pro choice movement

Arguments We Need to Stop Using as Pro-Choicers

When scrolling through the abortion tag, I see a lot of posts where the poster definitely has their heart in the right place and is fighting the good fight, but doesn’t have the correct information or is using an argument that doesn’t do much to further the pro-choice movement because it can easily be twisted or debunked by pro-lifers.

1. “It’s just a clump of cells,” or variants referring to the fetus as anything other than a fetus (parasite, etc).

Technically, it’s not wrong to say a fetus is a clump of cells. But technically, it’s not wrong to say that you and I are clumps of cells. 

Using the term “clump of cells,” or other variants is wrong because it is emotionally manipulative, in the same way that pro-lifers calling fetuses “innocent babies,” is emotionally manipulative. It’s easy for a pro-lifer to instantly take the argument less seriously, and use this argument as a strawman in the future. 

It’s important to stay factual and correct in our terminology by using words like “embryo,” or “fetus,” that don’t allow pro-lifers to detract from our argument by playing games with semantics and ignoring the larger message.

I think this can also be looked at as insensitive to some people who have had miscarriages, or may not have had the best experience with their abortions. To say that they only lost a “clump of cells” may be hurtful.

2. “It’s not alive.”

Zygotes, embryos, and fetuses are living things. They are not living in the same way that you and I are living, as sentient and autonomous beings with thoughts and feelings, but they are living. To say that they are not is not truthful, and again, makes it easy for pro-lifers to latch onto this statement and think that they’ve defeated the entire pro-choice argument by providing evidence that fetuses are living.

This doesn’t mean abortion is wrong. Simply being alive does not grant a fetus (or any other living person or thing) rights over another person’s body. 

Abortion is not okay because a fetus is not alive, abortion is okay because the pregnant person is also a living being with a right to bodily autonomy. 

3. “It’s not human/a human being/a person.”

Fetuses are, in fact, human. Humans do not gestate insects, reptiles, or cattle. They gestate other humans. To say that a fetus is not human is not truthful or beneficial.

The “human being,” argument is a little more tricky. This educational post by proteg-et-servio goes into the differences between human, human being, and person. Because “being” (as a noun) is defined as either “a living thing,” or “the state of existing,” it’s technically not correct to claim that a fetus is not a human being. It is in fact human, and it is in a state of existence. 

It is factually correct to say that a fetus is not a person. But, this shouldn’t really matter. Pro-lifers can argue all day long that a fetus is, or should be considered a person, but regardless of that fact, no person has rights over another person’s body.

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“Energy feminist” thinks the pro-choice movement should be extended to fossil fuels

  • The feminist movement is hardly a monolith, with many different schools of thought. That was vivdly illustrated when ThinkProgress ran a story Monday on the Independence Institute’s “Earth Day Fossil Fuels Art Contest,” introducing a new brand of feminism that still has us scratching our heads. 
  • According to the outlet, members of the Koch-sponsored institute were pretty peeved that they weren’t included in Earth Day celebrations, which typically focus on how to save, rather than destroy, the planet. They plan to make up for it by asking pro-fossil fuel artists to submit their work showcasing the “awesomeness of fossil fuels.”

  • “Enviros celebrate by planting trees but they never celebrate the trucks that deliver the trees, or the gas that powers that truck, or the plastic handles of the shovels they use,” organizers wrote in an email, ThinkProgress reported. “Shouldn’t Mother Earth be thanked for making Earth Day events possible?” Read more. (4/11/2017 10:03 PM)

anonymous asked:

Lolz if ur anti-pro life than ur obviously pro death. Nice job asshole

Actually, it’s the “pro-‘life’” movement I’m against, not just “life” in general - obviously, otherwise I would probably be dead myself.

The pro-“life”/anti-abortion movement is extremely pro-death, though. Almost 70,000 women die and 5,000,000 more suffer from serious, life altering injuries every single year as a result of not being able to access a safe, legal abortion.

The pro-“life” movement is also notorious for their acts of terrorism - there’s even an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to their incidents. They have murdered, attempted to murder, and conspired to murder/harm many people who provide abortion services. They’ve also committed and attempted to commit other acts of terrorism including bombings and arson.

