I really should have titled this Law:3 Women:0.
Been thinking a lot about sex this week, for various reasons. “Duh, you’re a guy, of course you have!” comes the universal response in the comments. Seriously, whoever invented that statistic that guys think about sex every 3 seconds has a lot of explaining to do to a hell of a lot of very pissed off guys.
It started Monday, when I was searching for a follow up to a terribly sad story I had read, and written about elsewhere, from South Africa. A schoolgirl, 15 years old, was raped at school by two boys. The whole thing was filmed on camera phones by other students, the films shown to teachers – who laughed at it! The case against the boys was thrown out for “lack of evidence.” Then the schoolgirl was charged with statutory rape, as both boys were under the age of consent. So, not enough evidence for them to be found guilty of rape or sexual assault, but plenty for her to be found guilty. Still, that is South Africa. Far away, right? And yes, sometimes I really hate my editors (I hasten to add – other editors – not here).
Trawling the net for related news stories, I came across this gem. Yet another judge basically blaming the victim for being sexually assaulted. “The judge pointed out the victim and her friend were dressed in tube
tops, no bras, and high heels and noted they were wearing plenty of
makeup.” F*cking excuse me?! Come on, Justice Dewar, the whole idea of No Means No hasn’t made it to Manitoba yet? We all know Canadians are a bit slow on the uptake and there is absolutely nothing to do in Winnipeg apart from drink and screw, but that is just freaking ridiculous. The hundred or so people who attended the rally demanding his resignation obviously agreed, though, being Canadians, it was a very polite protest. Still comfortably ignorable, as it didn’t happen here. Easier to say “Not our problem.”
“On February 18, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to bar
Planned Parenthood health centers from all federal funding for birth
control, cancer screenings, HIV testing, and other lifesaving care.”
Oh, yeah, this is a touch closer to home, isn’t it. Like right on your doorstep close. Simply because the clinics provide abortions – after counselling sessions – all the good they do stops getting funded. Planned Parenthood clinics, being free to all people, actually catch HIV, HPV, breast and cervical cancer early enough to make a significant difference in people’s lives. Not something to make a political football out of, you would have thought. Sadly, the politicians thought otherwise.
To me, the biggest point that comes out of these three stories, the one that connects them, is not so much that the people in positions of authority think that their
morality is the only acceptable one. That happens everywhere, whenever
people are granted power over others. It is annoying, but something that
we simply have to live with.
But the sheer arrogance of the people we
rely on to make and enforce the laws of the land assuming that a woman’s
reproductive ability, her appearance, mode of dress and right to choose
as she will is something that old white guys (predominantly) should have the slightest say in puts me
into a total rage.
I’ll be totally honest, I personally consider abortion a sin, there is really no other word, unless there are special circumstances – like rape. And my opinion means precisely jack sh*t. It is easy for me to say that – I don’t have to carry, care for and raise the baby, I am just some random guy on the net.
But an even bigger sin, to me, is to refuse a woman her choice. Her body, her rules, her right. It is a no brainer, the very foundation of human rights. To remove, or make harder the right of choice for any person should be grounds for the instant dismissal of any public figure, be it a judge, a congressman or a president.
A woman’s body is hers. It does not belong to Congress, or the legal system, or whatever male she happens to be with at the time. The only one who has any damned say at all should be her. End of story.
Sorry for the rant mode, but this whole situation really pisses me off.