Sunday, September 21, 2008

Too brilliant not to post

Samantha Bee on Sara Palin and choice:

Republican hypocrisy runs rampant:

(especially when it comes to Hillary)

(and yes, I am running just a tad behind on my blogging...)

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Quick Hit: Sarah Palin's Record

Emily's List presents:

The Five Facts You Should Know about Sarah Palin's Record

Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Palin, and Teen Pregnancy

So I’m reading my Glamour Daily Gossip email and I see a story about Lindsay Lohan giving her two cents on the scandal of the day - Sarah Palin’s unmarried pregnant teenage daughter. Great, I think, another Paris Hilton-style bit of manufactured commentary. Turns out, in the words of Guanabee, “she’s apparently not an idiot.”

Says Lindsay on her MysSace blog:

“I've been watching the news all morning, like everyone else - and i keep hearing about the issues related to 'teen pregnancy' - It's all related to Sarah Palin and her 17 year old unmarried pregnant daughter. Well, I think the real problem comes from the fact that we are taking the focus off of getting to know Sarah Palin and her political views, and what she can do to make our country a less destructive place… I get Sarah Palin's views against abortion, but i would much prefer to hear more about what she can do for our country rather than how her daughter is going to have a child no matter what….”

True, we should be focusing on the issues and not on scandals that don’t effect someone’s qualifications to hold office, but I am happy that this particular scandal at least shows that the ideals of the pro-life movement don’t work in the real world.

Frankly it doesn’t surprise me that someone so staunchly anti-abortion and pro-abstinence until marriage has a pregnant teenage daughter - and I’m sure she isn’t alone. It makes me laugh that she wants the media to give her daughter the same privacy as other candidates’ kids when her daughter clearly isn’t just another candidate’s kid - other kids (usually) don't embody the failure of their parents' policies. Also, the Obamas tend to keep their girls out of the public eye.

It’s easy to berate pre-marital sex, birth control and abortion until your kid’s the one that’s pregnant. But Palin’s daughter is keeping her baby, regardless of whether she, herself, wants it, because her mother is now known on the national stage as a member of Feminists for Life, a group beautifully described by Guanabee as “an anti-abortion group that loosely interprets the word feminism to fool young women into having babies they can’t afford.”

But back to Lindsay Lohan:

“On another note… i heard a woman say on TODAY on NBC that teens are feeling as if they have to grow up faster. Really? Because, i think that girls that are CHOOSING to be sexually active and are making a conscious decision to grow up faster..... I think that parents need to recognize how important it is to talk to their children about the things that can result from being sexually active if they aren't protecting themselves (birth control, condoms, etc.)”


In other celebrity/Sarah Palin news, fellow famous (formerly) somehow-I’m-not-surprised-she’s-pregnant teen Jalie Lynn Spears reportedly sent Bristol Palin a gift. Or her mom had a store send something for her. Or something.

One more thing. Can I just point out that Sarah Palin is the current governor of Alaska and the mother of a five-month-old? Do governors get maternity leave? It's a 24-hour type job so I wonder how that works. Also, did anyone else see the five-month-old on stage at the the announcement of her candidacy? What mother in her right mind purposely brings a five-month-old into a room full of hundreds of loudly applauding and screaming people???? I'm not a mother and don't plan to be for a while, but does anyone else find these things a bit disturbing?

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

What to Expect When You're Aborting: A Must Read

*Cross posted on Choice Words

I just want to say a big “thank you” to Hannah for her post on Choice Words about What to Expect When You’re Aborting, a blog were a 23-year-old woman describes her experience getting an abortion, starting with a picture of the positive pregnancy test and continuing through the morning sickness and doctors appointments.

She makes the process real by describing not only her thoughts but what her body is going through. Somehow it never occurred to me that women who have abortions are still pregnant until they get the abortion - I mean, obviously they’re still pregnant, but I never thought about them experiencing all the symptoms of pregnancy and the body changes that occur up until the day of the abortion.

I also love her discussions of abortion in pop culture and the way the extreme politicization of abortion effects women who get them. She says in one post that she doesn’t want to engage in debate - she just wants to create a blog she thought should exist so other women in her situation can know what to expect and compare their situation to hers.

In another post she mentions that it’s almost impossible to say that she’s having an abortion without it starting a political discussion. With abortion being such a controversial and divisive topic, we argue endlessly about legislation and the right to choose, usually talking about abortion in abstract terms, and forget that for many women abortion is a personal experience, not a political statement. From that point of view it seems odd that we politicize a private event in a woman’s life.

I fully support her search for another word to label the experience of getting an abortion. Let abortion be a word we use in politics, and let’s find another word that fits the real-life experience - nothing clinical like “terminating a pregnancy,” or silly or slang not everyone is cool enough to use, but something casual so that a woman can tell her friend what’s going on without the gasps and looks of horror.

This blog is truly revolutionary. I’d love to see it inspire an online community for women having abortions where they can share their experiences, ask questions, and find support from women in similar situations. Like Hannah said, the story of this one woman puts a face on women who have abortions so we can see that real women - not hypothetical slutty girls - have abortions, and thanks to this blog, those real women can know they’re not alone.