so fucked up. Now bear with me - this is the Daily Mail so they won’t be the most feminist in covering this, but it is agreed that this is an effed up situation.
The nine-year-old girl who gave birth in Mexico will never have another child after she was sterilized by the doctors who delivered her baby - against her family’s wishes, it was revealed today.
The youngster was given the procedure following the shock delivery without the consent of her own mother.
She has now reported the Zoquipan Hospital in Guadalajara to the local human rights commission which is investigating.
I hope something good comes of this. No one deserves to have their reproductive rights violated - even if they’ve given birth at 9. Unacceptable.
Also kind of surprised this hasn’t been given more attention in the feminist news cycle.
Wow. Absolutely, unrepentantly inexcusable. America has a sick history of doing this to women of color as well, but it’s still shocking to see it happening today - especially to a 9-year-old girl. Sick.
I didn’t think this story could piss me off more than it already did.
Under the Republican-backed bill, first-time offenders would be charged with a felony, punishable by up to six months in prison.
Republican Rayne Brown stated that the bill was created in response to rallies promoting women’s rights.
Triggered by two topless rallies held in Asheville, the Republican-backed bill headed to a floor vote in the House and would amend the state’s indecent exposure law to expand the legal definition of “private parts” to explicitly include “the nipple, or any portion of the areola, or the female breast.”
Depending on whether such exposure is judged to be “for the purpose of arousing or gratifying sexual desire,” the woman could be charged with a felony, punishable by up to six months in prison for first-time offenders. More mundane exposure would be a misdemeanor, meriting up to 30 days in jail. “Incidental” exposure by breastfeeding mothers would remain exempt.
Oh, for fuck’s sake.
So they decide parts of our bodies are inherently sexual simply because we are women, and then they want to criminalize us for that sexuality we never fucking asked to be applied to us in the first place.
Oh, men. So terrified of literally the stupidest things.
Dear cis-men of the world,
Our nipples are the same.
Well, no. That’s not true. The nipples on almost all cis-women actually have a purpose! Yours are there because evolution is silly sometimes. So, I think YOU should cover your useless freak of nature nipples, while we sport ours proudly in public.
The women of the world who are tired of your arbitrary bullshit used to police our bodies.
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Michelle Duggar, mother of 19, has this advice to give to us about what a husband needs and what a wife should do to meet those needs. I found this gem over at Jesus Needs New PR. I started to embolden some texts and add “emphasis mine,” but I realized that I’d made most of it bold. It’s all bad; every single internalized misogynistic word of it.
Oh and the photo is from this Radar online article where the Duggars endorse Santorum as “The Man of God To Lead The Nation.” You just can’t make this stuff up. ~ Kim
A Husband Needs A Wife Who Accepts Him As A Leader And Believes In His God-Given Responsibilities: Husbands are commanded to govern their wives; God works through a man’s decisions – good or bad; Bad decisions reveal his needs and allow the wife to appeal and demonstrate Godly character; The more a wife trusts her husband, the more careful he will be in giving her direction; Never ask others for counsel without your husband’s approval; reassure your husband that you understand and believe that he is your God-given leader.
A Husband Needs A Wife Who Will Continue To Develop Inward And Outward Beauty: How can you become more of the wife of your husband’s dreams?; discover and conform to your husband’s real wishes; explain your hairstyle to others on the basis of your submission to your authority; separate your ‘rights’ from your responsibilities.
Ask Your Husband To Define Your Responsibilities: Ask your husband to tell you when you have a resistant spirit; dispel a backbiting tongue by silence.
It’s impossible for me to hate Michelle Duggar more than I already do. I truly despise her and her husband.
And, I’m not shocked that these people would back Santorum. All of them want to retard our progress as people and as a country.
You either are or you aren’t. And if you are, you don’t get to set conditions on that. You don’t get to deem some abortions more worthy or more moral than others, or decide that it’s more acceptable for some women than for others. You don’t get to qualify, and you don’t get to judge.
Also, stop with the “I’m pro-choice, BUT I WOULD NEVER EVER HAVE ONE OF THOSE NASTY ABORTIONS MYSELF!!!!1”
I am perfectly fine with people who would never have an abortion yet fully support the rights for everyone else to make the choice. However, when you act like you’re the one shinning pure light that would never stoop to the bottom feeding level of choosing abortion it kinda of tosses your whole “supportive pro-choice” stance out the fucking window and makes it sound like you still judge those of us who choose abortion.
Just say you’re pro-choice. Stop adding the “But, I’m better than abortion” clause to it.
Particularly life, or lack thereof, in the womb.
I’ve been meaning to make a tumblr post about this subject for a long time because it’s something that I struggle to take a permanent stand on. Because honestly, it’s a tricky subject. So let’s start with my personal beliefs:
I generally identify myself as a Democrat. If the US operated outside of a two-party system I would be more of an independent centrist (but let’s not get into that). My party generally takes a stand of pro-choice in regards to abortion, a stand that promotes women’s rights because it is a woman’s choice after all. And I agree with this. Completely. There are numerous situations in where pregnancy is dangerous, even fatal. And we don’t need another human right taken away from us, let alone a woman’s life.
