Thursday, March 1, 2012

Flush Santorum

I'm not sure whether the world is getting worse, or I am getting crankier, but the fact that conservatives are losing the "culture" war on teh gays seems to have renewed their focus on my uterus. My uterus seems to be all they can talk about, whether they want me to endure a transvaginal ultrasound should I ever require an abortion, or whether they think the $85 per month I pay for birth control is too cheap, being that I'm a "prostitute."

A person could argue, I suppose, that none of these attacks are specifically targeted at me, but that person is probably a dude, because I know I'm not the only woman who feels personally attacked by the misogynistic bullshit that is literally surging out of the right wing at the moment.

While perhaps not at the epicenter of this particular shit-storm, Rick Santorum is, as you know, no ally to women. Unlike the majority of American Catholics, Rick actually believes not only that abortion is always wrong, but that contraception is too. Of course, he won't legislate that. It's up to the states to decide what's right on those kinds of issues. So, just like anti-woman Ron Paul, he hopes to wash his hands of responsibility by handing down decisions he doesn't want to be associated with to the state governments.

This is the fallacy that Rick Santorum and Ron Paul would have us believe: that they're not planning on attacking our rights. But right now the Oklahoma senate is looking at a fetal personhood bill that would ban most forms of contraception, among other things. Right now there are several states that can (and have done) try and convict women who miscarry for murder. Is it within the rights of state governments to trample ours? You'll have to ask a lawyer, I suppose.

I just hope that when all the queer* folks whom we ladies have been helping in their own struggle for equal rights finally attain them (any day now!), they remember that we're still stuck in the trenches. Pregnant and barefoot and really fucking pissed off.

*Don't take that the wrong way: I just hate the damn acronym.

Oh, and for those of you who are wondering what happened to the Google search results, read this.

17 comments:

  1. Wow. I listened to that Rush clip you linked. Not only are his remarks childish and offensive, but he doesn't understand how the pill works. It's not "so expensive" because you have "so much sex." It works because you have to take one pill every day, and that costs what it costs. He probably thinks women take the pill the same way that men take Viagra (i.e. one pill before every sexual encounter), something with which Rush is probably more familiar.

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    1. I know. That bugged me too. Do you think he really doesn't know, or is he just playing on the ignorance of his readers?

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  2. Hey I'm with you. I'm queer, but I am REALLY fucking pissed off about this invasion into women's reproductive and personal rights. I have been very outspoken about this. Know that THERE ARE queers out there that do support women and their rights. You're not alone and we'll be fighting right beside you!

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  3. I'm gay and I just think it's an invasion of a person's rights.

    (I hate that acronym too.)

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    1. Hi, Just to say thanks to anyone who stands against the War on Women. I have always stood up for LGBT rights, but I have a question. What acronym is it that you don't like? I have always avoided the term "queer" because I thought it was offensive. Is it now the accepted "correct" word? I wish we could all just use the term HUMAN BEING and not have to use any other "identifying" word.

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    2. Caroline, to identify as "human being" without other defining characteristics is to ignore a world of significant differences. If you notice, it is largely straight, white people who call for that kind of language because they believe it is inclusive. But it's not. To ignore important characteristics of who we are is to erase the historic struggles of race, gender, and sexual orientation. This is not progress.

      That said, there are those in the LGBT community who prefer the acronym, and there are those in the queer community (same community) who prefer the term 'queer.' What is appealing about 'queer' (for me and many others) is that it is not only a re-appropriation of a formerly offensive word (that some still find offensive, but they are a shrinking minority), but also an elegant way to align yourself with a diverse group of people without having to use an overly-PC acronym.

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    3. Thank you, Jocelyn, for setting me straight. I was not trying to negate identifying words that are applied to people. I was thinking in terms of the derogatory words used to put someone down for merelly being who they are. Of course we all have, and use, different terms to describe ourselves and others. I do describe myself (if I have to) as white, straight, female, but I also use words like ancient, old, grandmother,and when I am mad at myself, a few others that I wouldn't want anyone else to call me. I am from a different era. For instance, in my day (I am 73), I would NEVER call an African American a "nigger", nor would I ever refer to a gay man as a "fag",because I have always believed everyone should live and be who they are or whatever they want to be equally. I love the diversity in people and the more they deviate from who I am, the more interesting I find them and the more I learn. I absolutely do agree with your statements, "To ignore important characteristics of who we are is to erase the historic struggles of race, gender, and sexual orientation. This is not progress." You are right and I have much to learn.
      I do understand about why you prefer the term "queer". It makes sense in a way I had never thought about. But is it a term that someone outside the queer community should use too? African Americans (some of them) call each other nigger, but they wouldnt appreciate it if I called them that, if you see what I mean. I don't usually have to use queer or any other defining words anyway,except when I am trying to get support for LGBT rights movements.
      Sorry this is so long. Thanks for straightening out my thinking.

