There is so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them, like the Bermuda Triangle; nobody ever reports back from there.

We’re going to talk about politics today. And lady-bits. If you’re so tired of politics already and it’s only June, you can check out for the day. I won’t hold it against you. Also, you might be thinking, “I’m over politics, but I sure do like lady-bits!” Well, we’re not talking about them in a sexy way, sorry, you guys. Probably just about the least sexy way possible. I know. I’m full of disappointment today.

See, the thing is, I’m all heated up, so you know where you go when you’re all heated up, right? That’s right. The interwebs. And here’s my little corner of the interwebs. So I’m going to say my piece. About politics. And lady-bits. While I still can, because the way things are going? Pretty soon I’m going to get slapped with a damn gag-order where I can’t talk about my own cooch.

You all probably know about this by now, right? Or, maybe not. So let’s talk about this. In the Michigan House of Representatives on Wednesday, “a bill requiring doctors to ensure women aren’t coerced into ending their pregnancies” was being discussed. 

Check out these horny stags, yo. You go, Michigan.

Now, whoa, Nelly, let’s take a minute here. The bill is requiring doctors to – what – talk to their patients to be sure they really, really, REALLY want that abortion? If a patient comes into a doctor’s office and says they’d like an abortion, which, no matter what your politics are, is not an easy choice for the woman, she would have to sit there and listen to a talk from her doctor about does she really want it? Is she sure? Really sure? Really, really sure? No takebacksies? Oh, eff that, I can’t imagine that’s a good idea for either the doctors or the women involved.

Democratic Representative Lisa Brown spoke up against the bill. She said the following (well, not all non-sequitury – she had a whole speech, of course): “I’m flattered you’re all so concerned about my vagina. But no means no.” Representive Barb Byrum also spoke against the bill, saying that if the bill passed, she would like to see the same rule in effect for men considering a vasectomy.

Brown on the left, Byrum on the right. High-fives, ladies. High-fives all around.

The following day, the bill was undergoing continued discussion. And Byrum and Brown, who planned to continue speaking out against a bill they didn’t believe in, were informed they would not be allowed to speak.

Shut it, ya mouthy broads.

Why? Because what they’d said the day before lacked decorum and was disgraceful. References to vaginas and vasectomies were not welcome on the floor of the House of Representatives, per Republican Floor Leader Jim Stamas. What if a child were to hear that? All those children just running willy-nilly around the House of Representatives of Michigan? Naughty. NAUGHTY. Also, Brown saying “no means no” might equate the abortion legislation on the floor in people’s minds to rape, and Stamas thought that was inappropriate. So he put a gag order on the two women with their filthy, filthy mouths.

Whaaaaa? Vagina? Whaaaaa?

(The bill passed, by the way. 70-39. It still has to pass the Senate in order to be made into law, and that vote won’t be until fall.)

Stamas lifted the gag order after the bill passed the House. I’m sure Brown and Byrum were so relieved.

Brown didn’t stand up in front of the House of Representatives and say cunt. She didn’t stand up in front of the House of Representatives and go the other route, either, and be cutesy about it, and call it her hoo-ha or her va-jay-jay or something. She called it by its medical name. Its correct name. A vagina. 

And Byrum – what was Byrum’s offense? Oh, well, Byrum stood in front of her colleagues and dared imply that the knife should cut both ways. Pun intended. And said “vasectomy.” Ooh! WINCE! Not ma boyz! Don’t talk about snippin’ ma boyz, ya evil liberal harpy!

Don’t you mention vasectomies, lady. Don’t you even.

If you are not comfortable with the medical term for it, you don’t get to make laws telling me what I can do with it. (Well, you shouldn’t be able to make laws telling me what I can do with it anyway, but apparently, that’s not a big deal. Because these laws are EVERYWHERE lately.) If you don’t like what someone is saying, you don’t get to childishly put them in a time-out. Why is the House of Representatives of one of our states being run like a cross between kindergarten and a dictatorship? It’s a kindertatorship!

