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VAWA is an Excellent Target for Spending Cuts

February 1, 2011

Phyllis Schlafly

Feb. 1, 2011

While the U.S. House is trying to figure out how to cut wasteful and/or extravagant federal spending, members should be mindful of Reagan’s advice to begin by cutting programs that are harmful. One that fits this definition is the billion-dollar-a-year Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), now up for re-authorization.

This week is the 18th anniversary of an event that precipitated passage of VAWA in 1994. It’s known as the Super Bowl Hoax, the assertion made on Jan. 28, 1993, in Pasadena, Calif., with fulsome media coverage, that more women are victims of domestic violence on Super Bowl Sunday than any other day of the year.

That radical feminist fairy tale lacked even a shred of truth. It was designed to feed the feminist anti-male and anti-masculine prejudices that men are naturally batterers, women are naturally victims, sports fans are prone to aggression and macho posturing, and football is especially guilty.

Reinforcing this non-news-story was an appearance on “Good Morning America” by Lenore Walker to regurgitate her then 14-year-old book called “The Battered Woman.” It is credited with originating what is known as the “battered woman syndrome,” which spread the propaganda that batterers are always men, the battered are always women, and the definition of domestic violence includes acts and words that are not violent…

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