Carey Roberts
Obama women's council tells its first lie
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By Carey Roberts
March 22, 2009

The Maidens of Mendacity are at it again, only this time they're speaking from the bully pulpit that President Obama himself established. A couple weeks ago President Obama established the White House Council on Women and Girls. During the March 11 ceremony, Obama explained, "It's not enough to only have individual women's offices at different agencies, or only have one office in the White House."

The very next morning the Office's director, Valerie Jarrett, went on NPR Morning Edition. This is what Jarrett had to say: "Domestic violence is still a major issue, not just for women but also for girls."

Within those 15 well-crafted words lurk two shameless lies.

First, domestic violence is a "major issue" only in the minds of feminists who are hell-bent on breaking up families on bogus accusations of abuse, as well as the self-anointed abuse "experts" who plead poverty to donors as they settle in to $100,000 compensation packages.

Each year an estimated 600 Americans are struck by lightning — that's according to the National Weather Service. And each year fewer than 1,500 Americans — men and women — are murdered by their intimate partners.

Being struck by lightning or wacked off by your partner isn't the most pleasant thought, of course. But the domestic violence industry has created a hysteria that rivals the events that took place following a false claim of rape by three Duke lacrosse players.

Ready for the second lie? I know this riles chivalrous conservatives as much as dyed-in-the-wool liberals. But the fact remains,

Women are more likely than men to instigate partner violence. This is the main finding of a Centers for Disease Control study, which found in cases of one-way violence, women were the aggressors 71% of the time: http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/42/15/31-a

Ironically, female violence is far more likely to be discounted or ignored.

When Lindsay Lohan and Samantha Ronson got into a knock-down, drag-out fight at a London nightspot last November, amused bystanders discounted the incident as two girls "fighting like cats and dogs."

When Kelly Killoren Bensimon, star of "The Real Housewives of New York City," was arrested three weeks ago for cutting her boyfriend's eye with a roundhouse punch, the New York Times wiffed on the story. In fact the arrest wasn't reported until a week later when the Daily News picked up on the incident — and even then ran the story on its Gossip page.

Compounding the irony of the whole affair, President Obama had issued a high level Memorandum on March 9. Headlined Scientific Integrity, Obama explained, "Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration." Obama then instructed the federal workforce, "Political officials should not suppress or alter scientific or technological findings and conclusions."

Over 200 scientific studies prove women are equally to blame for partner violence: http://www.csulb.edu/~mfiebert/assault.htm . But three days after her boss's directive was issued, Valerie Jarrett chose to shred the well-established scientific finding.

Domestic violence is an issue that concerns men and women, boys and girls. For President Obama's Office on Women and Girls, that appears to be an inconvenient truth.

© Carey Roberts

 

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Carey Roberts

Carey Roberts is an analyst and commentator on political correctness. His best-known work was an exposé on Marxism and radical feminism... (more)

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