And who the hell is this Stamas? He’s a stompy little baby who somehow got in charge of the House and wields his power like a club. I disagree! We’re not going to DISCUSS it, though. I’m going to GAG you. That’s how we deal with disagreements. A child. A petulant child. WHO RUNS THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF AN ENTIRE STATE. Are you petrified by this? I am. Utterly petrified.

Now, Fox News and their ilk are quick to say there’s no war on women. That it’s something invented by liberals to get women to vote Obama back into office in November. My father is one of these people. The biggest fight we’ve gotten into recently – screaming, SCREAMING at one another, even when I told him I didn’t want to discuss it with him because I knew what the outcome would be – was because Fox News told him there was no war on women, so when he started going on and on and ON about how there was no war on women, I said a few times, “You really don’t want to get me started on this” and “Please stop, you’re not going to like what I have to say about this” and such, until I finally exploded into a ball of righteous fury about the whole thing.

Don’t tell me there’s no war on women when Virginia’s got the new transvaginal ultrasound law on the books; Planned Parenthood funding is getting cut left and right; the definition of rape victims in Georgia is in the process of being changed (from “victims” to “accusers”); a bill was proposed in South Dakota to make it legal to kill abortion providers – do I need to go on? Are all of these things imaginary? Are they all invented by the liberal media? Because I’m pretty sure they exist. It’d be quite an impressive feat, if all of these links I just found were imaginary.

Here, this helps a little. Stupid Comedy Central won’t let me put in the video, so you have to be clicky, but here, here’s Jon Stewart’s take on Fox News’s disavowal of the War on Women. There are hysterical pictures of vaginas, if that sells you on the clicking or anything. Don’t worry, it’s SFW. Well, fairly. Fairly SFW. Kind of. A little.

Before my head explodes – here. Here’s the thing. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, probably until you want to smack me with something like a magazine or maybe a shoe. There’s a war on women, because men are scared of us. If we all banded together and we all worked as a group – we could vote these assholes out of office. We could get people in there with our best intentions in mind. We could stop these laws that are governing our bodies and take control of what we do with our OWN bodies. Because we are adults. Who should be able to control what we do with our bodies, which are really the only thing that truly belong to us on this entire earth. But not if the politicians currently in office have a say in the matter. They want to control everything about us – our bodies, what doctors we see, what those doctors are allowed to do to us and what they’re not, how we’re allowed to refer to ourselves if we’re attacked, how much money we make at the jobs we do, what jobs we can do and what jobs we can’t, what clubs we can join, where we can go and where we can’t. Can you imagine if the tables were turned and these things were happening to men? No, you can’t. Because they wouldn’t happen to men. Does that make me sound like a man-hating bitch, like Fox News would have you believe I am? Nope. No problem with men. Like them a lot. Some of the people I love most in the world are men, actually. However, the other half of the people I love most in the world (myself included) have – I’m going to say it! – VAGINAS. 

There’s a war on women. And it’s INFURIATING me. What’s infuriating me more is that people don’t think it’s real. No, not Fox News. Of course they know it’s real. That’s why they’re telling people it’s not. But other people. People who are going to vote come November. They think it’s all an urban legend, like the gang that follows you home when you flash your lights at them to be helpful, or email chain letters that promise you good luck. 

We need to get politicians in office who realize women’s rights should be the same as men’s – that we are all PEOPLE. And we all deserve the SAME rights. PEOPLE’S rights. HUMAN rights.

I love my Merka. So much. But it worries me. A lot. And embarrasses me, sometimes. And that makes me so sad.

OK. Enough head-exploding. I hope you had a happy weekend; I went to the teahouse and had a happy breakfast and blogged about it over at Ken’s place. Here you go. You get two for one today. (I promise that one’s less politicky and vagina-y and more cheerful.) Happy Monday, all. Also, vagina vagina vagina, while I still can.

