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 Cara Coleen on February 16, 2012 at 10:25pm

Oh, and I apologize ahead of time for not providing a link to the alleged article saying there's no evidence of heterosexuality... mehbe I'll look into finding that. It was probably on cracked.com, which is probably not the most reliable source.

Comment by Misty: Baytheist Living! on February 16, 2012 at 10:28pm

Iran devolved. 

It was once an almost-normal nation in terms of gender equality. 

At least girls could go to school without being burned by acid.

Yes. It happens. Yes. It can happen to us. 

But more than likely we won't live long enough to see the bloodshed.

The U.S  won't backslide silently. It's not in the American way to do anything without overt violence. 

The internet has probably saved us from a revolution in our time. 

Teaching abstinence is schools is pretty silly when any child can walk into any library and type "Where do babies come from?" into Google. 

Outlaw birth control in one state? 

We'll make it OTC in another and start an underground railroad. :) 

Don't worry, Cara. 

The future is bright as long as we are brave and ruthless. 

Comment by matt.clerke on February 16, 2012 at 10:40pm

A quick google search found this: 

I weep for the future of humanity.

Comment by Doug Reardon on February 16, 2012 at 10:55pm

There aren't many things that I would take up arms and fight for, but my wife's rights and equality head that list.

Comment by Cara Coleen on February 16, 2012 at 10:58pm

That's good to know, Doug. I only feel slightly better about this because I know there are men who think this is as unacceptable as I do...

Comment by Allanon6666 on February 16, 2012 at 11:29pm

How.... how could they outlaw masturbation (I really hope you were joking about that)?  It's starting to get completely ridiculous at just how insane the conservative christian right is getting about making sure everyone has to follow their outdated rules.  This really needs to end now.  And Doug, I'm right there with you, sort of.  If I had a wife/significant other, anyway.  Other than that 1 small snag, I'm be right beside you in the metaphorical trenches.  No one should be denied any right because of their gender.

Comment by Cara Coleen on February 16, 2012 at 11:32pm

I'm not joking. Oklahoma. Also, at one point Florida wanted there to be criminal investigations of miscarriages... if you can imagine it, they will try to pass it.

Comment by Kristen Patton on February 16, 2012 at 11:38pm
While I appreciate the support of men who recognize that women are intelligent, competent, and capable, it has to be said that no man will ever be threatened by legislation related to contraception in a primary capacity. It would at best be a corollary to them - wife, sister, cousin, etc. I can't tell you how sick to my stomach I feel when I hear Rick Santorum talking about HIS views of how even a woman who has been raped shouldn't attempt to avoid the "gift of life." As if he has ANY right to make these decisions for someone else. It's not his body that's at stake, not his being that will never be the same. As with so many Christians, once a woman is pregnant, she is automatically secondary to the fetus, whether 2 days in development or 2 months. Of course, the same idiots who keep trying to prevent teaching anything but abstinence suddenly throw the responsibility for "choice" back in a woman's court once a baby is born. They don't want THEIR tax dollars going toward helping raise the child she couldn't afford or
care for. So men, yes, please keep standing up for women's equality and fight this kind of horrifying legislation; but, women, WE are the ones with the freedoms to lose, WE have to keep speaking out and keep reminding these crazy zealots that when you presume to command another human being on what can and can't be done with his/her own body, it is indistinguishable from slavery. And, yes, that includes pregnancy, contraception, and sex.
Comment by Morgan Matthew on February 16, 2012 at 11:43pm

Comment by Mo Trauen on February 16, 2012 at 11:46pm

I agree with you completely.  What is happening in the U.S. in completely unacceptable to me and, frankly, contradicts the principles of freedom upon which the U.S. was founded.  I grew up in one of the worst parts of the bible belt, and I have been watching what is happening for years with increasing alarm.  I am glad that the loonies are finally coming out in the open so that people can see them for what they are because it has been so hard to get progressive thinkers to take the threat seriously.  Unfortunately, they are coming into the open only because they feel emboldened.  I hope we can take that feeling away from them and chase them back to the sordid shadows where they belong.

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