Stand up for what you believe in, even if it goes against the current status quo.

SO.
I’m sitting in the library doing my reading homework like a good, little college kid. And to my utmost disgust, I have to read an article about the inequalities of women.

This article was SO infuriating, that I wrote a forum on the class’s website about it. I’m sharing the article with you. It’s quite long, and the section that I focused on was pg. 1308-1324.

It is sickening people. The stupid idiot woman calls fetuses, cute little babies growing inside mommies, as “parasites” (pg. 1313). Says that pregnancy is socially gendered and that men want to control the fetus in order to the control the woman.

Let’s just say this woman is off her rocker. I don’t know where people get these ideas! They are CUCKOO!! Ugh. Anyways. Here’s my response. Here’s the article. MACKINNON

Enjoy. And comment back with your thoughts and opinions. I’d love to hear them!!

~Lucy

“You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalms 139: 13

MacKinnon’s argument might be enticing to women who would like to feel discriminated against, but it is not persuasive.
She has one main argument, and that is that women are treated unequally mainly because they are women and have childbearing capabilities.
Her view of abortion is about being a victim. In her opinion, criminalizing abortion takes away women’s control over their bodies. The fetus is but a “parasite” to the woman, and poses a threat to her livelihood and welfare. If abortion was to be criminalized, MacKinnon argues that women would again become victims, victims to men’s control of society and women’s bodies. Men’s efforts to criminalize abortion “asserts the fetus against the pregnant woman.” Women see men as controlling the fetus only as a means of controlling the pregnant woman. She also argues that the fetus is not fully human until it has been birthed.
In looking at her argument from a pro-life standpoint, criminalizing abortion is not an effort to criminalize the child-bearing capabilities of women. Her argument is extremely selfish in the fact that MacKinnon is constantly looking at the woman as a victim with little regard to the life of the fetus. Efforts to criminalize abortion are efforts to protect the life of the fetus, not to take away rights from the mother. Who is MacKinnon to say that the fetus has no value as a human-being? Yes, a woman has a right to her own body. But as MacKinnon also points out, the fetus is not a part of the woman’s body (pg. 1313). And yes, women do have child-bearing capabilities that men do not and men will never know what it feels like to carry a child. But that makes women different, not insubordinate or unequal. The problem with MacKinnon’s argument is that she sees woman as victims in almost every aspect of society, as different and unequal to men. In today’s society, however, women have achieved equality with men.
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Comments on: "Pregnancy- An Emblem of Female Inferiority" (9)

  1. Middle Ground View said:

    Well done for questioning this nonsense. I was about 25 when I started thinking for myself.

  2. excuse me?

    “Efforts to criminalize abortion are efforts to protect the life of the fetus, not to take away rights from the mother”

    the fetus is a parasite to a woman’s body, so to keep the unwanted parasitic fetus alive inside a woman —WHO DOESN’T WANT IT INSIDE HER BODY—you would have to force by some way to keep that woman pregnant against her will and legal rights.

    you can’t be that stupid, u pro-life, schizophrenic fascist.

    this is the law:
    ABORTION IS A CIVIL AND CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT SUPPORTED BY THE RIGHTS TO PRIVACY, THE EQUAL PROTECTION CLAUSE OF 14TH AMENDMENT, AND THE 13TH AMENDMENT.

    no human has a right to life or any due process rights by the 14th amendment to use another human’s body or body parts AGAINST their will, civil and constitutional rights: that’s why you are not force to donate your kidney—the human fetus is no exception; this is protected by the equal protection clause of the 14th amendment.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equal_Protection_Clause

    consensual sex =/= a legal, binding contract for an unwanted fetus to live.

    ALL THE REPUBLICANS ARE PRO-LIFE, SCHIZOPHRENIC FASCISTS WHO SUPPORTS REPRODUCTIVE SLAVERY OF AMERICAN FEMALE CITIZENS, WHICH IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL BY THE 13TH AMENDMENT.

    • Ah, with the name calling. Lovely.

      If you are allowed to call me a schizophrenic pro-life fascist, then doesn’t that mean that I could classify Pro-choicers as murders?? Because essentially, abortion is murder. It’s the ending of a human life. It stops a heartbeat. It stops growth.

      But of course anyone who supports abortion isn’t going to see it that way because they want to shield themselves from any guilt they might feel. The HUMAN fetus is in fact a human at a different stage of development. We all went through that stage of development. We are all constantly developing; we are all in different stages of developments. Is an infant any less human than a 21 year old just because they are younger, and smaller, and their brain has not fully developed yet? Is an 18 year old less human than a 45 year old because they are younger and their brain is still developing? Are they less human because they have experienced less of the world? Of course not. That would be silly reasoning. So how is it that people see fetuses as not human yet because they are developing within a woman’s body?

      You want to protect the woman’s body… from being use against her will. You want abortion for selfish desires, to satisfy YOUR wants and needs, with little (or no) regard to anyone else.

      I would like that little, defenseless, innocent developing human to be protected. Him or her deserves a life. They deserve a loving family. They the deserve the right to life just like you. Human life is sacred… at EVERY stage of development.

      It’s funny actually. People who are pro-choice and argue for abortion are all living. Their parents chose to have them. Your mother chose to keep you, not to abort you. If your mother had been selfish, thought only of herself with little regard to the fetus growing inside of her, we would not be having this conversation. Why wouldn’t you want to give another little baby the same opportunities that you have been given? The same opportunity to live and breath, to love and be loved.

  3. this is science:
    fetus (NOT A BABY, THEY ARE BORN…GOOGLE THE HUMAN DEVELOPMENT CHART) is a parasite because the classification of the biological relationship that is based on the behavior of one organism (the fetus) and how it relates to the woman’s body:

    as a zygote, it invaded the woman’s uterus using its Trophoblast cells and hijacked her immune system by using Neurokinin B—so her body won’t KILL it, and stole her nutrients to survive and causes her harm or potential DEATH!

    wikipedia org/wiki/Trophoblast
    wikipedia org/wiki/Immune_tolerance_in_pregnancy

    “it is also possible for a symbiotic relationship to exist between two organisms of the same species.”
    answers com/topic/symbiosis ––Gale’s Science of Everyday Things:
    Symbiosis

    “an animal or plant that lives in or on another (the host) from which it obtains nourishment. The host does not benefit from the association and is often harmed by it”
    thefreedictionary com/parasite

    if a man can kill his tapeworm at anytime, so should a woman abort her unwanted human parasitic fetus at anytime, too.

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