(Title’s from Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues. Which Lisa Brown will be performing in soon on the steps of the Michigan state capitol. How awesome is THAT? Out of bad things come good, sometimes. Per Eve Ensler: “Censoring a woman for saying a word that is a body part that 51% of their constituents have is a repression that we have not and should not ever witness in this country.”)

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43 responses to “There is so much darkness and secrecy surrounding them, like the Bermuda Triangle; nobody ever reports back from there.

  • greengeekgirl

    Like I said on FB, I am the most angry about this. I’m also COMPLETELY NOT SURPRISED that Michigan is pulling this kind of bullshit. There is some craziness going on with the Michigan legislature right now. Maddow covered it, and it was jaw-dropping: http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/04/06/11060678-about-that-michigan-story?lite

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    • lucysfootball

      Holy crap. Holy CRAP! And if you get to the bottom of the article, the Democrats did the same thing when THEY had the majority! What is happening in Michigan? It’s like a hotbed of corruption over there!

      I know it’s naive of me, but it just makes me so sad that you put your faith in elected officials and they shit all over you. I know I should realize that by now, but somehow it never fails to make me sad.

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      • greengeekgirl

        Yes, it was disturbing that they were also abusing the immediate effect–although I wonder what kind of legislation they were putting through. Because what is REAAAAAALLY disturbing to me are the laws the GOP is passing–really?! Just gonna… take over a city and put some guy (and it will always be a guy, a guy with money and special interests) in charge to do whatever he wants? For reals?

        Cos, I can kind of understand the immediate effect stuff. It’s not right but it’s not SO corrupt on its own.. everyone would rather have the laws they’re making go into effect immediately, they really should have written it so that it’s harder to do that. Corrupt but not crazypants. But the stuff they’ve been PASSING with it? ZOMG.

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  • sj

    Amy, you rule.

    I have to come back and comment later when I’m not ALL THE BUSY, but I will. I have many things to say. Many. Things.

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    • lucysfootball

      I look forward to your many things. YOU rule. With all the ruly-ness.

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      • sj

        Okay, here goes.

        I am so completely and utterly ashamed to be an American at this point in time.

        We’ve got a ridiculous war that we’re involved in – where we don’t effing belong – and I almost lost my brother because of it.

        We’re denying our citizens the right to marry the person they love.

        We’ve got batshit crazy religious fundamentalists protesting the funerals of our fallen soldiers (a friend of mine’s husband was KIA a few years ago – WBC was there).

        Now with this ridiculous War on Vaginas, women are back to being second class citizens.

        It makes me the most sad to hear about things like these women not being allowed to speak out, which is WHAT THEY WERE ELECTED TO DO.

        I don’t understand why it’s so difficult to leave your religious biases at the door. You’re supposed to be acting in the best interests of the people that you represent, not according to your skewed world view.

        I…I had so much more to say in my head, but I’m so worked up that I can’t even form a coherent response.

        I’ll try again later.

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        • lucysfootball

          I know what you mean. And I agree. But I love America so much. I mean, I’m ashamed of us – absolutely – but I love what we COULD be, and what we’re CAPABLE of, and it makes me so angry that we’re wasting that. I feel like America’s my teenager who isn’t applying himself and is hanging out with the wrong crowd and is dabbling in drugs and I just KNOW if he tried, he could do AMAZING THINGS, but he JUST DOESN’T CARE, and he’s using his powers for EVIL and not GOOD. Yet I still love my teenager, because he’s mine, and I’ll never stop loving him. There’s my America-as-an-emo-teenager-analogy I just made up just now. Heh.

          I worry that I’m not even middle-aged and these things are happening. What are we going to be doing when I’m in my 60s? 70s? I’m kind of afraid to think about it.

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  • Marti McKenna

    Thank you so much. I’m so overwhelmed by it all I haven’t been able to write about it lately, even though I want to and very much need to. A while back I started a website and petition called “We, the Women” (wtwdeclaration.org) aimed at getting the women of the USA to work together despite the constant efforts to engage us in petty squabbles. We just have to. It’s the 21st century and we’re still fighting this BS? Grrr! Arrrgh!

