Thursday, January 22, 2009
Blog for Choice day
Thanks to Sybil over at BitchPhD a reminder that today is Blog for Choice day. The 36th anniversary of Roe V Wade.
Even when I was growing up Republican, I was pro-choice. This is probably because my Republican dad wasn't a bible-thumper and my Democratic mom was hanging out (not letting it hang out, but hanging out) with hippies.
Like being pro-gay-rights, or anti-homophobic bigotry, it seems so immensely simple. It's not your body, what the heck do you think you get to legislate it. What hurt is it to you. Why the hell should men have ANY say in it. OK - wait; there's some participation. Men should have 15 minutes of say, women get 9 months of say.
I've fallen hook, line, and sinker for the line of reasoning that laws against abortion are part of a patriarchal control structure that makes women chattel and gives men rights over their reproduction; that this control structure excuses rape and limits contraception; and that this control structure usually privileges not only men over women, but straight over gay and white over black and while we're at it, rich over poor.
Next: what about the politics of choice?