Feminists for double-standards?

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: April 25, 2013
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Most citizens believe sexist double-standards shouldn't be tolerated. So what to do when double-standards are voiced by self-proclaimed feminists? Comments made this week at Pink Wave 2013, a rally sponsored by the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice at the state Capitol, raise the question.

Not surprisingly, rally speakers attacked Oklahoma lawmakers who support anti-abortion legislation, arguing that the decision should be left to women.

But at the same event, Martha Skeeters, OCRJ president, complained Oklahoma leads the nation in incarcerated women. She argued alternative sentencing would allow mothers to stay with their children.

We support diversion programs, but we find Skeeters' logic bizarre. If women can be trusted to make their own decisions and live with the consequences when it comes to having an abortion, shouldn't the same standard apply to women who decide to break the law?

And why stress the separation of mothers from their children when incarceration also separates fathers from children (not to mention the permanent separation that abortion creates)? Should the law treat criminal parents differently based on gender when each commits the same crime?

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