by Jack Lakeman, DP Editor-in-Chief
Tuesday, March 29, 2011,
(EARTH) —Perhaps the greatest unspoken victim of the natural disasters, revolutions and wars that have ravaged the month of March this year has been the very idea of whom the month is suppose to celebrate, says TV icon Oprah Winfrey.
According to the world’s top female media mogul, 2011’s Women’s History Month has been marred beyond redemption, hosting a trail of catastrophes and bloodshed that has been insulting to women all over the world.
“This has been one of the worst months in human history, and especially for women since it’s Women’s History Month,” the 57-year-old queen of talk said in her April edition of “O” magazine. “It has been disgraceful the way people have behaved this particular March. Between the civil war in Libya, riots in the Middle Eastand a killer quakein Japan… Seriously, have people ever stopped to think of how disrespectful they’re being to women by carrying on like this? It’s March, people!”
The audacity of people to have their tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns, rebellions and civil wars during Women’s History Month is another slap in the face to a gender which still has a long way to go towards full equality, Winfrey said. Avoiding any mention of the other big “O,” Winfrey also took a swipe at U.S. “leaders” for helping tarnish Women’s History Month by leading the military strikes against Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi.
Continued Winfrey, “If we, as women, must endure another history month like this we may just have to cancel March all together.”
Although never having officially apologized for hosting this month’s magnitude 9.1 earthquake, Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan has said he is sorry such a tragedy has occurred, and also that he regretted Japan’s failure to secure its nuclear plants against such magnitude quakes. However Kan has still not mentioned Women’s History Month.
Also never having acknowledged or apologized to the world’s women this month has been Libya’s Moammar Gadhafi, Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and Bahrain’s King Hamad Al Khalifa, all of which have had their share of bloody uprisings which have grabbed world headlines this month.
Others Join Winfrey in Outrage
Winfrey may be the most famous critic of March 2011’s turmoil, but she is certainly not the only critic, nor the first. Prominent women’s groups both in the U.S. and abroad have been crying foul since mid-March, after Moammar Gadhafi’s forces began bombing the eastern Libyan city of Ajdabiya to retake it from rebels.
“The amount of bloodshed during this particular month of the year, the Month of the Monthly, has been shamefully staggering in the annals of women’s history,” said Vanessa Valenti, a blogger for UNDispatch.com, a feminist United Nations Foundation watchdog group and co-founder of Feministing.com. Valenti, who is quite attractive, as are several other contributors to Feministing.com (breaking news in itself), said that although world upheaval and catastrophes are not unusual during Women’s History Month, the severity of man-made and natural disasters has been uncanny this year, as well as the reaction of world leaders to the chaos.
“The lack of response of world leaders to how these events spoiled Women’s History Month has been a tragedy itself,” said Valenti. “And we wonder why these disasters occur in the first place if we’re so careless to have them during this month. It’s time we ask ourselves that.”
As late as Monday evening, following President Obama’s national address on the Libyan intervention, Princeton University’s Centre for Women and Gender released a statement critical of Obama for again failing to mention the disrespect of women Gadhafi has shown this month, as well as the insolence shown by the U.S. and NATO in waging war during it.
“President Obama has followed the sad example of other leaders in failing to mention the incalculable slight against women the Libyan and other world crises have been this particular month,” the Centre’s statement read. “We are appalled by the neglect of women’s history during this month of numerous crises. Unfortunately, Women’s History Month, 2011, is beyond salvation. However we passionately urge the international community to plan these unfortunate disasters during more appropriate months in the future. ”