A few years ago, pro-“life” politicians in Texas passed a bill basically defunding Planned Parenthood. Their maternal mortality rate has since doubled, and the search for illegal abortion inducing drugs or at-home abortions has risen. 

Pro-“life” groups across the country just yesterday cheered as their president signed an executive order to reinstate the Global Gag Rule - which has in the past lead to a 40% RISE (or +2,000,000 annually) in (most likely unsafe) abortions and countless deaths globally. They most likely cheered as they don’t want to see “their” money go towards abortion, but fortunately for them it’s been illegal for federal funding to pay for abortion in foreign countries since the 70′s. They instead were simply cheering the defunding of HIV-prevention programs, domestic violence care/protection programs, facilities that provide contraception that prevents the abortions they claim to despise so much… I could go on, but you get the point.

The pro-“life” movement refuses to protect anyone’s life. They want to ban or defund anything that could possibly prevent unintended pregnancy or reduce abortion rates and will promote anything that has been proven to kill pregnant people. 

If you want to know what it’s like to be actually pro-life, spend some time hanging around with the pro-choice movement. You’ll see a reduction in abortions and in maternal mortality.

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I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at this, to be honest. Do these women realize the irony of the fact that they wouldn’t even be ALLOWED to state their views this way had women before them not fought, starved, suffered, and died for their right to do so? That’s what feminism is, you poor, deluded fools.

If it wasn’t for feminists these women wouldn’t be allowed to vote, drive, work, or educate themselves. At all. Everything they have and enjoy in what makes up their life, every single right that these spoiled young women take for granted, their grandmothers, great-grandmothers, and great-great-grandmothers fought relentlessly for so that we wouldn’t be denied what was denied them. I’m appalled that the history of the Suffragettes and the women’s rights movement isn’t taught in schools alongside black history or the Holocaust. It should be a mandatory part of any curriculum because clearly, it’s needed.

And you may not want to “politicize your gender”, but guess what, sweetheart? That is done FOR you the second you are born whether you want it to or not. That’s kind of part of the whole problem. Someone needs to sit these women down and teach them what their parents clearly failed to teach because my God…they have no clue.

A Reading List for the Revolution

Transforming a Rape Culture, edited by Emilie Buchwald, Pamela R. Fletcher, and Martha Roth

Hands of the Freedom Plow: Personal Accounts by Women in SNCC, edited by Faith S. Holsaert, Martha Prescod Norman Noonan, Judy Richardson, Betty Garman Robinson, Jean Smith Young, and Dorothy M. Zellner

Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement, by Angela Y. Davis

Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect?: Police Violence and Resistance in the United States, edited by Maya schenwar, Joe Macare, and Alana Yu-Lan   

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Oppression and Empowerment, by James I. Charlton

Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by bell hooks

Class War: The Privatization of Childhood, by Megan Erickson

Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, edited by Jaclyn Friedman and Jessica Valenti

How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: Freedom, Politics, and the War on Sex, by Cristina Page

Safe, Legal, and Unavailable? Abortion Politics in the United States, by Melody Rose

The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, by Michelle Goldberg

Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, by bell hooks

Women, Race, and Class, by Angela Y. Davis

Generation Roe: Inside the Future of the Pro-Choice Movement, by Sarah Erdreich

Women and Socialism: Class, Race, and Capital, by Sharon Smith

Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, by Katha Pollitt

Sexuality and Socialism: History, Politics, and Theory of LGBT Liberation, by Sherry Wolf

Black Liberation and Socialism, by Ahmed Shawki

Twilight of the Elites: America After Meritocracy, by Christopher L. Hayes

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America: Problems in Race, Political Economy, and Society, by Manning Marabel

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein

The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope, by Amy Goodman and Denis Moynihan

Against Austerity: How We Can Fix the Crisis They Made, by Richard Seymore

Necessary Trouble: Americans in Revolt, by Sarah Jaffe

The Fight for Fifteen: The Right Wage for a Working America, by David Rolf

Demand the Impossible: A Radical Manifesto, by Bill Ayers

Are Prisons Obsolete?, by Angela Y. Davis

Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities, by Rebecca Solnit

anonymous asked:

I've always been pro-choice but I really understood what it meant to be at 16. I was raped and became pregnant. I never want kids and I'm too young to have my tubes tied. I tried to kill myself and that didn't work thankfully. I finally got an abortion and I've never felt more relieved. I'm not ashamed of my abortion. I did what I had to do for myself and my mental health. A 16 year old should not be called a murder or non-responsible for not wanting to stay pregnant with her rapist's baby.

I’m very sorry that you had to undergo that. Let me share sympathy from the deepest innermost part of my heart. The plight of women in situations such as that are actually motivations for me to become pro-life, however.

Rape is not a choice.
Financial crisis is not a choice.
Abusive situations are not a choice.
Health problems aren’t a choice.

So why does the pro-choice movement insist on these situations being the real embodiment of “choice?” Is it really a choice to be ill? Is it really a choice to be forced by a partner? Is it really a choice to be forced because you aren’t financially able? Is it really a choice because you were raped? Surely not. If a person holding you hostage said you had to shoot someone close to you, is that actually a choice? Yeah, sure technically you have “options.” Surely these aren’t pro-choice situations. The only situation in which abortion is actually a choice is when pregnancy is a mere inconvenience for the mother. The only situation in which abortion is actually a choice is when a woman already has kids or doesn’t want a child.

So don’t think I don’t have regard for your situation. That wasn’t much of a choice to go through what you did. So please know I do care for you and I pray for people like you all the time.

But NONE of that changes the fact that an unborn child is still nonetheless a child. There are things we can do that make life soooooooo much easier but that doesn’t mean they are right or justified. Slavery is an example. Slavery allowed people to live and grow comfortably with little hardship. Slavery was also…slavery, it enslaved and dehumanized people and tore apart families. In fact, when we took away slaves, many people suffered. Whole people starved and became destitute and were forced to do awful things. But did any of that mean slavery was correct? Did any of that mean slavery was moral or justified? Did any of that mean slaves were really not people?

Again. Your situation is rare but it still does happen. It still is a massive struggle and you bear incredible pain, a cross you did not even choose to carry. But the “solution” to your situation came at the very high cost of the death of a human being. It may have done you wonders, but at someone’s ultimate cost. I’m not calling you selfish, you did what you did to survive how you were taught to survive, I don’t blame you, but I do see a clear injustice and a clear imbalance of morality.

People don’t choose all of their struggles. I didn’t choose to have my struggles. You didn’t choose yours. People don’t choose to have mental illness or cancer or sudden deaths in the family or abusive situations. In fact, we often suffer unwillingly from the choices of others. I didn’t choose how and when and where I was born, but that doesn’t mean I have the right to do awful things. Even if what I went through was horrific. Even if no one should go through what I went through. I still don’t have the justification to hurt other human beings so that I may hurt less, or to use them at their expense so that I may benefit.

On a religious note, even Jesus didn’t choose his cross. He actually prayed that He wouldn’t go through the struggle because He foresaw what was to happen. I mean, whether or not you’re religious, you gotta admit that it was an incredible horror. Lashed with whips and blades until the body is raw and bloody and forced to carry a horribly heavy cross on that same broken body, only to be nailed through hands and feet and hung up, lanced in the gut, hanging for three days…I mean, He didn’t ask for it, He prayed not to do it, I mean, GOD prayed not to struggle! Seems odd that GOD wouldn’t want to struggle. And still, despite praying, despite earnestly wishing and wanting and so deeply longing with every fiber and cell and component to not have this pain, He still willingly took it up. He understood He still had to bear it even if it would cause Him the greatest of pains and He took it up anyway, because by refusing the cross He would be forsaking all of humanity. And in His love He couldn’t betray man, He couldn’t say no, He couldn’t be happy and content and peaceful at our expense. Sometimes, as human beings, this is what we must do, too.

We don’t choose our struggles. My God, we don’t ask for any of it. But that doesn’t mean we sacrifice our fellow man and forsake human beings! It’s not simple or easy but it’s the right thing!

On November the first, Autistic Speaking day, I decided to write an actually rather long Q&A with things I and other autistic people get asked most often. If you’d like other people to know these things or just agree with me, feel free to reblog!

Q: Autistic person, or person with autism?
A: I prefer “autistic person”, because I don’t feel like autism is something separate from me, my brain and my identity. It’s not an ink splotch on a picture, it’s more like a color filter that covers the entire picture and changes the way it is. Autism is not what I have, it’s who I am. More than that, there is no reason to put the person first since nothing about autism negates being a real person. Which is why most people in the community also prefer “autistic person”.

Q: Is autism a mental illness?
A: No, it’s a developmental disorder. The main difference between those two things is that mental illnesses typically have a start and sometimes a finish - they can be caused by something, and they can be treated and sometimes even cured with therapy and/or medication. Autism doesn’t have a start because people are born autistic and they die autistic. And it can’t be cured or treated, only accommodated.

Another reason why we separate them is because in my opinion mental illnesses cause distress and suffering just by being present, while with autism the distress and suffering mostly come from lack of accommodations, bullying, abuse and neglect. Which is why we are now trying to move away from this classification and call autism a “neurotype” - not a malfunction, just a different type of nervous system.

Q: Is autism a disability?
A: Yes, in the social model of disability. Meaning that the neurotype itself isn’t disabling, but the society and the world is. Autistic people make up about 1-2% of the population, so the vast majority of people in the world are allistic (not autistic). So the world wasn’t built for us. However with enough accommodations, help, understanding and acceptance we can change the world, and then autistic people won’t be disabled anymore.

Q: Should we search for a cure for autism?
A: No, mostly because of scientific reasons. Research shows that autism is more likely to be an anatomical brain difference rather than a biochemical one, meaning that it can’t be fixed or altered after birth or a certain step in prenatal brain development. So the only “cure” we can develop is a prenatal screening test that will allow us to detect it and give parents an option to abort. I stand with the pro choice movement and the right to abortion, however I do thing that we can come up with a better use of money than stopping autistic people from being born in the first place.

And the second reason is that the majority of autistic people don’t want a cure! As I’ve said, autism is an integral part of our neurology and curing us would be akin to killing us and creating a brand new person. Autism comes with problems and challenges but it also has many traits that I love and wouldn’t want to lose. And even for people who do want a cure, a more manageable and realistic goal would be to invest in support and accommodation that would help them with their problems.

Q: What about therapies for autistic people?
A: Sure. There are several reasons why autistic people might require therapy. A lot of us have comorbid anxiety disorders, often due to mistreatment, bullying and abuse, so therapy for anxiety could help some of us. Sensory integration therapy might benefit autistic people by helping them better understand their sensory perception and learning how to deal with negative aspects of sensory processing disorder. Some autistic people choose to attend social skills classes although we have to understand that being a social butterfly isn’t a requirement to be respected and accepted, so no one should be forced to take them. And of course autistic people can have mental illnesses that they might want to get therapy for. However don’t view autism as something that needs to be cured and fixed. So autism isn’t something you need therapy for by default.

Q: What about ABA, applied behavioral analyses?
A: ABA is to autism is what conversion therapy is to being non-straight or non-cisgender. It doesn’t help the autistic person, it just forces them into seeming more neurotypical which on the surface looks like they got better. It is often abusive, it leaves children and adults with higher rates of mental illness including PTSD, and it comes from a basic premise that autistic people are not whole, real people with thoughts, feelings and consciousness. Read more of my thoughts on ABA here: http://iamthestrangerinmoscow.tumblr.com/post/152193710933/hey-i-liked-the-post-you-did-for-parents-of

Q: What kind of autism do you have?
A: Autism! It’s true that we used to have different diagnosis for autism, such as Asperger’s Syndrome, Kanner’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, childhood autism, atypical autism and so on. However further research and investigation lead the psychiatric field to realize that this separation was unnecessary because the diagnostic criteria for these disorders weren’t different enough. For example the only thing that separated Asperger’s and Kanner’s in DSM-4 was the time of developing verbal speech which said nothing about persons needs and abilities later in life. As a result we now recognize that autism is a spectrum with vastly varying combinations of traits, needs, talents, abilities and problems, but of the same nature. So there’s just one diagnosis (in the DSM-5) - autism spectrum disorder.

Q: Are you high-functioning or low-functioning?
A: I’m a real person with a complex combination of abilities and needs that can’t be put into one of two rigid categories. Depending on how you describe me, I can be labeled as both. If you say that I’m an adult who can’t live on their own, can’t do most basic housework, can’t even speak on the phone, struggles with severe executive dysfunction and anxiety and needs daily assistance, then I sound “low-functioning”. If you say that I’m a student at a university studying their special interest, fully verbal and eloquent speaker, had no developmental delays, can pass as neurotypical most of the time and is considered smart, then I sound “high-functioning”. In reality I’m neither.

