I've always thought that calling a prominent woman by her first name was condescending, or that introducing yourself to an important social figure or otherwise superior individual by anything other than your first and last name was disrespectful. I talked about this a few weeks ago here when it came to pundits on the airwaves referring to Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as simply "Hillary." Well, apparently she doesn't mind it. Her URL is "votehillary.org" And then there's her campaign store. I guess that makes me a bit ol' fashioned.
Wednesday, January 31, 2007
As if an abortion ban can ever be improved!
Exceptions are going to be made to the abortion ban that South Dakotans voted down last November. Rape and incest will join "life of the mother" as acceptable exceptions to terminating pregnancy. I heard on the radio this afternoon that there are even exceptions to the words "rape" and "incest."
"This year's bill would allow rape victims to get abortions if they report the rapes to police within 50 days. Doctors would have to confirm the report with police and would have to take blood from aborted fetuses and give that information to police for DNA testing. "
I hope young girls who have just begun having their period or older women approaching menopause never get raped, as they're the most likely to not take two missed periods as a sign of pregnancy. "
"In the case of incest, a doctor would have to get the woman's consent to report the crime along with the identity of the alleged perpetrator before an abortion could be performed. Blood samples from fetuses would have to be provided to police in incest cases, too."
Quite disgusting. How far will these pro-lifers go in not only their pursuit of ownership of every woman, but their general distrust of women? Which (at the risk of sounding like Stephen Colbert) brings us to tonight's word:
Pro-lifers strive for a world without safe abortion. They want every woman to be forced into pregnancy and like it. They don't care about the tens of thousands of women who die in the world every year from botched abortions. What pro-lifers really want is for all females to have life sentence once they come out of the womb. They want a world where being born female is a life sentence as a sex slave for right-wing politicians, religious zealots, and narcissistic and anti-social personalities everywhere.
And then there's the penalty for illegal abortions: 10 years in prison, which is how much one would get for vehicular manslaughter. Why not life imprisonment? I thought personhood began at zygotehood! This is obvious proof that even pro-life legislators know that a pregnancy is not a person. Anti-choice legislation never protects "the child" or women. It only protects their pathological need to control people.
Since South Dakotans got well more than enough signatures to bring the first abortion ban to voters (you know, the people that this law would actually affect, and not the impotent/post-menopausal state lawmakers), I'm confident that pro-choicers will vote on this law to and win.
Posted by FEMily! at 6:50 PM
Planned Parenthood is having a Take Action! campaign to get justice for the woman who was raped, arrested, denied bond, and then refused her emergency contraception due to a "conscience clause".
Go here to send a letter to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department and tell them that arresting the victims of crimes while letting the perpetrators of said crimes go free is not okay, and make sure that they know that employees are supposed to do their jobs and not endanger the health/well-being of female inmates just because they can't keep their theology to themselves.
Posted by Megan at 5:25 PM
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
I just received an e-mail saying that over 500 people Blogged for Choice last Monday for the 34th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. How exciting! You can see all of the blogs that particpated, including Feminists to the Rescue, here.
Posted by FEMily! at 1:26 PM
Monday, January 29, 2007
This story truly has it all.
For a little background, Gasparilla is a local pirate festival that happens annually. It usually looks like great fun (besides the night party of "Zomg show me ur boobz!1"), but now I'm not too sure I'll ever be going now that I know that I might get arrested should I get raped while there.
So the story is that a young Tampa student was walking to her car from Gasparilla when a man grabbed her and dragged her away to rape her. When she got away to call the police, they helped her at first but then arrested her because of an outstanding warrant from when she was a juvenile. She was then denied bail and had to spend the night in jail. I am so happy that another woman could spend the night in jail for being a rape victim while her rapist runs free.
Check out this quote from the victim's mother:
"They were more interested in prosecuting her for something that's a paperwork snafu from four years ago, that was juvenile. They were more interested in working on that than finding an experienced rapist," stated the victim's mother.Absolutely true, from what I've been able to find out about this horrendous case. Not only that, but we have a fundie medical supervisor at the jailhouse who refused to give the victim the emergency contraception that had been prescribed to her. Apparently, she used the religion excuse to try to finish the job of the woman's rapist. The woman's attorney isn't taking many prisoners in his interviews, however, so at least he's on the ball. Check out these pretty powerful words:
"The medical supervisor would not allow her to take the pill because she said it was against her, the supervisor's, religion. So, here we have a medical supervisor imposing her beliefs on a rape victim," claimed the victim's attorney Virlyn Moore. "As a human being, how someone could be so violated by this monster and then the system comes along and rapes her again psychologically and emotionally - it's outrageous and unconscionable."
Preach it, dude. I hope you get this girl a very good settlement. Sew the city for everything they've got and then get the medical supervisor who should have picked "preacher" out of the hat instead of "medical professional" when blindly choosing a career path.
So, let's see:
Woman raped in broad daylight? Check.
