These Women Are About To Tell You Some Things That Are Absolutely None Of Your Business
Holy shit women on fire. This video gave me chills. If you do nothing at all today - watch this!
this shit is fucking A+++++++++++++++++ omg perfection
these ladies spittin’ some real shit ya’ll better pay attention
That world has arrived
Sister Joan Chittister, Catholic Nun (via timehasflewn)
holy shit i love this quote
I got to write those words on the torso :3
words of wisdom
“It’s my body, not your political agenda.”
[Image: A picture of several smiling white people lined up in front of a van that says “save the storks” with a picture of a stork on it, underneath a bridge.]
I hear stories of abortion & I see myself falling to the ground in tears begging for the life of the child, desperately offering to adopt it instead.
Then I remember I am nineteen. With no job. No husband to help me raise one. Nothing.
And so I remember to pray earnestly.
This organization—Save the Storks—offers women the opportunity to see their child before aborting it. Three out of five mothers change their mind and do not go through with the procedure.
“We seek to persuade every abortion-minded mother to choose life and to share with them the good news of Jesus.” Amen.
YAY THREE OUT OF FIVE PEOPLE ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO EMOTIONAL MANIPULATION. WOOOOOHOOO!
Save the storks, are you fucking serious? Pregnant people aren’t fucking storks. God mind your own fucking business and stop shoving your Jesus bullshit on people.
“I hear stories of abortion & I see myself falling to the ground in tears begging for the life of the child, desperately offering to adopt it instead.”
What does this mean, you “see yourself” having this melodramatic reaction to other people’s medical decisions? And if you really feel this way, what does your age, employment status and marital status matter? THERE ARE BABIES’ LIVES ON THE LINE! Didn’t you see the ultrasound?
Storks. Who are the “storks” exactly? “Save the storks” doesn’t even make sense. As usual, the women are completely erased from pregnancy.
Also, does the would-be-adoptive-parent OP not see the irony in “Then I remember I am nineteen. With no job. No husband to help me raise one. Nothing.” as the reason they just can’t adopt maybe being the exact same reason a pregnant woman wants to end their pregnancy?
Let me tell you guys something: Before this whole medical school thing, I was a stage manager and I worked on a lot of shows in high school, college, and professionally. I dealt with a lot of people with different personalities and people who were difficult to work with, so I know what it looks like when someone is being over dramatic.
And the OP’s opening line is so on the level of being over dramatic and ridiculous that I cannot even truly describe the level of eye rolling that I just displayed. Like on a scale of 1-10, my level of eye rolling was a 15.
I just experienced a level 15 eye rolling…all directed at you, dripplet.
Also, the bolded is pretty much what I thought, too. The cognitive dissonance present in the anti-choice movement never fails to astound me.
Here’s what really pisses me off about this (besides, you know, all of it): the OP could be doing so much to help babies and children that are already here if she refocused all the energy expended on worrying about other people’s reproductive decisions. She could make hats/blankets/booties for babies in the NICU at a local hospital. She could volunteer with organizations that help children: I know someone who volunteered to watch children at a domestic violence shelter while the mothers were at job interviews or counseling sessions or taking classes. She could help out at a day program for special needs kids. She could volunteer at a children’s hospital. She could work with a program like Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Hell, if she’s passionate about it she could go to school and make a career out of helping kids! She could study to become a teacher, a social worker, any number of careers in the medical field. But instead, she chooses to use all that time and energy to manipulate people into having children that they didn’t want or weren’t in a position to have. I guess that’s easier than doing something that actually helps living, breathing individuals.
It comes as no surprise to me that:
a) all these folks are white, young, and probably middle to upper middle class anti-choice Christians. And that half are people who (at the very least) read as men. Or: the people who have the least to fear when it comes to reproductive justice because whether they have an abortion or not (or whether a partner has an abortion or not), society is going to support them the most when it comes to an unplanned/unwanted pregnancy.
b) That they say “save the storks”. Apparently pregnant people aren’t even PEOPLE. They’re being basically told that they have no part in their own pregnancies. Because instead it’s about saving a stork who delivers the baby rather than dealing with the reality that babies don’t get delivered by storks. They get delivered by people with uteruses who go through A LOT - physically, emotionally, mentally, economically, socially, etc - when that happens and that forcing someone to go through with it by manipulating them and ripping away all options is not “saving a stork”, it’s harming a human being
c) That the entire basis of this is the devaluation of the actual WORK and difficulty that goes into being pregnant. The devaluation of reproductive work done by people with uteruses (OF ALL GENDERS). Because if we valued that work, if we thought it was important and difficult as a society we wouldn’t force people to do it when they didn’t want to.
d) There is no practical benefit or support offered to those who leave this van. There’s no mention that there’s follow up care or support. No referrals to, say, support organizations or therapists for those who are pregnant as the result of rape or incest, no offers of childcare or even free fucking baby gear. Nope. Just emotional manipulation and a pregnant person is sent on their way, dumped back into their problems except now they’ve been guilted into making a complicated situation even harder. Because their problems (lack of money, resources, support, etc) didn’t go away, but one of their possible options was made that much more inaccessible to them.
