So I posted up a picture of myself in a home-made admittedly pretty poorly constructed Native American inspired costume.Well, not really costume more like an outfit. Honestly, I did not research or imitate. I just tried to go for that sort of feel without mocking, commercialising, sexualising or…
"that sort of feel" what sort of feel? The Hollywood feel?
Hollywood would have you think we all look like this:
Not only does no one look like this, but here’s what we really look like…
…And there are 566 different indigenous cultures in the continental US alone. With as much difference between us as the difference between Spain and Germany, or France and Ireland.
So yes it is kind of problematic, insofar as pretending we’re all a monolith of some kind…
"My body, my choice" only makes sense when someone else’s life isn’t at stake.
Fun fact: If my younger sister was in a car accident and desperately needed a blood transfusion to live, and I was the only person on Earth who could donate blood to save her, and even though donating blood is a relatively easy, safe, and quick procedure no one can force me to give blood. Yes, even to save the life of a fully grown person, it would be ILLEGAL to FORCE me to donate blood if I didn’t want to.
See, we have this concept called “bodily autonomy.” It’s this….cultural notion that a person’s control over their own body is above all important and must not be infringed upon.
Like, we can’t even take LIFE SAVING organs from CORPSES unless the person whose corpse it is gave consent before their death. Even corpses get bodily autonomy.
To tell people that they MUST sacrifice their bodily autonomy for 9 months against their will in an incredibly expensive, invasive, difficult process to save what YOU view as another human life (a debatable claim in the early stages of pregnancy when the VAST majority of abortions are performed) is desperately unethical. You can’t even ask people to sacrifice bodily autonomy to give up organs they aren’t using anymore after they have died.
You’re asking people who can become pregnant to accept less bodily autonomy than we grant to dead bodies.
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And once again a pregnant woman is depicted without her head. Or skull.
And can I point out it’s not even the default to be an organ donor? Even if you voiced no opinion on organ donation your entire life and there’s no one to give or refuse consent on your behalf after you die, your body is still sacrosanct. But if you’re alive and you’ve got a uterus, you’re no more than incubator if you get pregnant.
Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show.
Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…
We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed.
Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.
These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.
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