Sunday, November 28, 2010

UN: Discrimination Against Men Is Fine

Recently, the United States Senate held the first round of hearings on the ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Despite having been adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, the treaty has never been ratified by the Senate.

The National Organization for Women (NOW) and other supporters claim, “in agreeing to ratify CEDAW, countries agree to take concrete action to improve the status of women and girls.” NOW applauds countries such as France for improving “maternity leave and child care for women working outside the home” after having ratified the UN Women’s Treaty...

In a misguided attempt to promote equality, the UN Women’s Treaty calls for the complete elimination of sex roles, and all policies – no matter how effective – recognizing gender differences. According to feminist author Christina Hoff Sommers, if implemented in the United States, CEDAW “would be a weapon for hard-line feminists in groups like NOW to wield against the rest of us.” The Treaty’s egalitarian feminist provisions threaten both the advancement of women and “the privacy, well-being, and basic freedoms of Americans.”

The treaty is not an attempt to promote equality. It's an attempt to end discrimination against women while permitting discrimination against men.

International treaties have to be ratified by the Senate. Yet another reason to repeal the 17th Amendment!

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