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Jeanne Phillips, the daughter of Pauline "Abigail Van Buren" Phillips, deserves a lot of praise. In a recent "Dear Abby" column of hers Ms. Phillips stated the clear, simple truth of abortion. She makes it clear that the choice to have an abortion belongs only to the pregnant woman and no one else. In this March 21st column, a self-described "pro life" woman writes to say that she regrets supporting her daughter's decision to terminate a pregnancy. Sympathetic yet firm, Jeanne Phillips replies thus:

The decision about whether or not to terminate the pregnancy wasn't yours to make; it was your daughter's. Being pro-life, you have your own convictions, but you acted as a loving parent should -- you supported your child.
"So?" some of you might be saying, "What's special about this? She's just giving some sound advice as always. Why should this be worthy of special notice?"

Well, in a perfect country, this wouldn't be worthy of any sort of extra interest... but we don't live in a perfect country. We live in a country where straightforward, honest facts about abortion are hidden behind Taliban-inspired legislative terrorism designed to frighten women and girls into going through childbirth. Childbirth is, in many parts of the world, still the leading cause of death for adolescent girls. It should not be a procedure that any woman be FORCED to go through.

And yet the American media tends to try and pretend that abortion doesn't exist. Even Hollywood, that town of "limousine liberal," biscotti-munching, botox-squirting, hippie-billionaire, Democratic pit of brimstone.... tends to take a surprisingly anti-choice view of abortion.

More past the broken fluorescent condom.

   Pauline Philips was best known by her pen name "Abigail Van Buren" and made her advice column "Dear Abby" world-famous.

    Philips considered herself politically liberal and personally conservative. She was also a social conservative when her column first started running in newspapers in 1956. She disapproved of couples living together before marriage, considered women who wanted a divorce "faintly ridiculous" and proposed a "code of conduct" for women where "husband and children (came) first."

    To Philips' great credit, her views had evolved by the nineties. By then Philips acknowledged that divorce was necessary because sometimes marriages didn't work. She also went easier on unmarried couples, stated her belief that gays were born that way and couldn't be "changed," and was quite tolerant towards the trans population.

    Still "Dear Abby" tended to steer clear of abortion. Philips could hardly be blamed for giving this topic a wide berth. Her audience was usually older and conservative. Also, more importantly, anti-abortion domestic terrorists like "Army of God" are quite powerful and have made their doctor-killing intentions quite clear .. especially in the nineties when over half the clinics in the USA were experiencing violence. There has been a drop-off nowadays but still over 20% of abortion clinics a year in the US experience some form of severe violence (bullets through the window, make-shift explosive devices in the mail, etc.) and the numbers rise dramatically (close to seventy percent) if the definition of violence includes punching, shoving of doctors and patients, thrown bottles, etc. Pauline Philips, already an elderly woman before she retired from writing her column, understandably wanted to remove herself from any sort of firing line.

    "Dear Abby" is a mainstream media source of social commentary and advice. It runs in about 1,400 major newspapers nation-wide including the loathsome, conservative "Stuart News" that  is my South Florida town's local paper. In between glowing reports of Allen West fundraiser barbecues and Thomas Sowell's printed flatulence talking about why Obama is a traitor because he isn't threatening enough nuclear hellfire towards North Korea (or something).... I was surprised to see this lovely, clear drop of sanity in the "Dear Abby" column.

   In an American culture where the anti-choice Judd Apatow movie "Knocked Up" remains a classic while the great nineties pro-choice comedy "Citizen Ruth" is barely found on "Netflix" the importance of keeping the pro-choice voice in mainstream media cannot be underestimated.

Please write to Jeanne Philips here to express your support and approval for her March 21st advice. No doubt she has already received a bunch of hate mail from the devastatingly effective anti-choice crowd and Philips needs to know that she gave the right advice.

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  •  Tip Jar (128+ / 0-)
  •  Thanks for this insight (16+ / 0-)

    It really does paint the question in a much clearer light, doesn't it?

  •  Thank you for posting. (12+ / 0-)

    I finally had a reason to write to Dear Abby!

    "The first duty of a revolutionist is to get away with it.". Abbie Hoffman

    by Joes Steven on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 04:55:25 AM PDT

  •  I always preferred Ann Landers. (2+ / 0-)
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    *Are we humans or are we dancers?* Annie Lennox (thx Words In Action & OPOL)

    by glorificus on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 04:58:56 AM PDT

  •  The original "Dear Abby" had some good advice. (15+ / 0-)

    "Dear ____

    You have no complaint
    You are what your are and you ain't what you ain't
    So listen up buster, and listen up good
    Stop wishing for bad luck and knocking on wood"

    Actually, that was John Prine, not Abby.

