Friday, July 25, 2014

Recommended Reading

[TRIGGER WARNING: PREGNANCY, DRUG USE]

First I want to say that a lot (a lot) of feminist articles run by me on a daily basis through various social media sites and other blogs. And a lot of those either have too many problematic elements or say the same things that have already been said before in articles I've already read. So if I post something for recommended reading, it means it's good. Really good. I read the whole thing without getting bored or turned off and it said things that really resonate with me.

So in that spirit, here's Esquire's "I Don't Care If You Like It." (Trigger warning for sexual assault of a minor at the link.)

Excerpt:

"These days, law enforcement can comfortably deem a Tennessee mother unfit and jail her for having taken methamphetamine while pregnant. Authorities can condemn—by arrest and the removal of her child to foster care—South Carolina mother Debra Harrell, who allowed her nine-year-old daughter to play at the park while she worked at McDonald’s. It’s such a comfortable pose, gathering around women and deciding what we think of them—hot or not, alluring or tragic, moral or immoral, responsible or irresponsible, capable of consent or incapable of consent, maternal or neglectful."

That last sentence is so important, I'm going to repeat it.

"It’s such a comfortable pose, gathering around women and deciding what we think of them—hot or not, alluring or tragic, moral or immoral, responsible or irresponsible, capable of consent or incapable of consent, maternal or neglectful."

YES. It's so natural to judge women and make decisions for them, people don't bat an eye about it. And it becomes that much easier to extend that a little bit, like deciding that corporations should decide whether or not to give people who can get pregnant access to contraceptives.

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