Women Aren’t People, They’re “Hosts”
Fertile women of Gilead’s Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu, airing today) were not seen as people. They were mere vessels carrying the babies of men.
Too many theocratic Republican legislators see women the same way today.
Like Oklahoma Rep. Justin Henry who asserted:
I understand that they (women) feel like that is their body (but) what I call them is, is you’re a ‘host.
Women don’t have bodies. They are incubators for other people’s bodies.
Do baby girls have bodies until they become fertile and then lose them?
Republicans are campaigning to strip American women of their rights, say Lynn Paltrow and Jeanne Flavin in the New York Times.
By elevating the status of fertilized eggs and embryos over women, for instance, women are increasingly being arrested when they make their own decisions about how to give birth or when they miscarry.
- In Washington, D.C. a judge knew that a cesarean section could kill a seriously ill 27-year-old pregnant woman. He ordered the procedure anyway. Both the woman and her baby died.
- A pregnant Iowa woman fell down a flight of stairs and went to the hospital. The hospital reported her to the police, who arrested her for “attempted fetal homicide.”
- A Utah woman gave birth to twins. One died and health care workers argued it died because she delayed having a cesarean. She was arrested for fetal homicide.
- In Louisiana a woman went to the hospital because she was bleeding vaginally. She was convicted of second-degree murder and spent a year in jail before medical records proved she’d had a miscarriage.
Dictators hate women’s reproductive rights
The 20th century’s most loathsome regimes controlled women’s reproduction.
The Nazis closed family planning centers and outlawed abortion, making it a capital offense, says Steven Conn, Associate Professor of History at Ohio State. Stalin banned abortion. Ceausescu outlawed contraception and made miscarriage subject to criminal investigation. Today China forces abortion and sterilization. Conn observes:
The day after the evil Ceausescu had been executed, the National Salvation Front issued two decrees; it lifted the ban on the private ownership of typewriters, and it repealed the laws that policed pregnant women.
Trump and his right-wing extremist friends look eerily similar to these despots.
Make America great again — for whom?
Hmmmm, Make America great again?
Even the handmaid’s Commander admitted that while the newly installed theocratic regime was better for him,
Better never means better for everyone… it always means worse for someone.
Posted on April 26, 2017, in feminism, reproductive rights and tagged feminism, Oklahoma Rep. Justin Henry, reproductive rights, Republicans, the Handmaid’s Tale Hulu, women are hosts. Bookmark the permalink. 43 Comments.