    Sorry to interrupt this serious diary with something comedic.  When I saw Dear Abby mentioned, I couldn't resist.

    It is good to see this indicator of "conventional" opinion stand up for what's right.

    For John Prine fans:

  •  It's not an issue that Dear Abby (6+ / 0-)

    is going to resolve any time soon. I'm po-choice, always have been. But if someone truly believes that a fetus is equivalent to a person, it is inconsistent for us to expect them to ignore abortion, any more than we can be convinced that murder is a private matter. Once a person is convinced that that fetus is a person, they are not going to stand down just because we say "it's the pregnant woman's right - period". The more logically consistent argument we should be making is "no, it is NOT a person".

    •  The message we need to repeat over and over (9+ / 0-)

      to the anti-choice people is that the pregnant woman is a person and just as your needs and rights don't trump mine, the rights of an unformed person don't trump that of the woman.  You may choose to donate a kidney or part of your liver to someone, and accept the medical risks associated with that choice, but our government should never, ever compel you to make that choice for you.  Even if the organ recipient will certainly die with out it.

      Socialist? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

      by Kimbeaux on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 06:44:38 AM PDT

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      •  Let's say for sake of argument that instead (3+ / 0-)
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        you thought that human life started at birth and that many people thought it started at age 5. Your neighbor has a 3-year old, and decides not to feed her. The claim the neighbor makes is "it is my right not to have to work to support her, and since she is not even a real person, it is none of your business what we do in our home". Would you accept that, or insist that it just isn't right to allow a 3-year old to die?

        For anti-abortion people, the fetus is no different than a 3-year old is to you and me. So of course they are not going to accept that a woman's right to make decisions about her body trumps the kid's right to life itself. While many anti-abortion people are obnoxious in their style, this is simply not as black-and-white an issue as many of us would like to believe (if it were, there would be a specific moment in pregnancy where science could determine when sentient life begins; but, alas, consciousness emerges not at one moment but evolves over time). The Roe v. Wade decision is an excellent one in that it comes up with a reasonable compromise, but no one really believes that trimesters really demarcate life.

        •  That is a false analogy: our society does not (10+ / 0-)

          force the neighbor to parent the child no matter what.  It says that if the neighbor chooses to parent this child, they must meet certain standards.  The neighbor can choose not to parent the child by surrendering guardianship to the state or by letting another person to adopt the child.  Anti-choice advocates would insist in your example that the neighbor must feed the child herself, even if she cannot afford food for her other children, even if it involves risk to her life and health, even if she's emotionally incapable of caring for the child.  Notice that in this example, as for all anti-abortion people, only the rights of the fetus are represented, advocating that the neighbor should lose her right  to body autonomy because she became pregnant.  Instead, by allowing the neighbor to surrender guardianship, the neighbor's rights are still protected.  

          In the example of the neighbor, there is a solution that protects the both the right of the child and of the neighbor.  However, such a solution is not always available.  Sometimes people will die without bodily support from another person.  This is true for both the fetus and the organ/tissue recipient.  That doesn't mean that the at-risk person's right to life trumps the right to body autonomy of the donor.  This is why no one can be compelled to donate blood, tissues, or organs.  And this is why our laws need to remain pro-choice.

          Stephanie Zvan has written a blog with excellent graphs showing the rights of the fetus versus the pregnant woman based on fetal viability and on how fetal viability is used politically.  

          Socialist? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

          by Kimbeaux on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 08:33:25 AM PDT

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          •  You can say that the analogy doesn't (0+ / 0-)

            apply, but the truth is that if your neighbor insisted it was her "choice" to kill her 3-year old, and you disagreed with your neighbor over whether a 3-year old was a real person, you'd be in the same quandary we're in now. When you insist that the child must be nourished your neighbor would call you anti-choice.

            •  Funny that you keep insisting. (9+ / 0-)

              Why do you think the concept of viability is relevant to discussions of reproductive choice?

              The whole point of the decision in Roe v. Wade is that if the fetus could live outside the woman's body-- if it could potentially be handed off to someone else to nourish-- then there are pretty strong restrictions against ending the pregnancy.

