Reproductive control of women has taken many forms. On plantations, slave owners and overseers wielded tremendous power over female slaves and their families by raping women and deciding whether to sell off their children. In the nineteenth century, all states passed laws making abortion a crime. Around the time criminalization was consolidated, campaigns against “vice” successfully restricted women’s access to birth control devices and information that might have reduced the need for abortion. The eugenics movement succeeded in institutionalizing and sterilizing masses of “unfit” persons, ranging from developmentally disabled individuals to sexually promiscuous women. The legacy of sterilization abuse continued throughout the twentieth century, shifting primarily to African American, Native American, and Puerto Rican women.
I believe wholeheartedly, and without apology, that we have a collective responsibility to the children of our communities even if we did not conceive and bear them. Of course, parents can and should raise their children with their own values. But they should be able to do so in a community that provides safe places to play, quality food to eat, terrific schools to attend, and economic opportunities to support them. No individual household can do that alone. We have to build that world together.
Assumption- You are a kick-ass warrior using language as your weapon for social justice!!
your nice words make my day
You're a grad student? (If you actually mentioned this somewhere I never read it)
I am not! Just graduated college in ‘12 though. I should go back to school…
Today, I got into an argument with my friend. I tried to explain to him the demeaning phrase of "I raped" (ex. I raped my exam). He continued to argue the fact that if that's the case, then we can't use the phrase "killin it" or "I killed my exam" either. He then said that my argument ultimately leads to a slippery slope, and that all terms that have negative connotations couldn't be used. I was just wondering how you would have responded. I got tongue tied, and ultimately frustrated.
tell you’re friend if they think its more important to avoid a “slippery slope” than to be conscious of triggering rape victims and contributing to rape culture than that’s their prerogative (to be a smug asshole)
In response to the obesity map, I forgot which year it was, but the year the the map jumps a crazy amount, the cdc actually changed the standards for obesity that year, so it's actually super inaccurate.
oh wow. thanks for the info (in reference to this post)