I am closer than I ever have been to disassociating with anyone supporting or endorsing Conservative Christians... and that's significant because most of my family is exactly that. I am disgusted and horrified by these anti-woman bills that are being passed, and the asinine arguments being made to strip of us of our medical privacy and bodily autonomy. I am terrified that these unethical laws will affect me someday... it makes me want to have all my "lady parts" surgically removed just so I don't ever have to be violated in these unimaginable ways. I keep hoping that Americans are not this fucking brain-dead... surely they are not going to line themselves up on the wall to be executed willingly.

I try not to think about how bad it could get; I try to keep faith (because that's all there is... blind hope) that we can't backslide so far that we would find ourselves living in a theocracy. How could all the agonizing work that's been done to bring our species out of the dark ages, past human oppression and subjugation, past discrimination... how could it all be undone so quickly and so mindlessly? How can anyone go along with it?

I see gay marriage being approved in states across the country and feel hopeful. But then I see other states giving fertilized eggs personhood rights... Texas, Iowa, and Virginia. Virginia is right next door! This just hits too close to home... literally. My own senator assured me (via mass-produced email) that birth control and preventative care would be covered for everyone, including women employed by religious institutions. It's a thin, invisible line that separates my state from Virginia, however. I've considered moving back to Texas to be near my family, but no... no, that's just not an option. I will never, ever allow myself to be treated like a second-class citizen... as inferior... as not in charge of my own life and body. Who the hell do they think they are?! I do not acknowledge their authority. I do not acknowledge their right to make laws of these kinds. They HAVE NO RIGHT.

What's worse is I know these very same men who are seeking to deny women access to birth control (even married women) are the same men who preach that it is a woman's duty to have sex with her husband whenever he wants to. I'd like to say that that's something lawmakers would leave alone, but I'm not so sure anymore... not when they're even trying to make masturbation illegal. And porn. There's a story in the Bible about a man that God killed because he "spilled his semen on the ground." So, if ya have sex, you can't even pull out... ya can't do it by yourself... ya can't turn your husband down... it's either repress the hell out of your biological urges, or fuck knowing a baby is inevitably going to be conceived to add to your stress... babies upon babies upon more babies.

Am I exaggerating? I wish I were. Oh, and let's not forget the sects (Presbyterian) that believe it's a woman's duty to endure childbirth without pain killers or epidurals. You know, because of "the curse"... nevermind that the man's curse of laboring in the field is pretty much obsolete (unless he's an immigrant). His discomfort has been reduced, as well as his accountability. It is so damn convenient to be a male in Christianity... so easy to conform to The Law. Well, it's not HIS fault he's been appointed Head of Household... he can't help it that God said he was in charge. All he can do is live up to the responsibility and make sure women are kept in their place!

I was a super-Christian in my day, but I never bought into the gender roles. I was so bitter and resentful for so long because I knew it was complete bullshit that I had to submit to someone simply because they were male. I knew I was smart. I knew I was capable. I knew I had worthwhile things to say and do in my life, and I was not going to be silenced in church or anywhere else. Perhaps that means I was not such a good Christian woman after all. In either case, this was the main point of contention between me and my religion. Needless to say, it is an even bigger point of contention now that I believe it's all a load of horse shit meant to control the masses. Now I don't just feel that I'm as good as a man, I know I am... in fact, I know all humans are default-female to begin with, and gender is almost an illusion... or at least it's not what we've been taught it is.

There isn't really any such thing as race, either... or even sexuality. I read somewhere that it has never been proven that people are "straight"... like, there's no basis of comparison when scientists are searching for a "gay" gene. It seems clear that gender and sexuality are all on a scale, and most of us fall somewhere in the middle. People have made all these classifications, but they're all superficial.

And so... the fact that one group of people has declared their superiority over the rest of us is absurd. And I hate them. I do. I am stunned that anyone could be so evil. Yes, evil. I have had a hard time wrapping my brain around the lengths they go to... and the fact that anyone is stupid enough to go along with them. And then they have the audacity to cry "persecution" when people resist them?!

Please... let this be a nightmare we all wake up from.

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Comment by Dustin WIdmann on February 19, 2012 at 4:25am

@Cristynfaye: Yes, we don't like to give up our rights. We aren't in direct control of it though. Politicians are sneaky, lying bastards.

Comment by Allanon6666 on February 19, 2012 at 1:27pm

Look at the support that people like Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich get.  Santorum is convinced that all US policies should be based on the bible and Gingrich has gone on the record stating that he would never vote for an atheist.  While there are plenty of people across the country who oppose what these two are peddling, there might not be a large enough concentration in each state to make a difference.

Comment by CJoe on February 19, 2012 at 9:15pm

First of all, Allanon, where did you get that handle? Is it your real name, or did you pull it from The Sword of Shannara? (one of my fav books in my younger years)

Secondly, I just find it incomprehensible that enough Americans would be on board with this anti-contraception agenda. I mean, women and men want to avoid premature parenthood... it's not good for anyone! And sooo many people use it! In fact, anyone in their right mind uses it. I hope I'm not just being overly optimistic and putting too much faith in people's ability to reason, but I would be completely floored if any of these retards were elected... based on their stances on birth control alone.

