I was absolutely BUSTING to be in the middle of the melee that is the DNC in CLT when I arrived in Uptown Charlotte this past Tuesday. No sooner than my feet hit the pavement had I been greeted by the mad bullhorn ravings of the pro-lifers. They gnashed their terrible teeth, roared their terrible roars, rolled their terrible eyes, and brandished their terrible photos of mangled fetuses. They called the president a Muslim as if it were the most wicked thing one could be. They said “Mmmmussslim” in a tone that eerily mimicked the sound of the word Nigger in pre-civil rights Alabama. Then in the next breath spoke about the loving redemption to be found in Christ and how we must protect our children against the threat posed by the Obama administration.
For my money, the pro-lifers are far more threatening and imposing than any presidential administration I’ve ever lived through. It is not their religion, but more so the application of it that is frightening. Using the Bible/Christianity to justify dictating a woman’s reproductive rights mirrors the mentality used to justify the enslavement of an entire race of people. It’s that “white-male-forefather” mentality re-imagined and thinly veiled. It implies that there is one moral code that applies universally when that simply isn’t true.
While there are certain things that tend to apply across cultures (e.g. though shalt not kill, steal etc.) almost everything else really depends on the views of the individuals or groups within a culture. When those “views” impeded on individual human rights then it’s time to re-evaluate those views; as was done with slavery, as was done during women’s suffrage … Oh wait, we have dealt with this shit already (See Roe vs. Wade). Then, as was stated and re-stated during speeches and discussions after last night’s DNC coverage, “Why in the hell are we still talking about it?”
My theory: Because of those damn monsters! Those control seeking, white-male-paternalistic monsters inside the minds and hearts of certain men. They continue to seek to make their religion, their morals, their values the law of the land, all while conveniently forgetting this patch of green wasn’t theirs to begin with. They resist the inevitable transitions happening in this country sometimes aloud with bullhorns, hellfire, and brimstone or sometimes quietly with laws and legislation designed to “protect” women and children. Well I, as a woman and the descendant of those that were “owned”, would like to suggest that these folk shove their ideology up their asses.
I’m a grown woman who is mentally intact (on most days). I’m fully capable of making my own decisions (“right” or “wrong”) about my body. I will resist at the cellular level any attempt to control, dominate, suppress, undermine or otherwise violate my Barbara Goodbush or the body in which she resides. I would hope any woman in her right mind would do the same.