Now that Hilary Rosen has apologized to Ann Romney for her absurd remarks about stay at home mothers, let us turn our attention to where an actual 'war on women' is occurring.
The Democratic Republic of Congo, forged from centuries of strife and influence of colonial powers that came and went, is the worst place in the world to be a woman. Rosen's remarks and the firestorm of comments that followed demonstrate the great fortune we have in the United States. We have freedom from fear. Here we can debate about whether to choose a career, or motherhood, or attempt to balance both. In Congo, the choices are about how to survive, escape routes and living with shame after rape. According to a study released by the American Journal of Public Health in May 2011, there are an estimated 1,152 women and girls between the ages of 15 and 49 brutally raped every day in Congo. That translates to roughly 1,373,184 rapes since the day of President Barack Obama's inauguration.
The selfishness in Rosen's comment about Ann Romney's decision to stay home and raise a family sparked outrage for partisans. For me, it was yet another reminder where liberal feminists assume they drive the agenda for every woman. They defend President Obama and his record with women, health care and foreign policy. Rosen does not speak for me. I have not devoted my life as a mother, or my career dedicated to women that survive gang rapes, fistula, oppression, female genital mutilation, forced child marriage, autocannibalism and other traumas to be told what constitutes being a 'real' woman. Nor do I appreciate the voices saying this is a manufactured outrage.
The entire episode illuminates just how isolated the political class has become. Women and girls should take heed and not allow themselves to be traded on the media market as political chattle. Vote with your pocket book, stay informed and speak for yourself.