Functioning labels don’t really serve their purpose as a descriptor of needs and abilities, rather they simplify them and lead to more discrimination. High-functioning means your needs are neglected and your problems are denied. Low-functioning means your talents and abilities are ignored and you are denied respect and autonomy. Both are really detrimental to us, so most of us really dislike functioning labels. Some other descriptors that might work are “verbal/nonverbal”, “living independently/requires some level of assistance”, “has an intellectual disability/learning disability/a mental illness” and so on. You’ll have to speak about each person individually cause we are all very different.

Q: Should I support Autism Speaks and Light it up blue?
A: No, by all means no. Autism Speaks is a terrible organization that cares more about money than autistic people. They call is a tragedy, a burden, a disease, the reason for divorces, worse than cancer and AIDS combined, a fate worse than death and so on. They use autism as a fear-mongering tactic to earn more money that goes to staff salaries and advertising (with less than 5% going to autistic people and their families!). They support ABA and abusive fake treatments of autism. They refuse to listen to us and basically they speak for us and over us. Boycott Autism Speaks and Light It Up Blue. More info here: http://autisticadvocacy.tumblr.com/post/102634036950/so-why-is-autism-speaks-bad-im-confused

Q: Which autism organization I can support?
A: ASAN - autistic self-advocacy network, and the Autistic Women Network, are the two good organizations I know.

Q: Is the puzzle piece symbol a good symbol for autism?
A: Personally I dislike it because of the association with Autism Speaks. It can be interpreted as “autistic people are missing pieces” which I think is rather dehumanizing. I prefer the neurodiversity symbol, which is the infinity symbol in rainbow colors. If other autistic people wish to use the puzzle piece for themselves, I’m okay with that, but I don’t like it being pushed on others, especially by allistic people.

Q: Are you professionally diagnosed with autism?
A: I am, but no one needs a paper diagnosis to know they are autistic. You can figure it out with research and help from various resources. There are many reasons why someone wouldn’t be able to get a professional diagnosis. Money and accessibility are the biggest barrier, however systematic oppression also plays a role. Autism is under-diagnosed in girls/women and people of color, and many people are denied a diagnosis because they don’t fit the stereotype of an autistic person. Typically an autism specialist is required to give a paper diagnosis and they aren’t always available - and non-specialists make a lot of mistakes.

Also a paper diagnosis might put the person in risk, depending on where they live. In my home country, Russia, a professional psychiatric diagnosis on your official record will mean denial of education, employment, adoption and even a driver’s license, which is why my family had to pay for the diagnosis out of pocket in a private clinic. All these are reasons why I, as well as most good autism organizations, support well-informed autism self-diagnosis.

Q: Where can I learn more about autism?
A: From other autistic people! No-one can be a better expert in autism than an actually autistic person. If you need answers, ask us. Some good resources to start are: YouTube channel “Neurowonderful”, ASAN official site, musingsofanaspie.com , askanautistic.tumblr.com and other autistic people on tumblr. Don’t speak over us, listen to us and accept us.

Nothing about us without us.

why people so damn concerned with other people’s business???? like people that are against the pro-choice movement, or that are against same-sex marriage???? like why do u care so much? it’s not actually affecting ur life? like if ur pro-life and ur at home eating ur lucky charms and watching dr phil, and simultaneously 10 miles away someone has an abortion, is your life in any way affected???? if ur against same-sex marriage and ur out golfing and at the same time two women who love each other get married, does that change the quality of ur life???? no it doesn’t, but ur violent opposition of these things does change the quality of theirs, so like….why don’t u keep ur opinions to urself and not use them to oppress people maybe 🤷🏽‍♀️

I just wanted to say, sort of in response to another post, that pro-life isn’t always about putting down women.

I don’t really know what the point of this post is, since I know everything I say will be dismissed, but if this can even make one person stop to consider that the common narrative of pro/anti choice/life is not the whole story, then I’ll have done my part.

I’ve only just become aware that, in the US at least, putting the desires of men above the rights of women what it’s mostly about, and it’s really sad to think that. I never understood until then why feminism was so tied to the pro-choice movement, or why it was all so polarised in the first place. I feel like a noble thing has been hijacked by misogynists for their own purposes.

