If you’re looking for a new celebrity role-model, check out this vid and column I wrote with Taryn Southern about the Top 5 Remarkable Celebrity Vaginas. I think it gives men and women alike something to aspire to.
Ninety-six years ago today, the first birth control clinic in America opened in Brooklyn, New York. In 1916, 464 patients were seen before the clinic was shut down after ten days. Today, nearly 800 Planned Parenthood health centers in communities nationwide provide primary and preventive care to nearly 3 million patients a year.
Just think. If that little clinic hadn’t been around 96 years ago, there’d be up to 464 more 95 year-olds today, not getting proper medicare and social security. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PLANNED PARENTHOOD!
To those who criticize my perversion of the GOP candidates’ names, please know that name-calling is not my usual standard of response. Nor do I normally use expletives. But I make exceptions. Never in my lifetime have I seen such a line-up of candidates who want to pervert the lives of women, who want to f**k them over every which way they can think of. These perverts are men, and variously they are telling us that single women should not have sex, should not use contraceptives, should consider a baby conceived from a rape to be a blessing, and to leave all matters concerning their uterus to them. They say that contraceptives for women make it too easy for them to “do things.” They do not offer the same opinions on men and their tendencies to “do things.” Their rhetoric makes it sound like women are wanton spirits who must be controlled. I am a writer because I have strong opinions. Those opinions on women’s rights come from my grandmother, who was raped, and my mother, who was raped at gunpoint by her husband, and who was jailed when she ran away from him. My mother told me as a child and a grownup, that no one should ever tell me whether I should have a baby. How could I be any other kind of writer, any other kind of person? How could I not protest the perversion of women’s rights espoused by these candidates? The twisted names I give them may sound “hurtful” —as name-calling is. But the hurt they would give us would not be temporary slights, but permanent scars. This country is not divided because of Obama. It has been divided for a long time by the Republican Right who vote down the line on personal moral beliefs. They are out of touch with the the actual governance of this country and its relation to the larger world. Would these candidates cut off relations with China until China abolishes the one-child policy? I was born the daughter of a Baptist minister. I know how intractable religious beliefs are supposed to be, how by faith, you must carry those beliefs into the world, into all walks of life, without compromise, without listening to any other opinions. By that faith, you save who you can and smite who you can’t. To these GOP candidates who want to rule government by the divine guidance of their cocks, study the pages of history on the Inquisition and the Holocaust, and keep your hands off me, my nieces, my sisters, my women friends, their daughters and their daughters to come.
This blogger Sophia Brugato is my new hero; a perfect example of someone who is both pro-choice AND pro-life. Pro-choice is not synonymous with pro-abortion. Do conservatives honestly think we would work this hard just because we want the right to kill off something that could someday grow up, join the military, and die for our country properly?
We fight for our bodies and our health and our families and our choice, which may be abortion, may be adoption, or may be motherhood because as human beings, we women are all different but the point is we all deserve a choice.