Comment by Pope Beanie on February 19, 2012 at 10:47pm

I really think it's more a matter of group-think religion than lack of intelligence (although of course there's correlation). Even though the bible says nothing about contraception or zygotes or sperm and egg or spherical earth or any other post-iron age science discovered, and despite that no one could actually know what God wants without speaking with him/her/it personally, people have still group-thinked what they think God wants, and they've all group-think that they're doing the righteous thing.

It's always been like this; people who banded together effectively could recruit others, win wars, even if the reason for their bonding was a shared, ridiculous faith in the same myth or the same magic power above them.

The difference now in modern times is that science keeps washing away myth and exposing truth (even though it's not even science's mandate or intention to discredit religion). There's a real battle now, where people have been so sure for so long that all they need is to keep the old faith alive, and clear and independent thinking is the new enemy.

I don't feel as pessimistic about this as I used to. I think that the reason they're acting this way is because they feel desperate in light of the rapid encroachment of truth, new discoveries and insights into reality, and the power of knowledge over faith. Even if they win a few more battles, they can't win this war of truth.

(Wow, that must sound glossy-eyed idealistic, but come on... don't give up!)

We're currently living in the most interesting times, ever.

Comment by Allanon6666 on February 20, 2012 at 12:06am

You nailed it, Cara.  I read the books when I was in 8th grade and Allanon was my favorite character.  I needed a handle for a fantasy MMO and the name has just kind of stuck.

While I certainly hope that people aren't mad enough to elect some of these guys, I'm not nearly as confident as you.  I come from a family that is very conservative politically (socially it's more 50/50) and I myself am fairly conservative (small, limited government, states rights in most cases, etc.) but I find myself facing a hard choice in this coming election (and I know my folks will not under any circumstance vote for Obama again).

I really do like Obama's social agenda, but I'm not a fan of his political agenda.  He signs things like the NDAA (a bill that allows for the indefinite detention of American citizens without any probable cause), pushes through a poorly written health care bill (parts were good, but a lot of it was ill-thought out, imo), and is very good at saying nothing and not getting called out for it.  A friend of mine is in the military and he says that a lot of them aren't happy with the way Obama is handling the troops and that a lot of them won't vote for him in the next election.

I find myself wondering if when this next election rolls around if I won't be voting for a third party candidate.  I'm not sure if I can in good faith vote for any of the Republican candidates, and I'm not thrilled at the idea of voting on giving a second term to a president that said he'd veto a bill that would detain Americans indefinitely and then signs it into law once it reaches his desk.  As a voter I feel backed into a bit of a corner.

Comment by CJoe on February 20, 2012 at 12:09am

Yeah, I'd like to believe this is their last, desperate gasp before they are completely obsolete. I'd like that to be true, but... the disappointed idealist in me says that's wishful thinking. I'll be more than pleasantly surprised if you're right.

I think my doomsday upbringing taught me to anticipate, well, doomsday. Part of me believes we couldn't possibly regress, but then I don't see any reason why another Holocaust couldn't eventually happen. I mean, someone earlier posted a picture of Iran probably 20 years ago. The women are sitting around reading and, from the look of their apparel, could be at an American university. They weren't covered from head to foot; they weren't ashamed.

I'm not arguing with you. I want so badly for you to be right. I do see how many people are walking away from their faith... everyday... and I think it speaks volumes for the direction our country really is going in. I suppose they should feel threatened. It's just too bad they don't realize we're fighting for their rights as well.

Comment by Michael on February 24, 2012 at 7:34am

@Cara  There are a lot of men who feel the same way you do about these issues. I actually live in Virginia and am utterly appalled by what the republicans are doing in my state. It is one of the most frustrating things I have ever seen in Virginia politics. This administration has been attacking woman's rights from the very beginning starting with the insane new laws that require abortion clinics to have the same standards as hospitals. I don't mean cleanliness, I mean their doorways have to be a certain width and even the janitorial closets have to be a certain size. They did that because they knew that majority of clinics could not afford to renovate. Bob McDonnell and the unbelievable, anti-science, anti-intellectual moron Ken Cuccinelli have to go.

Comment by Matthew on February 24, 2012 at 10:25pm
Bahahaha... The idea of enforce masturbation outlaw..

How would you even begin to enforce that??

*cop knocks on window* "hey, you stop that!"


But in all seriousness, I just hope that one day the time will come when men who can't experience birth, miscarriages, or even periods for that matter will realize that they should have no say whatsoever in what women do with their own bodies. From what I know miscarriages can be very devastating, and launching a criminal investigation would only add insult to injury. I hope that one day the time will come where we finally stop preaching live and let life, and finally decide to live and let live...
Comment by Matthew on February 24, 2012 at 10:26pm
...sorry for the typos. I'm using an iPad and have trouble with the keyboard here and there.

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