Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

2011, as I’ve mentioned, was a huge year for us. We’re more visible than ever before, in a good way, and people think we deserve discrimination protections. Hooray! Pop the corks! Being trans will never be a problem for anyone again! (Suicide rates not withstanding) Oh happy day!

Ah, but. Even as trans rights advance, it seems that legal protections for women are being rolled back across the board. I’m leaving the world of men just in time to relive the fun and excitement of the nineteen-fucking-fifties. Abortion rights have been eroded for years, so much so that now there are no more half measures, no more “reasonable restrictions” and “zoning code revisions.” Now they’re forcing you to get an ultrasound. Now they’re demanding waiting periods. Now they want you to carry your dead fetus, because even that is too close to an abortion for their comfort, and it’s not like a woman has a right to get rid of the fucking corpse she’s carrying. (And hey, cows and pigs pass dead fetuses all the time. It’s not like women are people.) They’re coming after contraception (but not Viagra). Expect a condom tax, soon. Or maybe only men will be able to buy them. Wouldn’t want him to become a father without his consent, now would we?

Reproductive rights are bodily autonomy rights. No trans woman should view this assault on our cis sisters as anything less but a dire threat to ourselves as well. We’re all under siege here. If they can enshrine it into law that old white men who are afraid to say vagina out loud should have the authority to tell you what you do with yours, then they can pass any law they want to about our bodies. They don’t want us to exist. They’d ban transitioning in a heartbeat if they could. We’re probably not even on their radar yet, but that’ll change.

More than that, it is wrong! It’s just fucking wrong! How can they demand that women met become mothers whether they like it or not? Do they think that’s going to make for a happy childhood? A productive citizen? No, it won’t, and they know it! It’s never been about the welfare of the child. If it was, they wouldn’t be slashing family planning services that make abortions less necessary, or social services that help young mothers provide for their families.

It’s about punishing women for having sex.

“You did the dirty, now suffer for 18 years, you worthless bitch! We have to control your terrifying pussy or else!”

Or else what?

“Or else sluts!”

They know they can’t stop abortion; it’s being going on in one form or another for thousands of years. They just want to make it dangerous and difficult, to punish women for taking control of their lives and their sexuality. There is no other explanation that fits the available data.

This is retrograde misogyny of the highest order, and it is a threat to everyone. Fight it tooth and claw. Do not buy their “both sides” bullshit. People who respect a woman’s right to have an abortion are fighting for civilization and equality. People who want to squash it are fighting for a world where half of the spices is enslaved to the other half as an infrastructure support system, providing sex, housing services, and new men (new girls are a tedious byproduct, but we can find a use for them in the kitchen) for the over class. This sounds like some serious second wave lunacy, but that’s where we’re at: the threshold of lunacy. People who expect to get elected are saying things in public that, in a civilized country in a civilized time would get them laughed out of office. It used to be commonly accepted that, fer instance, the Pill should be something women have a right to. We do not have that consensus anymore.

This will spill over. This can only spill over. It will infect and corrupt the lives and prosperity of women in every sphere of their lives. Once you establish that the value of a woman’s health is less than the right of a dead fetus to fester in her uterus, then you can do anything to her.

Even as I’m ‘allowed’ to be a woman, the conservative movement in this country seems to have dedicated itself to a concentrated push to make the lives of women worse.

Thank the invisible sky daddy that I live in the 21st century.

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8 thoughts on “Two Steps Forward, Three Steps Back

  1. Everything that you describe fits in with what I see as the devolution of society into a replica of the feudal era https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feudalism when wealth equaled power, not the average Joe work hard and raise a family kind of wealth, but the stinking rich 1% type wealth. That type of wealth is in the hands of those that would lead the world down the path that you portray here. Anyone who doesn’t belong in their privileged ranks, especially women, are just grist for the mill; units of production to continue the profiteering that stuffs their already swollen pockets.

  2. Excellent points in this article, love. It isn’t about reproduction or “protecting life”, it’s about power– maintaining patriarchy. Women who own themselves and their sexuality understand that we have an enormous amount of spiritual/natural power, as the life-givers we hold the secrets of being… secrets men have *never* truly known. For hundreds, arguably thousands, of years men have freaked the fuck out to the extent that entire societies have existed around the central axis of controlling our access to our own power by limiting us, diminishing us… convincing us it’s part of some “natural order” to live within boundaries and boxes. And really, I say, fuckall– because many of those early primitive groups understood these secrets and we pussy-bearers were revered and honored as the powerful beings we are. Somehow along the way, men began to fear what they didn’t know how to weild themselves… so they created laws, and religions, to control us and convince us that we’re weaker and deserve it. So yeah– what’s happening now in US politics has NOTHING to do with morality or virtue– it’s just the same old battle for dominance and control that men have been spewing for generations. I just feel bad for the folks,both men AND women, who don’t truly see what the real issues are and get caught up in the propaganda and hype.

    • Women who own themselves and their sexuality understand that we have an enormous amount of spiritual/natural power, as the life-givers we hold the secrets of being… secrets men have *never* truly known.

      I am a trans woman. I do not have uterus, and I never will. I do not draw my power, or my “womanness” from my genitals. Further, I have cis woman friends who have either no desire or no ability to reproduce. Do we all lack access to some kind of mystic cunt secret? Are we lesser? That you would define a woman’s power by her ability to have children is deeply disgusting.

      We are so much more than baby factories. We are artists and builders; healers and judges; we play and we fuck and we sing and we kill, and we do a thousand and one other things besides squirting children out of our bodies. While the ability of (some) women to give bith is important, claiming that as Our Power (thunderclap) not only excludes us trans folk from womanhood, it plays into the patriarchy’s bullshit that motherhood is the be-all, end-all.

      For hundreds, arguably thousands, of years men have freaked the fuck out to the extent that entire societies have existed around the central axis of controlling our access to our own power by limiting us, diminishing us… convincing us it’s part of some “natural order” to live within boundaries and boxes. And really, I say, fuckall– because many of those early primitive groups understood these secrets and we pussy-bearers were revered and honored as the powerful beings we are.

      How nice of you to exoticize “primative” peoples and exclude me from my femininity in one smooth motion. Very advanced levels of bullshit there. Top marks.

  3. On the subject of abortion and what life was like prior to it being allowed in the UK, watch the film Vera Drake at some point.

    Even when abortion was illegal the rich and powerful still had access to it in their posh clinics, whilst us common oiks had to make do with the backstreet abortionists along with their dirty utensils etc and the lack of after-care which so often led to the deaths of our sisters.

    Yes, we are heading backwards – even more so economically.

    Then there is the unspoken R word – the one where women are expected to accept being “possessions” and unworthy of being the equal of men.

    Add in cuts to our health service and other cuts which affect the most vulnerable in society the greatest and a clear picture emerges:

    Everything that our forebears fought for and were grudgingly given is now being taken away.

    The politicians love a recession – it gives them the cover to do all the nasty things they have always wanted to do but couldn’t get away with in good economic weather. In short, the bankers gambled away all our money and then we have to pay again to clear up the mess – this time with our rights etc.

    I was lucky enough to have my SRS on our National Health Service, how much longer will it be available for our sisters who follow?

    So, I leave it everyone to draw their own conclusions but this is one hell of a shitstorm we are facing.

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