I’ve enjoyed the columns by W.J. Butcher when they focus on his experiences as a police officer, but lately his columns – billed as “True – and funny – experiences told by Atlanta’s finest” – have had little to do with the police and more with his misogynist views. Saturday’s was the worst.
Butcher describes the recent global Women’s March as “the raunchy rantings of a million privileged females” and then goes on to lecture participants about women in the Middle East who truly have no rights. He tells the story of a woman who was married off at age 12, had a child at 13 and whose husband, when he tired of her, doused her with acid. You should be happy it’s not worse, he seems to say.
But Butcher doesn’t get it. Things like that do happen and are happening in this country. And losing rights is precisely why women – and clear-thinking men – marched in Washington and across the globe, including Georgia. We don’t want to go back to the days of being barefoot and pregnant, when men held all the positions of power, including power over our bodies. An example? A lawsuit brought this week against Baylor University, a Baptist institution, alleges at least 52 rapes by more than 30 football players over a four-year period in a "culture of sexual violence.” Yet university leadership did nothing to stop this criminal behavior.
We are now governed by a president who has behaved crudely and crassly toward women and who has thought nothing of expressing his views in “locker room” talk that did not embarrass him when it became public, who wants to restrict freedoms. He wants to take America back, not make America great.
That’s what the march was about, Mr. Butcher. We weren’t marching because we are privileged, but because we want equal treatment for women, minorities, all religions (not just Christianity), gays and others whether it’s here in the U.S. or somewhere else in the world. We won’t go back.
I’m sure I’m not the only NTH reader who would appreciate it if you would stick to your stories about Atlanta’s finest.
Martha A. Woodham