Erasing Women: How Both Sides Contribute to the Media Blackout on Female Pro-Lifers
There's no doubt that the pro-life movement needs to continue bringing women to the forefront. These women—women from all walks of life, from the grassroots to the halls of power—have a crucial role to play in one of the defining issues of our time. And we need to keep in mind that we live in a visual culture, where a picture can launch a good deal more than a thousand words. As I wrote in my book, a media storm over another photo, just a few years ago, caused its share of damage to the pro-life movement—damage that could easily have been avoided. More care needs to be taken to avoid getting into these "photo op from hell" situations.
But as all this happens—and it is happening, however slowly—mainstream institutions such as the media, the government, the schools, and the entertainment industry need to recognize that these women exist and have voices worth hearing. If women like Carolyn Maloney and Susan Thistlethwaite are going to do all they can to erase from view any women with whom they disagree, then they themselves are perpetuating the very marginalization they claim to be against. And that forces one to ask, just how "pro-woman" are they in reality?
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