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‘Hi, We’re Lesbian Feminists and We’re Here to Talk to Your Daughter About Sex’

Posted on | August 10, 2014 | 141 Comments

Carmen Rios (@c_rios) is a “raging lesbian feminist” who is (a) communications coordinator for the Feminist Majority Foundation, and (b) a columnist for the lesbian blog Autostraddle.


On her Twitter account, Rios calls herself the “Tweeter-in-Chief” for the Feminist Majority Foundation’s account @Majority Speaks, which means Rios was responsible for this message:

That message linked a blog post at the Feminist Majority Foundation’s blog, which cites a study that claims: “Children should begin receiving formal education about sexual health as early as age 10″ because “sexuality and gender identity begin emerging between the ages of 10 and 14.” It’s important to reach kids while they are “still malleable,” the researchers said:

“If programs, based on the healthy adolescent framework, rooted in human rights and gender equity, are implemented at a time when adolescents are still malleable and relatively free of sexual and reproductive health problems and gender role bias, very young adolescents can be guided safely through this life stage, supported by their parents, families and communities.”

Hmmm. They want to target these programs, based on “gender equity,” at kids who “are still malleable and relatively free of . . . gender role bias.” What do you think those terms “gender equity” and “gender role bias” mean? And why are Carmen Rios and the Feminist Majority Foundation so excited about this? If you were a suspicious type of person, you might wonder about such things.

People sometimes ask me, “Stacy, where do you find this crazy stuff?” In this case, I was looking for some information about university Women’s Studies programs and — thank you, Carmen Rios! — encountered a very interesting Autostraddle article:

Rebel Girls: The Illustrated (And Quite
Condensed) History of Women’s Studies

Among other things, Ms. Rios reported in that article:

Ms. magazine found that over 900 programs in the women’s studies field were functioning in the US in 2009. That meant 10,000 courses teaching over 90,000 students at 700 colleges and universities across the nation were fueling critical thought on gender, class, race and sexuality. That included 31 Master’s programs and 13 Ph.D. programs across the country and the world.

This was the information I was looking for — data on the number of Women’s Studies programs and their enrollment — and it is further helpful to know that (a) Ms. magazine is published by the Feminist Majority Foundation, and (b) this research about Women’s Studies was done “with generous support from the Ford Foundation.” However, Carmen Rios’ article at Autrostraddle did not merely chronicle the history and provide statistical data about Women’s Studies. She included this bit of colorful commentary:

In the early 2000s, academics across the discipline grappled with a title for their field. . . .
Is it Gender Studies? Women’s Studies? Women’s And Gender Studies? Sexuality Studies? Gender and Sexuality Studies? LGBT Studies? Queer Studies? Feminist Studies? . . .
Coursework in a women’s studies class today might cover issues of race, sexuality, gender expression and identity, sexualization and socialization of women, global women’s rights and various international diaspora, history, art or peace. Women’s Studies remains an interdisciplinary field, making its name all the more difficult to decide on. Is it Women’s History and Theory, or is the program really Lesbo Recruitment 101?

She said that, not me, although it is helpful to have — from the communications coordinator of the Feminist Majority Foundation, no less — such a frank admission of the not-so-hidden agenda in Women’s Studies as it is generally taught on American college campuses. And obviously, “the personal is the political” for Carmen Rios:

Women’s Studies Saved My Life, And
I Want It To Change Yours, Too

I think women’s studies saved my life, but I don’t know what that means. Maybe that I’m not good at anything else – that I failed at being normal, that I failed at falling into line, that I failed at being everyone else, that I’ll never talk to God. . . .

(This is another possible definition of “feminist” — a woman who has “failed at being normal.”)

When I was 17, I took my first women’s studies class. I was still in high school, but I had elected to take courses at the local community college. . . .

(Got to reach ‘em early, you see.)

The woman at the helm of this experience was named Bonnie. “I try to remain impartial about most things,” she told us, “except for two: Ronald Reagan and Phyllis Schafly.”
That was when everything changed. . . .

(Not that there’s any political agenda involved, you see.)

I was raised a feminist — albeit one who, before this class, knew almost nothing of my foremothers or the movement I would come to call home. . . .
Then one day, I was 17, and Hillary Clinton was running for President, and every day I would eat yogurt with granola at the café in the student center and swing my legs while I read from our textbooks for my course. I started to realize how connected I was to something so much larger than myself, and how important it was for me to recognize that, to own it, to live it. . . . This one course had shifted my core. It had shattered my entire understanding of the world. . . .
For me, the rest is herstory: I graduated high school, became a women’s studies major and a raging lesbian feminist in college, and moved into the non-profit sector. I went into that movement and never came back out — and now, I do my best in my professional life to bring it to everyone else.