However, my internal moral debate has a problem with abortion when the life form in a woman’s womb is clearly a human child. A heartbeat, a brain, limbs, eyes… I mean, we can agree that the fetus can feel at this point in the pregnancy. I think we can agree that the fetus is alive.
I was raised Roman Catholic and though I do not practice this particular religion anymore, I do have strong beliefs in the human soul, the human ability to live beyond a physical body. I personally cannot imagine disappearing into the void once life leaves the body. I cannot imagine this happening to any creature. My constant question then is when does that soul enter the physical body?
For me, being a spiritual person, the question includes the word “soul.” For atheists and nonreligious people, the question includes “life.” When does life begin? I don’t think this is a religious question at all, but a human question. Is the potential for human life the same as the life itself? Can we abort undeveloped fetuses conscious free, or is that little mush of cells enough to qualify as a life? Where do we draw the line?
Does life being with the development of the brain? Or is it the heart? Or is it when both organs are working together simultaneously? Or is it when the fetus takes its first breath?
There are so many questions to consider when talking about this subject. And trust me, this isn’t a new debate. Abortion isn’t a modern phenomenon, and we as the human race have been struggling with these questions for centuries. I cannot even begin to describe to you the frustrations I experience when trying to identify myself as pro-life or pro-choice. I’m beginning to realize it’s all a matter of opinion. An opinion of life, and when one considers the quality of life a human life.
I do not have an opinion, because I honestly do not know. I don’t know.
I am a woman, and even though I do not have an opinion at this point in my life, I do know that every other woman should at least have the right of an opinion. So I guess I’m pro-choice? Whatever, I’m just pro-opinion.
Very nice post. There are two things I wanted to point out, and then I will share my opinion on when life starts.
First, not all women and not only women can get pregnant, so it tends to be better to stay away from binary cis identifiers when talking about this. You don’t have to, but just wanted to point that out. :)
Second, as for you mentioning a fetus can feel, I was unsure at what point during gestation you were referring to. Studies have shown that a fetus most defiantly can non feel during the first trimester (when abortion is legal). It has also been observed that a fetus can not differentiate between neutral touch and noxious touch until as late as 37 weeks. [source]
As for my personal view on life. I was raised Free Methodist, but am now Atheist/Humanist. I do not believe in souls, nor can I explain how consciousness exists, but I do believe it is located solely in the brain. When a person is brain dead I consider that tantamount to clinical death.
I don’t believe life starts at all in the womb. Do I believe it starts to live in utero? Yes. One can not deny the medical facts such as from 5-7 weeks the heart valve starts pumping, or at around week 13 the liver begins to work. It is a living function organism, but it has no life. It is not self aware, nor autonomous.
For me, life is everything we are. It is our thoughts, memories, dreams, hopes, fears… it’s who we love and who we hate… it’s what our passions are and what makes us cry. This to me is life. When all of that ceases what is there? Before all of that begins, what is there?
I realize not everyone feels that way, and when people believe in souls it becomes something more ethereal.
But, for me, I don’t see the world that way. My analytical and anthropological brain can not believe in a soul. But, what I observe of life is what I base my judgment on when it comes to the rights of a pregnant person vs a fetus. Which one has a life? Which one has responsibilities and ambitions? Which one is self aware and autonomous?
I will always side with the born over the unborn.
Misogynistic men who try and tell me my reproductive and health rights.
Or, the brainwashed self loathing misogynistic WOMEN who try to tell me my reproductive and health rights.
It’s probably the later. But, I just can’t tell. They both fill me with a lot of rage.
Even if you are a person who is anti-abortion, please read and understand ALL the things that this will ban. This bill is more than just an anti-abortion bill. It is one of the most damaging things in a long time to women’s rights, both reproductive and heath.
Initiative 26 will ban hormonal birth controls inculding all forms of the pill, IUD’s, and the morining after pill.
It could effectively put a stop to all In-vitro fertilization, thus ending all hopes of women who can only conceive that way, and the option for surrogacy.
Ectopic pregnancies and any other life threatening pregnancies would be left untreated. Women will die.
Miscarriages could be persecuted as homicides.
Private medical records could be opened to be used in criminal cases against women and their doctors if there is a suspicion that a fertilized egg was harmed or terminated.
And much more. Please visit the link.
I am honestly not even trying to sway people away from being anti-abortion, I just want those who are able to vote to realize that, no matter your views on reproductive rights, this goes too far. This is an attack on women’s rights that is staggering. And, I hope you can all see that. Please, don’t let the state of Mississippi (or any state) do this to its citizens.
Side note, I know I said “women” a couple times, and I know not just women can get pregnant, but for now I’m sticking to the fact that this is an attack on female rights. They don’t care if we’re cis or trans or other. They only want us to be incubators, and if we die in the process they will feel no remorse.