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Let’s Talk About the REAL War on Women

Courageous Sr Anne Marie Walsh: Women “Take Heart”

An open and candid letter to women calling on women to unleash their feminine genius . . .

Sister Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT

Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT
General Sister Servant

PBS recently aired a documentary on women in 6 different countries called, “Half the Sky,” based on the book of the same name, by Nicholas Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn. Countries featured in the documentary were Sierra Leon, where rape as a weapon of choice during the civil war there has now become mainstream; Cambodia, where sex-trafficking brothels are filled with younger and younger girls who are locked up and even caged, made to take “clients” non-stop; Viet Nam where girls, especially from the countryside, are discriminated out of educations and left with little hope for much of a future; Somaliland where genital mutilation still goes on, causing chronic pain and complications, and where a huge percentage of women die in child birth because of these complications and the lack of medical care; India, where the caste system and dire poverty still creates a conducive environment for parents to sell their young girls into brothels, traumatizing them for life and where generational prostitution is an entrenched way of life for many women; Kenya where violence against women is so prevalent that women have begun initiatives of education and microfinance to begin to bring change to their situations. And then there’s China, which wasn’t mentioned, with its one-child policy that has resulted in forced abortions, sterilizations, infanticide (of girls) and a huge gender imbalance which creates fertile ground for human trafficking.

There’s another country where women have been victimized by a powerful propaganda that has brought them to be ashamed of their bodies and the meaning of their bodies. Because of this propaganda, they have sterilized themselves in great numbers and had 50 million of their babies killed in the last 40 years. All this has been done under a euphemism called “women’s reproductive health.”  How it is exactly that women’s healthcare becomes synonymous with ending newly conceived life and mutilating reproductive capacity, is the unasked question. But the underlying falsehood is that women can’t be equal to men unless they are able to kill their offspring and sterilize themselves.

This country of course is the United States of America; and many countries in the West now promote this propaganda. The hidden lie is that women cannot have control of their destiny unless they can get rid of actually what makes them women. So they must have free access.

People say this is a non-issue in this election, that there is no real war against women in this country. Yet, if we don’t get this fundamental question right, everything else is skewed. The question of how we understand woman is a question of primary importance because it affects one half of our population and how that population participates in bringing this country to true greatness.

Make no mistake about this.

The current propaganda has been just as lethal to women and children in the US as anything that goes on in any country in Asia or Africa or Latin America. Any man (or woman) who encourages a woman to think that access to sterilization and abortion will make her equal to men, has rejected her womanhood, and therefore has rejected her as a real person. Are there injustices against women? Of course. Are there things that need to change? Of course. Do women need support in times of crisis and difficulty? Without question. But is this the best answer we are able to come up with?

We have the responsibility to  . . .

vote for the men (and women) who truly support us as women and who do not encourage us to sterilize ourselves and deny who we are as women, expecting us to believe that only this will allow us to participate on an equal footing with men. Let’s vote for those who respect the feminine genius as it was given to us by God and who gladly and gratefully receive our gifts first in family, and then in every other area of human activity. We cannot vote for any man, woman or party that rejects us in the very gift of our womanhood.

In the countries mentioned above, incredible, selfless people, many of them victims themselves, are doing tremendous outreach and helping to change things. They are women (and men) of real courage. They are fighting to bring about real change, raising the standard of women’s lives to what they should be. Some of the answers will need to be rethought. But the positive movement is there. As the documentary says: “women and girls are part of the solution, not the problem.”

Let us say, “No more”

In this country, let us shake off the propaganda daze and stand up. Let us say, “No more” to the lies that drive so much of the political machine! We are a gift precisely as women. Let’s take back control over our own destinies and rid ourselves of these deceptions so we can stand in the light of the Truth about our dignity and the greatness of our calling, precisely as women, to the whole of humanity. And let’s embrace the men who understand this and respect it and move with us, not against us, in the great crisis of this hour!

For women who have been used and deceived by this present culture, take heart! We all have participated in this lie in one way or another. But the good thing is that repentance and change is a movement of the heart, and women are creatures of the heart. And once we realize the deception that has been foisted upon us, the lies that have been used for our own destruction can be stripped of their power, and the feminine genius can then be unleashed for the building up of a true civilization of life and love.

Sr. Anne Marie Walsh, SOLT
General Sister Servant

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11 comments to Let’s Talk About the REAL War on Women

  • Karen Lyons

    I always believe Our Lady appeared to me when I was a child but knocked out unconscious, from a car accident. I have no words to describe Her Beauty, Love and Presence. Mother Mary showed me How Much She Loved me, and immediately I knew She were showing me Jesus through Her Love it were so perfect. The greatest gift of my womanhood always reminds me of Mother Mary and Jesus. I am proud of my Womanhood in thanks to Mother Mary and Jesus. I am not perfect but my womanhood reminds me of Mother Mary’s perfectness, that is why I am so proud of it. I love greatest with my womanhood. My womanhood gives me happiness and strength, that I can share with others through love. Soror tua

  • Ken Kietzman

    Thank you Sister. I would add that China selectively targets girls in their mother’s wombs and the US, we now understand, aborts more fetuses that are feminine than masculine. If we are talking about war then we literally must include killing stati-
    stics.

    Ken Kietzman

  • Savio Sequeira

    Truly a wonderful article. Sister, you are spot on. We should all join together and use all possible means at our disposal to give maximum publicity to this article so that women understand / realise how they are being used, tricked and manipulated by these agents of Satan who claim to stand up for womens’ rights and liberties et al.

    GOD Bless.

  • The truth, unveiling an area of confusion and deception in our country. It is my prayer that women will see their value, recognizing the gifts God has given. Thank-you for this well written article!

  • acw

    awesome, if only this could get out and women would read it. i get more comments on a fb post when i mention exercising than i do on articles like this. thank you Sr.Anne Marie!! I will send to the editor of my paper and see what happens..

  • Tammy

    The truth, well said, so that all should understand. God Bless you for speaking up for those that can’t speak for themselves.

  • Ann Ehrhart

    this is the best article I have ever read on this subject. Good for you Sister. ann

  • TG

    This is the best article on the war on women I’ve read. Sister, thank you. I wish those nuns on the bus would read this but of course, they would never read something really Catholic – like Courageous Priests.

  • KM

    God bless you mightily, Sister! This is one of the best articles I have ever read on the subject. You have uncovered the darkness with a great deal of Truth. Let us all work and pray for this truth of Life to grow. :-)

  • Dear Sister,
    Thank you so much for your excellent article which has so concisely identified what the real war on women consists of!! All the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love are standing with you! We believe that all Catholics and especially we, as Catholic Sisters, have a very serious moral obligation to vote for pro-life candidates and to vote for candidates who support marriage as being between one man and one woman. The LCWR and Sr. Simone Campbell have misled some Catholics into thinking that it is okay to vote for people who are pro-abortion or who think that same sex marriage is okay. I think that the future of the United States as a country depends largely on how we vote in this election. Let’s stand for life and stand for marriage and stand for religious freedom! God bless you!

    Sister Mary Rose Reddy, DMML

  • withhope

    Thank you for your post, Sister. It really is important to understand that we’ve been swallowing some big lies for a long time. Benjamin Wilker’s ‘Architects of the Culture of Death’, gives us a sound understanding of what these lies are and how they came about.

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