How many times do I have to repeat it? Feminism is a journey to lesbianism. Women’s Studies is a vehicle for that journey, as Carmen Rios is honest enough to admit. It’s interesting to see how prominent she was as a student at American University in 2011:

You’ve definitely heard her name around campus or at least seen her and her hard-to-miss hairdo crossing the quad on a mission. Frankly, if you haven’t, you don’t even go here. Carmen Rios, current director of Women’s Initiative (WI) is a staple on American University’s campus. She’s got wild hair and a feisty attitude to match. . . .
Carmen was a big part of Slut Walk DC back in the summer [of 2011] and even spoke at the event! Because she came to DC, she was able to nail awesome internships like Holla Back DC!, a grassroots organization aimed at ending sexual harassment and assault in DC. As well as the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, which conducts research geared toward the needs of women to promote public dialog, and the Feminist Majority Foundation (FMF), which promotes women’s equality and empowerment. . . .
Keep an eye out for some study breaks and big events this spring from Women’s Initiative! They’ll be hosting The Vagina Monologues, celebrating Women’s History Month in March, and, of course, Take Back the Night will take place in April again.

You can read the whole thing, but there are two words you won’t find in that feature profile: “gay” or “lesbian.” Why would this campus publication omit these terms from an article about the student director of American University’s Women’s Initiative, when she herself identified as a “raging lesbian”? Never mind. The more relevant point is her involvement with events like Slut Walk DC and “Take Back the Night,” both of which are about rape. Campus activism about rape provides a means of disseminating the core message of feminist ideology, i.e., that men are evil and dangerous and that male sexuality is inherently violent and oppressive to women. She won an award for this:

Carmen Rios, current Director of Women’s Initiative, was the co-recipient of the Feminist Research Award for her efforts to end sexual violence on college campuses. Rios says, “the topic of sexual violence is consistently relevant to college-aged women, since one out of every four undergraduate women will experience sexual assault.”

This “one out of every four” claim is a phony statistic lacking empirical support. But who needs facts when you’ve got an ideology?

As anti-rape strategies go, becoming a “raging lesbian feminist in college” could arguably be effective, which may be why lesbian feminists so frequently lament that their numbers are so few. According to a Huffington Post survey last year, only 18 percent of women identify themselves as feminists, and only 5 percent call themselves “strong” feminists. By a 32-29 margin, a larger percentage of women consider “feminist” a negative term than a positive term. And despite decades of gay activism, about 98 percent of women are heterosexual, according to government research.

Fanatical ideologues are not easily deterred, however. If decades of campus activism aimed at turning college girls into man-haters — Women’s Studies as “Lesbo Recruitment 101,” as Ms. Rios calls it — have so far failed to have the intended effect, then obviously they need to reach girls at an earlier age. There might be some parental resistance, of course, if these radicals were honest, showing up at your local elementary school and declaring: “Hi, we’re lesbian feminists and we’re here to talk to your daughter about sex.”

Instead, the American Association of University Women has started advocating to implement “gender studies” programs in public high schools, and the Feminist Majority Foundation is enthusiastic about the prospect of teaching 10-year-olds about “sexuality and gender identity” with a focus on “gender equity” while girls “are still malleable and relatively free of . . . gender role bias.” Now, if only they can do something to stop all those heteronormative Disney cartoons . . .





 

 

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  • SoItGoes

    And they killed Ernst Roehm, and then they killed a whole bunch other homosexuals for being homosexual.

    http://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/online-features/special-focus/nazi-persecution-of-homosexuals

    Ernst Roehm being gay isnot an argument against what the Nazis actually did to homosexuals.

    How about Himmler?

    “Anyone who thinks of homosexual *love* is our enemy. We reject anything which emasculates our people and makes it a plaything for our enemies, for we know that life is fight, and it is madness to think that men will ever embrace fraternally”
    Heinrich Himmler, 14 May 1928

    “I wish to explore a few ideas on the subject of homosexuality. Amongst certain homosexuals there exists the following point of view: “what I do is of no importance to anyone else, it is a personal and private matter”. Everything which touches upon sexual matters ceases to be private when the life or death of a nation depends on it. It is the difference between world domination or annihilation.

    A nation with many children can gain supremacy and mastery of the wordl. A pure race with few children already as one foot in the grave; in fifty or a hundred years it will be of no significance; in two hundred years it will be extinct. It is essential to realise that if we allow this infection to continue in Germany without being able to fight it, it will be the end of Germany, of the Germanic world. Unfortunately this is not the simple matter it was for our forefathers. For them, the few isolated cases were simply abnormalities; they drowned them in bogs. Those who found bodies in the mire did not know that in 90% of the cases they found themselves face to face with a homosexual who had been drowned with all his belongings. This was not punishment, more the simple elimination of this particular abnormality. It is vital we rid ourselves of them; like weed we must pull them up, throw them on the fire and burn them. This is not out of a spirit of vengeance, but of necessity; these creatures must be exterminated. ”

    Sounds like something you, Jeanette, and Federale might have thought up.

  • SoItGoes

    Speculation, and extrapolation are not facts, homophobe.