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    • lucysfootball

      I know, it’s overwhelming, and it’s more every day. Just when I’ve got a handle on the latest – well, something like “don’t say vagina!” comes along. Gah.

      Go sign Marti’s petition if you haven’t, everyone! It’s good stuff!

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  • Cara V. (@fictionalchick)

    The vagina is the most creative and destructive force in the (known) universe… it’s amazing how much power it actually has- how men are afraid of it. Like it’s some huge super villain… bottom line is- we bring mother fucking LIFE to this world. WE GROW HUMANS… conservative assholes are forgetting that… so some of us might not want to use our vaginas for that specific reason- HOLY SHIT. Now we are giving vagina’s FREE WILL?? Oh the humanity… fucking respect the magical gateway which your narrow minded, bullshit spewing, hateful ass came out of.

    Amazing post. I love you.

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    • lucysfootball

      I love you. This is one kickass comment.

      And I completely agree. They are PETRIFIED of us. Otherwise, why fight so hard to keep us down? If they weren’t afraid, they’d just ignore us completely.

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  • kathleen

    I thought this was a really well thought out and written post. And I’m a conservative leaning libertarian. I disagree that abortion is only about a woman’s body (just because someone doesn’t get to have a say in what happens to their body because they’re completely dependent on another person for life doesn’t make them a non person), BUT I
    agree that we should be able to have a dialogue about our beliefs, that each of us should be able to talk about the very body parts involved in this without men getting all squicked out and calling us inappropriate. I also think the vasectomy analogy was excellent, and I don’t understand why two women were shut up for excellent and correct use of language. Sure, they disagreed with the majority, that’s what their constituents elected them to do! Telling them to shut up for doing their jobs is offensive and bigoted in the worst possible way. I’m a prolife woman, and I respect the hell out of your right to disagree with me. Oh, and vagina!

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  • Heather

    *standing ovation* I wrote about this a few days ago but had to joke about it a bit in order to remain stab-free. I’m so tired of our bodies being even a PART of politics, let alone the focus. I feel like we were all tricked into going back in time against our wills. Sigh.

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  • blogginglily

    The planned parenthood things are ridiculous. I guess. I just don’t know enough about them. So much of what the media reports seems sensationalized it’s difficult to understand what the bills you referenced are really trying to limit, defund, etc.

    In the case of Planned parenthood. . . it strikes that Abortion/Pro-life nerve. It will always be that way. If you are pro-life you are against planned parenthood, if you are pro-choice, you are for it. I don’t know what the split among women is, but it seems to me this is less about a war on a gender and more about a war on abortion. And yes, I realize there’s no abortion without a vagina (to paraphrase your heroes above). I just think it’s less about “women” per se and more about “pro life”. Yes. . . I know. . . women’s bodies. And yes, you know. . . unborn babies lives. Blah blah blah. . . that’s why this is such a sticky situation all around.

    In the case of the South Dakota thing. . . i read the language of the bill, it seems pretty common sense stuff. . . I think that’s more or less the result of someone proposing language then realizing the language they’ve proposed opens a loophole that wasn’t considered. . . so the media headline, “South Dakota bill would legalize killing abortion doctors”. WHAT??? Oh my god i have to read this immediately. meanwhile the language essentially says that you’re justified in killing someone who is attempting to kill your unborn child against your will. I think they just didn’t think it completely through and then someone said. . . “Um. . . hey guys? you know this means that if the daughter of a baptist minister decides to get an abortion with her fiance/husband or whatever, the minister can come down and murder the doctor legally. . . right?”

    I don’t understand the equal pay thing. Of course it makes sense for women to be paid what men are paid.

    I do understand wanting people to make SURE they want what it is they think they want. Are you SURE you want an abortion? Are you SURE you want your tubes tied? People are sue happy. Abortion is a touchy subject. Major surgery. . . irreversible. Make sure. My wife was asked no fewer than 5 times whether she was SURE she wanted her tubes tied. She had to sign a paper and then STILL got asked a couple more times. I have no issue with a doctor making SURE I want a vasectomy. Really really really really sure?? Yes, yes, yes, yes. I’d rather have to answer the same stupid question fifty times than make a stupid decision out of ignorance.

    I don’t know about all this “War on Women” stuff. At the risk of pissing off 90% of my friend’s list, I really (perhaps naively) don’t think this is about “WOMEN”. I think it’s about “morality” and the religious right. I think women are definitely bearing the brunt of it because it’s related to child-bearing and men just can’t do that. But many men and women both are violently opposed to abortion, believing that it’s morally wrong. And if they truly believe that, there’s just no logical argument that will sway them from a belief rooted in their faith. So women will argue against it and men will argue against it, but regardless of which gender argues against it, decisions are being made about women’s bodies or about an unborn child’s life. . . which is more important?

    I’m not a christian conservative. I’m starting to think I’m not much of a conservative at all. Women and men should be equal under the law. That said, the law does not apply equally to men and women because they have different “skill sets” . . .

    And to return to a conversation you and I had on a previous post: I’m all about a woman’s right to choose. But I think if she CHOOSES to have sex and gets pregnant, she’s already made her choice and shouldn’t be able to use Abortion as a “reset” button at the expense of a life. Life isn’t a game of Frogger.

    I’m probably naive about a lot of this. Maybe politicians really ARE rubbing their hands and thinking “How can we limit women’s rights more? How can we infringe upon their bodies and subjugate them to our wills more effectively?” I just think this stems from a zealot’s interpretation of morality.

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    • lucysfootball

      This is a very long reply. I have lots of work to do here. (Hi, Jim! I’ve missed your face. Where have you been?)

      In the case of Planned Parenthood, funding is usually yanked because they’re considered “abortion providers” (some are, some aren’t) – and the problem is, Planned Parenthood does so much more. They help so many low-income women get health care they couldn’t normally get, plus they provide education and birth control. The funding that’s yanked isn’t earmarked (i.e. “only remove the funding for abortions”) – it’s across-the-board funding. So everything gets cut, and everyone loses.

      “meanwhile the language essentially says that you’re justified in killing someone who is attempting to kill your unborn child against your will” – this isn’t ok, though. First, how often does this situation come along when it’s not an abortion that’s being referred to? It’s not often a stranger comes up to a woman and says “Lady, nothing personal, I gotta kill your fetus, I’ll do my best not to kill you while I’m at it, though.” The bill was referring to providers of abortions without saying that. Also, “against your will?” Who’s to say it’s against someone’s will? It might be the will of the potential mother, but not her father, or her pastor, or even the potential father, so is it ok for him to storm the clinic and kill the doctor?

      The Obama-backed “Paycheck Fairness Act” was shot down last week. It basically asked employers to prove, if they were challenged, the reason they were paying a woman less of a salary for doing the same job as a man.

      I understand wanting to make sure someone wants irreversible surgery…but if they’re already in the doctor’s office, I’d hope they’d done the research. But, yeah, I get you. Saying (no more than once) “Now, you know that this is irreversible, right?” isn’t out of line. As long as it’s not judgey.

      I think you’re right, but I think I am, too. It is about the religious right. But it’s also about women. It’s about laws being put on our bodies BECAUSE of the religious right. (And I still think that if it was men that could have babies, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.) And by not speaking up, we’re letting it happen. We’ve got to make our voices heard, otherwise we’re campaign-of-silencing ourselves right out of basic rights and privileges.

      You’re not pissing me off. I love having discussions with you. And do you know why? You and I can disagree, but you’re always completely respectful about it. Even if you think I’m being ridiculous and stupid and wrong, you never, ever try to make me feel stupid or small. You back up your assertions with research; you don’t get shouty; you state your case in an adult manner. I’d discuss politics or gender or whatever any day with you, even if we did disagree. Because when it was done we could still be friends. I like that. You’re ok with me, Jim.