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    4. Yeah I understand your reluctance to use the word queer. And I do think it can be a touchy and complicated issue. I haven't heard it used in a derogatory manner since I was in elementary school, but that doesn't mean it never happens. There are, however, many differences between the words "nigger" and "queer." While it can be derogatory, "queer" does not have the kind of violent history associated with is that "nigger" does. Some might argue otherwise, but those people are white.

      "Queer" is also not necessarily a blanket term for all members of the LGBT community (thought, I'd argue that it's becoming one). Right now, queer is something which people must self-identify. So, if you have a friend who identifies as queer (just like if you have a friend who identifies as a lesbian, or a dyke, or gay, or whatever), it's fine to call them that.

      You don't have to be an activist for the word "queer." Those of us who use it to describe the whole community are doing it in an effort to popularize it in that usage. LGBTWEHWRNKLSJA or whatever it is now does not have staying power. It is not an elegant addition to the English language. An acronym can never replace a single, all-encompassing word. Call me crazy, but I think these things matter, and so do a lot of queer people.

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    5. Jocelyn, you are certainly NOT crazy and those things really do matter. You are just a very deep thinker and you delve into issues much more intensly than others. Where you dive to the bottom of the sea, I am just paddeling around making surface waves. While I mean to be helpful, I suppose I am often offensive in my defense of the rights of all people, and have driven off most of my proper "friends" and a lot of my Right wing, Bible thumping, hellfire and damnation, let's listen to lies and Limbaugh,and keep 'em barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen, family. (I live in Va. (Gov. Vaginal Probe Bob McDonnell)which should tell you something.) I came to this web page looking for support in my intense dislike for Santorum, but I think I have also found some very useful and thought provoking insites into something I wasn't expecting. Thank you, Jocelyn.
      As for Santorum...I'll just pass out the wet-wipes.

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  4. i'm queer (always my preferred term of self-identification) and female and have taken the pill for over a decade so that i may continue to function throughout the entire month. my doctor and i discussed my medical needs, and my doctor prescribed the appropriate medication. fancy that, a physician with actual medical training, go figure. i absolutely feel personally attacked, as should any sane person, whether having sex every hour on the hour, or never.

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  5. 40% of them have never been or will never get laid. 30% have had extra marital sex where they used a condomn. 20% of them have run out on pregnant women. 15 % of them have begs a women to have an abortion. 5% of them have caused an abortion by spousel abuse.

    All numbers are achieved the Same way Republicans get their numbers to make the points that they want to make.

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    1. piper1233, I love your disclaimer. That's funny, I love a good sense of humor.

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  6. Hey all, so a shit ton (had to reference it) of women feel this way. That's why in 2 weeks there's been a NATIONWIDE MARCH put together by 17,000+ plus people on facebook! In every state capitol, in Washington D.C. women & men are marching against all this bullshit! Please visit www.unitewomen.org - go to the link for your state page & join the event! I know outreach is needed. ALL are welcomed because it's a war against all of us. And gay dudes, we ladies have stood up for you & always will. Thank you for now standing with us ~ www.unitewomen.org

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  7. Happily shayach, firmly queer, standing beside women and all Americans Rights.

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  8. Is there somthing im missing?Its been said that Rush doesn't know about birth control...didn't he have 4 wives and no kids?How did he manage that??or...maybe mother nature in her disgust decided Rush ought not procreate.

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    1. Guessing Rush is shooting blanks, or not shooting at all. I don't even want to think about any "little Rushes"..ugh! But, on the other hand, if he did have children to deal with from any of his 4 wives, he MIGHT have a different perspective on the issue...naaa...I forgot...I'm talking about Rush Bimbaugh...("B" intentional)

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