concept for human society as anything Marx said, maybe more so.
In fact, the Beijing 1995 conference on women formally adapted for the UN a radical feminist agenda long in the making. They denied that the fundamental physical, psychological, and emotional differences between men and women were real. They were social constructs instead.
In many countries, the differences between women’s and men’s achievements and activities are still not recognized as the consequences of socially constructed gender roles rather than immutable biological differences.
Just a few years ago, a German sociologist wrote about that revolution, deliberately paralleling Marx and Engels: “A spectre is haunting the world, the spectre of gender. Hardly anyone knows this concept, although it is extremely powerful and has extended its influence over international and national institutions. The gender ideology is in the process of creating a new man, whose freedom should include the choice of his sex and sexual orientation…This view of freedom and sexuality, according to the will of the UN, EU and most European governments is to be imprinted onto the minds of children from the nursery onwards.” (Gabriele Kuby, Gender Mainstreaming)
Many theorists of the “new man” produced by “gender ideology,” are, oddly enough, also devoted communists. Marx sought to produce a new man through communist revolution, believing that ultimately a new world order would emerge from the chaos of revolution. The same goal is looked for from the chaos of “gender trouble.” Reaping rich revolutionary rewards caused by assaulting sexual identity, one of the most basic aspects of who each of us are, is the goal.
Both visions of the mankind’s transformation entail the destruction of marriage and the family as humanity has known it. Aspects of traditional authority are to be overthrown, such as parents loving discipline of their children. There is no place for anything from the past in this new order.
Unlike Marx and Engels, many of the powers of this world firmly support “gender mainstreaming” and all that it entails. This is a fact that most of the people they claim to represent have no idea of. This is a top-down revolution. Very recently, in March of this year in fact, some are waking up to the horror of what is happening. They cry out, “The state is going too far.” Who will hear their cry?
Beijing Women’s Conference of 1995
The Beijing 1995 conference sought to “mainstream a gender perspective” on a host of issues. This meeting of governmental and non-government delegates (NGOs) was the progenitor of gender mainstreaming. Progenitor: a person or thing that first indicates a direction, originates something, or serves as a model; predecessor; precursor. That is what Beijing is.
However, Beijing was a most unlikely place to host a conference on women’s rights. . . unless Communist China’s treatment of women is what the future holds.
“Governments and other actors should promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes, so that, before decisions are taken, an analysis is made of the effects on women and men, respectively.”
- 27 — in regards to eduction…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 38 — health care…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 50 — violence against women…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 63 — armed or other conflicts…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 80 — equitable distribution of power..mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 85 — promoting women…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 91-92 — human rights…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 105 — woman’s contributions to the environment…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 111 — children and youth…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 119 — adopting the whole 223 page platform…mainstreaming a gender perspective
- 124 — Commission on the Status of Women…mainstreaming a gender perspective
Like the United Nations, the European Parliament likewise recognizes the supremacy of the 1995 Beijing Meeting. It is the PROGENITOR of the movement to mainstream a gender perspective into the affairs of every nation. As a sample, here is an EU resolution on Beijing +15 — UN Platform for Action on Gender Equality.
|European Parliament resolution on Beijing +15 – UN Platform for Action for Gender Equality||
The European Parliament,
– having regard to the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in September 1995, the Declaration and Platform for Action adopted in Beijing and the subsequent outcome documents adopted at the United Nations Beijing +5 and Beijing +10 Special Sessions…
– having regard to the 1979 UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination…
– having regard to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, Article 2 of the Treaty on European Union, Article 19 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union…
– having regard to the Council Conclusions of 2 December 1998 establishing that the annual assessment of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action…
– having regard to the common declaration by EU ministers for gender equality…in which…their commitment to…the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action are reaffirmed.
Beijing 1995, Beijing +5, Beijing +10, Beijing +15 — Beijing and Communist China must have a lot to teach the world about women’s rights. But do they?