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    • greengeekgirl

      The whole thing about it just being about abortion doesn’t fly for me, though. I mean, that’s a big part of it, but it’s not all of it. Like Amy said, Planned Parenthood provides a lot of services for women, and it likely PREVENTS more abortions than performs (only something like 3% of their funding goes to abortion services); sex education that isn’t abstinence-only and covers different methods of contraception services would PREVENT abortions, but this particular crowd doesn’t want that; there are some states where they’re trying to restrict birth control for women, as well . . . which would lead to more unwanted pregnancy, of course. It seems to me that if they were genuinely interested in stopping abortions, they would be all-in-favor of a number of programs that would eliminate–or greatly reduce–the need for abortions . . .

      . . . instead, their tactic seems to be, well, let’s try to get them to stop having sex by taking all of the “safe” ways to have sex away and wagging our fingers at them and telling them that the only way not to have a baby is not to “do it” and calling them dirty sluts if they want their birth control covered by insurance (which would probably be a lot cheaper than covering the medical costs of unwanted children, so it doesn’t make sense that BC would NOT be covered) and also by telling them they can’t even talk about their vaginas or we’ll silence them.

      Then, after they force the women to have the babies, any support for the women and the babies is gone. If they gave a damn about those kids’ lives, they would have support in place to follow through after the women gave birth–but no, if a woman needs assistance raising the kid she didn’t want to have or didn’t think she could support, she’s a bon-bon-eating welfare queen leeching the state dry. Do they really care about these kids? Or do they care mainly about imposing their will?

      The utopia where women don’t have sex unless they’re married won’t ever happen. It shouldn’t even be on the table, frankly. It’s 2012 and I think we should have reached a point where I can exercise my biologically-healthy sex drive in the way that I want without government poking its nose into my vagina, but it keeps doing so–and in the process, making it LESS safe for women to have sex, and making unwanted pregnancies MORE prevalent, which is part of why this is SO frustrating. They’re so inconsistent with their anti-abortion stance that I really believe it’s less about abortion specifically and more about keeping women “in check.”

      I’m ALL FOR reducing the instances in which abortion is desired or necessary; while I’m completely pro-choice, abortion is an invasive and sometimes dangerous procedure, and it’s overall better to prevent the need for it. We don’t want woman to go have abortions willy-nilly, either. We would really like a sane system of sex education and access to birth control in place so that we rarely, if ever, have to experience a need to consider having an abortion. I think most reasonable people would agree that you can’t keep people from having sex no matter WHAT you do, so it’s much better to try to prevent pregnancy. Why aren’t the people who are the most anti-abortion on board with the policies that will prevent the most abortion?

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      • davidjfuller

        I am all for sex ed & Planned Parenthood’s attempts to educate young people about their bodies. I have to wonder if the people pushing against that (it’s happening here in Manitoba too, where some in school districts having any kind of sex education in schools is seen as an infringement on parents’ religious rights http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/teachers-split-on-issue-of-human-sexuality-154387515.html) would prefer that, in addition to teens not knowing about sex, that they get married in their mid-teens as well? That’s not how things are today and if people — women especially — are going to be accorded the same rights & opportunities as men, that includes, obviously, the same rights to education. I know that is not the only part of the whole issue here but what I see in these pushes against abortion, sex ed, safe sex, etc., is a push against knowledge and fairness. Just ridiculous.

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  • Jericha Senyak (@JerichaSenyak)

    Thank you so much for writing this, Amy – not least because you have followers with different opinions who love you a lot, and it means so much more to be able to read something like this knowing that there will be honest conversation between differing viewpoints than reading it knowing that everyone will automatically agree with you.

