Category Archives: reproductive rights

Is the Handmaid’s Tale A Prediction?

Women’s March, New York City

In The Handmaid’s Tale Americans — and women especially — were gradually stripped of their rights, with little protest.

A small march here or there.

Is “The Handmaid’s Tale” a prediction?

Author Margaret Atwood is commonly asked that question. Read the rest of this entry

No Abortion — But No Birth Control, Either

Handmaids tale 3In the Handmaid’s Tale the post-apocalyptic, post-US Republic of Gilead strips women of rights over their bodies.

Republicans today seem hellbent on turning that fiction into fact. Read the rest of this entry

Women Aren’t People, They’re “Hosts”

Handmaids Tale. Women are just hosts, not people.

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? Read the rest of this entry

American Theocracy Devalues, Controls Women

Stop the war on women!

The disturbing Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu April 26) hinges on misogyny and controlling women and their bodies.

The main events of the tale have actually happened at some point in history, as I have written about before.

Unfortunately, the story also reflects our current political moment. Read the rest of this entry

Haunting Handmaid’s Tale Actually Happened

The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu April 26.

The Handmaid’s Tale seems too hauntingly creepy to have ever occurred in real life, yet all of the main events (and more) actually happened at some point in history. Some are alive and well even now. Read the rest of this entry

Handmaid’s Tale Reflects US In Dark Mirror 

The Handmaid’s Tale, published in 1985, reflects us today.

The disturbing Handmaid’s Tale (April 26 on Hulu) holds a dark mirror up to America and other societies in the world today.

I’ll write more later on the parallels I see. What do you see? Read the rest of this entry

Unfair For Men To Subsidize Maternity Costs?

Men help make babies, shouldn’t they contribute to making sure that their babies are healthy?

Some Republicans say it’s unfair for men to subsidize women’s maternity insurance since only women use it.

Really?!

Is it fair that men’s contribution to making babies is a pleasurable orgasm, and that women’s contribution only begins with an orgasm — if she’s lucky (just 30% of US women always climax).

After maybe having an orgasm women end up with all the burden, varying from discomfort to possibly dying in childbirth. Read the rest of this entry

Women Are Incubators? Or Cattle?

Our bodies -- our right. Unless women don't have bodies.

Our bodies — our right. Unless women don’t have bodies.

In non-patriarchal societies women are valued.

Not so much in patriarchies, where men rule and men are valued over women — whether you’re talking present-day America or the world circa B.C.E.

Wyoming: Women = Cattle? 

Oklahoma and Wyoming Republicans agree women aren’t people, disagree on just what they are.

So proclaims a Daily Kos piece written by Laura Clawson. Read the rest of this entry

Trump Controlling Women’s Bodies

Reproductive rights. Religious right.

Reproductive rights. Religious right.

Many on the religious right are pro-Trump even though his life is not right religiously.

He’s bragged about enjoying plenty of casual sex. He’s even boasted about sexually assaulting women. And some women have filed lawsuits that sound exactly like the assaults that he has described making. His first wife said he raped her once (later taking back the claim).

Why do so many religious conservatives still back him?  Read the rest of this entry

Religious Liberty Trampling Other Liberties

Only women who are nuns get religious liberty?

Only women who are nuns get religious liberty?

Some folks try to use their own religious rights to tramp down everyone else’s.

A couple examples:

  • Contraception: Powerful people who don’t believe in birth control refuse to cover contraception thru their organization’s insurance
  • Gay marriage: No cake-baking for gay weddings if you’re against homosexuality

Apparently, religious rights are more important than any other kind. Read the rest of this entry

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