A recent news story
out of Seattle, Washington about a restaurant serving sushi on a nearly naked
woman has caught my interest. Of course any story about nearly naked women
is going to catch my eye, so to speak, since I am a big fan of women, especially
nearly naked ones.
story has piqued my interest for a very different reason. This story, and
more importantly the reaction of some feminists to it, has really gotten
my mind focusing on the great inconsistencies among many feminists where
women and their choices are concerned.
Seattle area feminists have been up in arms over the alleged exploitation
of the models that choose to allow customers at Bonzai, a Seattle Restaurant
to partake of sushi laid out on their bodies.
the comments against the restaurant’s activity came from Cherry Cayabyab,
president of the Seattle chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s
Forum. “ It’s dehumanizing, the manner in which people are buying and selling
sushi to be eaten off a woman’s body. It’s dehumanizing to be treated like
is certainly a valid view. It is surely less than empowering for women to
so often be thought of as merely sex objects. And certainly many feminists
have done a very valuable service to women by pointing out that women are
not just eye candy or sex objects.
is a problem here with consistency with the feminist message. It can be summed
up in one little word. A word which many feminists have done their level
best to patent as the rallying cry for their pro-abortion ideology. The word
now the word choice has been used to defend abortion on demand. It has been
used to paint abortion as a sacred right without which women would become
little more than baby machines and second-class citizens. Yet this seems
to be the only “choice” feminists believe a woman should have.
the women allowing strangers to eat sushi off their bodies are making a choice
aren’t they? Shouldn’t the tired pro-abortion rhetoric of “my body my choice”
apply to them too? After all, according to feminist ideology, women should
be able to choose for themselves without anyone daring to pass judgment on
women protesting the “dehumanization” of women in Seattle apparently have
forgotten their own ideology. Apparently they really believe that women should
be free to choose only if they make the choices feminists approve of. Certainly
there are other choices women make which do not set too well with many feminists.
at home moms have long been targets of the more radical feminists. They have
found very few friends in the radical feminist camps. Instead they have found
themselves characterized as sellouts and a hindrance to women’ equality.
Forget that raising children is a sacred duty and one that greatly impacts
women choosing to marry and be housewives have been soundly ridiculed for
their choice. They have been characterized as settling for less and as lazy
and hurtful of the women’s movement. Whatever happened to not judging women
for their choices?
also look at how women voting for Conservative political candidates or espousing
Conservative values are attacked by radical feminists. Certainly the choices
these women make are not approved of by the decidedly left-leaning feminists
we so often hear claiming they are defending freedom of choice for all women.
we have all seen how certain “pro-choice” groups like the National Organization
of women have berated Hooters restaurants for employing attractive women
dressed in short-shorts and t-shirts as waitresses. We have heard women posing
nude or scantily clad for magazines or videos criticized by these same allegedly
“pro-choice” groups like NOW.
mind that these women chose to pose for the photos, or chose to work at Hooters.
Their choices are no good, apparently, unless the radical feminists approve
of them. Never mind that women who chose to be stay at home moms or housewives
did so of their own free will. It is increasingly apparent women and freedom
of choice is only to be celebrated as long as they choose according to radical
choice will bring scorn, personal attacks, and venom from the radical feminists.
Clearly these radical feminists want women to be free to choose to kill their
precious unborn children. Clearly they will always defend abortion on demand
and preach about women’s right to control her body. Until a woman decides
to use her body for something feminists disapprove of that is. Clearly a
woman thinking outside the box radical feminists would seek to place her
in will find no support for her choices.
heard feminist talk about the bad old days when women were not free to determine
their own destinies and were not considered equal. Now, these same feminists
are often seeking to protect women’s freedom, as long as women make the choices
radical feminists want them to make!
Doug Hagin resides in Dallas and hopes to one day be a nationally syndicated columnist with his own radio show.