Your one-stop shop for SCREAMING RAGE

So I’ve been mentioning lately the situation surrounding women’s rights in the United States (and sometimes elsewhere) — a situation so appalling, that word is utterly inadequate for describing how I feel about it. The best I can do is to point you at Soraya Chemaly’s “Legislators: Women Are Not Cows and Pigs,” which contains a handy run-down of the various pieces of jaw-droppingly retrograde legislation being pushed by conservative extremists. It’s all there, from the suggestion that we should put a woman’s life at risk rather than remove a dead fetus from inside her, to the idea that an employer should be allowed to ask why his female employee wants birth control pills, and then fire her if she says it’s to prevent pregnancy.

I wish I were making this shit up.

I am not as good at eloquent rage as Cat Valente is. (Go read that post for a fairly accurate picture of my current internal state.) But I wanted to say, that fundraiser I’m doing? I attached it to the WoT blogging because I thought, this stuff usually has more success when it’s got some kind of result attached to it, even a silly one. But really, the point isn’t for me to eviscerate WoT merchandising. The point is to raise money for the people fighting back against these attacks. The point is to help Planned Parenthood provide health care to low-income women (though that doesn’t help much when the state of Texas knowingly chucks those services out the window), or to make sure battered women have a safe place to go.

If you can spare any money for a cause like that, please do. And do the things that don’t require money, too: contact your legislators. Speak out. Make it clear that women are not farm animals, that we have a right to privacy and control of our own bodies, that our sexual behavior is no business of the state’s. Fight back.

I want to believe these are the death throes of an old way, and we’ll break through into something better. But that won’t happen if we don’t fight.

0 Responses to “Your one-stop shop for SCREAMING RAGE”

  1. maladaptive

    It’s just so frustrating because didn’t we fight this fight already? Why do we have to KEEP fighting this fight?

    • Marie Brennan

      I know. That’s the worst part. Fighting back against homophobia, at least that’s more or less a new battle (one we really are winning, even if it’s not all forward progress, all the time). But we already did the Feminism 101 fight. And we won. And now that victory is slipping away.

      • maladaptive

        Women have no rights, Don, except what men allow us. Men are more aggressive and powerful, and they run the world. When the next real crisis upsets them, our so-called rights will vanish likeā€”like that smoke. We’ll be back where we always were: property. And whatever has gone wrong will be blamed on our freedom, like the fall of Rome was. You’ll see.”

        I can’t believe how pertinent this Tiptree quote is, decades later– we’re always on the cusp of losing our rights, we’re always the first in front of the metaphorical firing squad. I know a lot of people cite Handmaid’s Tale, but this is the passage that haunts me. Our ability to be people is always at the sufferance of the men in power.

  2. misslynx

    I’m not in the US myself, but the news I see coming up from there lately is really scary. Everyone working on fighting against it, in whatever way they can, has my full support.

    I feel like I should apologize on behalf of Canada for one of our writers having written The Handmaid’s Tale. It really wasn’t intended as an instruction manual…

  3. battlehampster

    I am part of that group of women that unless I am planning on becoming pregnant I need to be on birth control. I am anemic and at high risk for ovarian cancer. This last few weeks I have spoken out in many circles that I would not normally speak about politics. And yet I see this new ‘war on culture’ is a smoke screen to the discussion of wealth distribution.

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