  • SoItGoes

    Nazi policy was to target homosexuals for persecution, and death. To deny that is to be a holocaust denier, moron.

    http://www.ushmm.org/information/exhibitions/online-features/special-focus/nazi-persecution-of-homosexuals

  • Zohydro

    I’ve learnt at Autostraddle that the darling Ms. Rios is an admirer of Angela Davis… This might explain thet hair!

  • ndmike12

    “If less than 5% of the population is gay, clearly I know all the gay women on earth”

    Five percent of the U.S. population is about 15 million people, and five percent of the world population would be a few hundred million people, by my rough estimation. No one knows that many people, even superficially. Apparently math is a tool of the patriarchy.

  • The Osprey

    An Italian freeway? Oh that’s Autostrada. Never mind.

  • SOG

    Apparently you’re a dick. It should’ve been obvious she was joking.

  • The Osprey

    The ‘fro was a symbol of resistance to “The Man” in the late ’60′s and early ’70′s…just ask Eric “Slap Mah ‘fro!” Holder…

  • The Opsrey

    Hey! Hey! Chick looks like a dude!

  • The Osprey

    Brilliant!

  • Zohydro

    Schmelfelch…

  • Zohydro

    I’ve worried a lot about Ebola lately and the disproportionate impact it may have on our vulnerable (immunocompromised) LGBTQIAP+ community..

  • The Osprey

    I forgot the “in Color” part…how non-inclusive of me, but what do you expect from a Patriarchal Person of Pallor…

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  • Nan

    But they keep telling us that they’re born that way.

  • Nan

    No. Only 1-2% of the population is gay. Ask Camille Paglia how that happens; she said because of dysfunctional families.

  • Nan

    Natural law is written on man’s heart. Gays commit suicide because they turn from God and don’t realize that He loves them no matter what and is ready to forgive them.

  • Nan

    Plus, you interpret the facts through your heteropterodactyl world view so you’re obviously wrong. Hater.

  • Nan

    Yes. I’m sorry that you hate so much.

  • concern00

    I find it more amusing to consider how we’ve managed to turn a virus with relatively low contagion into a global pandemic. Ebola is only slightly more contagious, but I don’t think it renders you as likely to perform further deviant sexual acts.

    I thinks it could slot in nicely with the initializm of deviancy and disease. LGBTQOMGWTFBBQAIDS

  • Nan

    Homosexuals weren’t their main target. That was Jews. Along iwth anyone else who objected to their platform or who they found to be objectionable.

  • Nan

    No. To deny that their objective was to kill all the Jews is to be a holocaust denier. The main target was the jews.

  • ndmike12

    Guilty as charged. I do regret the line about the patriarchy. I usually go with something about having been told there would be no math.

    And whether or not it was intended literally, a quick estimate of the number of people we’re talking about illustrates why this is not the kind of question that can be illuminated by appeal to personal experience.

    Besides, why should it matter whether the true figure is 20% or .2%? The point is we’re talking about an objectively large number of human beings, regardless of their number relative to the total population. Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is not wrong because X% of the population is gay; it’s wrong because it’s wrong to mistreat another human being like that.

  • john kerry

    This dude’s mother is/ was a declared lesbo before being pronged by big bad Bill. In many ways I find the mayor of NY combo more nauseating than the fiction in the White House.

  • Nan

    Not even on facebook?

  • TroubleAtTheMine

    You are trying to conflate recruiting young – and sometimes very young – people to homosexuality, with general accusations of trying to “bring society down.” Those are not equal accusations. People who don’t want their children recruited – and don’t bother denying it because we all know about NAMBLA, they used to march in Pride not that many years ago – are not actually the same as Nazis who want all Jews dead. Kill all jews =/=don’t want my child recruited by homosexuals. See the difference?

    And you are dreaming a gay, gay dream if you think it’s only conservatives who care.

  • Werewolf

    Hi, I’m a traditional valued Christian father. Step one foot towards my daughter and I’ll rip your deviant spine out and beat your girlfriend to death with it.

  • TroubleAtTheMine

    Well put.

  • Quartermaster

    But RSM is a butt hurt H8er.

  • Quartermaster

    I don’t think Dan is talking about anatomy. :-)

  • Quartermaster

    Hilarious! That contains more than a grain of truth too.

  • Quartermaster

    Why regret the line about patriarchy? They certainly believe that way.

  • Finrod Felagund

    Look, bottom line is conservatives are always wrong.

    This is what passes for “logic” amongst the brain-dead Left: they assume they’re always right, therefore they think they’ve won every argument before it’s begun.

  • Philip

    Oh wow this is hilariously misguided.

  • The Osprey

    Oh, check this out…”Lesbian Bridezillas”
    …history shows again and again how nature points out the folly of WOMYN…LESZILLA!

    (My apologies to BOC.)

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/08/11/Lesbian-Bridezillas-Gone-Wild

  • maxh

    Yeah, violent threats and insults are definitely a level-headed way of dealing with people different from you.

  • Werewolf

    Get caught talking to any self-respecting father’s daughters about lesbian sex, or sex of any other kind. See if the response you get will be “level-headed”.

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