What pro-life should be- what it is, to many people- doesn’t have anything to do with men and women at all, but the fundamental question of whether a human being has a right to live, regardless of parentage, financial circumstances, and health. Because when you put a man’s desires over a woman’s choice, that is not pro-life- it’s still treating the child as an object to be fought over. It’s simply an excuse to further a misogynist agenda.

Pro-life, in its truest sense, is not even just about abortion, but the rights of the disabled, the elderly, the poor, the mentally-ill, and yes, as difficult as this may be for some, even the criminals. (A true pro-life supporter will not support death sentences, by the way)

Pro-life supporters who truly support life in all circumstances do exist. Maybe they don’t shout as loudly as the so-called “pro-life” who are actually just pro-men, but they’re there. They are ready to give financial support, counselling, anything necessary to help those considering an abortion, euthanasia, suicide, or anything like that. There’s probably not enough of them, but they are there.

The world isn’t as horrible as you might be led to believe, and the polarising narrative presented to everyone is just a narrow perspective.

anonymous asked:

What about those who have been abused and agree with the pro-choice movement? Our voices deserve to be heard, just as your does

I agree. Everyone’s voice is important.

My problem lies with the ideology that a fetus is better off being aborted if they might be abused. It’s punishing a child for the crimes of its abusers.

Back Alley Abortions

If and when abortion is made illegal, Pro-Choicers bring up the argument of the deaths that could occur from illegal abortions. Women know the dangers and consequences of their actions if they do it. Having said that, why do you blame the pro-life movement for these back alley abortions if we’re against it too? A woman made the CHOICE to have that unsafe abortion.

Feminist Books: Non-Fiction
  • Safe, Legal, and Unavailable? Abortion Politics in the U.S.: by Melody Rose
  • Girl Land: by Caitlin Flanagan
  • Cinderella Ate My Daughter: by Peggy Orenstein
  • Sister Citizen- Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America: by Melissa Harris-Perry
  • The Purity Myth- How America's Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women: by Jessica Valenti
  • A History of the Wife: by Marilyn Yalom
  • Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves- Women in Classical Antiquity: by Sarah B. Pomeroy
  • Pregnancy & Power- A Short History of Reproductive Politics in America: by Rickie Solinger
  • How the Pro-Choice Movement Saved America: by Cristina Page
  • The Girls Who Went Away- The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade: by Ann Fessler
  • Myths of Motherhood- How Culture Reinvents the Good Mother: by Sherry Thurer
  • Yes Means Yes- Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape: by Jaclyn Friedman
  • Half the Sky- Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide: by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • History of the Breast: by Marilyn Yalom
  • Virgin- The Untouched History: by Hanne Blank
  • Transgender History: by Susan Stryker
  • Women and Socialism- Essays on Women's Liberation: by Sharon Smith
  • Same Difference- How Gender Myths are Hurting Our Relationships, Our Children, and Our Jobs: by Rosalind C. Barnett
  • America's Women- 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates, and Heroines: by Gail Collins
  • Interracial Intimacy- The Regulation of Race and Romance: by Rachel F. Moran

I support gay marriage – marry whoever the fuck you like.

I support transgender individuals – be whatever gender you want.

I support the LGBTQ+ community.

I support the pro-choice movement.

I support safe spaces.

I support literally everything, as long as you don’t use it as an excuse to treat other people like shit. You do not get to be a dick to others because you are gay, or black, or Muslim, or marginalized in any way. And in the same way, I won’t be a dick to you.

Different people are going to have different opinions, and that’s okay. You cannot attack people for having certain worldviews, even if those don’t align with yours (and chances are, they won’t). There is a difference between having an opinion, and being a dick. All you special snowflakes need to get that through your thick skulls.

A couple of notes about being pro-choice: Yes, ladies, it is your body. You have bodily autonomy. However, if you’re going to have sex without using a condom, and have abortion after abortion, that’s pretty stupid. I have no problem with abortion if you’re raped, or the condom breaks, or birth control fails – those are real accidents. If you just run around having unprotected sex for the kicks, then get your shit together.

