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There was an enormous uproar over Imus’ comments about the Rutger’s ladies basketball team. And rightly so.  Rap artists have been put on notice that their lyrics warrant reform – especially the lyrics that objectify women.  And rightly so.  However, the ill treatment of women is not new unfortunately.   I am by no means suggesting that this justifies the ill treatment of women.  How are women mistreated?  Consider how scantily clad women parade around a boxing rink to announce the next round; or consider the ‘use of women’ at professional car races; or consider the ‘use of women’ at car shows to bait men; or consider the ‘use of women’ on billboards advertising alcohol.  Or consider how little cheerleaders are wearing.  Or consider the pervasive problem in our world in which women are abused by men (of all walks of life).  Or consider the workplace.  A man and a woman who have the same credentials (work experience, education) are still paid differently.  Why?  In the first century, a woman was considered irrational and her testimony in court was dismissed as untrustworthy. 

I ask the men – what’s going on?  Real men will stand up and say, ‘enough is enough’ and defend the cause of women!


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