              Asshats who claim to believe that a first-trimester embryo or fetus has full moral personhood need some calling of bullshit. They themselves will have never attended a funeral associated with some family member's first trimester miscarriage. They won't be agitating down at the statehouse for improved Medicaid coverage of prenatal care and they won't be staunch advocates for universal access to no-cost birth control, both of which are policy positions which would logically follow from health concerns for embryos and fetuses.

              •  Funerals for tampons! Because every fertilized (6+ / 0-)

                egg is a person.  Get your tiny coffin at PersonhoodFunerals.com!

                Socialist? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

                by Kimbeaux on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 10:09:45 AM PDT

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                •  Jeesus... Somebody made a website for ova? (1+ / 0-)
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                  I sure as hell hope that's a joke and people aren't really buying funeral packages for tampons and maxi pads.  I clicked On it and read some of it - couldn't believe it.  My mother, on the other hand, would believe it, parody or not.

                  Although it does reinforce what I've always told right wing friends... Every menstrual period "could" be a miscarriage of sorts.  While women release eggs every cycle they don't always get fertilized and don't implant in the uterine wall.  The moment of conception is not so much when sperm meets egg as when implantation is successful.  If it's not quite the right time in her cycle, a fertilized egg can't implant and thus, passes through and is expelled.  Happens all the time.  It's why I don't get why rape victims can't get a "morning after" pill - it prevents implantation - no implantation, no conception.  If you don't conceive, you can't abort, right?  It's a contraceptive pill, not an abortion pill.  

                  "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

                  by Ricochet67 on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 10:35:08 AM PDT

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                  •  It is a Poe. (0+ / 0-)

                    But I was taken in at first.

                    Socialist? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

                    by Kimbeaux on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 10:40:02 AM PDT

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                  •  ... and ejaculation without hope of fertilization (2+ / 0-)
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                    is genocide.

                    So, if you need a funeral for a tampon, you need an entire cemetery for a used condom.

                    •  Isn't it also reckless abandonment? (1+ / 0-)
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                      I seem to remember that from "Legally Blonde."  / snark

                      If you don't keep track of all of your "emissions" so you know where they are at all times and if they are not being put to proper "use" - it's abandonment.  

                      (rolling eyes) - how many teenage boys (and adult men) are guilty of that nearly every day?  

                      "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

                      by Ricochet67 on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 06:22:19 PM PDT

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            •  The neighbor could call me a proselytizing (0+ / 0-)

              christian and be just as wrong.  However, if the neighbor calls me anti-choice in response to a comment I made supporting a woman's right not to be a parent to a fetus or child of any age, she is clearly either lying or delusional.  

              However, not all anti-choicers are delusional, so it is worth repeating the message that no person's or fetus' rights should trump someone else's.  That a woman should not lose her rights because she got pregnant.

              Socialist? I do not think that word means what you think it means.

              by Kimbeaux on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 10:06:59 AM PDT

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        •  "the fetus is no different than a 3-year old" (6+ / 0-)

          I call bullshit.  Forced-birthers may claim that's what they believe, but they don't.  To prove it, just submit them to a simple thought experiment.

          You're standing in a corridor in a fertility clinic.  The building is on fire.  20 feet to your left is a portable device holding 10 frozen embryos (all viable & waiting to be implanted). 20 feet to your right is a sick 3-year old child (unable to walk on her own).  You have time to go in one direction, and save the child or the fetuses, but not both.  Which way do you go?

          Anyone who truly believed that a fetus = a child would have to save 10 over 1.  Do you really think anyone would make that choice?  I don't know anyone so inhuman.

          "If you want me to treat your ideas with respect, get better ideas." John Scalzi

          by SoCalJayhawk on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 10:14:06 AM PDT

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          •  It's called a thought experiment. (0+ / 0-)

            You may think that calling a 3-year old non-human sounds ridiculous. But these people think that calling a fetus non-human is ridiculous! You can try to put yourself in their shoes, to better try to understand where they are coming from. Or you can not.

            •  But, the forced birthers have a double standard (4+ / 0-)

              They never talk about forcing anyone to give parts of their bodies to keep born children alive.

              Once you are born, you are not worthy of taking parts of your parents to live.

              Could that be because men could be forced to do it too?

              Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

              by splashy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:58:39 AM PDT

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        •  But, wait (3+ / 0-)

          About this: "For anti-abortion people, the fetus is no different than a 3-year old is to you and me."

          But, they never talk about forcing parents to give parts of their bodies to the point of dying to keep the 3-year old alive. That says it all.