    You know, here’s the thing about abortion: yes, occasionally it gets misused. Yup, sometimes women DO use it because they didn’t think very hard about sex in the first place. But that’s rare. VERY rare. And when it does happen? I’d put it down to the scandalous lack of sex education in this country. See, I’d have a LOT more respect for the anti-abortion stance if the same people who want to legislate abortion weren’t also very often the same people who backed abstinence-only sex education. If we had really great, comprehensive sex ed and widely available birth control in this country that really left very little excuse for unwanted pregnancies, I might feel a little different. (Like, say, if insurers weren’t allow to just say “hey, guess what? I don’t believe in birth control, so I’M NOT GOING TO GIVE YOU ANY.”) If domestic abuse wasn’t part of the equation, I might feel differently. If rape and sexual violence and teenager motherhood weren’t part of the equation, I might feel differently.

    See, I AM pro-life – in the sense that I would really prefer nobody ever NEED an abortion, and would prefer that all babies were born into households that wanted and welcomed them. But since that’s not the case, I want myself and every other person with a uterus in this country to have the right to decide what happens inside their own bodies. I want that IN ADDITION to comprehensive measures that make it possible for everyone involved in the sexual act to have as much control and knowledge and resources as they need to protect themselves.

    This is long, but it’s scary. I actually agree with Jim that the war on women has more to do with conservative Christianity than anything else, and that scares the bajeezus out of me – because alongside my body, all KINDS of basic separations between church and state are eroding. Most of the homophobia in this country has a religious basis. Plenty of racism still does, too. The idea that America is a “moral” country is incredibly dangerous, because that means someone gets to decide WHOSE morals. I honestly don’t think there’s a war on women as much as there is a fierce and furious surge against anyone who is not a white, straight Christian happening right now. Trayvon Martin is part of the same story. Gay suicide rates are part of the same story. The fight to squash and silence anyone who deviates from the imaginary “family values” platform is reaching very scary, Handmaid’s-Tale heights. And sometimes I get really freaked out because I feel so helpless. But then I think maybe it’s because these people, these crazy close-minded people, are very, very afraid. Because they know they’re going to lose. They are. It’s always two steps forward and one step back. Right? Right? Please?

    VAGINA VAGINA VAGINA. See, so many men love them and want them to be happy…perhaps the biggest problem with the crazy fascist conservatives is that they’ve never, ever had really good sex?

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    • jennabenda

      I heart this comment so hard. With my vagina. (Too far?)

      You articulated some fantastic stuff AND referenced The Handmaid’s Tale, so yeah, you win.

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    • greengeekgirl

      I just realized I echoed a lot of the same points that you did, hee. I should have scrolled down more before typing my reply!

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    • lucysfootball

      Agreed. Agreed, agreed. I find it humorous that we were originally founded by people moving here looking for religious freedom, yet it’s become a case of who’s religion, and if you’re not of MY religion, you’re wrong, and where’s the freedom in that?

      It’s a pretty helpless feeling. I know. But as long as we refuse to keep our mouths shut, we at least will go down fighting. I don’t know how to do it any other way.

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  • jennabenda

    THANK YOU for writing this. It so excites me when someone whose work I really love also has values and perspectives that align with my own. I’m not American but I read enough to mostly understand some of the terrifying things going on. I don’t have anything coherent to add because I mostly do not understand this. I can’t get my head around the underlying beliefs about controlling women, deporting immigrants, blaming those in poverty, lack of social supports and basic care, and so on. Since it all seems to be about hate and fear and power, it’s all connected in my mind. I am mostly furious and ultimately sad, but it reminds me why I am passionate about this and why I do the work I do – we still have to creature further change.

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you! I live here and I don’t 100% understand it, to be frank. And it just keeps happening. Something like the vagina gag order thing will happen and I’ll be like, ok, well, THAT happened, and then something ELSE will happen the next day and I’ll be like ZOMG ANOTHER THING? STOP IT ALREADY! I am EXHAUSTED with my constant RIGHTEOUS FURY! :)

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  • Samantha

    This whole situation with the country and the moving-backward of the feminism movement…you said it…it INFURIATES me. I can’t even really formulate the words to describe how much. I don’t understand why this happens within the last five years all of a sudden. I just…I don’t even. But you said it. And well. So I applaud you. :)

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you! I know, I mean, it’s always been there, but it really seems to have ramped up since Obama’s been in office (I’m of course not blaming Obama, he’s very woman-friendly, from what I’ve seen) and honestly, it’s perplexing, because the whole point of the conservatives is to get Obama out of office, and women seem more likely (in my opinion? maybe I’m wrong) to vote for Obama, so wouldn’t they be courting women voters by treating them WELL, and not POORLY? I mean, I’m no political analyst, but something just seems off here to me.

