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What My Heart Beats For Trumps The Heartbeat Bill

8 Dec

“It’s a new day, but it all feels old
It’s a good life, that’s what I’m told…”

To quote Good Charolotte, this is precisely how I feel with the controversy surrounding our next POTUS, mainly his stance on abortion, and silly government officials like Janet Porter who are encroaching on MY bodily autonomy.

Republicans would just love to defund planned parenthood, and voted last year that birth control should be available only OTC, and are also attempting to make abortions illegal except in cases of rape, incest and maternal mortality (oh wait, Janet Porter’s Heartbeat Bill even scoffs at those ‘exceptions’). This is taking away freedoms from women and making reproductive health less accessible.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel like a second class citizen in this patriarchal government. If you don’t like or support abortion…don’t have one! But please, do not think you can have the audacity to also make my choice for me.

To the men who think women shouldn’t have sex: sorry but some of us really enjoy sex, and protect ourselves against pregnancy. What about all the guys who bitch about condoms being uncomfortable? And it’s easy for a man to tell me to carry my baby to term and give it up for adoption. Is he the one paying for doctor visits? Missed days at work? Or hospital stays? Or the one forced to deal with the psychological trauma? I. Don’t. Think.So. But I know there are so many middle-aged males who will disagree.

I assume anyone who aligns themselves with the pro-life argument will never opt for an abortion, however if your leanings are pro-choice you do not wish to force your beliefs on other sentient human beings, you just wish for the opportunity to choose your own path. Current legislation allows for this, would it be better to allow an outspoken minority (according to statistics) to force their wishes on people they do not know, living through situations they probably have never experienced themselves?

Aborting a child is nothing to be proud of, but it is not in my mind something to be shameful of either. If you take every precaution to prevent a pregnancy and by chance end up becoming pregnant, why should you have to keep it? Just because it has the potential to become a living person? If someone is financially or emotionally insecure to care for a child how would it be fair to bring a child into the world that might grow up disadvantaged?

Medically speaking, abortion is not murder because the fetus is attached to the mother – if the mother dies, the fetus dies. Moreover, a baby has no consciousness until it is near 5 months of age. I understand it has a heartbeat at 8 weeks, but if no memories or self awareness can be formed while in utero I don’t see how damaging abortion can be to a child that is not aware of its own existence.

Are you republicans aware of the massive tax increases it would take and social programs to ensure these children become productive members of society? I don’t see ANY commitment from pro lifers to step up after the baby is born.

I do propose however that Trump Tower should be turned into a free daycare, and Janet Porter can spend her days serving apple juice and animal crackers to all the newborns she plans to help raise.

Why Fetal Fascist Carly Fiorina is a Threat to Women

17 Sep

“If women want any rights more than they’s got, why don’t they just take them, and not be talking about it.”

– Sojourner Truth

 

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Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

I wanted to keep this post professional, but there’s something about other people wanting to dictate what choices I am “allowed” to make for my own body that really makes my blood boil.

A universal sustainable development includes gender equality and ensuring sexual and reproductive health and rights are protected. Unfortunately, it is issues that fall under this umbrella, such as reducing maternal mortality and birth control/abortion access that constrain female independence and freedom, control over their own bodies, sexuality and childbearing that deny personal life choices and opportunities regarding education and careers.

Not only in the United States, but around the world, women and girls face very real barriers concerning equality (wage gaps, gender-based violence, genital mutilation, etc.) but the poor and socially disadvantaged become further ostracized.

GOP candidate and pro-life advocate Carly Fiorina is a threat to eradicating poverty and achieving that sustainable development which I see as possible through gender equality including women’s rights, health and empowerment.

Fiorina’s plan to cut contraception access and limit it to over-the-counter would likely lead to higher, not lower abortion rates. And although she only believes in abortion for circumstances of rape, maternal mortality and incest, women who want to terminate pregnancies will find a way – and it will be detrimental and dangerous. I assume she wouldn’t want to be responsible for an underground abortion ring, but it looks like that’s what she could breed.

While I am pro-choice, I do not mind those who favor a pro-life stance, and I do have opinions on aborting a fetus over 20 weeks. However, reproductive rights ARE human rights and Carly nor anyone else should ever be able to dictate what another woman chooses to do with her body.

