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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

ERA Reintroduced in Congress

The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down a very sensible decision in a big case brought by the feminists against the giant company Wal-Mart. The feminists tried to patch together a class-action suit of a million and a half current and former female employees, and demand that damages be paid to all of them for alleged sex discrimination. They lost; the Supreme Court ruled that the women's complaints were not sufficiently similar to be packaged in a class-action suit.

The professional feminists were very upset by this decision because they were planning on getting big bucks from Wal-Mart and resurrecting some of their off-the-wall theories about wage discrimination. Particularly disturbing was the much repeated feminist commentary that the Wal-Mart decision proves we must change our "attitudes." The feminists need to be firmly told that we don't want the Supreme Court to tell us what our "attitudes" should be. We have a constitutional right to decide our own "attitudes."

The feminists have used the Wal-Mart decision as a springboard to re-introduce the long debunked Equal Rights Amendment, known as ERA, which was debated for ten years, 1972 to 1982, and defeated when it failed to achieve ratification by three-fourths of the states. The Supreme Court then declared ERA dead. In ten years of hearings before various state legislatures, ERA feminists were never able to show that the Equal Rights Amendment would give a single benefit to women, while opponents were able to show many ways that ERA would hurt women. The principal goals sought by the ERA feminists were to require taxpayer funding of abortions, same-sex marriage, and the interchangeabilty of the sexes in everything touched by law including the military.

Fortunately, ERA was defeated, and it ought to remain buried. The 2010 elections gave us one more striking proof that American women have all the rights and opportunities that men enjoy.

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