Mercedes Allen

REAL Women Selectively Oppose Human Rights?

Filed By Mercedes Allen | August 02, 2009 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, The Movement
Tags: Canada, canadian museum for human rights, human rights abuses, real women of canada, Winnipeg, women's rights

Before being deposed by the current minority Conservative government, the federal Liberals began work on the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, to be built in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As the building is underway and the Advisory Committee is being developed to oversee what is to be included, an organization called REAL Women of Canada has rushed to conservamedia to complain that 11 of the 16 advisors chosen have been linked to feminism and may also not be homophobic. We wouldn't want womens' rights and LGBT rights to be considered human rights, after all.

To this end, they're pushing far right organizations to flood the museum administration and Conservative Government with letters and emails, "to take part in the consultations to ensure that a wider diversity of human rights concerns are included," such as:

  1. the rights of the unborn,
  2. the rights of non-conformist family-oriented women and girls who don't adhere to radical feminist ideologies,
  3. the rights of men who have been marginalized while feminist special interest groups have taken center stage in Canadian policy.

REAL (Realistic, Equal, Active, for Life) Women of Canada is a non-governmental, non-denominational Canadian organization that claims special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. They don't discourage women from working (that's not an economic possibility for many families nowadays anyway), but have a mandate that still favours homemaking and idealizes domesticity where possible. Their mission statement says, "We come from all walks of life, occupations, social and economic backgrounds. Some members work full or part time outside the home, while some mainly work in the home. We represent a broad spectrum of Canadian women who, until our formation, did not have a public forum in which to express their views."

Views that once you dig further are actively anti-abortion, anti-LGBT and anti-feminism. Though non-denominational, they've cited biblical doctrines on occasion and networked closely with Catholic and Evangelical organizations (such as, a Catholic-influenced media arm of Campaign Life Coalition). Of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, they warn:

"Clearly, it is to serve as a propaganda device to promote and affirm feminist/homosexual ideology and a left-wing interpretation of human rights as "progress" in Canada. Such "progress" would include abortion on demand, lesbian/homosexual rights and benefits, pay equity, affirmative action and the denigration of men whom feminists regard as dangerous because of the "patriarchal" society. Feminist "human rights" breakthroughs in family law, in regard to custody and access and in sexual assault, pursuant to which men have been severely undermined, will also undoubtedly be included in the museum displays."

Maybe it's just me, but women who oppose pay equity and legal victories for women relating to custody and access in sexual assault completely boggle my mind. Even Affirmative Action gets dissected and criticized by REAL as "reverse discrimination against qualified males as well as minority groups such as ethnics and native people." Indeed, the "rights of men who have been marginalized" by feminism ranks high in the mandate. One can't help but think of the conservative joy at being able to prop up women like Sarah Palin to advance patriarchal and anti-woman agendas.

If you are Canadian and this isn't your idea of what's best for real women, keep in mind that the activist machine is being mobilized to colour the complexion of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights. You're well within your right to contact them too, and commend them for acknowledging ALL human rights struggles, rather than selectively deleting women and gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans persons for not aligning with certain ideologies.

Members of Parliament contact info:

To contact the Museum:
Canadian Museum for Human Rights
269 Main Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3C 1B3

(204) 289-2000
Outside of Winnipeg region
Fax (204)289-2001

Web page contact form:

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"the rights of the unborn"

While I'm totally prochoice, I would say that they might have a point in wanting the other point of view. However, the next two...

"the rights of non-conformist family-oriented women and girls who don't adhere to radical feminist ideologies"

What about them?

"the rights of men who have been marginalized while feminist special interest groups have taken center stage in Canadian policy."

Aside from some legal custodial issues, how have men been marginalized by feminism?

Sounds like the Canadian version of Concerned Women of America who strangely enough always seemed to have men as rise to speculations of repugican crossdressers.

Anti-woman women are nothing's called patriarchal brainwashing.

In the recent series of meetings the Canadian Museum for Human Rights organization held in Ottawa I attended their roundtable discussion.

It was a most interesting discussion, my table included an activist on the Palestinian and Israeli issue, an Armenian, a representative of a disability rights organization, a representative of an abortion clinic and representative of the union movement.

I specifically choose not to sit with any of the gay and lesbian community in this city because, well, I wanted to see how those outside the rather hothouse atmosphere of the LGBt community would react to my advocacy.

We were video and audio taped, and signed releases for these records.

I argued from the simple perspective that, unlike all the others represented, transsexual people are unique in that our human rights have not be formally recognized. All the other populations are speaking, as important as they are, from a perspective of substantive rights.

And we have the women's movement to thank for the formal/substantive analysis.

My simple argument is that for an idea museum, which the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will be, the struggle for the formal human rights of transsexual people represents the only way in the current historical moment to follow such a struggle from almost the beginning to the end.

Something no other population can claim.

An extended teachable moment as it were.

I do not claim to represent anything other than what is right and appropriate, as well as logical for those who can see with clarity not only what an idea museum is, but also what the struggle for formal human rights is--a rarity in the modern world.

For further information on what an idea museum is, the website of the principle consultants to this project, Lord Cultural Resources,, can be accessed.

twinkie1cat | August 5, 2009 12:22 AM

Conservatives have rights too. And if progressive people are unwilling to let them be represented under the same rules as they themselves are, then they are endangering their own rights. Build the museum with a room for conservative groups or look at ways to group all the exhibits by topic such as "Women's Rights. Many Viewpoints". I would think an exhibit with Gov George Wallace saying "Segregation now..." and quotes by various hate groups next to a bloodied Freedom Rider and Dr. KIng reciting "I Have a Dream" would be very powerful. So would Jerry Falwell next to Troy Perry and Harvey Milk in the gay rights exhibit. And yes, include quotes from other gay haters too. Don't put anyone down. Let the viewers decide the issues. Let the wrong headed ones convict themselves.

Doing it this way would make a powerful study of the history of human rights even if some of the exhibits make viewers want to vomit. Just don't allow the anti abortionist put up pictures of dead fetuses nor the pro choice people include pictures of women with infections from illegal abortions.

Hey radical reactionary bitch responding to ur 1960's burn that f--ckin baby outta me mineset, but shit I'm a guy so guess i should just shut my mouth cuz some matriarchal bitch is pontificating . Dog shit hope your not one of the bra burning abortion mamma's from the slitherin flower power era,Acid burning human fetuses is so nazi, so liberal.