The past four years have been nothing short of devastating for abortion rights in the United States. From 2011 to 2015, 231 abortion restrictions were enacted across the country, leaving the majority of American women in states that are outright hostile to reproductive healthcare. Thirteen states have enacted bans on abortion at or before 20 weeks, some without exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the pregnant person. In fact, states like Alabama and North Dakota have passed bans at 12 and six weeks, respectively – a point at which many don’t even know they’re pregnant. Earlier this year, House Republicans proposed (then sheepishly shelved) a federal ban on abortion at 20 weeks. These laws are all designed for one purpose: to force today’s sharply divided Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade.
But these laws aren’t harmless judicial test cases. They have a real-world impact and do immediate, lasting damage while they wait out their day in court. These bans are wrong, dangerous, and should be roundly opposed. Here are five reasons why:
The cool thing about this collection is that these aren’t posters you would necessarily find on the first page of your Google search. In fact, most of them were new to us. #11 is particularly gruesome, especially if you’ve seen Iron Jawed Angels or are at all familiar with the suffragette movement. It’s almost like there’s a theme in all of these posters… almost like men really didn’t fancy being treated the way women were treated. Huh. Imagine that.
Just over a week ago, the Washington Post published this article on the kinds of threatening and pervasive backlash that online feminist writers face. Throughout the article, draws on several examples that showcase both the online barrage of sexist, racist, and highly sexualized threats leveled at women who choose to share their personal experiences and understandings as well as times when those threats manifested themselves outside of the internet. This struck a cord with me personally because even in my tiny, not-very-publicized feminist corner of the world I’ve faced several unpleasant smack downs that have left me asking what is perhaps the most telling question of the whole piece: “Are they not going to write a piece like that again because they’re afraid of the online hate?” Now of course, the argument can be made that it’s the internet and everyone faces some level of abuse when they go online. And while that’s true, why should it be acceptable for an article, no matter its contents, to lead to death and rape threats?
These articles are very short reads, coupled with footage from several rather conservative sermons this guy has given. Both the writer and the readers are justifiably outraged about his comments and the understanding of women and their “placement” that he demonstrates. It’s hard to swallow religious crazy.
But while most of the outrage seems to be over the fact that he’s talking about this super old-fashioned and extremely limiting understanding of women, my disgust is directed in a different direction. What he’s saying, he’s pulling from the bible, the actual holy book of Christianity. Yes, it sounds boorish, stupid and downright sexist. Guess what? That’s the holy book that any self-identifying Christian is upholding. And if you’re going to pick and chose which parts you want to follow, doesn’t that kind of eliminate the whole, “God wrote this book so it’s holy” thing?
This is a huge part of why I left Christianity as a teenager. This guy is a misogynistic jerk, but then so is the supposed god he gets his information from.
Feminism has helped make the world a better place for both women and men, yet it’s still widely misunderstood, in part due to the perpetuation of sometimes offensive and laughable stereotypes. These ill-informed ideas divert the conversations we should be having about achieving gender equality.
Modern feminism isn’t about tearing down men, it’s about eradicating the misogyny and harmful gender stereotypes that affect everyone, not just women. At its core, feminism is also about equality, fairness and tolerance; the fact that people still don’t grasp these principles may explain the plethora of misguided statements that always seem to accompany conversations about feminism.
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