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  •  I'm a staunch pro-choicer, for almost every... (4.00)
    ...issue involving choice, and especially when it comes to reproductive choice, but it occurs to me more and more that this particular issue needs to be re-framed.

    Roy Blunt's bill, South Dakota's criminalisation, Bush's Partial Birth Abortion (of which he is) ban, all of these so-called right-to-life issues are not and never have been about women's rights, fetal rights, or when the "miracle" of life begins.

    No. All these issues are about one thing and one thing only.

    The total domination of men over women, and the continuation of a wholly patriarchal and authoritative society which is fundamentally unbalanced.

    Okay, I guess that's a bunch of things really, but you get my point.

    Everything else is just obfuscation and lurid fuel to manipulate the masses.

    That's what it was when it was defined by the preachers, and that's what it is now that it's defined by the polititians.

    Until these issues are torn away from the hotbed of details they're entagled with, and judged on the basis of the gender biases that they are rooted in, then we will never succeed in achieving any justice or reason in our human reproductive responsibilities.

    <div style="border:2px;padding:4px;border-style:dotted;"> You want to downsize the government?
    Fuck you. My government defends the American people.<

    by deafmetal on Mon Feb 27, 2006 at 09:18:52 AM PST

    •  While I agree with your point of view ... (none)
      ...entirely, I think employing the term "patriarchal" tends to limit your audience rather significantly.
      •  You're probably right about that... (none)
        ...and If I could make the same statement without using "patriarchal" I might.

        I just feel strongly that the gender imbalance is more than simply male/female, it can only be described in terms that recognise the paternal/maternal abuse.

        I mean it's there hidden (or not so hidden) in everything from school traditions to the fashion world, it permeates almost every religion under the sun, even healthcare with it's doctor/nurse stereotypes still helps reinforce the patriarchy.

        Having said that, if there is a better semiotic solution to this point of view, I'd love to hear it!

        <div style="border:2px;padding:4px;border-style:dotted;"> You want to downsize the government?
        Fuck you. My government defends the American people.<

        by deafmetal on Mon Feb 27, 2006 at 12:49:02 PM PST

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    •  Well, I call anti-choice laws (none)
      "mandatory birthing laws".

      Just to make the effect clear and to strongly imply the dominating intent.

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