Fantastic commentary above.
I already reblogged this once, but I had to again for more awesome commentary.
This is why liberated female sexuality is so threatening. Conservative ideology holds that men and women are opposites. Men like sex, and so in order to keep the ideology intact, women can’t. In this world, women instead want male approval and of course babies, and sex is something they have to endure to get it. Contraception and especially abortion undermine this theory, not just because they can’t conceive of a woman saying no to babies, but also because they’re operating under an image of pregnancy as being something that gets men who otherwise want nothing to do with women (outside of sex) to commit. That women themselves say no to babies but yes to sex makes it hard to believe that it’s just women putting up with sex to get marriage-and-babies. That women often choose abortion in order to avoid marriage and babies (at least at this point in time) sends them around the bend. It suggests that people are individuals, not easily categorized genders with predictable and opposite behavior.
If you won’t choose it, then they feel that they’re in their rights to force it. When women can’t access contraception and abortion, sex is, in fact, less fun for them because it’s fraught. It does, in fact, introduce a power imbalance to sexual interactions between men and women because women are vulnerable in a way men aren’t. Giving men that power over women restores what conservatives believe is the proper order. If they can shame women and convince them that only sluts like sex, they can also get women to engage as enforcers, implying that they’re too good for that dirty sex stuff, unlike those lesser women. (Exhibit A.) That just bolsters the illusion that male and female sexuality are very different, and in that difference, they can find leverage to argue—-though indirectly, as is their habit—-that women are lesser than men."
“It does, in fact, introduce a power imbalance to sexual interactions between men and women because women are vulnerable in a way men aren’t.”
(Le sigh at gendered language, but the point still stands.)
The National Network of Abortion Funds can help you find a local abortion fund to help pay for an abortion you might not be able to afford.
I laugh to keep from crying.
This is so true it’s disgusting.
I very, very rarely post videos because frankly I hate watching videos on the Internet, but here is a poet named Sonya Renee performing “What Women Deserve,” and it seemed right to post today. It’s only three and a half minutes long. Watch it.
“…middle aged white men tell us what to do with our bodies while they wage war and kill other people’s babies.”
This lady is my other hero tonight, although I wish the audio was better. Watch it.
16 & Loved is a campaign to give our public support to the three young women who told their abortion story on the MTV special – “No Easy Decision” – created for the popular series “16 & Pregnant.” Markai and several other young women did their part to let others know: “you are not alone. I’ve been there too.” Now, it’s time to do our part. We need to make sure these brave young women feel our unconditional love and our support. 16 & Loved sends love and support to Markai and the others on the show, and, in the process, lets every young woman who has had an abortion know that she is not alone. She is loved.
16 & Loved is brought to you by Exhale, a nonprofit organization which provides the first and only national, multilingual after-abortion talkline. We partnered with MTV on the special because we never want another young woman who has had an abortion to feel like she is alone. She is loved. We offer nonjudgmental emotional support with trained peer counselors and the opportunity to connect and share stories with other young women in a private online community space.
If you care about women who have had abortions and our wellbeing, then help us spread the love by joining our 16 & Loved campaign.
For a while, I have been talking with a friend about how MTV’s “16 & Pregnant” seemed to eliminate choice. If abortion was ever mentioned in an episode, it was clearly not an option. MTV will be airing “No Easy Decision” in which courageous young people tell their stories. I very much appreciate the title, because too often, the anti-choice movement presents abortion as something people do on a whim. I will wait until it airs to make a final decision, but I will be supporting the young people who came forward to tell their stories. If you click the link, you will see a list of ways to show your support as well. - Mel
For the face paint alone.
This would be more appropriate for a “fuckyeahprochoice” blog, but I don’t know if there is one yet, so we’ll just put this here for now since this is a pro-choice blog.
why do old ppl on fb always sign their name after commenting on shit like yes i know your name it says it right there
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might make them angry
it will make
free.”— if no one has ever told you, your freedom is more important than their anger, nayyirah...