Fem2.0 explains: Women Are Not Cows and Pigs

This powerful piece captures the angry sentiments of many of us quite nicely, regarding the proposal described:

This week the Georgia State legislature debated a bill in the House, that would make it necessary for a woman to carry a stillborn baby until she ‘naturally’ goes into labor just as, according to Representative Terry England, pregnant cows and pigs do.

I know it’s just one state senator, and I know he’s not representative of the U.S.  But this should not be a debate in any state.  Americans can do better than this.  I’m not saying I expect better, because I’ve been given too many reasons not to.  But I’m not lowering my standards, Americans!  Let’s get our acts together, already.

17 thoughts on “Fem2.0 explains: Women Are Not Cows and Pigs

  1. OH… MY… GOD! I read the whole article and saw the clip. This just makes me apoplectic. The idea that the government could possibly legislate that a woman would have to carry a non viable fetus to term, regardless of any advice her doctor might give her, is frightening and orwelian, but the comparison to farm animals just highlights the mindset of these people. This has got to stop.

  2. Y’know, the first time I saw Leiter Report’s “the more they know, the less they know it” label, I wondered, what exactly does that mean? But this… I’m starting to see what the category’s for.

    I’m trying to keep this news item in perspective, as it’s just a handful of these guys, but GAH!

  3. What used to be Onion material is now just everyday politics.

    This sickens me to the point of despair.

  4. That is so, so sick. I wish I had something constructive to contribute to this thread, but I’m too busy reeling.

  5. I think these men are scared that women will get so fed up by our lack of equality, that we’ll start deliberately using our bodies for politics (as they are) and engineer a reduction of men in the general population for a few generations. In the end, playing the numbers game might be the only practical way of ending sexism against women.

  6. Check out these figures… I reckon they are what’s actually fuelling this shed-load of bullshit sexist legislation recently.

    http://www.in-gender.com/XYU/Gender-Preference/#SexSelection

    [Extract]
    MicroSort Sex Selection:
    80% of American families who use MicroSort sperm separation want a girl.
    Gender Requested by U.S. Parents Using MicroSort
    80% Girls, 20% Boys

    I bet these results shrivel the balls of most right wing politicians. What they don’t realise is that by forcing women to have invasive ultrasound – the women that change their minds about abortion are probably going to do so on the news that they’re carrying a girl.

  7. Alrah, think of the global implications. The Chinese and Indians want boys and already in China there is a surplus of boys, we’ll have a surplus of girls…the possible outcomes/consequences are quite interesting to think about.

  8. isn’t a higher ratio of women to men good for currently existing, straight men and bad for straight women?

  9. I take it James didn’t catch Merry’s brilliant but implied point about Republican xenophobia. The very same Good Ol’ Boys who want to reduce women to baby machines are often the people who switch to rants about cracking down on immigrants in the same breath. I’ve seen this argument stated explicitly, to my revulsion, as “‘Those people’ are having x number of children per family, therefore it’s our duty to outbreed them before they outbreed us. Quivering is good.” How little things have changed since the 1860’s!

  10. Merry… Just from a biological point of view… I think genetic diversity is a very good thing and strengthens our species. :D

  11. Agreed, Alrah. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to clarify my position on that. I have a bad habit of muddling my point with too many prepositions. My revulsion is also directed at the notion that white people should only breed with white people. The entire reconstructionist argument is just one misogynistic, xenophobic stink-bomb after another.

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