A few weeks ago, I had noticed (filed but not read) the August 23, 2009, issue of The New York Times Magazine: A Women’s Crusade (Kristof), but today, this reflection on the article got my attention.
…I was struck by how these articles were able to document in detail the detrimental effects of patriarchy—not just the psychological but also the physical, economic, and social. Too often in current political and religious debates, the role of women is treated as a matter of taste, a lifestyle choice. This issue underscores the old maxim that the personal is the political. Patriarchy starves people. Aborts people. Batters and rapes people. And 100 million human beings are missing because of it.