In regards to traditional measures of human rights, China has no record to be proud of. In regards to “reproductive rights” it is nightmarishly terrible. Yet glowing reports of the coming Beijing +20 pepper the news, with the world’s most well-known women praising its progenitor, Beijing 1995. Are they ignorant of what actually goes on in China? But how can they be? Or do they approve? Let’s take a look at what goes on there in regards to women’s rights.
China — The Apex of Women’s Rights?
Now what mental association do you have with China and Women’s Rights?
What vision of women’s rights does China have? What is it they practice?
Jog your memory a little…oh yes: they teach the world the glories of forced abortion, forced sterilization, forced insertion of IUD’s, and fines for having more than one children as a means of population control. Here’s that unfortunate woman whose picture made the papers because of forced abortion in China…one of millions.
Should nations follow Beijing’s Platform of Action?
An important aspect of Beijing’s platform is rigorous population control…no matter what the personal cost. Here are the first few paragraphs of a March 15, 2013 article in the Financial Times concerning hundreds of millions of abortions and sterilizations, many of them forced.
“Chinese doctors have performed more than 330 million (>330,000,000) abortions since the government implemented a controversial family planning policy 40 years ago, according to official data from the health ministry.
“China’s one-child policy has been the subject of a heated debate about its economic consequences as the population ages. Forced abortions and sterilisations have also been criticised by human rights campaigners such as Chen Guangcheng, the blind legal activist who sought refuge at the US embassy in Beijing last year…
“Since 1971, doctors have performed 336 million (336,000,000) abortions and 196 million (196,000,000) sterilisations, the data reveal. They have also inserted 403 million (403,000,000) intrauterine devices, a normal birth control procedure in the west but one that local officials often force on women in China.
“The numbers do not directly equate to “missing” births because some couples who violate the one-child rule have also had abortions or been sterilised, while intrauterine devices can be removed.” (Emphasis added.)
China…women’s rights? Can one speak of China and women’s rights in the same breath? It depends on whether one is either a communist or a radical feminist. Then one can.
China is the future the women’s movement, and its political agenda, gender mainstreaming, is bringing the world to.
For most theorists, the women’s movement is one of the most effective applications of communist theory in changing society and undermining the family. To them, women’s rights and China are synonymous. Communist China has been an example to such communists as Simone de Beauvoir, who taught, quite openly, that women should not have the choice to stay at home and raise children, and who praised China for its gender policies.
Not being able to have babies is the natural and logical extension of de Beauvoir’s wish to not allow women to have that choice of raising children. It’s just the next step.
Her thought was picked up by others like Vivian Gornick in 1981: “Being a housewife is an illegitimate profession… The choice to serve and be protected and plan towards being a family-maker is a choice that shouldn’t be. The heart of radical feminism is to change that.”
Where radical feminism will take the world is not so hard to see. The language of force and fear is the native tongue of communism. . . and radical feminism.
“Forced abortions in China are not a thing of the past. Under the one child policy, many women in late term pregnancy are still forced to abort their children. Chinese provincial authorities are responsible for mass forced sterilizations, and abortions are often performed by people with inadequate training in unsterile conditions.
“The one child policy causes more violence toward women and girls than any other policy on the face of the earth,” said Reggie Littlejohn, a one child policy expert and president of the newly-founded Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.
“Forced abortions and forced sterilizations are an unacceptable form of population control…Many women develop critical health problems for the rest of their lives and the emotional impact resulting from forced abortions contributes to the high rate of female suicides, she says.”
The Response of Chinese Women to the “one-child policy”
Suicide becomes the only way to deal with the loss, the helplessness, and the utter powerlessness of women’s dignity sacrificed on the altar of public policy. Since the one-child per family policy was adopted, suicide has become the leading cause of death among young women in China. In startling contrast to the rest of the world, in China, more women than men commit suicide.
