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!!
“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.