Come visit us at Hub Comics in Somerville’s Union Square tomorrow afternoon, 3/31 noon to four!
For those of you from the Boston area, Hub Comics in Somerville will be hosting a signing of Womanthology tomorrow from noon to 4PM with the project’s creator Renae De Liz. Joining her will be creators Ming Doyle, Ellen Crenshaw, Cathie Leamy and Stacie Ponder. If you’ve got a copy get it signed and if you haven’t picked it up here’s a chance to get a signed copy.
Government: It is none of your damned business what I use birth control for. I can take it because I’d rather not be pregnant. I can take it for PCOS, endometriosis, or acne. I can take it because I think the packaging is pretty or the commercial is clever. It is still none of your damn business.
Stop trying to silence us. Stop with the slut-shaming. Stop trying to spin this into a ‘religious freedom’ or ‘taxpayer’s money’ argument when any intelligent woman can see this is a blatant attempt at control.
It’s been empirically proven that when a woman has control over if/when/how many children she has…she is free. When she doesn’t have to spend her life with one on her and one in her…she can educate herself. She can participate in the workforce. She can better take care of the children she chooses to have, and society is better for it. Take a look at any first world country and compare it to any third world country. Why do you think Africa is on fire with AIDS and famine? Their women wear invisible chains. They have limited access to contraceptives, therefore they are constantly pregnant, therefore they have more children than they can handle, or feed, or reasonably care for. Contraception is the cornerstone to female equality.
It was less than a century ago - a mere century - that women were granted the right to vote in this country. Former (male) slaves - those once considered only 3/5ths of a person - were given that sacred right before us. The justifications? Well, we were just too empty-headed and emotional to take such a thing as voting seriously. We needed men to look out for us and protect us and tell us what we actually needed. Our dignity and rights to self-determination should be innate, but they had to be fought for. And even after that hard-won struggle we are still not equal. Women still receive less pay than men for equivalent work. We have yet to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. We have yet to even nominate, much less elect, a woman to the highest office in the land. And in 2012, a year when seemingly this was all settled and decided, we have to fight for the right to bodily integrity.
Why do I need an invasive transvaginal ultrasound prior to an abortion - which, incidentally, under Virginia’s own laws constitutes forcible rape by an object? So I can have ‘more information’? I don’t believe there’s a woman in this country who’s had an abortion and didn’t know what she was doing. Stop being patronizing.
Why even bring to the table such a loathsome thing as a ‘personhood’ bill, which even the blood-red state of Mississippi had the sense to reject? It would essentially enslave women - any sexually active woman, from the time she loses her virginity to menopause, would be in a state of pre-pregnancy. Women generally don’t find out they’re pregnant until about 6 weeks along. But…if life begins at conception, women could be doing all sorts of crazy and dangerous things to the fetus they may or may not be carrying! Like, I don’t know, eating sushi or running marathons or taking Zoloft.
Why make me get permission from my employer to take legally prescribed medication? They are my employer, not my owner. Unless I am to be paid 24/7, what I do on my own time with my own body is my business.
Stop trying to make this about you and your insurance premiums and your taxes. I don’t want to pay for your lung cancer treatment, Mr. Pack-a-Day. Maybe you should have been more responsible. Oh, you need a triple bypass, Mr. Morbidly Obese? Too bad, pay for it yourself. If anything, those of you who fret about ‘responsible’ uses of ‘your’ money should be throwing your full support behind mandatory contraceptive coverage. Pills are by far cheaper than prenatal care and birth. Pills are by far cheaper than welfare.
Stop throwing out the slut card. Birth control pills aren’t like Viagra, where you can pop one just before you have sex. Whether you have sex once a day or once a year or not at all, you have to take it daily for it to be effective. By the way, who are these men having sex with all those dirty, dirty whores that don’t want to get pregnant? I haven’t heard much about their immorality.
I am so…so…utterly tired of my body being a political football. Tired in the sense of exhaustion, like it’s wearing me down. But I refuse to lie down and take it (pun definitely intended). We must - literally, and sadly in a country that is supposedly free - fight for our lives.
So, women of the US, I ask you: does your boyfriend or husband support any of this patronizing, sickening, and Taliban-like legislation? If so - leave him. You are not now and never will be his equal in his eyes. He may not be patting you on the head, calling you Cupcake, and telling you to leave because the men are talking, but know that’s what he thinks of you.
If you can’t or won’t, I pity you, but implore you to at least take a stand and cut him off. A man who sees your body as an object to be manipulated for political gain doesn’t deserve to touch even one strand of your hair. Cut him off. You have the power.
Remember that - we hold the power - no matter how much they’d like to legislate our rights away - we hold the power.” —From the Facebook of Tamera Kerr. Average American female.