Specifically, info on abortion (primarily in the US). I have to write a persuasive speech on a controversial subject for my public speaking class as our final exam or whatevs, and I’ve decided to go with abortion from the pro-choice/pro-abortion side.
Thing is, I need help gathering reliable &…
This website, 4000 years for choice, would be a good place to start for the historical aspect. As for the international angle you should look at Ireland since abortion is still illegal there and the stats of women who spend THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS making appointments, flying to, and staying in England for several days to have an abortion, IS INSANE.
Seriously. It’s like a bad knock, knock joke. Today I realized two things. First, my contact with males is extremely limited. Second, the men I do associate with on a regular basis are more enlightened, thoughtful, sensitive, and in tune with my feminist ideals (they’re also usually gay). How did I come to this (not-so-startling) realization? By being put into a social, group-work situation where the men were so…hegemonically masculine that I couldn’t speak a complete sentence throughout the entire conversation.
I wanted to stop him and be like,
"Look, I realize you’ve been raised in a patriarchal society and with that has come certain socialized assumptions, one of which is that as a white male, there is no doubt in your mind that whatever you are about to say is infinitely more important than what I am currently saying. But, if you interrupt me one more time I WILL reach across this aisle-way and slap you across the face.”
Given the time and location it didn’t seem an appropriate moment, so I refrained. Although, I don’t know why I should be so polite when patriarchy is rude and deliberately offensive all day, every day.
And that was my feminist knock, knock joke of the day.
If you want to enrage a conservative, I suggest saying the following:
1. A Socialist wrote the Pledge of Allegiance. 2. Jesus healed the sick and helped the poor, for free. […] 6. The Founding Fathers were liberals. 7. Fascism is a right-wing trait. […] 10. Reagan raised taxes eleven times as President. 11. Reagan legalized abortion as Governor of California. 12. Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency. 13. Ronald Reagan supported gun control. […] 24. Hate is not a Christian virtue. […] 26. Republicans spend MORE money than Democrats. […] 29. The Constitution is the law, NOT the Bible. 30. Sharia law doesn’t exist in America. 31. The President is NOT a Muslim. 32. Corporations are NOT people. People are people. 33. Fox News isn’t real news, it’s just a racist, sexist, hateful, right-wing propaganda machine. 34. The Federal Reserve was a Republican idea. 35. Women are equal citizens who deserve equal rights. […] 37. Abortion is a relevant medical procedure, just ask Rick Santorum. 38. Please use spell check. 39. It’s “pundit”, not “pundint”. 40. Social Security is solvent through 2038. […] 42. Roe v. Wade was a bipartisan ruling made by a conservative leaning Supreme Court. […] 45. Barack Obama ordered the killing of Osama Bin Laden. It took him two and half years to do what Bush couldn’t do in eight. […] 47. 9/11 happened on George W. Bush’s watch, therefore he did NOT keep America safe. […] 49. Separation of church and state is in the Constitution, it’s called the First Amendment. 50. Muslims are protected by the Constitution, just as much as Christians. […] 53. America is a nation of immigrants, therefore we are all anchor babies. 54. The white race isn’t disappearing, it’s evolving. […] 56. Evolution is real. 57. The Earth is 4.54 billion years old, not 6,000. 58. The Founding Fathers did not free the slaves. 59. The Revolution was NOT fought over slavery. 60. Paul Revere warned the Americans, NOT the British. 61. Federal law trumps state law. 62. The Civil War was about slavery, NOT state’s rights. 63. Corporations care more about profits than they do about people. 64. Getting out of a recession requires government spending. 65. Glenn Beck is a nut-job. […] 67. Republicans don’t want to pay for your birth control, but they want you to pay for their Viagra. 68. Republicans actually NEED Viagra. 69. Fox News is owned by an Australian and has a Saudi prince as an investor. 70. Republicans complain about immigrants taking American jobs, then freely give American jobs to foreigners overseas. […] 72. Labor unions built this country. […] 77. Republicans only care about children BEFORE they are born. […] 82. Churches should stay out of politics, or be taxed. […] 88. The current corporate tax rate is the lowest in 60 years, so stop whining about it being too high. […] 98. Republicans say teachers are union thugs, then proceed to rape and mug the entire middle class on behalf of corporations. 99. Republicans think rape isn’t a crime, but miscarriages are. […]
Bottom line? If you want to anger a conservative, tell them the truth.
