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Get Outta My Womb

September6

Blue Poet has posted on Live Journal about a Planned Parenthood opening that’s being boycotted and protested against.

I guess women really don’t deserve access to health care, and don’t deserve education about their reproductive rights. Women are just a bunch of big ol’ dirty sluts, and if God wants them knocked up because of their sinful, dirty, sexin’ ways they should either give birth like a bunch of brood mares, or else look for a wire hanger.

Good times, eh?

She has a post that discusses it briefly, and mentions what you can do to help. Check it out.

I’m doing some digging as well, just some brief googling to see why people would protest a medical facility that provides medical care, birth control, and sexual health instruction to women who are often young, poor, or both.

Prolifeblogs says:

Aurora, Illinois is becoming GROUND ZERO in the fight against Planned Parenthood. Thanks to us, America is beginning to learn their truly sinister nature.

Their truly sinister nature of providing treatment for sexually transmitted infections, cancer screenings, and birth control? Oh, that is sinister.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the issue is solely about abortion, a medical procedure in the state of Illinois which is very legal.

“They [abortion protesters] know that it is futile to try to stop the clinic,” she said. “They come here to harass women.”

Abortion opponent Jessica Thomspon of Aurora, a registered nurse who works in an obstetrics unit, said the clinic wouldn’t be an issue if it were not going to offer abortions.

Dorothy Dwyer, a St. Charles resident who is an abortion-rights proponent, said at the rally on Aug. 16 she thinks the issue should focus more on the need for women’s health care.

“We stand for legalizing abortion and sex education for women,” Dwyer said. “Most of this is about health care and educating women.”

According to Planned Parenthood, the Aurora location will offer

  • * pregnancy testing
  • * a range of contraceptive options
  • * emergency contraception
  • * gynecological services
  • * Pap tests
  • * colposcopy services for abnormal Pap tests
  • * sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and treatment, including rapid HIV testing
  • * abortion services (both surgical and medication) with sedation options
  • * options counseling, including adoption referrals

Most of these services are, literally, services that will save lives or fertility. Untreated sexually transmitted diseases can render a woman completely infertile, and cancer is pretty much, y’know, deadly. SINISTER.

beepcentral.com states that

Aurora has limited reproductive health-care options for women, Planned Parenthood officials say.

In the past three years, the success of three suburban Express sites shows the need for increased services, they say. More than 13,700 patients visited the Naperville site alone last year, mostly for birth control.

“Many of those clients asked where can they get the full set of services,” Trombley said. “We didn’t have anywhere to refer them. They want us there.”

Less than 10 percent of their services are for abortions, he said.

A Pro-Life Protester has this lovely bon mot

“Planned Parenthood is bad news,” he said. “We consider it to be an enemy of the family, no matter what they’re doing.”

That’s right, ladies. Getting tested for cervical cancer means you’re an enemy of THE FAMILY. Trying to ensure that you’ll be alive to see your kids grow up? ENEMY OF THE FAMILY. Trying to not have more kids than you can safely and sanely care for? ENEMY OF THE FAMILY. Seeking contraceptives because you can not sustain a viable pregnancy? ENEMY OF THE FAMILY.

Get back in that kitchen and start pumpin’ out those babies, least someone tar you with the ENEMY OF THE FAMILY brush. As we all know, kids are the end all, be all, culmination of adulthood. Without babies, ladies, you are NOTHING. Doing anything to prevent babies, except for abstaining from sex, makes you a harlot. Plain and simple. A harlot, and deserving of pregnancy.

I always wonder, after reading about protests like this, about the women who are involved with them. How many kids do they have? What forms of birth control do they use? How do they pay for it? Because my very unscientific information gathering method leads me to believe that the people involved are:
comfortably middle class
insured
with small families
In other words, they don’t have to scramble to pay for birth control. Their ovaries are controlled. They have chosen the family size they want. And now they’re sticking their heads into the uteruses of other women and dictating how and where they can make decisions about their own reproductive health.

Our Commander Guy, who insists that teens can have responsible sex lives using Abstinence Only Educations apparently hasn’t had sex in decades, and then only once, as his wife was only pregnant one time. Maybe that’s why he’s so keen on blowing stuff up. It’s the only outlet he has. I mean, that HAS to explain why his wife’s only been pregnant once, right? Because they’re abstinent? I mean, there’s NO WAY he could mandate abstinence only sexual health education for an entire country while at the same time having a wife who’s on the pill or somehow controlling her own procreation, right? That would just be MADNESS.

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Color and Comics

June13

This post by Willow E is a fantastic look at how people of racial minority status are portrayed in comics.

Some salient quotes are:

In most comic works if a black protagonist is mentioned at all, the text might say she’s a strong black woman but the artist often doesn’t take the time to make the character look like a strong black woman; no broad noses, no distinctive hair, no full lips, no dark skin, no determination in her eyes or the quirk of her lips. I have a whole other rant about non-graphic novel books where the authors try to describe a black person as being ‘deeply tanned’ as if being black had nothing to do with a history of oppression, struggle and slow progress, economic and educational complications and the lost culture of a multitude of tribes and instead has more to do with being an avid sunbather.

Where was the Asian identity? Were there cultural references in the text? Was I supposed to notice her eyes? Though how do you tell if a female character is Asian, when they’re all drawn with ‘cat-like’ slanted eyes and dark shadows of eyelashes? How do you tell if a female character is Asian when just by being female a character is meant to be somehow “exotic”; when certain ethnic traits are reduced to a sexy factor and spread around to all the women, how do you tell if a character isn’t “exotic white”?

If a character is black/asian/non-white ethnic, they have to be vibrantly stereotypically black/asian/non-white ethnic, or else exotic and mysterious and not easily understood. And in between those two portrayals, the only other option chosen is to treat them as if they aren’t ethnic at all, and forget the color of their skin, or the shape of their eyes or their possible life experiences and treat them as white. And thus the huge scope of their lives (themselves) as non-white (females) is ignored or forgotten and thus made invisible.

There are black female soldiers in Iraq. There are Asian police women. There are daredevils of East Indian and Native American heritage. There is inspiration all around in everyday living, in most cities in America for powerful female characters of color. And if the bulk of the writers are in LA, Calif, or NYC, NY, then they really should know from a simple BART or Metro train ride that Latinas can speak perfectly good english and black hair isn’t straight in the front, puffy in the back, and sometimes the feistiest looking teenage female in the car looks to be from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong or China.

I strongly urge you to read the original post, as it’s just fantastic and gave me a lot to think about– both about the characters I read about as well as the characters I write about.

Type O Negative/Josh Silver Interview at Alterati

June3

Alterati has a podcast interview with Josh Silver, of Type O Negative up. It’s a good and interesting interview about the band, its evolution, its humor, etc. There’s a good use of music in it. Check it out if you have half an hour or so.

Brenna, I recomended TON to you earlier, don’t know if you ever got around to listening to them. There’s 2 of their songs in entirety on the podcast, and some stuff in the background as well.

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