Police generally treating her like crap? Check.
Victim punished for being a victim? Check.
Victim denied emergency contraception by Bible beating moron? Check.
Rapist not brought to justice? Check.
Told you it had it all.
Truly I am disgusted by the area in which I live.
Posted by Megan at 11:13 PM
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
In another stereotypical article about women being but maybe not as vain as men (*gasp*, men and women can be multi-faceted AND similar at the same time? BLASPHEMYYY!!!1), I am happy to report that women were once again reminded of how wimpy they are.
Here is said stereotypical article.
The problem that I have with this article is that I'm not quite sure of where to place the blame. Is it the author or is he just the messenger that I really feel like shooting? Take this sentence:
Now ladies, you may be tempted to decry this as further evidence of the wimpification of the American male. Or say that men are the new women.Now, is this him applying this to women, as if we hate our own supposed inherent characteristics enough to hate men for having them, or is this an actuality? That women will think that men are wimps because they care a little bit about what they look like? I didn't decry a thing in this article other than an overall feeling that femininity was being equated with vanity, wimpiness, and weakness.
Still, I'm not sure who's making this equation. Is it the article's author, or U.S. society in general? Hell, maybe it's both.
Posted by Megan at 7:02 PM
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
I think this photo shows pro-lifer's notion that every fetus (or, judging by the illustration on this poster, 6-month-old infant) is the next Jesus. Here are more photos from a cracked-out pro-lifer fundy, some with ironic captions. Is anyone else disturbed by the number of young children that were there? Pulling your kid out of school to brainwash them is completely irresponsible and a sign of bad parenting.* These kids don't even have to worry about this issue now, since they're not physically mature enough to procreate. Abortion is a heavy issue. Let kids enjoy their quick childhood. These are the same parents that protest Garadsil being given to 9-year-olds because they're not old enough to have sex yet. Oh, the contradictions!
*I would say the same if this were the March for Women's Lives. Honestly, I don't agree with parents bringing their children to any type of rally like this, because it's too complicated for children to really understand. I saw a lot of kids at the rally against genocide in Central Park back in September, and I don't think kids should be exposed to the ugliness of the world at such a young age. When kids are exposed to images of murdered children and dismembered stillborn fetuses (which pro-lifers display on posters as if this is what abortion is, even though most abortions occur when the embryo is between 1/2 and 1 inch in length), they don't see it as a symbol of anything. It's only frightening to them.
Posted by FEMily! at 3:03 PM
Monday, January 22, 2007
I like this new term that has popped up within the blogosphere as of late. While i thinnk that "choice" is certainly a perfect term for what I support, I think "reproductive justice" is also accurate, and certainly more powerful. "Reproductive justice" encompasses a lot more than abortion rights. It requires thinking about and fighting for the rights of pregnant women no matter what. It seems as though once a woman becomes pregnant, she loses her personhood status (assuming she had it in the first place) and becomes a broodmare. This fact is one of the reasons why I never want to become pregnant in my lifetime. Being pregnant in this society is humiliating and degrading. People feel as though they can tell you what to eat, what to wear, when to do what, how to give birth, when they can touch you and where, etc. etc. etc. and the list goes on. That's not even the most disturbing part. There are also forced c-sections with no consent given by the pregnant woman. Patronizing attitudes from doctors who think they know so much more and thus have a right to override a woman's right to consenting to a medical procedure. There is so much more than just the choice for an abortion out there, and I think that on this day that commemorates such an occasion for women's rights, a victory day for reproductive justice, that these things need to be discussed.
As for me? I'm still happy that we held on another year. We had some victories and some tough battles this year, but women's freedoms are still here. We are stillholding on to our right to bodily autonomy and integrity, and I am thankful every day that I don't have to worry that one day I might be forced to carry a rapist's baby, or any pregnancy that I don't want to carry. It makes me happy to know that my right to privacy is still legally equal to my boyfriend's, that neither of us will be forced to donate bodily resources at this time. I am happy ot know that I still have sexual freedom, despite the fact that some people would love to punish me for it.
Roe v Wade is a great monument for women's rights. Here's to having it stick around for many generations of women to come.
Happy Blog for Choice Day, ya'll.
P.S. - Fundies have too much money. They're televising the March for (Fetal) Life on two channels.
Posted by Megan at 10:44 PM
Today is the 34th anniversay of Roe v. Wade, and even these moronic comments by Dubya can't get me down. So I guess this is my blog for choice.
I see Roe v. Wade as a second birthday for all women. January 22nd is a day that I recognize as not only just another day that I'm alive, but it's a day that I know I can live my life without the idea of pregnancy and motherhood plaguing me. Before Roe v. Wade, women were bound by their reproductive systems. A woman's life spanned the distance between her ovaries and vaginal openning. She was judged based on what she did with her reproductive system, what went in it, and what came out (even what doesn't go in and come out). Roe v. Wade has removed this physical burden from women. The mental burden still remains by guilt-trip -- oh, I mean "pro-life" organizations and legislators -- that try to make women feel bad for not wanting children, even before they become pregnant. Post-abortion syndrome was not invented to help women. It's a way to confuse and trick women into keeping their pregnancies, not for their own benefit, but for the wishes of people who don't care about her or her family.
