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Archive for the ‘Women's Rights’ Category

Alcohol Consumption – Men and Women are Different

Posted by Steve Markowitz on June 30, 2013

couple cocktailsAuthor Gabrielle Glaser was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal’s Gary Rosen concerning the growing problem of alcohol abuse amongst women.  The article titled Why She Drinks: Women and Alcohol Abuse indicates that alcohol abuse is increasing amongst women significantly faster than men, stating the following:

  • “Women buy the lion’s share of the nearly 800 million gallons of wine sold in the U.S. annually—and they are its primary drinkers.” 
  • “Between 1998 and 2007, the number of women arrested for drunken driving rose 30%, while male arrests dropped more than 7%. 
  • “Between 1999 and 2008, the number of young women who showed up in emergency rooms for being dangerously intoxicated rose by 52%.  The rate for young men, though higher, rose just 9%.”

The above statistics indicate that alcohol abuse is a growing problem for women and at a disproportional rate than that of the abuse by men.  In addition to the problems this causes society, Glaser points out that the effects of alcohol overindulgence is disproportionately more dangerous for women stating:

  • “Women are more vulnerable than men to alcohol’s toxic effects.  Their bodies have more fat, which retains alcohol, and less water, which dilutes it, so women drinking the same amount as men their size and weight become intoxicated more quickly.” 
  • “Males also have more of the enzyme alcohol dehydrogenase, which breaks down alcohol before it enters the bloodstream.  This may be one reason why alcohol-related liver and brain damage appear more quickly in heavy-drinking women than men.” 
  • “Studies show that after drinking, men report feeling more powerful, often overstating their capabilities and accomplishments, while women say that it makes them feel more affectionate, sexy and feminine.”

The sexist realities of alcohol raise interesting issues for a society that increasingly looks to government to regulate bad behavior.  For instance, should the level of blood-alcohol used to determine one’s ability to drive the vehicle be different for men and women?  Should warnings be placed on alcoholic beverages that its use is more dangerous for women than men?  Should the government start an advertising campaign discussing the special problems alcohol causes women?

The libertarian bent of this Blog would answer “no” to each of these questions.  However, given the slippery slope of the big brother government that we are traveling, this is a likely outcome. This possibility should serve as a warning for activist women of the Left.


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Defense Secretary Panetta Opens Combat to Women

Posted by Steve Markowitz on January 24, 2013

Make Love, Not WarThis week Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued a directive that for the first time allows American women the honor of serving in military combat positions.  What a remarkable transformation for the Country in just a few decades.  It wasn’t too long ago that America’s Baby Boomers were fleeing the Country to avoid serving in the military.  The chant then was often “make love, not war”.  It seems that it is now everyone’s right to make war.

There are legitimate arguments against women serving in military combat positions.  Those on the Left all too often consider any such discussions chauvinistic, anti-women, bigoted, etc.  Now those are discussion stoppers.

As long as the physical and mental demands of combat are set at the current high standards, it is reasonable to allow any person the opportunity to die for one’s country.  However, this record has been played too many times before.  What will start as objective criteria for combat readiness will soon devolve into Progressive gibberish of gender “fairness”.  The result will be a fighting force with lower productivity, readiness and higher cost.  We have come a long way baby!

Below is a related recent article posted in the nationalreview.com.  Well said Michael Walsh.

You’re In the Army Now, By Michael Walsh

As Daniel Foster points out, with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta’s new directive to admit women to combat positions, there is no longer any rationale for excluding them from the draft.  And given that president Obama is hell-bent on turning the U.S. into a European-style social democracy (instead of leaving it as a constitutional republic), it simply stands to reason that Julia and millions of gals like her should be more than happy to step up and salute the new American order. Liberty, Equality, Sorority!

Okay, so Julia didn’t actually have military service included in her fantasy love affair with Obama the Beneficent:  She was busy getting free surgery, courtesy of being able to stay on her parents’ insurance until turning 26, then segueing into a rewarding career as a web designer and having a child at public expense; the only combat Julia was asked to see was in the GOP’s War on Women, happily defeated.

Now, under the new and improved Gurl Power, Julia will come complete with an M-16, the even scarier-looking military version of the dreaded AR-15 that the Obama team would love to see banned.  But hey, no contradiction there; once through the looking glass, even the most contradictory circumstances make a crazy kind of sense.