          It's only when a girl/woman is affected that they want to force them into giving parts of their bodies. Once a child is born, they don't want to force anyone into anything when it comes to giving parts of their bodies. I'm sure that's because men would be on the hook too.

          Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

          by splashy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:56:35 AM PDT

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    •  Even if they think of the unborn as a person (3+ / 0-)
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      No one is pushing for the parents of born children to sacrifice parts of their bodies, to the point of death, to keep them alive.

      No one wants to make it a law that both parents have to give parts of their liver, a kidney, or any other body part to save the life of their child.

      They only care when they are the unborn. That says it all. It's only about putting this burden on girls and women, never forcing men to sacrifice themselves for their children.

      Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

      by splashy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 11:51:02 AM PDT

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  •  Musical accompaniment for this diary provided by (2+ / 0-)
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    John Prine:

    You have exactly 10 seconds to change that look of disgusting pity into one of enormous respect!

    by Cartoon Peril on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 06:11:39 AM PDT

  •  I thought "Knocked Up" was appalling (5+ / 0-)

    Ditto "Juno," which a lot of people loved and I thought was completely unrealistic (she plans to lose her virginity but doesn't take the extra five minutes to buy a condom, or have the guy buy a condom?  Come ON).  

    •  "Juno" also glosses grief of relinquishment. (3+ / 0-)
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      Relinquishing a child for adoption needs to be one of the options available to women, but I don't appreciate representations of it that suggest it's something about which a girl might be sad for a day but then get over when her stepdad shares a few words of wisdom about the other kids she'll have someday.

    •  I hated "Juno". (0+ / 0-)

      And I knew enough about "Knocked Up" not to bother.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 12:34:58 PM PDT

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  •  This is no surprise, actually. (7+ / 0-)
    Even Hollywood, that town of "limousine liberal," biscotti-munching, botox-squirting, hippie-billionaire, Democratic pit of brimstone.... tends to take a surprisingly anti-choice view of abortion.
    Hollywood isn't the most feminist town. Never has been. Never will be.

    Thanks for the diary.

    It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

    by karmsy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 07:19:17 AM PDT

    •  Re "Citizen Ruth" (2+ / 0-)
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      It seems more a "both sides are ridiculous" movie, not pro-choice.

      "What could BPossibly go wrong??" -RLMiller "God is just pretend." - eru

      by nosleep4u on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 07:39:36 AM PDT

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      •  This isn't fair. I saw the movie. (1+ / 0-)
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        It's sophisticated, and it does parody both sides.

        But I don't think many forced-birth advocates would smile at the movie's portrayal of them, whereas merely the most dour pro-choice activists would object to how their side is portrayed.

        It's here they got the range/ and the machinery for change/ and it's here they got the spiritual thirst. --Leonard Cohen

        by karmsy on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:12:17 AM PDT

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      •  That's because the movie is pro-CHOICE!!!! (2+ / 0-)
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        (Spoilers)

        The idea that pro-choice forces are "pro-abortion" is an anti-choice fallacy.

        We are pro-choice, not "pro-abortion," and we support women who CHOOSE to give birth as well as those who CHOOSE to abort.

        The real hero of "Citizen Ruth" is the biker who (not unimportantly) works for the pro-choice couple. He says that he'll pay Ruth 15,000 dollars if she goes ahead with the abortion. He doesn't actually want to pressure her to have an abortion, but he wants to balance the scales back to her choice about her future after he hears that the anti-choice crowd is willing to bribe Ruth with 15,000 dollars if she forgoes the abortion. "I just want you to have your choice back."

        Yes, the movie makes fun of both sides, but what is more "pro-choice" than saying both choices (aborting or giving birth) are equal in some sense (even if they're equally ridiculous)... :-)

  •  Vera Drake is a Better Film (7+ / 0-)

    It was also made in Great Britian.  It shows the part privilege plays in access.  Upper class women could obtain an abortion from a doctor, working class women couldn't.  Vera Drake served the working class women and was jailed (along with other ad hoc woman providers) for providing a reasonably safe alternative to DIY or fly-by-nighters.

    Don't look back, something may be gaining on you. - L. "Satchel" Paige

    by arlene on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 08:14:59 AM PDT

  •  I have always taken secret enjoyment (4+ / 0-)
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    in reading advice and etiquette columns. Often, the person asking for advice is wrong, smug, self-righteous, priggish or all of the above. It's fun to see the columnist gently chide the advice-seeker, and in the case of classic Emily Post and Miss Manners to thoroughly destroy pomposity in drippingly polite prose.

