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21 March 2012 @ 11:12 am
misogyny  
I'm having a really hard time with the current flood of misogynistic legislation coming from all over the US. I mean, it's not really a surprise that a lot of the philosophical underpinnings of the abortion conversation is sub rosa punishment of women for having sex; I've known that for a long time. But some of these bills don't even bother to hide the contempt for women that drives them.

The thing that has me sitting here feeling nauseated in a very literal way is the HB 954 in the Georgia state house, which would make it illegal for a woman past 20 weeks in her pregnancy to get an abortion, even if she is carrying a stillborn fetus.

This makes me so sick and furious and disgusted and fucking depressed.

I don't have anything to say about this that hasn't been said elsewhere, really. I just feel unspeakably demoralized, and dehumanized, by this flood of shit flowing down the sewer of our legislative system. I mean, I know that the patriarchy hates women, but it's another thing to see that reified so literally into laws and attempts at laws. I can't even deal with it.
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blk: no tresspassingblk on March 21st, 2012 03:18 pm (UTC)
Yes. :(
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ruthless compassion: stabbyaroraborealis on March 21st, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Re: government and abortions
This notion of letting people dictate that their tax dollars not be spent on this category of things that they don't agree with infuriates me. Where's my fucking opt-out for military spending??
Re: government and abortions - bloodstones on March 21st, 2012 03:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
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Re: government and abortions - beowabbit on March 21st, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - cruiser on March 22nd, 2012 02:26 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aroraborealis on March 22nd, 2012 02:28 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - cruiser on March 22nd, 2012 02:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
porpurina: fire handsbloodstones on March 21st, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
Sing it. I alternate between reading lots of articles because I want to be informed, and just not being able to read any of them because I can't deal with how angry and impotent I end up feeling.
Mizarchivist: Fray-Bullet?mizarchivist on March 21st, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Me too. It's stunning. I feel like a lot of the energy once spent on gay rights fighting is now targeted at women, and we're still standing here with a stunned look on our faces wondering what the fuck just happened and they're 10 moves ahead. It sucks.
(no subject) - bloodstones on March 21st, 2012 04:29 pm (UTC) (Expand)
You said a cotton-pickin' mouth-full - mizarchivist on March 21st, 2012 05:58 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - beowabbit on March 21st, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - kcatalyst on March 21st, 2012 06:13 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - medyani on March 22nd, 2012 03:09 am (UTC) (Expand)
Spiderbabearachne8x on March 21st, 2012 03:57 pm (UTC)
Yes, exactly what you have said here.
houseboatonstyxhouseboatonstyx on March 21st, 2012 04:19 pm (UTC)
Not sure whether this is consolation, but someone said that very few if any of those laws aree going to get passed, at least not in their worst form.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on March 21st, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
The mere fact that people in power are even TRYING to get them passed makes me want to throw up.
(no subject) - zzbottom on March 21st, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - moominmolly on March 21st, 2012 05:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aroraborealis on March 21st, 2012 04:32 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - houseboatonstyx on March 21st, 2012 11:23 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - medyani on March 22nd, 2012 03:10 am (UTC) (Expand)
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on March 21st, 2012 04:27 pm (UTC)
It's repulsive and makes me feel literally ill and powerless.
Serninsernin on March 21st, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
Me too.
(no subject) - metagnat on March 21st, 2012 06:38 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - gosling on March 21st, 2012 06:43 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The Hebrew Hammercockhammercock on March 21st, 2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Yes. If I start thinking about it too much, I want to stab people.
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ruthless compassion: wtf?aroraborealis on March 21st, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
I wish I felt like voting did more.
(no subject) - dreams_of_wings on March 21st, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - moominmolly on March 21st, 2012 07:54 pm (UTC) (Expand)
I often feel the same way, but - medyani on March 22nd, 2012 03:32 am (UTC) (Expand)
Re: I often feel the same way, but - medyani on March 22nd, 2012 03:39 am (UTC) (Expand)
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phoenixamber_phoenix on March 21st, 2012 06:32 pm (UTC)
I... yes. I am stunned and nauseated and taken off guard. It feels, almost, calculated, like some think tank somewhere thought "Hey! while they're worried about drone strikes, and that pipeline, and bank regulations, and gay marriage, let's try *this* tactic and label it religious freedom! Oh! and let's militarize the police while we're at it to discourage dissent and discredit protesters."

I wish... I wish a lot of things..., including that I could figure out something more that I can do.
ruthless compassion: stabbyaroraborealis on March 21st, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
YES, exactly this. It feels like all of this coming all at once is somehow very calculated.
(no subject) - kcatalyst on March 21st, 2012 07:10 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - aroraborealis on March 21st, 2012 07:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - moominmolly on March 21st, 2012 07:55 pm (UTC) (Expand)
drwexdrwex on March 21st, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
I could rationalize and reason
but I won't. Instead I'll just say that I am really sorry that I have played some part in perpetuating the patriarchy and ignorance that is behind this and I promise I am doing my damnedest to raise my boys in such a way as to break the cycle.

It's really all I can think to do.
jordanwillow: zhang ziyi will kick your assjordanwillow on March 21st, 2012 09:05 pm (UTC)
Great post, great comments. I can't deal with it either.
born from jets!!!catness on March 21st, 2012 09:44 pm (UTC)
I'm with you, 100%. It feels like there's nothing we can DO, or that even if we do the *most*, it doesn't help, because it's out of our hands.

It makes me glad I'm as old as I am so I don't have to live long enough to see the fruits of this labor.
existential hot showerveek on March 21st, 2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's a dark time and place for women.

Can't we all just up and move to the Netherlands or Scandinavia or some such place? Not that things are ideal there. But hooboy, better.

I can deal with many sociopolitical issues being On the Plate. But I'd rather deal with, say, the energy crisis than basic human rights stuff.

Edited at 2012-03-21 10:00 pm (UTC)
Medyanimedyani on March 22nd, 2012 03:36 am (UTC)
Yes, this.
traballenguastraballenguas on March 22nd, 2012 04:35 am (UTC)
Yeah, I feel your pain. My re-entry into an America full of this kind of insanity has been very trying. These policies are particularly sick, demented and anti-human (as opposed to being simply pro-corporate like most of the rest).