Who’s really surprised?  Here we are, only a few days into the second term, and already the blizzard of “fundamental transformation” has kicked up. Freed from the tiresome obligation to have to disguise what he really believes, the president is now out and proud, damning the pitiful Republican torpedoes and proceeding full speed ahead to the Alinskyite paradise he knows is just around the corner.

Fasten your seat belts – it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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Time Magazine Steps Over the Line with Breast-Feeding Photo

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 14, 2012

Time magazine’s recent cover photo was outrageous, even by today’s anything goes voyeurism mentality of society.  The photo pictured 26-year-old Los Angeles mother Jamie Grumet breast-feeding her three-year-old son who is standing on a chair to get his fill.  Both mother and son are staring at the camera in an obviously staged pose.

The photo says much about American society today.  Forget for the moment any discussion of the moral issues involved, this is an outrageous example of the woman putting her personal gain and fame in front of the well-being of the child or anyone else she has a relationship with.  Given the proliferation of nude photographs available, Ms. Grumet could not have gotten such publicity by merely undressing.

In a day when there is much publicity surrounding childhood bullying, Ms. Grumet put her son up for ridicule for years to come.  Imagine what his young associates will do with the photo which will be passed around their cell phones and pasted on Facebook.  Shame on you Ms. Grumet and shame on you Time magazine for placing financial gain in front of a child’s well-being.



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Anderson Cooper Slams Moveon.org

Posted by Steve Markowitz on May 9, 2012

CNN host Anderson Cooper showed remarkable backbone and integrity last week when he took on MoveOn.org.  During the interview with MoveOn’s Justin Ruben on AC 360 posted below, Cooper took the Leftist organization to task for deceptive advertising that portrayed the Republican Party as being against women’s health issues.

The tenuous connection that MoveOn used to portray Republicans as being anti-women relates to the debate in the Senate to extend the low-interest student loans.  While the Republicans agreed to the extension, they demanded cuts in programs in the Health and Human Services Department to offset the required increased spending for students.

MoveOn’s advertisement parroted the talking points offered last week by House Democrat Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi who said:

In order to pay for it, (Republicans) are going to make an assault on women’s health, make another assault on women’s health, continue our assault on women’s health and pay for this with prevention initiatives that are in effect right now for childhood immunization; for screening for breast cancer, for cervical cancer; and for initiatives to reduce birth defects – a large part of what the Center for Disease Control does in terms of prevention.”

Anderson Cooper correctly pointed out to MoveOn’s Ruben that the cuts were across the board, affecting men as well as women.  Further, President Obama last year proposed similar cuts.  As shown in the video, Ruben was unrepentant and continued the attack on Republicans.  Like many Progressives, Ruben would not allow facts to get in the way MoveOn’s propaganda.

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Obama’s Disingenuous Comments About Working Women

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 14, 2012

Barack Obama has a habit of coming speaking eloquent words that do not match reality.  Such was the case recently in his response to the furor over Hillary Rosen’s nasty attack on Ann Romney.  Rosen attacked Romney relating to her being a stay-at-home mom.

Rosen, a Democratic strategist, has visited the White House approximately 35 times since Obama was elected.  President Obama, instead of directly taking on Rosen’s comments, did his typical two step.  In the video below, with a straight face, Obama incredibly said: “We did not have the luxury for her not to work“, referring to he and Michelle’s working arrangement as they raised their young daughters.  Let’s see, both graduated Ivy League schools and both were lawyers making six figures.

Mr. President, either you or Michelle could have stayed home with your children.  You both made different choices.  Your attempt to re-create history is related to guilt or a desire to be grouped with a part of America that you lived above.

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Iranian Cleric Clams Female Promiscuity Causes Earthquakes

Posted by Steve Markowitz on April 20, 2010

A senior Iranian cleric has come up with a unique theory as to the cause of earthquakes; women.  According to the Guardian UK, acting head cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi claimed in last week’s Friday sermon:

“Many women who do not dress modestly … lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which increases earthquakes.”

What can we do to avoid being buried under the rubble?  There is no other solution but to take refuge in religion and to adapt our lives to Islam’s moral codes.”

Yikes!  This would be humorous if Iran was not a theocracy run by a bunch of thugs looking to obtain nuclear weapons.

This latest Iranian rant brings into focus how ill-advised President Obama’s outreach to Iran has been.  Any country run by people this unstable is not a partner that can be negotiated with.   Negotiation is the art of compromise that implies competent parties on both sides.

Why are all the Liberals silent when the radical Iranian regime spouts this nonsense?  Where is the supposed worldwide women’s movement?  Their silence tells much about their character.

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