Race&Abortion.Libya.Love

Posted on April 9, 2011

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From Sociological Images, a discussion on the racialized abortion campaigns:

Many women have abortions because they cannot afford to raise a(nother) child.  They would bring the fetus to term if only they weren’t all-but-crushed under the burdens of under-served neighborhoods, shitty public education, a dearth of jobs that pay a living wage, a criminal justice system that strips inner cities of husbands and fathers, a lack of health care, and stingy, penalizing, and humiliating social services (when they can get them)…Not to mention the fact that as soon as those poor women have children, they’re demonized for irresponsibly bringing babies into the world that they cannot support

the comments below this article are pretty good, too. especially this one:

I would suggest it would be effective to target men as well when discussing use of contraceptives. Targeting reproductive coercion, severe lack of education (thanks, abstinence-only education!), and pure selfishness on their part is equally as important. Women do not get pregnant by themselves.

word.

This is horrible.  Apparently snipers are targeting children in Libya.  How much must an individual’s humanity been broken down to get to the point where you could carry out orders like this? It’s hard for me to fathom, and I feel very sad for them and their mental state of being, and the situations that have created it.  It’s just awful.  Of course it isn’t comparable to what the families of those children are going through, and we should never put the perpetrators above the actual victims, ever.  I just thought it was worth mentioning that those who oppress others have lost a vital part of their humanity, and this is particularly awful.

I think i’m in love:

Ben Privot has made it his personal mission to, in his own words, “present consent as extremely sexy”. And he’s off to a fantastic start. His brand new initiative, The Consensual Project (TCP), was founded in mid January of this year to promote consent between partners as a method for making sexual interaction healthier, safer, sexier.

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