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  • lynnettedobberpuhl

    Yes, there IS a war on women and it has been brewing for a long time but it is getting CRAZY now. I am waiting to get draped in our Much of the serious stuff has been said, so I am just going to thank you for a couple of my laugh out loud points: disapproving lemur and his caption, and kindertatorship. Thank you so much for those! And, in closing, vagina, vagina, VAGINA!

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    • lucysfootball

      I love disapproving lemur. I was looking for an entirely different picture for that part, but I found him, and thought, nope, there we go, he’s the one!

      I like to imagine all of us getting together and just screaming vagina outside of the Michigan House of Representatives. Like the yippies used to do in the 60s to yip out the bad vibes? Only we’d be vaginaing out the asshats. Vagina!

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    Ok. I shouldn’t get started on this, because I’m already very tired and politics usually makes me even more tired, but:

    1. Yes, men are afraid of women. I don’t mean every man is, but as a group yes. And the less clever the man, the more afraid usually. (Perhaps because they’ve never won an argument with a woman, I don’t know?)

    2. I believe the US is driven by fear. And that it’s going to get worse before it gets better. But I shouldn’t really make any statements regarding a country I’ve never visited, so I’ll shut up about that.

    3. The Åland islands, where I currently live, now have a lot of women in their parliament, which is good. Will it make a difference? I somehow doubt it, as the women in parliament are still politicians, not humans.

    4. I find it odd that a country that celebrates freedom of speech has such a history (and current policy) of suppressing free speech. But, as I said, I shouldn’t really make any statements.

    And now I have to go to work, so I’ll get down from the soap box already and shut up.

    Just: don’t ever stop fighting back.

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    • Andreas Heinakroon

      I was a little angry when writing that comment. Politicians
      are also humans, obviously. In fact, my granddad used to be one and he’s human. Conservative, but human none the less.

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      • lucysfootball

        I like that this comment says “Andreas Heinakroon, in reply to Andreas Heinakroon.”

        Your grandfather was a politician? Ooh, exciting. Mine was a sheriff, with a badge and handcuffs and a gun. Very badass.

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        • Andreas Heinakroon

          Yes, he was the minister of finance in the 1970s. Nothing particularly exciting about it, though. Nothing like being a sheriff surely!

          (He was born during the Tzar-period, when Finland was still a part of Russia, and he still use some Russian expressions subconsciously like ‘rabota’ instead of ‘to work’ or ‘durak’ instead of ‘fool’. He would never admit to it though, nurturing the common-for-his-generation furious hate of all things Russian.)

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          • lucysfootball

            It is VERY exciting, Andreas! Minister of Finance? That’s the coolest!

            Apparently my great-grandfather (he died when I was very, very young) would slip some French in when he was talking sometimes since he grew up in Canada. Dad says he always called a hammer (he built a lot of things) a “marteau.” I like that. I wish I’d known him, that would have been fun.

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    • lucysfootball

      Well, the obvious answer is COME AND VISIT THE U.S. Then you can make all the statements! Plus see me! Problem solved!

      Never having visited the U.S. doesn’t make your statements about it wrong. They’re right on the money.

      Don’t worry. I don’t know how to stop fighting. Sometimes I wish I did, because then I would be calmer. But, nope. I’m all kinds of loud and fighty.

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    Don’t know why I though this is relevant really, but I happened across this full-page add in a glossy mag lying around: http://aheinakroon.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/20120619_064755.jpg

    Although the advert is pretty annoying in its soft-focus romantic kind of way, I’m still glad it’s there.

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    I must say I do approve of The Disapproving Lemur! Very much so!

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