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.