- We organized 20-25 women who went to the talk, their report is below.
- We organized 20 men who remained in the chapel interceding for all women during the talk.
- We organized 200 roses to be given away in the student union today: telling the women that they are worth the wait and quoting John 12.
Pray for all women and for men to respect them.Wanted to briefly share with you what happened last night as 20-25 of us women went to Jessica Valenti's talk. She spoke for about a 1/2 hour and to my surprise had questions afterward. I did agree with her some of the time about how we need to do something with the exploitation of women, unjustified rape cases, slogans on t-shirts that degrade women, etc. There was a commonality between us. She did fail to give REAL statistics, facts, that have been done. She generalized everything especially this stat of hers, "90% of Americas are sexually active and do you see 90% of us suicidal, depressed, high school drop outs?" Out of that 90%, do you know how many are married? AND, women who've had an abortion typically don't come right out and said, "hey, I've had an abortion and I'm hurting." They usually wait years and some don't even know why they're hurting. I've seen this first hand working with Rachel's Vineyard.After leaving her talk, I was so proud. 5 people (1 i didn't know) from our group got up to ask questions! It was wonderful! We turned out to be the majority! The first question was about the modern feminist, Lila Rose (http://www.liveaction.org - need to check it out!!!) and how she is going under cover in Planned Parenthood Clinics to expose the lies that they have been feeding young women including covering up rape which by law they need to report - and it's ALL on video. My friend Kathryn asked if she, Jessica, would comment on Lila's work because the majority of her stories during this talk were about unjustified rape cases. Jessica said, "no, i won't comment." So Kathryn returned to the microphone and clarified herself so Jessica had to AGAIN dodge the question by saying, "First of all, planned parenthood has done more good for women...!" The crowd started to erupt in applause. I thought it was pretty unprofessional that Jessica first declined to answer a very legit point.My sister, Katie very boldly and courageously got up and said...I'm paraphrasing..."I'm a 24 year old conservative Catholic virgin. I find that not having to worry about contracting some disease or the fear of getting pregnant propells me in my studies and keeps my sights on my career. So what's the harm in remaining pure and being a virgin?" Jessica pulled the relativism card with Katie. She then said that by saying you're "pure" puts others down who's had pre-marital sex. ????This was followed by another student, Emily, from the Newman Center who asked Jessica to clarify what she means in her purity myth book and it was amazing to see Emily keep Jessica to task on the question.. By this time, you could obviously hear annoyance in Jessica's voice.The director of the education program at the local parish, Rachel, got up and told Jessica that she found that they have a lot in common and she agrees with some of what she had to say. She explained what kind of programs (theology of the body) they have going at the church for the girls AND the boys as well as those in high school. She asked her what her goal was - again, a great question! Rachel was booed by the crowd when she mentioned that aweful "a" word, "Abortion" which meant she really hit a nerve. It was great. :)I was incredibly proud to stand among all those beautiful women last night in defense of Truth. Please pray for those who will be manning a both in the student union today. Their sign says, "Ask me about the gift of purity." As John Paul II stated via my friend Angela, "Purity is the quickness to affirm the value of another in every situation."I went to her website (jessicavalenti.com) and posted a comment about Lila Rose. We'll see if it's taken off the website after it's "moderated".Thank you for all your prayers and especially to those who attended last night. Praise be Jesus Christ!!!
St. Catherine of Sienna, pray for us.
h/t to Gustaf's Greenery for helping us get the roses. Thanks Pat!