There is a concept called body autonomy. It’s generally considered a human right. Bodily autonomy means a person has control over who or what uses their body, for what, and for how long. It’s why you can’t be forced to donate blood, tissue or organs. Even if you are dead. Even if you’d save or improve 20 lives. It’s why someone can’t touch you, have sex with you, or use your body in any way without your continuous consent.
A fetus is using someone’s body parts. Therefore under bodily autonomy, it is there by permission, not by right. It needs a person’s continuous consent. If they deny and withdraw their consent, the pregnant person has the right to remove them from that moment. A fetus is equal in this regard because if I need someone else’s body parts to live, they can also legally deny me their use.
By saying a fetus has a right to someone’s body parts until it’s born, despite the pregnant person’s wishes, you are doing two things.
1. Granting a fetus more rights to other people’s bodies than any born person.
2. Awarding a pregnant person less rights to their body than a corpse.
— Hannah Goff (via murjashihaway)
today in class we were dividing the class up into groups to demonstrate cross-tab statistics and someone suggested dividing based on gender and my prof was like “well, i’m trying no to make divisions based on gender anymore because of people who don’t fall into the gender binary, so let’s think of something else” and i was like !!
middle-aged white dude academics comin thru Against All Odds
IN DEFENSE OF NOT BEING A GOOD HUMAN
so apparently someone was offended by my last text post and here’s why I don’t care—
A) if a man isn’t interested in learning about/ exploring/ investing in a world-view that’s outside the scope of white masculinity, then I’m not that interested in having sex with him. If you’ve legit never read a book by a woman or a person of color, that tells me IMMEDIATELY that your worldview is so, so limited.
B) if a man tries to make me feel guilty for pointing out that perhaps he should expand his cultural intake to, you know, people like me (the woman he’s attempting to create intimacy with) then that shows immense petulance and immaturity. It’s whiny.
C) if a man then tries to punish me for being unrepentant in the face of his guilt-trip by withholding his penis… Really. Do we need to explain why this is all absurd.
I won’t apologize for not wanting to sleep with a man who tries to make ME feel bad for HIS ignorance.
~How much money can I wager that a man said this~
"Here’s the thing. Men in our culture have been socialized to believe that their opinions on women’s appearance matter a lot. Not all men buy into this, of course, but many do. Some seem incapable of entertaining the notion that not everything women do with their appearance is for men to look at. This is why men’s response to women discussing stifling beauty norms is so often something like “But I actually like small boobs!” and “But I actually like my women on the heavier side, if you know what I mean!” They don’t realize that their individual opinion on women’s appearance doesn’t matter in this context, and that while it might be reassuring for some women to know that there are indeed men who find them fuckable, that’s not the point of the discussion.
Women, too, have been socialized to believe that the ultimate arbiters of their appearance are men, that anything they do with their appearance is or should be “for men.” That’s why women’s magazines trip over themselves to offer up advice on “what he wants to see you wearing” and “what men think of these current fashion trends” and “wow him with these new hairstyles.” While women can and do judge each other’s appearance harshly, many of us grew up being told by mothers, sisters and female strangers that we’ll never “get a man” or “keep a man” unless we do X or lose some fat from Y, unless we moisturize, trim, shave, push up, hide, show, ”flatter,” paint, dye, exfoliate, pierce, or surgically alter this or that.
That’s also why when a woman wears revealing clothes, it’s okay, in our society, to assume that she’s “looking for attention” or that she’s a slut and wants to sleep with a bunch of guys. Because why else would a woman wear revealing clothes if not for the benefit of men and to communicate her sexual availability to them, right? It can’t possibly have anything to do with the fact that it’s hot out or it’s more comfortable or she likes how she looks in it or everything else is in the laundry or she wants to get a tan or maybe she likes women and wants attention from them, not from men?
The result of all this is that many men, even kind and well-meaning men, believe, however subconsciously, that women’s bodies are for them. They are for them to look at, for them to pass judgment on, for them to bless with a compliment if they deign to do so. They are not for women to enjoy, take pride in, love, accept, explore, show off, or hide as they please. They are for men and their pleasure."
If you’re a guy who likes looking at pictures of naked girls but loses respect for a girl if she posts a naked picture of herself, you can get lost
i feel this in my bones
the Clue Klux Klan…solving mysteries in a racist sort of way
i think you mean “the police department”