Sunday, January 6, 2013

Pro-Life Feminist = Oxymoron, M'kay?

Emily Buchanan, the executive director of the Susan B. Anthony List recently wrote an article for Time Magazine entitled, "Pro-Life and Feminism Aren't Mutually Exclusive", in which she discusses everything but actual reasons as to why the anti-choice movement and feminism are not mutually exclusive.  Emily Buchanan, in her article, brought up the unquestionably asinine argument advanced frequently by so-called "Third-Wave Feminists"- you know, the argument that Feminism dictates that women have the right to equal pay in the work place, equal voices in the country's legislature and judiciary, the right and the choice to be stay-at-home mothers, the right and the choice to be the president of any Fortune 100 company, the right to be any ol' thing that they choose, including the right and choice to be pro-life.  

True, yes, definitely, true, true, uhhhh, NO.

How do I put this succinctly?  At its core, Feminism supports and demands the autonomy and freedom of women.  Therefore, any movement that supports legislation and/or engages in activity that directly or indirectly restricts such autonomy and freedom cannot be Feminist.

If I were to be slightly more verbose, I hereby proffer the rather wise words of Oogie upon reading Emily Buchanan's article:

a) When will these nut jobs (aka, anti-choicers) realize that being pro-choice could include concluding that abortion is morally f*cked up and that if one does so, is then going to hell, eternal damned, & c. & c. Except... Thinking this way still does not give one any right to impose their views on others- it's that simple.  
b) I hate women who just. don't. get. it. 
c) Sadly, Emily Buchanan's article is not shocking, because her viewpoint is the slippery slope women have allowed by deciding that feminism should be the freedom to do anything, including the freedom to actively prevent other women from advancing in society. 
d) These women are monsters, and I hope they self -abort."

Mmmm hmmm.

In the end, feminism does stand for something, and, primarily for that reason, not every choice is a feminist one.


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