Blog for Choice Day 2010: Some of My Favorite Posts
A few posts I enjoyed for various reasons, from bloggers both familiar and completely new to me.
“Choice” as a Feminist Idol – Sungold at Kittwampus, who reminds us that “choice” is pretty empty if it doesn’t include access, justice, rights, autonomy, and self-determination. Likewise, Radical Doula argues that it should be “Blog for Justice Day.”
Britni at Oh My God, That Britni’s Shameless shares a video, of a performance by Sonia Renee on “What We Deserve,” that gave me goosebumps (transcript provided).
I Trust Me, But Can I Trust You? – Heidi of A Black Girl Named Heidi, on her own evolving understanding of what “trust” means
Trust Women, by bergsie at Kittens Farting Rainbows. Included for the awesome blog title and spunky post.
CBS to Air First Super Bowl Abortion Ad, by Elizabeth Gettelman at Mother Jones, who critiques the premise of the upcoming ad featuring Tim Tebow. [Added: I take issue with this line, however: "and the idea of having an abortion is a horrifying prospect to me, as it is to most pro-choicers, for the record." Nobody gets to decide or speak for how an individual woman feels or should feel about abortion other than that woman. This is really no better than anti-choicers insisting that all or most women getting abortions are psychologically traumatized, which is not supported by the evidence.]
On the same theme, Trusting Women to Disregard this Ad, by Monica Potts at American Prospect, who notes the false choice the ad will present and concludes, “I’m going to trust women to weigh the undeniably heartwarming tale from a football star against the death, every eight minutes, of a woman in a developing country who tries to exercise choice, too.”
Blogging for Choice: On Trusting (and Not Trusting) Women, by Jill at Feministe reminds us that “Trust Women” doesn’t have to mean you trust every woman to make a great, smart choice, or do what we ourselves would do, or to be more trustworthy than men, it just means that: “So, no, I don’t trust women to always make the right choice or the best choice. And one consequence of that is that I sure as hell don’t trust any other woman (or man) to make the best decision for me about my body.”
Trusting Women, Working for Access, by Jos as Feministing, describing her experience working a hotline for women seeking abortion information and noting that “By saying it out loud, over and over, Dr. Tiller made clear the blatant sexism, the sense of moral superiority inherent in anti-choice organizing and policy.”
Blog for Choice – Not a plea or a request, but a demand… by Shark Fu at Angry Black Birth, who writes that “Trust Women is not a plea or a request, but a demand. A bitch ain’t begging or asking for what is mine by law.”
Blog for Choice: Trust No One, Especially Not Women – Leigh at Bitch, Please has a nice rant (that’s a compliment) and puts it starkly, “George Tiller had the right idea, and he was gunned down by a domestic terrorist for these two little words: Trust women.”
amandaw at FWD/Feminists asks “Do You REALLY Trust Women?” with regards to disability and childbearing.
Scarleteen is highlighting “some of the many articles, blog entries and advice answers we have at Scarleteen on abortion, other reproductive choices and reproductive justice.”
From the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (and also among those appearing at RHRC) is Silvia Henriquez’s Securing Real Choices Means Going Beyond “Choice,” which argues, “it is time to collectively expand our messaging and embrace a holistic vision for reproductive freedom.”
Physicans for Reproductive Choice and Health has two videos of Dr. Tiller explaining why he became an abortion provider and why he remained in the field. [no apparent transcript; found via Unrepentant Old Hippie]
Coble at Mycropht is a libertarian Christian and not as pro-choice as I would have her (*grin*), but she’s local and I like her and I respect her opinion, especially because they’re usually so considered and so different from the stereotype I often have in mind when I think of religious people talking about abortion. She and I can have a conversation, no Super Bowl ads needed.
Blog for Choice: The Radical Act of Trusting Others by Annajcook at Future Feminist Librarian-Activist, included because it’s a nice post but also because I can’t believe I only just came across this blog from a fellow librarian. I like what she writes here (and if you compare, it’s not so different from what Coble is saying): “Choosing to ‘trust women,’ then, is choosing to ‘trust others': letting go of the burden of decisions that are not ours to make, and allowing those whose lives they directly affect (and who are best positioned to understand the ramifications of a given choice) to bear that responsibility. Because that’s what being human requires: rights and responsibilities.”