Shannon Drury Shannon Drury sent you an Article from startribune.com Posted at 1:38pm, Jun 09, 2008
Shannon Drury wrote these comments: Re: Jamie Delton's inquiry about why Minnesota NOW leaders support Al Franken. Here is a recent commentary for the StarTribune we wrote on the subject. This Article from StarTribune.com has been sent to you by ShannonDrury. *Please note, the sender's identity has not been verified. The full Article, with any associated images and links can be viewed here. Erin Matson and Shannon Drury: What kind of candidate truly respects women? ERIN MATSON and SHANNON DRURY, Star Tribune><br> We are writers. We are feminists. Rape is being used as a weapon of war around the world. Here on the home front, it has turned into a weapon of hypocrisy. We are not amused. Recently state Rep. Laura Brod has called attention to U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken's comments involving rape as a component of a comedy skit. We agree -- rape is no joke. Conservative estimates tell us that one woman in six can expect to be raped during her lifetime. However, Brod has used this information to imply that her party's endorsed candidate, Sen. Norm Coleman, is a better friend to women whose stomachs churn each time they hear the word rape. As writers and feminists, we would laugh if we weren't so tempted to cry. Coleman has voted against funding for the Violence Against Women Act, which has proved to be an effective tool in the prevention of rape, in assistance to rape survivors and in the elimination of gender violence. Indeed, it is fascinating to us that Brod is interested in speaking about women's issues. She has thumbed her nose at comprehensive sex education, along with consistently voicing positions on reproductive health that do not respect the natural right of women to make their own choices about their own bodies. Women's bodies are worthy of respect. From men. From women. Both will be impossible to achieve if women's rights to self-determination are legislated away by politicians who think they know better. Which brings us back where we began. We are writers as well as feminists. We understand that satire can be an effective tool in raising awareness and outrage about deplorable aspects of our culture. While we are not amused with rape jokes, we are glad that known political foes of women's bodies are interested in discussing our issues. Which brings us back to Al, who has been inviting us to call him Al for nearly a year. He and his family have warmly embraced us, two neighborhood coffee shop feminists who are so grass-roots that you might find mud between our toes. Not to seek our support or to tell us anything: He just wants to listen. When it comes to respecting and protecting women, a willingness to listen to actual women is the perspective we trust most of all. Erin Matson is immediate past president of Minnesota NOW, and Shannon Drury is its president. Both live in Minneapolis.