The reason I am pro-choice is quite simple: Women are people. People have lives. People have minds. People have desires. People have other people. People have responsibilities. People are not simply their bodies. People are not the oppressive roles that have been assigned to their gender. Pro-lifers do not believe women are people; they believe they are baby factories. They don't believe that women have minds of their own; they believe that we can be brainwashed by Bible verses and pictures of still-born fetuses that they tell us are abortions. They don't believe that women have desires outside of having babies and raising families. If women don't have this desire, they are abnormal. If they have other desires, they don't matter. Pro-lifers don't consider the lives of a woman's existing children. 61% of women who have abortions are already mothers. They don't believe that these women have responsibilities to these children, or job responsibilities, or responsibilities to their education. Yet, they tell these women that they have to "take responsibility for their actions" and be forced into parenthood, which only inhibits these woman's abilities to take care of their other more important responsibilities that she's actually chosen for the benefit of her life. Pro-lifers believe that a woman's body and sexist gender roles are her destiny from menarche to menopause. Those are the beliefs of the so-called pro-life movement. Doesn't sound like they care about anyone's life, does it?
Women need legal abortion. Whether one would ever get one or not isn't an issue. I feel comfortable and secure knowing that if I ever become pregnant, my pregnancy will be solely my business. It will truly be my pregnancy, not the pregnancy of the government, Care-Net, or of any man who believes if they poke me they own me.
Posted by FEMily! at 7:45 PM
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Friday, January 12, 2007
I'm absolutely tickled when pro-life politicians are open about their backward pro-life views. Then I become horrified when I realize that people actually voted them into office. Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has been going on various shows promoting his new book From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPS to Restoring America's Greatness. A couple of nights ago, he was on The Daily Show and said, "I'm pro-life, but I think life begins at conception, but I don't think it ends at birth. We have to be concerned about a child's education, healthcare, safe neighborhoods, clean water, the access to a college education. That is pro-life, to care about a child's entire life."* Except if that child is born a girl and grows up to be a fertile woman. While Mike Huckabee is a rare pro-lifer in that he actually cares about children, he's your typical misogynistic pro-lifer who believes a woman's life begins at her ovaries and ends at the vaginal openning. You know, there's a political party that believes all people should live in a clean and safe environment and have an exceptional educational experience without limiting the human rights of women. I'll give you a hint. It rhymes with "Democrat."
Last night, Mike Huckabee was on Hardball with Chris Matthews and had this to say about why he became a Republican.
"I became a Republican as a teenager. And I did it because I believed that we needed a sense of personal responsibility. I believed in lower taxes, smaller government. I believed in the things that I was hearing from people like Ronald Reagan. And as a result of that, I became a Republican out of conviction.
I‘m pro-life. I believe that there are a lot of things that we ought to really preserve."
Personal responsibility? He doesn't want women taking personal responsibility if he's going to force pregnancy on all of them. Smaller government? I wouldn't call a government that inserts their backwards ideology in the lives of every woman small. Preservation? Of what? Your pathological need to control people, to increase the population? Certainly not human rights! When it comes to unwanted pregnancy, the pro-lifer is the only person who actually wants the child. Why doesn't Huckabee have his own kids? Why doesn't he get his wife or whoever pregnant every time a woman has an abortion? He can make thousands of them and pay for every one of them.
Hopefully his book will do horribly and he'll decide against running in '08.
*Click the "Daily Show" link and search for Mike Huckabee to watch the video. His pro-life bull is mentioned in Part 2.
Posted by FEMily! at 5:58 PM
Saturday, January 06, 2007
A commercial for new Strawberry Delight Frosted Mini Wheats begins in a classroom with an original Frosted Mini Wheat on a boy's shoulder and a pink strawberry Frosted Mini Wheat on a girl's shoulder. The orignial mini wheat says to the strawberry one, "What's a cute girl like you doing in a classroom like this?" A classroom like what, I wonder? A gifted math class? The strawberry Mini Wheat happens to be male and isn't exactly thrilled about wearing pink. Strike two! What next? A fat check to Fathers for Life?
Posted by FEMily! at 7:41 PM
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
When I'm bored, I often go to AddictingGames.com to play a neat little flash or shockwave game or two. I hadn't been there in a while, and when I went this time, I found a great and wonderful game!
Jack The Ripper!
Because what's cooler than being able to re-enact the awful murders of women? Will there be a serial rapist game next?
Here's the creator's website. Send him an e-mail if you don't think beheading women is very fun.
Posted by Megan at 8:37 PM