Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Feminist Thinking - a certain lens

From the site, Feminists for Choice, one reads:

The pro-choice movement supports a woman’s right to control her own body. “Because once a woman has the ability to determine her reproductive destiny, she can aspire to control her destiny in every other area as well. Reproductive self-determination is the most fundamental civil and human right a woman can have. It’s the key to enjoying full equality, liberty, and justice. And that’s the very right that the right-wing extremists are fighting so hard to take away.We must speak out about what is happening, and protest the fact that our country is being hijacked by the far right. This is not a partisan matter; it is a human matter that touches all of our lives.” ~Gloria Feldt, former president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America


I have always thought that the pro-choice ideology was resentment at being female, a desire to be like men who seem to be able to sloff off parenthood so easily, and a basic belief that life has been unfair in the creation of gender.

A woman can look at the fact that she is fertile and able to bear children as a blessing, as something that she is gifted with (unlike men), or she can see it as the adversary that prevents her from doing other things and gets in the way of a certain lifestyle. Isn't it really seeing one's femaleness as either a glass half full or a glass half empty?

Unfortunately, the majority of women who seek abortions are not doing so out of a feminist ideology, because their pregnancy is interfering with their life and choices. For most women, the sacrifice of one's baby to the abortionist's instruments is done out of desperation, because she lacks support from family, friends, and mainly the baby's father to bear his child. This proclaimed "choice" is not choice at all for most women, but the feeling that they actually have no choice.

Meanwhile the feminists rail against the anti-abortion crowd, fearing that their "reproductive rights" will be assaulted. What they fail to realise is that when pro-life people reach out and touch the heart of a woman faced with an abortion, the feminist rhetoric rings hollow. Women know this is their child, and given better circumstances, most of them would choose to give that child a chance at life.

1 comment:

Elena said...

very interesting.