I just can’t seem to find any rationale on how limiting access to birth control and abortions will be beneficial. Fiorina also continues to blast Planned Parenthood as a callous and brutal organization, however many women depend on PP. Perhaps instead of defunding PP, maybe we should develop better ways of managing its practices?

All in all I think Carly is a woman who needs to feel important, yearns to be relevant and enjoys challenging the status quo just for the hell of it.

Falsehoods in Forney’s Interpretation of Female Self-Esteem

9 Oct

Chances are if you’re on Twitter, you’ve had the misfortune of coming in contact with the misogynist blog posts of Matthew Forney—author of topics such as Whenever Women Drink They Cheat on Their Boyfriends and How to Rape a Woman and Get Away with It. Yeah, you can see where this is going. Recently, the latest criticism is stemming from an article titled The Case Against Female Self-esteem. Unfortunately, the post has been disabled so I cannot share it with you at length, but oh do I have some excerpts for you! When the author of such filth uses a cartoon character (more specifically Patrick Star) as an avatar, one can only assume they are either insecure with their appearance, stuck in a childish psychosis, or in Forney’s case…both.

He asserts that:

“A woman with excessive confidence is like a man with a vagina. It’s an attribute that is at best superfluous and at worst prevents women from fulfilling their natural biological and social functions.”

Here, Forney incorrectly associates pride—a feeling or sensation of satisfaction/pleasure, as a negative influence on action, and instead, a mere distraction from what women are supposed to be doing. I know plenty of women who are overtly confident in their abilities, whether they concern domestic duties, or professional affairs, and have succeeded as teachers, chefs, interior designers, doctors etc., and impacted their fields to a great extent. Women who have confidence, in short, get shit accomplished. And if you’ve ever read any of Monique Wittig’s work, she would tell you that one is not born a woman, and therefore, women have no natural biological or social functions. Next.

“The jobs that keep the country running—tradesmen, miners, farmers, policemen, the military—are still overwhelmingly dominated by men. If every girl was fired from her job tomorrow, elementary schools would have to shut down for a couple days, but otherwise life would go on as usual. If every man lost his job tomorrow, the country would collapse.”

The reason more women become teachers stems from innate maternal instinct. Women are generally more nurturing, patient, and eager to see children succeed than men are. This is so elementary (pun intended) that if you study a pack a wolves, you would observe the female feeding, protecting, and teaching her young to hunt and be a productive part of the pack. The sole reason men hold positions that are quintessentially more intrinsic to public safety is because our society sadly equates strength with protective ability. Jobs that demand physical strength and endurance such a farming, mining, and trade work do not often resonate with intellectuality. So congratulations to the men who rely on muscle to pay the bills. Women have found ways around that.

“Feminists can screech as loud as they want, but they will never change this fundamental reality; men accord respect based on merit, and if girls want to play in our world, they’ll have to obey our rules. Otherwise, they know where the kitchen is. I have more respect for the starving artist couple busking down the street from my house than I do for all the career-driven, Strong, Independent Women™ in the world. Being able to sing and play guitar well is no small achievement, and the buskers are actually providing a useful service to the world.”

Women don’t play by the rules; just take a look at history. It may be a “man’s world,” but we are learning to manipulate it to our comfort more and more every day. The best way to get even is by beating someone at their own game. Read Angela Carter’s The Company of Wolves. Patriarchy defines women by their bodies: objectifies their fragile state, and sexualizes them into objects which are to be desired, tamed, and subordinated. Carter uses the female as a sex symbol to refute patriarchy. Playboy is a prime example of this. As much scorn as playmates may receive from fellow women, they have my vote. They fool men into thinking they want them, they need them, and that they’re in a vulnerable state. In actuality, they’ve got your money, are on a cruise to Cabo, and don’t need any man to support them because you inadvertently just made them independent. Girls we have to play dirty. There’s no getting even with Matthew Forney. It’s misogyny like his that makes the claim that feminism is obsolete utter nonsense. If Forney needs women to feel insecure to be secure with himself, then he obviously is the one with the problem. Anyone who thinks their words or opinions can change him is silly. He thrives on the abuse, and frankly, some girl has done irrefutable damage to him, hence why he acts out. So ladies, she has already done our work for us.