Women's Bodies Are Not Just a Way for Men to Make Other Men

Anti-choice laws, such as the one recently passed in Alabama, are mysogynist.

Posted May 15, 2019

President Donald Trump says it’s a scary time to be a man in America. Let’s make it an even tougher time to be an entitled white guy who believes it’s his heaven-sent right to decide what happens to the bodies of women and girls.

Let’s have Trump and his allies in the right-wing conservative anti-choice movement accept responsibility for decisions when it comes to women’s health care and the ability to terminate a pregnancy. Let them face the consequences of not giving women a choice. Let’s have them pay all the bills, and deal with the woman’s depression, despair and sense of hopelessness.

And, of course, let’s make sure they help the woman — whose decision they made — to re-enter the workplace or educational system without penalty. After all, it wasn’t her choice to have the child. It was theirs.

If the conservative activist is a woman — and some of them are — they, too, should be made responsible for the child they mandate be brought to term. Let’s also make sure that the designated anti-abortion activist adopts the newborn, raises the child, pays for all medical care, schooling, and activities. As the child grows, we should insist activists personally provide the same sort of vigilance for the rights of the already-born as they believe belong to the unborn. (And isn't it odd, as Elayne Boosler pointed out, that those who are anti-abortion are often pro-death penalty gun-advocates? It's not as if they are actually "pro-life" as such. Boosler said it was a "fisherman's mentality: throw 'em back when they're small so you can kill 'em when they're bigger.")

Oddly enough, despite the fact that the rights of already-born seem to be of little interest to anti-abortion advocates, dogmatically right-wing lawmakers want to ensure, above all else, that children are had, right? Isn’t that what underscores their outrage at the very thought that women can freely make our own decisions about sex and reproduction?

These cynically sanctimonious, morally smug, and spiritually vain bullies still don’t think of women as actual people. They dismiss women as vehicular: Wombs are inviolable spaces — even if women can be violated — because wombs are the way for a man to make another man. Women’s reproductive organs are like parking spaces for the offspring of men, and therefore need to be organized and designated by authorities.

The goal of overturning Roe v. Wade, which is the sole reason Brett Kavanaugh is now on the Supreme Court (and you know it), is why 25 white men in Alabama could recently pass a law that would imprison doctors for performing abortions.

But making abortion a criminal offense won’t touch everyone. It will not, for example, have much of an effect on the wealthy and independent. Women and girls from rich families and women with their own money have always been able to terminate unwanted pregnancies. If Roe vs. Wade is overturned, women with money and connections will fly to places where abortion is legal.

It’s women who are uneducated and ashamed of their bodies, poor women, young women, and scared women who will be affected by the overturning of Roe v. Wade and it will wreck their lives. Because they, too, will stop their pregnancies. But they won’t be able to escape to another country; they’ll just destroy themselves, right here in the U.S.

Those who want to keep women from having mastery of our own bodies should be ashamed.

Let’s stop equating authority with masculinity. Let’s tell these lawmakers to use “your” and “you’re” correctly, as in the following sentence: “Your laws won’t rule my body. You’re not going to be in power long.”