Who Will Survive in America? In case anyone missed it, yesterday the Supreme Court decided that employers could get out of ensuring free access to birth control because of either a “religious” or “moral” objection. For the last 20 years in America, polls have shown that only 20% or less of citizens here want abortion to be illegal and I would imagine that in terms of access to birth control pills, people are even more liberal. This is yet another way that Trump has undone Obamacare and also a way for employers to cheapen out on looking out for their employees.
If you’ve been following the decline in women’s rights over the last four years, you will recall that we have a man in office who stole the election and actively engaged in friendships with sex traffickers like Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, liked to hang around Miss America locker rooms, has had several accusations of rape against him and has paid off prostitutes and made all kinds of threats towards women in addition to threatening to grab their genitals. (I guess that’s still good enough for the religious wrong as long as they can still control women’s bodies, though).
So of course, he would put in a rapist and sex predator Brett Kavanaugh himself who, when confronted with reality with those who actually wanted to hold him accountable in his nefarious actions towards Christine Blasey Ford had the proclamation of “I like beer!” as a response followed by the whining of a bunch of republicans that don’t believe they should ever be held accountable for anything they do that endangers the American public after they stonewalled the perfectly decent nomination of Merrick Garland from an actually truly elected Obama who never committed treason once in 8 years unlike our current crapload of a demon who negotiated a stolen election, paid a foreign entity for “dirt” on Biden and recently sold out American soldiers because p.s. Russia is not actually our BFF.
Since Trump has been in office, states like Oklahoma have been referring to women’s bodies as “hosts” and funding has been drastically cut for Planned Parenthood. We have a bunch of mainly white male politicians severely limiting access to abortions in every state and now, they are even limiting access to birth control. Who will this impact the most? Women who cannot afford to pay out of pocket and therefore definitely could not afford to have a child but of course, in the battle to just control our bodies, men aren’t thinking about that (or maybe they are because they do seem to like to watch women suffer.)
In many ways, I believe that women should stop sexual intercourse with men altogether. As I am myself with a male partner and realize how difficult this is, I will say at the very least women should ensure that their partners support their reproductive rights to choose. I realize that not all men are against our rights as witnessed by the fact that there were a lot of men in attendance at these protests and I know several men in my own life who are progressive about this. Unfortunately, these men are not running for any political office.
As far as a religious or moral objection, this is not about “pro life” This is about anti-choice and trapping women. This is about saying, “Your freedom to have control over your body is worth nothing to me because you are a woman and I want to control you!” The dissenters for that Supreme Court Case? Yep, that’s right, the 2 women.
So why have women continued to allow this to happen when we make up over half the population? That’s a good question. Though I see positive changes, women have been kept out of running for political office in every facet-locally and nationally for so long that it is going to take some time to catch up. Women are also kept out of major corporations as big shareholders and CEOs and the amount of lobbying and dark money that goes into these things is insane.
Even more problematic, though it is changing in a positive way, women did not embrace inter-sectional feminism earlier on in the beginning of the movement. In other words, white women wanted rights for other white women. The very women I have been taught to revere like Susan B. Anthony, for example, were only looking out for themselves. By doing so, they basically doomed us all. And, it is changing. I was pleased to revisit some of my old photos of Women’s Marches and even in 2017 there were many women holding BLACK LIVES MATTERS signs and that struck me as highly positive. Because, part of what I don’t understand about the Black Lives Matter movement is why it took so long for people to get this outraged when I have been feeling like this for years now and it is nothing new that cops are murdering innocent people because they happened to be born with Black skin.
What we have to remember is limiting the freedom and livelihood of other human beings hurts us all. Do we want to live in a super oppressive society where rich white men continue to control these harsh policies against us? How has that worked out so far? If we want progress, we have to work together inclusively and productively. We have to join hands and embrace and show empathy towards others who may first seem unlike us but are alike in the most important of ways-aligned in our quest for human rights.
I don’t know what the answer is here besides obviously voting and inclusive empathy. I hope things will change if Trump doesn’t manage to steal another election after he has held rallies and not been held accountable for surges in Coronavirus infections of his base, which is just about the dumbest political strategy I’ve heard of yet.
Here’s the news story from yesterday:
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