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The War on Reproductive Rights: A Recap

Women should not wear a tube top if they would like justice for their rape. If they are raped, it had damn well be “forcible.” If you do get an abortion do not be from Virginia! Or Georgia! If you are from Georgia you will send his excellency Bobby Franklin your sanitary napkins (Not the real ones! Pictures! WE CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH) and you shall do so in a timely manner, so he can paternalistically guide you toward righteous childbirth. If you are in the military, don’t get raped, and if you do, for Christ’s sakes, don’t go around try to get people fired over it! They will be your boss one day (totally. fucking. happened.) Even if you do get the military to prosecute your rape, you will have to obtain an abortion off-base, out of pocket. If you want Planned Parenthood to give you contraceptives, do it as fast as you possibly can – if you miss the window, and get pregnant expect to be funneled into a Religious Reeducation Center, staffed by zealots who will actively hinder you in seeking an abortion and will call you for months afterward to tell you how old your clump of cells would be by now. If you are a civilian, and you are forcibly raped, and you are on Medicare and are able to obtain an abortion, please don’t make the mistake of needing an abortion while at a hospital with someone who prizes their righteous objection over your life. Try to avoid being in South Dakota and having someone shoot your Doctor. If your Doctor is shot, hope their replacement can get office space before more people die.


  1. audrey wrote:

    You are absolutely golden.

    Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Permalink
  2. Erin wrote:

    Garland, so much love. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba – everyone in the feminist community is so pissed off right now. Thankfully, we have a provincial government that is at least willing to stand against this ridiculous victim-blaming:

    I’m posting this to our facebook group on the topic. Thank you for making this visible to folks who frequent TBD.

    Saturday, February 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Permalink
  3. L wrote:

    I can’t figure out any way to contact you, so you need to see this lovely note:

    Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 9:50 am | Permalink
  4. Eneya wrote:

    Basically, if you live in America… don’t be a woman?
    That sounds awesome you guys, since, you know, nobody even wants to be a woman, so there, the problem is solved.

    Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  5. Kristin wrote:

    This is all horrifying to me. I am literally afraid to be a woman in this country, I feel like soon enough we will be living in the Handmaid’s Tale. What’s next? I’m scared to find out.

    Monday, February 28, 2011 at 2:19 am | Permalink
  6. perfectlyskewed wrote:

    What really got me about all this is that the whole “tube top” incident happened in Manitoba, the province I currently call home. I used to like to (rather arrogantly) think that at long as I lived in Canada, I’d at least be able to avoid more of the unbelievably messed-up stuff regarding women’s rights. Whoops, my privilege got in the way of reality for a bit there.

    Monday, February 28, 2011 at 7:36 am | Permalink
  7. Erin wrote:

    @ perfectlyskewed

    I know how you feel. The last few years for me have been heavy on examining the nationalism I used to feel based on the perception of Canada as some kind of bastion of liberalism. Now that I have scooted a bit further left down the spectrum and can’t call myself liberal any more, I spend a lot of time in conversation with American friends reassuring/convincing them that really, they’re not much worse off than we are. Though the whole health care thing is still a bonus – for now.

    Also – have you heard about the RebELLEs gathering happening in Winnipeg in May? My name is a link to the website – take a peek if you’re interested in attending a big awesome feminist event.

    Monday, February 28, 2011 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  8. Dawn. wrote:

    Fucking terrible state of affairs.

    Saturday, March 5, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink