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Comment by Grinning Cat yesterday

Speaking of "forced-birth" politicians deliberately eroding abortion access, sex education, and contraception access:

(Gynecologist to patient with her legs spread in stirrups) I see the problem. You have Republicans in your vagina.(my tweak of an image I've seen on the web)

Comment by Joseph P on May 11, 2015 at 10:29pm

... forced-birth movement ...

I'll have to remember that one.  I haven't used the term pro-life, when describing them, for at least 5 or 6 years, since they're not, as you said.  I pretty much always refer to them as anti-choicers.  It'll be nice to have a swap-out term, though.

This is one of the things you get from religiously inspired movements.  They deliberately misuse words to apply emotional triggers to things, rather than using words for clear, precise descriptions of the way things actually are.

You get a little bit of this from all sides, when it comes to politics, but I find it far, far more common on the conservative side of things.

I'm actually anti-abortion.  I think we should do everything we can to reduce it, short of violating a person's bodily autonomy.  Specifically, we need decent sex education and free access to contraception, which the anti-choicers are also against, strangely.

As for the high heel thing ... yeah, meh.  Notice the feet of a woman who wears high heels all the time.  Most people's toes aren't generally in a wedge shape like that, and the arches become all kinds of fucked up, such that their toes point up in the air, when they're walking barefoot, in some extreme examples of regular abuse.

I think high-heeled boots do a little less damage, since you have more side support, and lower heels aren't as bad, but after you crank people up more than an inch or so, it gets bad pretty quickly.

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 11, 2015 at 3:55pm

Some excellent framing I wish I'd learned about earlier:

Opposition to abortion access (a.k.a. the anti-choice "pro-life" movement) is aptly called the forced-birth movement.

(In a discussion arguing that nationwide marriage equality won't inspire the sort of conservative backlash Roe v. Wade did: "The forced birth movement was able to make a lot of hay over abortion because it is a private and not very pleasant experience - no one throws a party to celebrate their abortion, so the Right can paint women who have abortions as selfish baby killers. But the lies and myths and propaganda the Right has used against gay people can't survive our visibility...." There's also discussion there on the parallels between LGBTQ* and atheist visibility and acceptance.)

As Tim Peacock wrote: "Many of the people who call themselves pro-life are also pro-death penalty. They’re pro-war. They’re anti-welfare and regard those in need seeking assistance as below them.... None of those people are truly pro-life; rather, they’re anti-woman,anti-choice, and pro-forced-birth. And good luck to the child that enters the world in those circumstances: [cartoon below]"

Two men and a woman, to a pregnant woman's belly: "We'll do whatever we can to protect your life!" To the baby, after it's born: "Now you're on your own! Get a job, moocher!" "I hope your tramp mom doesn't want food stamps to feed you!" "Or medical insurance!"

Comment by Grinning Cat on May 11, 2015 at 2:49pm

That comparison of stiletto heels to mountain goats on a steep slope made me think of the submissive gesture of the very long ceremonial trousers that impeded normal walking, the naga-bakama that were sometimes required for samurai appearing before the shogun. This warrior is standing upright, not kneeling:

 

(image source)

Anyway, a girlfriend whose shoe size was the same as mine once encouraged me to try on a pair of her moderately high-heeled boots. My gut reaction: "How do people keep their balance in these things?!?!"

Personal choices and preferences are fine; nobody should feel pressure to sacrifice their comfort and freedom of movement to look "sexy" for men!

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 21, 2015 at 10:15pm

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 8, 2014 at 4:34pm

Not me, Greg. just here to share a LOL captioned "What Ladies Have to Look Forward to This Halloween"

Comment by Greg Collver on September 2, 2014 at 10:18pm

reading "Margaret Fuller - A New American Life", by Megan Marshall. Has anyone else read it?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 13, 2014 at 11:19am

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 9, 2014 at 10:30pm

Once in a while even sexist images can have a humorous twist.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 15, 2014 at 4:49pm

 

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