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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

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

Supreme Court May Ok Forcing Your Religion on Others

Women's religious freedom

Women’s religious freedom

Should some people be allowed to force their religion on less powerful people?

That might happen if the Supreme Court rules against the government in the Zubik v. Burwell contraception case.  Read the rest of this entry

Laws “Protecting Women” Harm Them, Instead

Too many women die trying to do it themselves.

Too many women die trying to do it themselves.

Laws “protecting” women often end up harming them, instead.

That’s because limiting liberty is the real aim.

In 1905 a laundress sued her employer for making her work more than 10 hours — Oregon’s legal limit for women back then. The case eventually wound up at the Supreme Court, where her employer made this feminist argument:

Limits on women’s work hours discriminate against them.

But the Justices upheld the law, saying that women are like children, both needing special care. Read the rest of this entry

Sex Isn’t About Fun. It’s About Procreation

No kids = no sex?

No kids = no sex?

Sex isn’t about fun. If you want to have fun, read a book, go to a movie. Sex is about the procreation of children.

Jerome Corsi’s not alone in that beliefRead the rest of this entry

Back When Abortion Was Illegal

coathangerThe Ms. Blog asked readers to share stories of what it was like to get illegal abortions before the 1973 Supreme Court decision on Roe v Wade that gave women the right to terminate a pregnancy.

With permission, I have reposted a few of their stories. You can go to their blog to see more stories. Read the rest of this entry

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