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Sure She’s a “Women’s Candidate.” Assuming You’re Stuck In the 1950s.
October 5, 2008, 1:27 am
Filed under: Politics, Serious stuff | Tags: , , , ,

It is hard to wrap my mind around the wide-eyed naivete of the multitudes who think that because Sarah Palin is a woman, that she’s a “women’s candidate.” This has probably been disproven time and again in the ensuing weeks as things about her have become exposed. I know it shouldn’t be hard to wrap my mind around it, but it is. How can people be so, for lack of a better word, dumb?

I hate that I was on self-imposed blog exile when Palin was chosen to be John McCain’s running mate, because everything there is for me to find disturbing about Palin has already been hashed out and beaten to death, especially this one: Palin’s policy stands on reproductive (no) choice and abstinence-only sex education versus her own teenage daughter’s pregnancy.

Gov. Palin, if abstinence-only sex ed works so well, is there any way for you to explain how your own daughter managed to get pregnant? And was it really *her* choice to decide to carry the child to term? And if she *really* had a choice, then Gov. Palin, why are you so willing to deny millions and millions of American women the same choice when they are faced with a risky or unexpected pregnancy? And I’d like to see you answer this directly and in detail — no consulting with your handlers, no queue cards. Woman to woman.

Let’s say that I was raped, and became pregnant as a result. Why should I be expected to carry the fetus to term and potentially put myself at health risk given my age (let alone being sexually assaulted)? Why should I be forced to carry to term a fetus that is the result of non-consensual sex, that will eventually grow into an adult that, once he/she learns how he came to be, might become a fuct-up-beyond-all-recognition psychopath that will probably have made the news after having, oh, say, went on a murder spree at Taco Bell and began using the bodies of the staff to make Nachos Bell Grande? Or at the least, just becomes another average fuct-up kid who winds up producing another unwanted child and allows the vicious circle to repeat?

Attention All Moralistic Scolds: YOU ARE NOT GOING TO STOP PEOPLE FROM HAVING SEX. PLEASE GET THIS THROUGH YOUR SKULLS EVEN IF YOU MUST USE A HAMMER. Since you aren’t going to stop these kids, already full of raging emotions as it is, from having sex isn’t the logical course of action to try to teach them about how to use certain products (read: birth control) to keep them from finding themselves in a position where they must consider what should be the utter last resort (read: abortion).

Abrupt end of rant because my hands are literally shaking.

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