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Your blog is wonderful <3 also, I am absolutely shocked by what is happening in the USA for the elections and how the politicians seem to consider women and science. D: please, do not let Santorum or Romney win!
I’m doing everything in my power to stop them short of crapping my pants in fear. If one of them wins though, I promise that I WILL crap my pants in fear. O.o ~ Steve
If Santorum or Romney win let’s all crap our pants in protest… at least that’s why we will tell them we crapped our pants…
AlterNet - Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control — And Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now
What’s happening in Congress this week, as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) bars any women from testifying at his so-called “religious freedom” hearings, is so familiar and expected that it hardly counts as news. The only thing surprising about it is the year: didn’t we all honestly think that by 2012, contraception would be a non-issue, and Congress wouldn’t make the mistake of leaving women out of conversations like this one?
Yes, we did. And the fact that we were wrong about that points to a deeper trend at work, one that needs a bit of long-term historical context put around it so we can really understand what’s going on. Let me explain.
When people look back on the 20th century from the vantage point of 500 years on, they will remember the 1900s for three big things.
One was the integrated circuit, and (more importantly) the Internet and the information revolution that it made possible. When our descendants look back, they’re likely to see this as an all-levels, all-sectors disruption on the scale of the printing press — but even more all-encompassing. (Google “the Singularity” for scenarios on just how dramatic this might be.)
The second was the moon landing, a first-time-ever milestone in human history that our galaxy-trotting grandkids five centuries on may well view about the same way we see Magellan’s first daring circumnavigation of the globe.
But the third one is the silent one, the one that I’ve never seen come up on anybody’s list of Innovations That Changed The World, but matters perhaps more deeply than any of the more obvious things that usually come to mind. And that’s the mass availability of nearly 100% effective contraception. Far from being a mere 500-year event, we may have to go back to the invention of the wheel or the discovery of fire to find something that’s so completely disruptive to the way humans have lived for the entire duration of our remembered history.
Until the condom, the diaphragm, the Pill, the IUD, and all the subsequent variants of hormonal fertility control came along, anatomy really was destiny — and all of the world’s societies were organized around that central fact. Women were born to bear children; they had no other life options. With a few rebellious or well-born exceptions (and a few outlier cultures that somehow found their way to a more equal footing), the vast majority of women who’ve ever lived on this planet were tied to home, dependent on men, and subject to all kinds of religious and cultural restrictions designed to guarantee that they bore the right kids to the right man at the right time — even if that meant effectively jailing them at home.
As the nation is deluged in an avalanche of bills restricting abortion access, Tea Party freshman stateRep. Kim Pearson has introduced an Iowa bill that some are calling the most radical of them all.
Among other things, the bill makes it so a doctor that performs and abortion commits “feticide” — a Class A felony, which is punishable by life imprisonment without the chance for parole. The bill makes “attempted feticide,” where the fetus does not die, a Class B felony, punishable by 25 years in prison. Iowans can even be punished for helping someone else perform an abortion, as, “joint criminal conduct shall apply to persons knowingly participating or concerned in the commission of feticide or attempted feticide under this section.”
Please note that this bill is being introduced by a woman. This is why our fight is so hard. When women like her do things like this, they create female allies for those who endorse this way of thinking. ”If women and moms think abortion is murder, clearly the rest of you are wrong?” The disservice done to us by such women, women in positions to make changes for our betterment, makes me furious. ~ Kim
I’d just like to state my opinion before writing this post as to not confuse people: I think that it’s fantastic that women are standing up for their rights because there’s no denying that in the past, women have been through some tough shit and to a certain extent, still are. I’d say that 90% of the feminists I’ve spoken to are lovely people who are genuinely passionate about working to achieve that paradise goal of a gender-equal society.
But there’s a dark and disgusting corner of feminism that makes my piss boil. I think it’s fair to say that we all know the type; the feminist who doesn’t want gender equality but instead wants revenge. Revenge for the oppression of the women of the past, or maybe something more personal. These “extremists” who justify their misandrist actions by saying utter bullshit such as “Women are allowed to hate men, just like how black people can hate white people”.
I have never heard so much moronic dribble in all of my life. How can you expect to get a gender equal society of you let your blind hatred for men poison your actions? Feminism is all about not seeing gender as a thing to deter, the passion of one day reaching a society in which gender has no meaning whatsoever; a place where men and women don’t exist, we just have people. The only way we can achieve this is by men and women working together as a team. Sexism is ALWAYS wrong, no matter who it’s aimed at!
I think if that post included any more straw feminism, it’d be a fire hazard.
You aren’t listening, and that’s sad.
Have a good life, kid.
thisgingersnapsback is my girlfriend, OP, and I can tell you from personal experience that she does not, in fact, hate men, she also happens love sex.
“Pro-life” isn’t about life, it never has been.
It’s about controlling women, it’s about “punishing” them for having sex. These are the same people who say things like “she should have kept her legs closed” when someone has an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy.
They don’t want women using birth control, they don’t want women having the same sexual freedom as men.
Sexual women are considered “dirty”, and they should be punished by getting pregnant and having a child.
This is what it is at it’s core, I’m sure there are plenty of brainwashed “pro-lifers” out there who actually think they’re saving babies from being murdered, but at it’s heart pro-life is anti-woman.
It’s anti-choice, it’s anti-sexual freedom, it’s anti bodily autonomy.
This way women will never be equal to men, if they can’t enjoy the same sexual freedom as men, then they can’t enjoy the same career freedom.
It’s all about keeping woman “in their place”.
That’s the true agenda behind all of it.
As the Southern state votes on an extreme anti-abortion (and anti-contraception) constitutional amendment, congressional Republicans want to take the plan national.
On Tuesday, voters in Mississippi will head to the polls to vote onan amendment to the state Constitution that would designate inseminated human eggs as legal persons from the “moment of fertilization.” This would set up a challenge to Roe v. Wade and could lead to outlawing many forms of birth control. In Mississippi, the proposed amendment has created a political firestorm that’s being closely watched by both sides of the national abortion debate. But this fight is not merely a Mississippi matter: In Washington, House and Senate Republicans are pushing legislation that would do the exact same thing on the federal level.
These uncivilized actions reveal the true nature of anti-choice goals. They want a return to the days when women had few choices in life. They don’t like women having too much freedom, especially in controlling their reproductive lives. They’re convinced that women can’;t be trusted to make their own decisions. And they certainly don’t like women having sex for fun without paying for it."
— Joyce Arthur, summing up the anti-choice movement well. (via cognitivedissonance)