Thursday, June 29, 2017

Recommended Reading


Despite this being a feminist blog mostly, I haven't focused a lot on how the rise of the extremist right and the rise of fascism will affect women. Mostly because the direct, immediate, and deadly attacks have been more on Muslims and people of color than women. White supremacists are focused mostly on racist, Islamophobic, and anti-semitic shit, though it's no secret that their vision for the white utopia includes women in a subservient position to men.

Today, however, I came upon an article about another subset of the right that needs to be discussed.

The Real Housewives of Gilead

I guess Gilead is something from the Handmaid's Tale? I don't know, I'm afraid to watch it.

The article is about a group of extreme religious conservatives who want to take us back to Puritan America, only I'm pretty sure even the Puritans weren't this horrifying.

These women want a future where not only is abortion illegal under all circumstances, so are all forms of birth control for women, other than the rhythm method. They pine for a godly America where homosexual acts are a felony and where LGBT leaders and abortion providers are arrested. Attendance of (Christian) religious services would be mandatory. Supportive parents of LGBT youth would lose custody of their children and be prosecuted for child abuse. 
Her husband is even more radical. He opposed all abortions, and is leading a crusade to convince people to try to carry ectopic pregnancies (the number 1 cause of maternal mortality in the developing world) to term, based on an anecdote in a journal article from 1994, which was later proved to be completely falsified.  He recommends executing everyone on death row immediately, and making homosexuality, immigration violations, and providing abortions (or aiding those who do) a capital crime. The sentence under a Patrick Johnston administration would be carried out immediately via biblical methods like stoning or crucifixion. Other lesser crimes, like breast-feeding in public, would be punishable with public flogging.

Uhhhmmmm can we execute him immediately? Because he's gonna kill someone.

The list of horrifying beliefs goes on and on. And this article doesn't give you comfort by letting you believe that this is a fringe group, oh no.

It would be easy to dismiss these statements as nothing more than fringe elements. Except they’re not. They come from, respectively, one of the most popular Christian bloggers on Facebook, a female elected official in a state House, and top women at the Family Research Council. The FRC is a multimillion-dollar anti-LGBT hate group with an expensive office on G Street in downtown Washington, D.C., and was well represented on the Trump transition team.


At least there's probably less of a chance that this horrifying misogynistic, homophobic, and transphobic vision will never become reality than the white supremacist's vision for America, but who even knows these days? I'm telling you though, if they make birth control illegal, that's it, I'm out of here. I'll help as many people get out as I can but I'm not going without my BC pills.

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