My post yesterday, Anti-Abortion Feminists: An Oxymoron in Search of the Gullible, was written after I watched a Republican woman on MSNBC, criticizing the organizers of the Women’s March for not including an Anti-Abortion Feminist Organization as a march sponsor. My annoyed reaction was visceral because the subject of abortion is a hot button item with me. I didn’t realize that there was a widespread discussion of the dis-invitation throughout the media, which was affecting the discussion of the “March“. Looking more into the background of this particular issue, as it applied to the “March“, I discovered that a tiny group known as New Wave Feminists(NWF) had first been added to “March“ sponsorship and then dis-invited. Let’s look at what this group stands for and then try to parse out what their real purpose is.
From the “About“ section of the NWF website:
New Wave Feminists are here to take feminism back from those who have corrupted it. Sometime before we were born our womanhood was traded for a handful of birth control pills, the “privilege” to degrade ourselves in playboy,and the “right” to abort our children.
It’s time for the return of common sense feminism which refuses to exploit women in the name of liberation and create victims while settling for equality. Instead, we will live up to our full potential and demand others rise up to that level as we embrace how strong and bad ass women truly are.Also, we’re pretty flippin’ funny and have totally rad hair.
My curiosity having been piqued by what this group was about, I took some time to look at their blog and other materials, to find out just what they stood for. This was not easy since there seemed to be nothing that clearly laid out just what are the guiding principles of NWF. In trying to glean what NWF believes in I skimmed the 111 posts from the beginning of their Blog in 2011. In comparison this will be my 447th blog post published since ElephantTail began August 2015. This comparison is made not to boast of my ability to write often, but to emphasize that I am only one individual with little resources, not a 501c organization that seems to be able to travel the country spreading their message. Yet even in my innocuous little blog, one is able to clearly understand what my political beliefs are, especially from my post Why I Am a Radical and What That Means. It can therefore be reasonably inferred that NWF wants to avoid the specifics of who they really are, because with the specifics, people are less likely to support them. This is why.
Destiny Herndon-DeLaRosa of Dallas, TX is Director of Marketing at Architect Search Inc. and is the Founder and President of New Wave Feminists. Destiny, who writes professionally, has also created almost all the content for NWF’s website and FACEBOOK page. Destiny’s CV shows that she writes for the Conservative Dallas Morning News as an OpEd contributor and blogging columnist. Destiny has also co-hosted an anti-abortion TV show and has had an active career as a marketer and author. For a relatively young person, Destiny’s accomplishments seem prodigious. Interestingly though, Destiny portrays herself in most of her writings as a stay-at-home mom of four young children. Destiny also admits that her mother was unwed at the time of her birth and that her birth father had nothing to do with her. Destiny also relates that she too was an unwed mother at 16 who has little to do with her first child’s father. Destiny uses these biographical facts to give her cache to discuss abortion and to make the point that had she, or her mother, aborted, their children would not exist. also to add context, Destiny styles herself a “lifelong Conservative“, who has a “leeriness of big government“.
From all of the NWF writings I can discern the following beliefs of this organization.
- ALL abortions are murder and should be treated that way by the State.
- There should be no exception for the above including those incidences of rape, incest or health of the mother.
- When it comes to health of the mother vs. the fetus, the rights of the fetus prevail.
- Birth control pills should be outlawed.
- Planned Parenthood is a phony organization and should be de-funded.
- America’s original Feminists were against abortion [not true]and so today’s pro-choice feminists are not authentic feminists, only those like NWF are legitimate feminists.
So no matter the obfuscation, the anti-abortion issue always must come down to religious beliefs, bolstered by pseudo-conservative dogma and supported by a belief that sexuality for pleasure alone is sinful. In our country, where our First Amendment to the Constitution is averse to establishing a State Religion, the only way to reach in and deny women the choice over what happens to their bodies, is to deem abortion murder. I don’t believe abortion is murder, yet I have no problem with those who believing it is, choose not to terminate a pregnancy. However, who in hell are these preachers of a false morality to want the government to step in and not allow a female to freely choose whether she wants to have a child? For a Conservative, who believes in minimal government, Destiny want it to be very intrusive where the right of a female to choose is concerned. No matter how wise in the ways of the younger generation a person like Destiny is, she is merely using her skills to promote what is clearly an anti-feminist ideology and doing so with a duplicity crafted to sound honest. She, her organization and others of their ilk should be free to join the Women’s March, but they had no business being represented as one of the sponsors.