WASHINGTON -- Patty Murray has become one of the Senate's foremost advocates for women's issues -- health, safety from domestic violence, equal treatment in the workplace and education, and access to birth control.People don't want to be represented by feminists.
But there are two words that you won't hear Murray -- or almost anyone else -- say in Congress: women's rights.
It's not because women's rights don't matter. Or that they are old hat.
It's because the phrase "women's rights" can be political death in D.C. Utter it at your peril. ...
Thus, the corridors of Congress are awash in women who preface their support for job equality, contraceptive choice and other such issues important to women with, "I'm not a feminist, but ... "
Sunday, May 14, 2006
No feminazis in politics
Seattle Times reports: