I am a pretty passionate person, and if you know me in my regular personal life (not just as my superhero identity) then you’ll know my political views. Because I say them. Loudly and often. I have made a point to not do that over at SOAM and politics aren’t my main interest here, either. However. I guess the politicians got all jealous and wanted some space here at TIAW devoted to them because they started getting all up in our vaginas.
I’ve already posted an Extra-Slutty Weekly Awesome and a Legitimate Awesome in response to some of the bigger comments that were made this year, and I wanted to do a recap now that we are nearing the election here in the US. I am not suggesting you vote one way or another, but I am asking that you read these links (and more! do your own research!) and very seriously consider your choices and what they might come to mean for you, as a woman. Or for the women in your life, if you happen to be a man reading this.
Here are the reasons why the abortion argument is about more than just abortion:
~Where companies could fire females employees for using birth control to, you know, control birth. In the name of Freedom, y’all.
~Where low-income women lose all preventative health care because it’s provided by – *gasp!* – Planned Parenthood!
~Where banning abortions leads to forced cesareans. Which are, to be very clear, major surgery. And why is it that everyone who wants to ban abortions, also wants to ban or limit birth control? And then to cut low-income programs. Like. Really. How can we win that one? Maybe you didn’t notice, but humans are kind of programmed to want to have lots of the sex. It’s a biological thing. BOOM. Science.
~Where we learn that we aren’t allowed to say parts of the female anatomy in front of men, or children. “Vagina” is totes offensive. So make sure you don’t ever allude to it. Or have one.
Here are the links about rape, and how men get to make all sorts of decisions for women, like whether her rape was real or just a female trickery.
~If you read nothing else here, READ THIS. It’s not just Todd Akin. It’s so many, many conservatives including VP hopeful Paul Ryan.
~Silly women, wives can’t be raped! Maybe you should go home and make sure you were REALLY raped.
~The Official Guide to Legitimate Rape. Need to find out if you were raped or if you are just having “buyers remorse”? This is the link for you!
~Obama’s response to the Akin rape scandal.
~Maybe it would be a better use of time to try ENDING rape rather than judging it?
~Men who rape get to be daddies to the babies they make. Fantastic. Because a sexually violent person should totally get custody of a CHILD.
To sum up, the Conservative view is that birth control is bad. That if you get pregnant because there wasn’t any birth control available, you better have that baby. But that if you have that baby, you better not need any help with services for low-income populations. And if you get raped, well, not only did you probably ask for it and/or are lying about it now, but you’re SOL and, guess what? The father gets rights to that baby. Nice.
The thing here is that, whether Taylor Swift knows it or not, we live in a patriarchy where women are NOT valued, respected, or treated as equals. We are obviously considered to be ignorant, conniving, slutty, sin mobiles that have to be kept in line and protected from ourselves. Not cool. So, my dear readers, learn as much as you can about the candidates you are voting for this year, and vote like your lady parts depend upon it. Because they do.