Women’s Rights7:30 AM
WARNING: The following is an exercise in playing the devil's advocate. The real Bailey is 100% pro-life.
Hi, my name is Bailey, and I support abortion rights for victims of rape and incest. Okay, stop with the tomato throwing. I know it’s a hot topic, but hear me out. Victims of rape had absolutely NO CHOICE when they conceived their child; they are innocent victims. “But the kid is innocent too!” So? So what? He’s an intruder. He’s part of the rapist, part of the horror that the woman had to go through. Were I raped, that child would have 0.00% chance of living. In any case, chew on this: no one is innocent. We are all sinners.
Because look at it this way: the child is like an unwanted intruder, right? What does the Bible say about intruders? You can kill them if you want. You don’t have to, but you can. If a woman decides to kill this unwanted intruder, that’s her decision—we can’t judge.
Basically, children of rape are part of the rapist and unwanted intruders. In this case, the choice of abortion is out of our hands. She’s the best one to decide.
And by the way…I love Jesus, too.
[pulls off devil’s advocate costume]
Please tell me I’m not the only one peeling my chin off the floor and hurtling toward the nearest restroom. I felt sick writing this convoluted logic…logic I picked up from a friendly, Christian pro-rape-victim-abortion-rightist.
But my post isn’t about the swirling debate surrounding abortion. It’s pointing out a chilling, disturbing trend in modern civilization (forgive the oxymoron): when it comes down to it, a woman’s right trumps all. Every single time, people. Every single time.
Baby’s life or women’s feelings? That’s an easy one—women’s feelings. We’re such an endangered, fragile, empowered species that we can’t handle doing the right thing and manning—er—womanning up to the task.
Last summer I announced my study (complete with pages of notes and analysis) on feminism and the women’s lib movement. I ordered two books, read one, peeked at the other and spent my summer reading fluff. Incomplete though my study was, Who Stole Feminism?: How Women Have Betrayed Women by Christina Hoff Sommers rocked my world. For one thing, I’d never considered the more classic side of feminism—one of equal rights, not men-bashing. For another, we shared much in common: mainly, our disgust of gender feminism and its harm to both men and women. (Read it if you have downtime and count it as 1/8 credit in gender studies—just because you can. And should.)
It started out innocently enough when radical gender feminists broke off from the equal rights track and wrecked the train on men-bashing and women empowerment. There was a time when Frederick Douglass protested that the local women’s rights club didn’t allow men to be elected: “Where’s the equal rights in that?” he challenged, and they backed down. (Learned that from my SAT practice test.) But come, I don’t know, sixties, seventies, equal rights wasn’t enough. Woman supremacy became the name of the game. Men were prehistoric scum—women divine creatures ascending to omnipotence out of the pit of oppression.
And it spiralled everything out of control.
The irony of the movement became glaringly obvious: in its attempt to codify the “oppressed” female gender, it alienated women from any notion of equal rights and equal opportunity. They rewrote history. They pushed for specialized, vapid gender studies as a point of imperative interest. They mandated that females who wrote mediocre books and did mediocre artwork file into the halls of fame. They cheapened women’s ability and intellect by painting them as helpless victims incapable of creating, studying or being anything noteworthy without special help in brainwashing the public.
In short, it turned woman into a demigod(dess) and her thoughts, expressions and especially choices into holy ground. Beware the being—man, woman or God—who dare tread upon the hallowedness of women!
We might claw your eyes out if you don’t agree with us.
As a woman, I find these sentiments revolting. If women really are capable of thoughtfully contributing to culture and history (and I believe they are), why the need for a police escort on everything they do? Why can’t a woman face criticism or be challenged if she’s truly able to think for herself? Why aren’t the standards for how a woman acts and believes the same as men, if indeed she isn’t subhuman? Just because I’m female doesn’t make everything I say right. It doesn’t make everything I believe right. And it certainly doesn’t make everything I choose right.
It’s horrible to us amateur cultured types that bad literature and dumb reasoning and twisted history has bunkered down in the public square to stay, all in the name of “women’s rights.” What’s worse? The out-of-control gender feminism has turned the will of a woman into something illogical, insatiable and totalitarian, to the point where we are willing to kowtow to her divine right to choose at the expense of any and all who get in her way. In the case of her baby’s life, mother knows best. After all, she’s a woman!
Instead of appealing to any sort of moral compass, higher standard, nobler initiative or just plain old common sense, we appeal only to the unfettered Choice of Woman. We content ourselves with her answer, whatever it is. We never question whether compassion or (heaven forbid) God might one-up the sanctity of female choice. No, we cut woman away from her humanity and build her up in her femaleness apart from any logical or moral argument. We hand her the gun and tell her to have at it...right when she's most vulnerable. (You know how pregnant women are, bless their pickle-loving souls.)
It’s despicable, despicable on all sorts of levels—to hand a girl thrown into such an emotional predicament as rape, incest or bad choices the power to order another’s death. It’s despicable to isolate a woman in a bubble of divinity and tell her she has the right—when she doesn’t. It’s despicable that we can’t be honest with women, tell them where they’ve messed up or tell them the cross they’ll have to bear, as if they have nothing moral or noble about them.
Considering what women have fought for all along…that’s a pretty big setback.