    What is truth? -- Pontius Pilate

    by commonmass on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:14:05 AM PDT

  •  I've been wondering (1+ / 0-)
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    if she was really liberal all along and she masterfully played her audience. Probably not, but if you want to promote your ideas and change minds, the way she went about it is a brilliant strategy if purposeful.

    -If your goal is to change minds, then you have to appeal to people who don't think like you. You can only do that if they trust you.

    -It's also been shown that people are much more accepting of incremental changes. Anything that really contradicts core self-identity provokes a defensive reaction and denial.

    Solution: Build up your "target" audience by pretending to be one of them. Slowly introduce your real positions over a course of (many) years. Take your audience along with you, gently pulling them to your side.

    The other possibility is she saw her readership changing and went with them to keep her readership up, but I like the subversive culture warrior idea better :)

  •  I wrote her. (4+ / 0-)

    Thanks for including her address.  We need voices like hers standing up for women making their own choices, because they are people, not objects to be controlled by government.

    being mindful and keepin' it real

    by Raggedy Ann on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:27:20 AM PDT

  •  Women in the U.S. still die due to childbearing. (5+ / 0-)

    Complications of pregnancy/childbearing rank as the sixth or seventh leading cause of death for American women of childbearing age. The risks tend to be the highest when the pregnancy was unplanned or unwanted.

    Death due to complications of a first-trimester abortion performed by appropriately trained personnel using modern methods is exceedingly rare.

    Women need access to safe, legal abortion as a lifesaving measure.

  •  This fight has been going on far too long. (2+ / 0-)
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    The first political (non anti-war) petition I remember signing was a pro-choice one way back in the early 70's.

    I never would've believed I'd be fighting the same fight long after I hit menopause!

    Thanks for this diary; I sent a message of support to Dear Abby.  Every little helps.

    Marti

    We cannot call ourselves a civilised society if we refuse to protect the weakest among us.

    by The Marti on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 09:57:27 AM PDT

    •  Why we're still fighting (2+ / 0-)
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      If the generation of childbearing age today could be magically transported back to the pre-Roe era, support for abortion rights would go through the roof. We were constantly hearing back then about women (poor ones, usually) who had died, hemorrhaged or rendered themselves sterile through botched back-alley or self-abortion attempts back then. The reason for legalizing abortion was obvious, and in our faces all the time.

      It's been 40 years since folks were forced to confront the fact that women who need abortions will get them, legally or illegally, safely or riskily. Most people are too young to remember that for themselves, and history is never as compelling as personal experience.

      We're not "still" fighting this battle. We're fighting it again.

      "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

      by sidnora on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 12:45:41 PM PDT

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  •  Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique (2+ / 0-)
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    The Feminine Mystique was published in 1962. I'm reading the 50th Anniversary edition now.

    It reminds me of the lives that many middle-class women were living in the 50s. Her advice in columns in 1956 certainly seems consistent with Friedan's take on that era.

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in the feminist movement in the U.S. It is highly likely that every reader will disagree (possibly vehemently) with one or another part of Friedan's analysis, but, overall, it offers a glance back to where feminism stood at mid-century.

    •  We owe a great deal to Betty Friedan (1+ / 0-)
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      and we owe our abortion rights, such as they are, to the brave women who fought the fight with her.  

      What is terrifying to me is the nonchalance of many who think nothing of bartering women's rights in search of political gain.

      It's the Supreme Court, stupid!

      by Radiowalla on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 01:19:47 PM PDT

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  •  I wrote an abortion chantey. (2+ / 0-)
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    It was my tribute to Dr. Gomberts, a Dutch physician whose ship Women on the Waves provided safe abortions in international waters off the coast of anti-choice countries. I figured she deserved her own pirate song!

    The best part of belting out my rollicking little pro-choice song at filk gatherings has been the women who come forward afterward - women I've known for years - who tell me about their own abortions, or the dangerous ones their grandmothers had in "the good old days."

    TL;DR - women have always tried to control their fertility. (Crocodile-dung pessaries, anyone?) It's only in modern times that we can do so safely - and too many men (and their Vichy women) want to take it all away again.

    Thank God, the Bob Fosse Kid is here! - Colin Mochrie

    by gardnerhill on Sun Apr 14, 2013 at 12:49:29 PM PDT

  •  thanks, and also recommended for the reference to (0+ / 0-)

    Citizen Ruth

    the great nineties pro-choice comedy
    Don't let this movie fade into obscurity. It has too much going on that the twenty-somethings oughta see, and a star-studded cast.

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