A couple of notes about safe spaces: Safe spaces are important. Here is what they are: Assuming an individual has gone through significant trauma in their life (i.e. fought in a war, been assaulted, etc.), it is okay for them to ask for a safe space. What this means is, assuming they’re studying a sensitive topic (i.e. sexual assault after being raped), in university or something, they can elect to not attend, and ask their profs for an alternative assessment. Those are real safe spaces. What a safe space is not, is a place for you special snowflakes to go because someone has an opinion which differs from your own. People are allowed to not agree with gay marriage provided they aren’t dicks about it. You expect people to respect your opinions, why should you not respect those of others?

Unpopular Opinon: I’m a Feminist and I’m Pro-Life.

I’ve always been hesitant to call myself a feminist. I was initially put off by the associations that had latched onto the feminist movement as it was historically dragged through the thick of mainstream media (bra burning, man hating, mob mentality, and general vulgarity). I was also hesitant due to the politicalization of term which leaned aggressively liberally, connoting a slew of opinions related and unrelated to women. Feminism seemed to be a single word that would define not only my views on women’s rights, but my political views in general, my ethics, and even my temperament. 

I decided early on that ‘feminist’ was a far broader label than I was willing to place myself under.

However, to the relief of most of you I’m sure, I’ve since changed my mind.

 I’m a feminist. If the definition of feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men” I’d clearly be a liar to deny my subscription to these principles, given that I enjoy them and have come to expect them on a regular basis. Not to mention, had I remained a non-feminist, I’d be delivering a hypocritical slap in the face to the women who fought tooth and nail to provide me with the rights I take for granted today. But wait, before you diehard feminists rejoice in my change of heart, prepare yourselves:

I am a feminist and I do not, under any circumstances, believe it is my right as a woman to abort another human being.

Before you slaughter me with horrific tales of botched and fatal self-administered abortions, overpopulation, a woman’s freedom to do whatever she wants with her own body, or tell me that the patriarch is controlling my lady parts, I ask you to please, briefly open your mind to what I am saying.

Take heart, I am not going to try to demonize planned parenthood or any other sexual health clinic (I recognize that their organizations do primarily good, preventative work, that is, aside from abortions). Nor am I going to shock you with photos of mutilated fetuses and baby heads, though I could, but you’d deny their reality regardless. And least of all am I going to chastise and condemn those who’ve had an abortion.

I am merely going to ask you this question: Why do women feel that it’s their natural right to dictate whether another human being lives or dies?

If feminism is an empowerment movement for women to take back the rights that have been withheld from us for most of history, what about abortion fulfills that role? What does abortion have to do with women’s rights at all? 

I could go on for hours about the reasons why I choose to associate myself with something so unpopular, controversial, and obviously out of fashion as the  pro-life movement is today. The truth is I don’t care. I don’t care about being modern or being politically correct when it comes to precious lives. I also think it’s a waste of time to dance around people’s feelings when over 3,000 abortions are performed everyday in the United States. But it isn’t my intention to give you a preachy pro-life lecture that you could find anywhere on the internet. What I want to do is propose that feminism and the pro-choice movement aren’t the same, affiliated, or even related.

Many women are under the impression that they can claim abortion for themselves, that abortion is a women’s rights issue.

But abortion isn’t a women’s rights issue. Abortion is a human rights issue. 

Abortion affects the lives of millions of unborn men and women every year and to gender specify the subject in simply negligent.

People seem to prefer to ignore the origins of abortion practices: A Eugenically motivated business posing as charity, a systematic initiative to depopulate in exclusively low-income and minority neighborhoods. And despite immense social change, abortion still serves this purpose today.

If feminism is what it claims to be: a progressive equality movement and not a selfish matriarchal trend for angry ladies, then wouldn’t it advocate the rights of all humans and not exclusively women of a certain age? 

It breaks my heart to think that young women are led to believe that their modernity and independence is wrapped up in pro-choice propaganda that has nothing to do with exercising rights at all, only taking them away.

When a woman aborts a baby, she isn’t exercising her natural rights, she’s only denying someone else their right to life.

Things that suck list:

In order of how much they suck
1)feminism
2)feminism
3)feminism
4)feminism
5)feminism
6)feminism
7)feminism
8)feminism
9)glorifying obesity
10)Legal human abortion
11)liberalism
12)Communism
13)Socialism