From “The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2008,” prepared by the U.S. Department of State:
“A high female suicide rate continued to be a serious problem. According to the World Bank and the World Health Organization, there were approximately 500 female suicides per day. The Beijing Psychological Crisis Study and Prevention Center reported that the suicide rate for females was three times higher than for males. Many observers believed that violence against women and girls, discrimination in education and employment, the traditional preference for male children, the country’s birth limitation policies, and other societal factors contributed to the high female suicide rate. Women in rural areas, where the suicide rate for women is three to four times higher than for men, were especially vulnerable.” (p. 775)
“The law prohibits the use of physical coercion to compel persons to submit to abortion or sterilization. However, intense pressure to meet birth limitation targets set by government regulations resulted in instances of local birth-planning officials using physical coercion to meet government goals (See Section 1.f.). Such practices required the use of birth control methods (particularly intrauterine devices and female sterilization, which according to government statistics, accounted for more than 80 percent of birth control methods employed), and the abortion of certain pregnancies.” (p. 774)
While accounting for 19% of the world’s population, China accounts for a far higher percentage of its female suicides. . . more than half of all women who commit suicide do so in China.
“In fact 56% of all female suicides worldwide take place in China. As China holds the majority of the world’s female suicides, many questions are raised about why this may be the case. As previously mentioned, suicide is a greater problem in the more rural areas of China where suicide accounts for one third of all female deaths.”
Violence against Women, Violence against Humanity
Perhaps China should reconsider page 50 about mainstreaming a gender perspective on violence against women. Or maybe China’s platform of action is what all that actually means in practice:
- if women won’t change, make them change.
- If families don’t change, make them change.
- Make them send their children to school.
- Make them stop disciplining their children.
- Make the children stop thinking the political heresy that they are born little boys and girls.
People don’t realize the true revolutionary nature of this program of gender mainstreaming. To those who do, CHINA IS THE PROGENITOR FOR THE WHOLE WORLD.
Once forcing people to behave in politically correct ways enters the political arena – becomes a matter of debate – what will stop countries from ending up where China is? Perhaps they will be kinder, gentler Chinas. But the base will be the same: others will decide the significant issues of life, and death, for you. The outlooks for such views is not promising, however, judging by history. East Germany wasn’t too kind; and the people are still fleeing it.
Is all this violence against women, against their most basic human rights and instincts, not enough to turn the UN, the EU, the government of Germany, away from anything associated with Beijing — the source of all these horrendous polices? Not if there is an underlying agreement of policy.
The policies continue on to this day.
A Thought Experiment
After considering these things, let’s conduct a thought experiment. We’ll create an alternative history of the twentieth century. Let’s say this famous women’s conference took place not in 1995, but in 1936, and not in Beijing, but in Berlin. Let’s say the whole world was deceived by Hitler’s talk of women’s rights, etc. After the evil of his government was exposed, would women, would the UN and the EU, continue to speak glowingly of the Berlin Women’s Conference of 1936? Would documents be named Berlin +5, Berlin +10, and so on, as they are about Beijing? Of course not!
People would be repelled and embarrassed to have held a women’s conference in the Third Reich’s capital. The evil associated with that city and that regime would taint anything connected to it. But quite oddly, really astoundingly oddly, Beijing is not discredited as the banner bearer of women’s rights. Not even after the official reports of mass forced sterilization and forced abortion.
At the Women’s Conference a famous American said that one could no longer speak of human rights without including women’s rights.
I believe that, on the eve of a new millennium, it is time to break our silence. It is time for us to say here in Beijing, and the world to hear, that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights. (First Lady Hillary Clinton)1
Did anyone there remember Tiananmen Square just six years prior? But, how could they not?
What was the meaning of those terrible days when students rose up with the cry of “Freedom” on their lips and were beaten down? Of course, we all know what happened to them. Is there a warning there for the rest of the world?
Beijing…human rights? Beijing…women’s rights?
Human rights and women’s rights go together? They can’t be separated? To say such things in Beijing? Do they go together in China?
The denial of both human rights and women’s rights in China is the bitter irony of making Beijing 1995 the progenitor of the campaign for modern women’s rights known as gender mainstreaming. That irony is the harbinger of what’s to come.
- To her credit, the First Lady had this to say about China’s coercive and inhuman practices: “It is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will.” ↩