Please, SHUT THE FUCK UP. Also, Bill O’Reilly I don’t think you can call something “sweat equity” when you’re just investing the shit tons of monies you already have in other things… there’s not really any sweating involved, sweating implies real, hard-ass work, the kind of work most Americans have to participate in precisely because they don’t have millions of dollars. If you want to really reward “sweat equity” stop being a self-absorbed, privileged, entitled, greedy motherfucker and PAY SOME HIGHER TAXES.
Whenever I have a friend hesitating to go after what they want, I ask them if I need to give them “The Death Speech.” I give this speech fairly often. Here is the gist of it:
Someday YOU ARE GOING TO DIE. You do not want to stand in the embrace of the reaper, look back at your life and have regrets, do not want to wish you had fought, rebelled, loved, laughed, cried and sexed it up harder. Live. With. Conviction. Relish in your coming demise, it is incredibly liberating to know that nothing you do really matters, that everything you do, every ripple you create is contained on a insignificant speck of dust floating in a sun beam in the vast indifference of the universe. When you think about it, it seems silly not to swagger up to that cutie with the glasses and freckles in the bar and smile (or be in love with your body, or protest on the weekends, or whatever you love doing).
Some people find this speech depressing, or terrifying but every single one of my bold moves have been drawn from this mentality. You have to make your own meaning. Nobody, no God, or Spirit, or magical force (with the possible exception of Harry Potter) can do that for you.
Today I needed to give myself the death speech because I had a straight up identity crisis about my impending graduation. My adviser said I’m not ready for grad school, not because I’m not a totally fucking academic goddess BAMF but because I expressed a desire to travel and have adventures before becoming a real adult. Maybe I’m not ready. But when she said that I wanted to cry because IF I DIDN’T GO TO GRAD. SCHOOL AND GET MY PhD BY SOME ARBITRARY EXPIRATION DATE I WILL END UP LIVING IN A BOX AND BE A TOTAL FAILURE AND I’LL NEVER HAVE ACCOMPLISHED ANYTHING. And then I had to do Latin which only inspired more crisis because I FUCKING HATE LATIN but I have at least another semester because I WANT MY CLASSICS MAJOR EVEN IF IT’S FUCKING USELESS AND I DON’T KNOW WHY I’M TORTURING MYSELF LIKE THIS.
SO what did I learn from all this today? First, despite my “do what makes you happy” attitude I have been completely set on some life-plan that apparently I have situated on some arbitrary time-line that deviating from is seriously emotional wrecking me. I need to break away from this mind-set. There is nothing I “should” do. I just need to be a cliche and “follow my heart” and I’ll probably end up a hella lot happier than most of my peers who, in their sheep mentality, grow up to live the “American Dream” and die divorced, depressed suburbanites.
Because my WGS adviser was like “I don’t think you’re ready for grad school, I’m not feelin’ it.” Which is kind of true because I want to go have adventures while I’m young and free but it’s also like….
“Fat is a way of saying ‘no’ to powerlessness and self-denial, to a limiting sexual expression which demands that females look and act a certain way, and to an image of womanhood that defines a specific social role.”—Orbach (1978)
Hey tumblr folk! I am contemplating research subjects for my WGS research methods class and I was thinking about tumblr and how important language is on here (it always be popping up on my dash) from inclusive language to trigger warnings. However research requires a text base (in this case anyways) anybody have reading suggestions?
The surviving members of my group are beginning to show early signs of madness. One of them started speculating on the best way to roast a human baby and the others were quick to join in with ideas. I fear what may happen to me if I do not make it…they say new e-mails are being sent out every day, but I’ve been waiting so long, hope is dwindling. This will not be my first disappointment, but it may be my last.