"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.
The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.
If you are not absolutely terrified and outraged by this you are wrong. The precedent this sets put every person on earth in danger.
oh my god read the article this is FUCKING HORRIFIC. she got back on her bipolar disorder medication and is in recovery but they won’t give her her child back “because of the risk she might relapse”. What you’re fucking saying with that is that mentally ill people shouldn’t even be allowed children even if they’re safe and well *just in case*, that we’re a permanent threat to ourselves and others even when we’re in treatment and recovery and living a stable life. I am FUCKING LIVID
Over a fucking panic attack. I’m fucking serious, all of this over a single panic attack. They took her baby in the most horrific way possible because she had a fucking panic attack.
From the Article:
She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition.
It’s worth noting, that it’s very common for people on psychiatric medication to go off of their meds if they become pregnant, because of risk of side effects.
I bolded the above. I wanted there to be no one to think that she was being irresponsible for not haven taken her meds regularly. She did it for good reason, for the health of her own baby. And she got punished for it.
i fucking cant
So she did what was best for her kid, has ONE SINGLE PANIC ATTACK WHICH IS A THING THAT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE WHETHER THEY HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS OR NOT and decide that they can literally violate her body in a horrific manner and take her kid away. But she’s the dangerous one.
Terribly sad. I hope this gets worked out in her benefit.
I can’t even imagine how terrifyingly awful that situation had to have been. Forcing a woman, against her will, to undergo sedation and then waking up in pain, without the fetus you’ve been carrying for 9 months? That’s beyond the pale. How much do the rights of an unborn fetus circumvent the rights of a full-grown adult? How much do we have to other the mentally ill, treating them (us) as less than human? She was literally treated like a breeding animal, with no cause of concern for her safety, mental health or well-being. Fuck. Fuck.
This is literally the stuff that horror movies are made of.
When K was relating this story to me, I couldn’t believe it until I read the article for myself. Have we really gotten to the point that a woman who, even just from the stress of being pregnant, has a panic attack can legally have her baby ripped out of her body and be thrown into a mental institution? Did we slip back into the 19th century, because I don’t recall any horse-drawn buggies going by outside.
This is why we need mental health reform. This is why we need women’s rights. This is why we need to treat fellow humans like fucking humans, not livestock to be cast aside when they seem a little “off.”
Leslie Morgan Steiner was in an abusive relationship, though at first she didn’t realize it. In a talk at TEDxRainier, she tells the disturbing story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence.
If you or someone you know is facing domestic violence or an absuive relationship, you can find a list of resources here. The U.S. National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), and RAINN offers a secure online hotline.
Sunday wisdom from a former President of Planned Parenthood…
Faye Wattleton was the first African-American and youngest president ever elected to Planned Parenthood.
4.5% of the men in the United States is an incredibly high number – that translates into over six million men.
If you added up every US citizen who was officially unemployed or looking for work in 2001, that would be less than the total number of rapists.
If you added up every US citizen who is Jewish, that would still be less than the total number of rapists.
If you added up every teenage boy who had any sort of job – an afterschool job, a summer job, working full-time after dropping out, including all of those – you’d still have over a million fewer people then the total number of rapists.
There are twice as many rapists in the USA as there are single mothers.
For every drunk driver who is in a fatal accident this year, there are over 500 rapists.
If you take every doctor and nurse in the United States; and you added them to every librarian, every cashier, every cop, every postal clerk, and every bank teller in the whole country; you still wouldn’t have as many people as the number of rapists in the United States.
(Think of that a second – think of how often, in your daily life, you’ve seen cops and cashiers and all those other folks. Odds are, you’ve run into rapists more often than that).
To paraphrase Tim Wise: In short, “only” 4.5% of the male population is a lot of people, so that even by the most optimistic assessment of how many men are rapists, there are literally millions out there who not only would but have raped a woman. When combined with those who are less vicious – those who haven’t raped, but would be willing to in the right circumstances, and those who would make excuses for why other men rape, it becomes clear just how real a widespread a problem rape and rape-supportive attitudes are among men today.
Men had no problem violating women’s bodies while they had on corsets, petticoats and farthingales, so what the fuck makes you think a short skirt has anything to do with it?
Men also have no problem violating women’s bodies while they wear a niqab, hijab and burqa, some of the most covered form of clothing. So basically, what the fuck makes you think clothes have anything to do with it?
The complete article can be found here: http://totalfratmove.com/why-girls-should-not-cut-their-hair-short/
I love the look of everyone’s hair above. I don’t understand why people think it’s bad?
Two of my friends have a short/pixie hair. They look really cute with it too.
WOAH WOAH WOAH. HOLD THE FUCK UP HERE.
THIS GUY IS NOT ONLY SAYING THAT AESTHETICS ARE THE ONLY IMPORTANT THING IN APPEALING TO GUYS, BUT HE’S TELLING US WE CAN’T HAVE OUR HAIR HOW WE WANT IT?
THIS IS THE BIGGEST LOAD OF PATRIARCHAL BULLSHIT I’VE EVER HEARD.
ALL OF THE GIRLS UP THERE LOOK FUCKING FLAWLESS WITH PIXIE CUTS. AND EVEN IF THEY DIDN’T, GUESS WHAT!! IT DOESN’T EVEN AFFECT YOU!! SO STOP!! TELLING!! WOMEN!! TO LOOK!! A CERTAIN!! WAY!!!
US WOMEN AREN’T HERE TO PRETTY OURSELVES UP FOR MEN. HELL, SOME OF US AREN’T EVEN ATTRACTED TO MEN. WE’RE HERE TO BE OURSELVES AND IF SOMEONE HAPPENS TO BECOME ATTRACTED TO US ALONG THE WAY, THEN HEY, THAT’S AWESOME.
AND TRYING TO SAY THAT EVEN WOMEN NOTICE IT? BULLSHIT. IT’S JUST TRYING TO GUILT US INTO THINKING THAT THE POPULAR MALE OPINION IS RIGHT.
WOMEN CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT TO DO. WE’RE NOT JUST HERE TO FEED INTO THE IMAGE OF WHATEVER SEX FANTASIES MEN HAVE. WE’RE INDIVIDUALS, AND WE CAN EXPRESS OURSELVES IN WHATEVER WAY WE WANT.
SO WHAT IF YOU DON’T LIKE SHORT HAIR? WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOUR PERSONAL DISTASTE FOR SOMETHING MEANS IT SHOULD NOT BE DONE?
BAAWWW WOMEN AREN’T DRESSING UP THEIR APPEARANCE TO APPEAL TO ME SPECIFICALLY WHY DON’T THEY LOOK LIKE HOW I WANT THEM TO LOOK BAWWWWWWW
Also, can we talk about the intense fat shaming he’s throwing at Jennifer Laurence? “Should have dropped dessert instead”? Are you kidding me?
Like, how fucked up is that comment directed at ANYONE? REGARDLESS of their actual weight?
This article disgusts me
there’s nothing wrong with the bechdel test because something can still be feminist and not pass it. the bechdel test is a series of questions to illustrate a particular point about the lack of women with individual and independent narratives in media.
ok. if you’re in math class and you try to use the pythagorean theorem to solve a calculus problem, you’re not going to get very far. the pythagorean theorem isn’t fundamentally flawed because it doesn’t address every single math issue. your understanding of math is inaccurate and/or incomplete.
the bechdel test isn’t flawed. your understanding of feminist critique is inaccurate and/or incomplete.