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 Stephen Walski on February 17, 2012 at 1:06am

While i appreciate your sentiments and concur about womens rights.. You start to lose just as much credibility as people who claim homosexuality is a choice when you make broad strokes saying most people fall in the middle of sexuality.

The myth of all starting out female is hogwash too since genitalia has not been formed we start out gender nonspecific until we either gain a chromosome or not.

Dont take a great statement and ruin it with hyperbole

Comment by Virginia Templeton on February 17, 2012 at 1:08am

It is dispicable, how we are being told what we can and cannot do with ourselves. It's almost as if Women's Suffrage has never even happened.

See, while I can get contraceptives with my medical card, my medical card only covers 4 of the 8 (give or take a few) hospitals near me. I live in Northren KY, and we have St. Elizabeth North, East, South and West hospitals, and those are the ones my medical card covers. So I cannot have any type of surgery done that may prevent me in having children. I would have to go to Cincinnati, where they have University of Cincinnati Hospital, Christ Hospital, and so many others (and I do mean MANY others). I would need a referral for one of those, and that would have to be from my private doctor, who will not do so without dire medical need.

I feel so bad for my daughter, who has to grow up in this world. Right now she only sees that she has power over boys (yes, for some reason she is one of those little girls who has all the little boys doing things for her, I am trying to teach her to not do this), but one day the hard truth will hit her that these same boys decide very private matters about her own physical self when they have no vagina or uterus to speak with. I don't want that truth for her or any other woman alive. 

Comment by Stephen Walski on February 17, 2012 at 1:21am

And also dismissing the "gay gene" just shows a lack of understanding. In identical twins (coming from one egg) the rate of both twins sharing the bent to homosexuality has been proven to be double that of multiple egg twins. thats a pretty big basis of comparison that biology and genetic structure in particular does play some role in sexual preference

Comment by Pope Beanie on February 17, 2012 at 1:43am

I'd say even more directly: men are genetically inferior to women. Doesn't about 5% of the human male population on earth have genes traceable back to our raping/pillaging Genghis Khan family? On one hand it could be pointed out that men have progressed culturally quite a bit, in spite of our caveman genes, but on the other hand we still need a whole lot more introspection and self-improvement.

Still, I wouldn't put 100% blame on the men. There are still a lot of righteously religious anti-choice women out there, too. How about the evil is 66% male, 33% female? So how's this, guys... wouldn't the world be a better place if it were 66% female, and 33% male? (I'm only half joking, really!)

Oh well, so much for my constructive solutions. (I don't think idea that worked on an episode of Star Trek, either.)

Comment by Stephen Walski on February 17, 2012 at 1:51am

Id prefer a bigger gap in ratio but 66/33 is acceptable.

Comment by hemant kumar on February 17, 2012 at 3:05am

Religion is not something which is universal. It evolves as its followers. The right question should be to ask and discuss the reasons behind these laws from the law makers. As I presume, it must be related to the moral obligation to them (which DOES NOT make any sense to me). anyone would be interested to enlighten me about their reasons?

Comment by Tom Roe on February 17, 2012 at 3:21am

I think a lot of what you mentioned (great post by the way) has actually been going on for awhile, but now, there are actually more people standing in the way of all of this garbage that social conservatives can't just force it through without anyone noticing. People like us are applying scrutiny, making them accountable and often exposing them for the sexist, bible thumping sheep they are.

Comment by Nina van der Roos on February 17, 2012 at 4:44am

Like I have said for ages, america is bat-shit crazy, with three quarters of it mere sheeple and it's leadership (ha, ha) working hard to implement a police state ! I am utterly amazed that the the christian right do not get along like a house on fire with those misogynists who run iran ! The very best of luck to the non-crazies left over there, oh-boy are you going to need it.

One question; does the anti-masturbation thing apply to just men as they are the ones with the seed ? No way would I ever stop masturbating, its either masturbate or go out and kill idiot politicians but one way or another I will relieve my stress !

Comment by Robert Karp on February 17, 2012 at 9:22am

What I've seen in the past 4 years is astonishing. I feel since Obama was elected, the fight against human rights, women's rights, and LGBT rights, has gone into overdrive. Is it because he's is a person of color? Is it because he is seen as extreme in his policies, the words communism and socialism are thrown around.  He has appointed two women to the Supreme Court and his Secretary of State is an incredibly powerful and strong woman. Do you think the white male majority of this country is taking a proverbial shit in their pants as society slowly but surely shifts out of their favor?

I agree with you on all accounts Cara. This is a terrifying time. The right wants us to go backwards. A return to the dark ages, where white christian males made policy through laws, and dictated morality through the church.

So many people who live in others countries, specifically European, say that what they see happening here is beyond reason. And I agree, it is not a rational way of thinking. It is a final gasp from a dying ruling class, a fierce struggle for existence of a time that will soon be forgotten. We need to push back just as ferociously to ensure these sick people do not come to power. We need to protect the rights of women. Rights that have been fought for since the beginning of time.  We have come so far and we have so far to go. We must go forward. To go backward would be nothing less then the end of the great experiment of this nation.

Comment by Sophie on February 17, 2012 at 9:43am

Iran in 1979

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