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RD goes there

This is a thought experiment that many Trump voting women did not engage in before they pushed that button. But after I’m through, they’re going to feel pretty fucking stupid. I mean, more stupid than before.

A friend of mine asked me what I thought about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh and what it means for abortion.

There are a couple of things that concern me about this pick. Abortion is actually not only thing regular people should worry about but maybe I’ll do part deux tomorrow.

Regarding abortion: I’ve never had one. I believe that abortions should be safe, legal and rare, just like Hillary Clinton. I actually don’t think having a 22 week cut off is a bad idea. Somewhere in the past, I’ve posted about my “baby on the side of the road test”. You can look it up if you’re interested. There should always be exceptions for fetal abnormalities and maternal health. But as far as I’m concerned, up until that 22nd week, no one should interfere with choice. Not my business. Not your business.

So what does it really mean to overturn Roe? What does it mean for this president, congress and Supreme Court to kill Roe?

Let’s go to the basic question: is it constitutional to force one group of Americans to do what the other group is not forced to do? Is it fair to force parenthood on one group and not on the other? This is essentially the goal of the anti-choice movement. The goal is to force women to become mothers. On the face of it, this is silly. Pregnancy is a temporary state; motherhood is forever. You don’t become a mother until you decide to take the baby home with you.

But removing Roe is the equivalent of forcing motherhood on someone because societal pressure will be very strong on women to keep their babies. Giving them up for adoption is noble and selfless and difficult. But the person who actually does that knows that it will be seen as cold and heartless because we have romanticized the mother-fetus relationship. The anti-choice movement has made a big fucking deal about how some women regret their decision to have abortions, presumably because there is a god given biological imperative to fulfill our destinies as happy mommies or some such nonsense. But you know, if parenthood were such a wonderful experience all the time, we’d be a lot more helpful to parents raising kids and this country is anything but helpful in that regard. Our maternity leave and childcare policies are harsh or non-existent compared to the rest of the world.

So, if you get unintentionally pregnant in America, you may not get prenatal healthcare or paid labor and delivery. If you are working, you may have to stop before you give birth. If you can’t work, you might not get government assistance. You will have to rely on your family. And if your family is average, having another mouth to feed puts a burden on them. If you can’t find affordable childcare, you have to quit working. If you can’t earn money, you’re even more of a burden on your family.

That’s when the shaming comes back. Because if you had just kept your legs together, you wouldn’t have burdened your family with an illegitimate kid.

Who would do that to women? For what purpose?

You can’t do this to a man. Only women will have this forced upon them.

And if you can force this shaming and burden of something they don’t want upon them, it’s very easy to keep them in line. It’s easier to justify employment decisions, change their educational opportunities, halt their career advancements, because they might become pregnant and they will have their hands full. If you burden women with kids before they are economically ready, what happens to their credit? Can they even get credit? Harassment can’t be far behind because opportunities for advancement depend on the esteem your employers feel for you. But if you can force women to do what you don’t force men to do, how much esteem will a woman get? The word freedom will have a completely different meaning to women than men.

You can not respect or esteem that which is not your equal.

That’s what it was like before women had access to birth control and abortion. Their lives were truncated.

But back to who would do this to women, force pregnancy and birth on them.

The Japanese at Nanking, the Serbians in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Sudanese. It’s what conquerors do to the vanquished. It’s an act of domination and violence.

“Oh, dear, RD has gone all Rape Culture on us”, you might say.

I never really thought of it that way until recently. But the Trump men are acting like marauders, behaving like they won some kind of mandate to go all Clockwork Orange on the rest of us. They’ve got it in for African Americans, immigrants, poor people, sick people but they have been saving the really devastating, life changing subjection for women.

That’s what the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society stand for – violence against women.

Let’s cut the deference, ceremony and admiration for their neatly manicured fingernails and tailored suits and expose them for the barbarians they are.

And fight like HELL.