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Alcohol-chugging liberal women may want to rethink their love affair with the World Health Organization …
This week the discredited organization released a draft of its Global Alcohol Action Plan 2022-2030. Contained within the draft is a passage that urges countries to invest in preventing “women of child-bearing age” from consuming alcohol.
“It is necessary to raise awareness among decision-makers and the general public about the risks and harms associated with alcohol consumption,” the passage begins.
“Appropriate attention should be given to prevention of the initiation of drinking among children and adolescents, prevention of drinking among pregnant women and women of childbearing age, and protection of people from pressures to drink, especially in societies with high levels of alcohol consumption where heavy drinkers are encouraged to drink even more,” it adds.
The proposal can be seen below or accessed here.
The passage provoked widespread backlash.
In a statement, the Portman Group, a trade group of alcohol beverage producers, slammed the proposal as “sexist and paternalist” and accused the WHO of trying to “scaremonger.”
— Portman Group (@PortmanGroup) June 16, 2021
A couple of prominent women, from feminist activists to university professors and “journalists,” concurred, with some asking why men weren’t also being targeted.
Trying to understand why WHO are cautioning women of child bearing age to avoid alcohol. Health risks or fetal health risks? Also why not cautioning women outside of child bearing age? Why not men? #bbcwomanshour
— Nicky Clark (@MrsNickyClark) June 17, 2021
Issue for me: 1. Assumption that all women of childbearing age will bear children 2. Where is the evidence drinking alcohol is significantly worse for women in their 20s-40s Vs men? Given the stats of violence when intoxicated for men vs women, I’d recommend men to curb drinking
— Gráinne Hallahan (@heymrshallahan) June 17, 2021
“Appropriate attention should be given to
prevention of the initiation of drinking among… women of childbearing age”
— Clare Wenham (@clarewenham) June 17, 2021
and reproduces paternalistic assumptions that women are reduced to their reproductive functions.
— Clare Wenham (@clarewenham) June 17, 2021
You will only pry my Miller Lite out of my cold, dead hands.
WHO accused of sexism after saying women of childbearing age should not drink alcohol https://t.co/UNUnGJwSF5
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) June 17, 2021
Regular women were also annoyed.
No, just no. I rarely drink alcohol, but to force this on women is just controlling behaviour. I don’t plan to have kids and if I did, I would not be having the naturally. I would adopt. So to force this on ALL women is just unethical and against human rights RE choice.
— Deanie Dani (@Deanie_Dani) June 17, 2021
I hate to break it to you, but alcohol can affect fertility by altering sperm count, size, shape, and motility and lower testosterone. Sorry lads, no pub for you either. Looks like we’ll be finding a shag in the local library from now on.
— Lauren Schofield (@schofs_lauren) June 17, 2021
— Rachel 💚🤍💜♀️ (@rachelismonty) June 17, 2021
What’s not clear is the WHO’s meaning of “prevention.” Some claimed this translates to outright bans on “women of childbearing age” consuming alcohol. Others disagreed and argued that the WHO’s recommendation was being taken out of context.
This…..isn’t what the report says. It says there should be alcohol prevention campaigns put in place for women of child-bearing age, which is still *not great*, but parroting jacked-up, misleading headlines from the Daily Mail for outrage engagement is a bad move imo! https://t.co/b2r7svJmC4
— Sarah Manavis (@sarahmanavis) June 17, 2021
Generally I’m pretty pro-Ali, but the report doesn’t say this. It sets an advocacy/policy goal of stopping women of childbearing age drinking alcohol. Controversial to be sure, but different. https://t.co/5AohXS5WgZ
— Josh Lowe (@JeyyLowe) June 17, 2021
A Pew Research Center poll conducted last fall found that “in nearly every country polled, women are more likely than men to say the WHO has done a good job dealing with the [coronavirus] outbreak.” In the United States, 57 percent of women felt that way.
Another Pew Research Center poll conducted around that same time found that 62 percent of Democrats “say the organization has done at least a good job in handling the pandemic.”
These findings suggest that liberal women are the discredited organization’s biggest fans, which is ironic since the WHO is now targeting their alcohol-drinking habits.
It’s even more ironic once you factor in a 2014 study from the Journal of Wine Economics that found that “[t]he more liberal you are, the more you drink,” as reported at the time by The Oregonian.
By supporting the WHO, it appears liberal women have basically been screwing themselves …
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