We have rights

by Danika harnett about a month ago in activism

Our body , our rights!

We have rights

Currently I am taking a sex , gender and culture course in university and I had a male in my class say that , in the case of the 12 year old girl who was raped and became pregnant That she should not be allowed to have an abortion because the rapist has owned up to his actions, and willing to parent the child once let out of prison ... that maybe if she was on birth control she could have prevented it . Prevented what? Are you fucking kidding me ? She could have prevented being raped? really ? You’ve got to be fucking kidding me

I’m not even going to sit here and calmly try to explain why the (majority of the) female population is in an uproar. if you genuinely don’t understand at this point, you’re flat out stupid.

there is no discussion to be had.

it’s not a debate.

there’s no more acting stupid or pretending you don’t understand why women are angry.

if you’re silent on this, you’re complicit.

there is no neutral. there is no comfortable medium. it’s all fun and games until it’s YOUR fundamental human rights that are being fucked with. women’s rights are NOT optional.

bodily autonomy is NOT optional.

abortion is not the only thing being criminalized with these bills passing in alabama, ohio and georgia.

birth control? punishable by prison time.

miscarriages? punishable by prison time.

traveling to another state where it is not a felony to have an abortion, to have a safe abortion? punishable by prison time. a 12 year old girl was raped, impregnated, and is now being FORCED to COPARENT with her attacker. are you fucking kidding me?

how do people not see the price tag that old, white men have put on women? we are so insignificant that we are viewed as only being good for pregnancy. they believe we only take birth control to prevent pregnancy. they believe we can CONTROL miscarriages. they believe we are so useless and small that our rights aren’t as important as a man’s.

nothing is more violating and dehumanizing than being told what you can and can’t do with your own body.

so how about this. men who wear condoms during sex will be sentenced 10 years minimum in prison with the possibility of the death penalty for conspiracy to commit murder for preventing semen from fertilizing an egg. oh what’s that? you‘re outraged that you’re being punished for practicing safe sex?

how about mandatory vasectomies to prevent pregnancy and avoid abortions altogether, since a vasectomy can be reversed?

oh, that violates your human rights and bodily autonomy? you’re a grown man and can make your own choices when it comes to your body? keep that same motherfucking energy.

how twisted and corrupt do you have to be — not even exclusively as a politician, but — as a HUMAN BEING, to prioritize an UNBORN, or in recent bills, UNFERTILIZED “life” over the lives of REAL, LIVING, BREATHING, WOMEN?

women’s rights who? human rights who? sorry, the united states government doesn’t know her. the government would rather a TWELVE YEAR OLD CHILD carry her rapist’s spawn to term and GIVE BIRTH than allow her to have a safe abortion.

the government would rather a grown woman DIE carrying a parasitic pregnancy to term than allow her to have a safe abortion.

this is not about saving lives at all. this isn’t about safety. there’s no regard for women, their rights, or a fetus. this is about winning a political battle and retaining power over the oppressed. this is about possession. this is about patriarchy. this is about control.

the fact that anyone still believes this is a topic to argue over absolutely blows my fucking top back. you don’t like abortions? don’t have one. you don’t like birth control? don’t use it. but your personal opinion doesn’t give you authority over another person’s rights to their own body.

oh and another thing, if you are pro-life (which is really just pro-birth because you don’t care for the lives of the women dying, or the life of the 12 year old rape victim, or the hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system, or the lives of the people being shot down in schools and clubs and concerts), you are NOT a savior. you are NOT a “voice for the unborn”. you are as ignorant as it gets, fuck off with your holier-than-thou shit. nobody cares. you’re not impressing anyone. especially not me.

all in all, ladies: speak the fuck up. stop allowing your fear of coming off as an angry, irrational woman stop you from vocalizing your stance. and if you’re a man and you’re not fighting in this battle alongside the women in your life, get your shit together. your mama raised you better than that.

these laws are a violation of our constitutional rights and they’re dangerous. women’s rights are human rights.

educate yourself. stand for women.

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