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Rich American women should focus on abortion, not third-world human rights abuses, or something

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Successful American women should focus on making it easier for women around the world to get abortions instead of things like, you know, helping women in Muslim-majority countries not get mutilated.

Well, that's according to outspoken feminist Amanda Marcotte, who in her latest article for Slate, bemoans the rise of “corporate feminism” - the rise of rich, famous women holding conferences to pat themselves on the back while raising money.

“The [corporate sponsors want] to hear ‘inspiring’ stories of women overcoming obstacles to become leaders, leaving little room for the less inspiring but more important stories of ordinary women getting chewed up by insurmountable obstacles like lack of health care, child care, or job opportunities,” Marcotte wrote.

“(Many of these conferences will address issues like violence and education, but prefer to focus on developing nations rather than all the work that needs to be done closer to home.)”

Marcotte goes on mention a recent instance when fellow feminist Jessica Valenti condemned TEDWomen - a women-centered version of TED Talks - for not holding a conference on abortion. Marcotte claimed that restrictions on abortion “have created a public health crisis around the world,” although she provides no source for her statement.

It then appears that Marcotte would rather women in America focus on first world problems like abortion-on-demand than helping women in developing nation gain freedom - or at least not be killed.

But of course, if American women stopped focusing on issues like banning the word "bossy" or whining about the lack of birth control without a co-pay, Marcotte would be out of a job.

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