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 xi on February 17, 2012 at 1:53pm

well to be honest, this kind of "legislation" in a "republic" is on the surface flawed. the best example is the firestorm civil rights acts caused. now that i think about it...its the SAME STATES that were calling for LBJ's head...if we had left it up to them to provide equality when do u think "jim crow" laws would of ceased nation wide? 70's? 80's? 90's? so no, some VERY FEW things are far too dangerous to allow "legislation" to puke all over a fundamental right with technicalities and emotional knee jerk reactions. an intelligent group of people can plague any simple concept with nuances to turn almost anyone to their favor. liberty can be used by many to harm few and vice versa...

Comment by CJoe on February 17, 2012 at 2:08pm

@Stephen

I was not trying to whitewash sexuality. I was simply trying to make the point that no particular sexuality trumps the other... and, in this blog, is a relevant point since it seems Christian males want to subdue and control the lives of females, homosexuals, hermaphrodites, transgender people, and even those of a different hue. They seem to think they are superior because they own a penis, and because they're straight... but their evolution from embryo to adults could easily have yielded different results in certain circumstances.

I am not trying to convince you that your penis is the same as a clit; I'm trying to convince you one is not better than the other. I'm not saying that you can choose what and who you are attracted to... only that you shouldn't conclude that your attractions are superior, or even the standard of normalcy. I am attempting to acknowledge everyone's unique biology. We're all different! And that is beautiful! We should be free to be who we are, and not have anyone standing over our shoulder judging us for preferring a woman over a man, or for being attracted to a particular skin color, or a particular weight, etc. They are ALL valid!

I do not want grey. I want color. I want variety. I want acceptance for each and every person's unique combination of hormones, genes, chromosomes, environments, life experiences, etc. I am validating each person's uniqueness by stating "normal" is an illusion based on our limited perception. We are all indistinguishable blobs at one point, and each blob has the potential for numerous possibilities... it is not black or white, one or the other. We're soup! Some of us have more peas than carrots; some of us have more corn than beans! We all have the same ingredients, but each pot of soup has a different amount of each ingredient. That isn't whitewashing... it's acknowledging that there are differences, and those are all okay.


We should all be able to embrace that everyone is different and are turned on by what their own biology insists they must be attracted to.

Comment by Stephen Walski on February 17, 2012 at 2:26pm

@clara... Agree with that post 100 Percent. And thanks again for indulging me further clarifcation on your thinking. 

Comment by CJoe on February 17, 2012 at 2:39pm

No problem :)

Comment by Kairan Nierde on February 17, 2012 at 3:20pm

I'm not sure if it's worth it to join the opposition and fight to the bitter end for civil liberties and human rights or if it would be more strategic to make like a Jew fleeing the Weimar Republic.  I don't feel there is anywhere for me to go and I lack the means.  I feel I should stay and try to make it better, but realistically, I believe America will come out of this time significantly changed...we have slid too far; we are ripe for the picking.   

Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on February 17, 2012 at 5:44pm

Unfortunately the nightmare is very real. And the christian leaders who push the "woman's world" bullshit don't have the balls to call it what it really is... Domestic Slavery.

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on February 17, 2012 at 6:27pm

In Australia, statistics for 1995-2004, approx. 75,000 abortion were performed under our FREE health care fund Medicare, but stats are hard to determine accurately.

While we have an Atheist female Prime Minister, free abortions will remain, and these stats. don't take in abortions in Private Hospitals.

We do have a right wing catholic opposition leader who would try very hard to change the status quo - but there would be an uproar. 66% of Australian are pro-abortion, depending on the gestation.

We have Bulk-Billing" practices, which is free consultation, and $5.00 pills with a special health care card.

And America calls itself civilized and the land of the free :)

In Australia, statistics for 1995-2004, approx. 75,000 abortion were performed under our FREE health care fund Medicare, but stats are hard to determine accurately.

While we have an Atheist female Prime Minister, free abortions will remain, and these stats. don't take in abortions in Private Hospitals.

We do have a right wing catholic opposition leader who would try very hard to change the status quo - but there would be an uproar. 66% of Australian are pro-abortion, depending on the gestation.

I have said to xians exactly that Misty, why are you not sceaming out and rampaging against all the xians who are doing evil things, hiding behind the cross and cloth. Why aren't xians railing against catholic priests, and demanding they are out of the system, instead of transferring to another country. Why aren't Muslims denouncing the hajib and burka as a control of women.  Why aren't Muslims denouncing a Mullah when he says publicly and on camera, that women are meat, and the 'Cat' will get them.

Never understood it.

Comment by Cave Nuggie on February 17, 2012 at 6:47pm

Fortunately, Cara, I was able to take the option of becoming sterile, which allowed me to stop taking an anti-androgen medication and reduce my estradiol medication level as part of my hormone therapy.  I can rest knowing that I will never be able to help a woman create a child and bring it into this world.  This is NOT the world where I want the child to be.  This is it.  I am THE END.  When I go, that's it; it's over and I ain't coming back (I love it when I hear Kei$ha say that!).  I wish it wasn't like this, but that's how it has to be.

Comment by Cristynfaye on February 19, 2012 at 2:17am

I googled the anti-masturbation law thing, and found this link:

http://thinkprogress.org/health/2012/02/08/421018/oklahoma-democrat...

It looks like it was a bit of a satire, done by a democrat in Oklahoma, to prove the absurdity of the bill about giving zygotes the rights of a citizen.  So it's not a real thing, it was just a kind of joke.

Comment by Cristynfaye on February 19, 2012 at 2:30am

I get freaked out about the right wing politics too, but honestly, I think a lot of things are getting better in the country.  People aren't going to be willing to give up their rights.  Americans are feisty people. 

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