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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:32 PM
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how the "u-word" exposes the anti-choice movement
(I am minded of "he who must not be named" in the harry potter stories. a name so powerful that none dare speak it.)

How The "U-Word" Exposes the Anti-Choice Movement
by Amanda Marcotte

Periodically in politics, there are events that create a dual reaction in all thinking people: 1) peals of laughter at the absurdity of it all and 2) the dreaded realization that many of our leaders are completely out of touch. Such was the dual reaction to the news that the Republican leadership of the Florida state legislature wishes to censor the word uterus from being said aloud in their chambers, in response to a Democrat making a joke about how his wife should incorporate her uterus if she wants to maintain her right to bodily autonomy. Obviously, the Republicans really just didnt like the joke, which hit too close to home, and were looking for an excuse to condemn it. But the excuse was real life concern trolling, in the guise of claiming uterus was a dirty word, with a side helping of think about the children!



The internet responded with the requisite contempt to this censorship. The hashtag #uterus exploded, and the general sentiment was that people who cant tolerate hearing the syllables you-ter-us spoken aloud should not be filing 18 separate bills aimed at snatching control of the organs away from the rightful owners. If you want to control something that badly, you should be able to say it out loud.

Among the "children" being invoked as a shield to protect anti-choice legislators from confronting their misogyny and hypocrisy were the congressional pages. I personally found this to be interesting, because pages are teenage kids. And teenagers are especially being targeted by anti-choicers, with parental notification laws and attempts to block sex education and contraception access. In other words, conservatives believe that a girl of 15, 16 or 17 is too young to hear the word uterus, but shes plenty old enough to be forced to bear a child against her will. Which seems to bring up an interesting dilemma. How do Florida Republicans expect the young women who they would force to have babies to handle the prenatal care if theyre too young to hear the names of body parts spoken aloud? When a young woman is going through labor against her will, how do you shield her from the words and knowledge of whats going on down there? Would they suggest we just sedate teenagers who are going through mandatory pregnancies throughout the process so their innocence isnt destroyed by knowing what goes on during pregnancies theyre actually experiencing by government mandate?

I probably shouldnt even mention this dilemma, because knowing how much the anti-choice movement likes to control what goes on in a doctors office---mandating ultrasounds, mandating unscientific scripts to be read aloud, mandating waiting periods---I wouldnt put it past them to pass a law banning doctors from using scientifically accurate terms for body parts in front of teenage patients. Think of all the fun that the anti-choice legislators could have creating a list of approve euphemisms to use in front of teenage patients, both willing and unwilling to be giving birth. Or maybe just ban certain words from being said in front of female patients altogether. With all the waiting periods to think it over and mandated fake counseling that anti-choice lawmakers are passing, its clear they never think women are ever really grown up enough to make their own decisions. Surely, the child-brained female half of the race will never be grown up enough to hear the word uterus spoken aloud.

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http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/04/06-1
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hayu_lol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:40 PM
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1. Where were all these vocabularly police during the Starr...
investigation of Clinton and that wayward chick from Beverly Hills HS? Where were they when all the nations newspapers used large type front page banners were discussing the BJ? Where were they when all the talking heads on tv and radio discussed the matter endlessly? Where were the pundits when Newt Gingrich(presidential wanna-be)claimed that a bj was not sex, he being the expert on the subject and all.

Repugnants were and are the worst sort of hypocrites.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:41 PM
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2. I would say where they were and what they were doing, but. . . .
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 08:51 PM
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3. It would hurt their feelings. Just like those Latin words, the ones lawyers say in congress.
BTW, 'congress' is a dirty word, too. Look it up, GOPhers!

Great OP, thanks.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:31 PM
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4. thank goodness I had just put down my drink!!! you would have owed me a monitor.
Edited on Wed Apr-06-11 09:36 PM by niyad
(I am pretty sure they are unaware of dictionaries, etc)

and you are most welcome. this kind of stupidity makes my head hurt.

you just gave me an idea--I know we have some really talented songwriters here on DU--would be great to see what they could come up with using "uterus" (thinking along the lines of monty python's "every sperm is sacred") and hitting youtube with it.
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freshwest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 09:48 PM
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5. It is hard to take, isn't it? As if the human race being reduced to senseless blobs of protoplasm.
But the video sounds like a great idea!

Where do the video makers meet around here, the Lounge?


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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-06-11 10:00 PM
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6. you are correct about that.
I don't know where the video makers meet here, but I am certain someone does.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:20 AM
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7. . . . .
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Wounded Bear Donating Member (665 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:24 AM
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8. Having been there when my daughter was delivered....
I can pretty much guarantee that worse words than "uterus" will be spoken by those very teen-aged girls forced to give birth.

;)
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:27 AM
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10. words that would make those old goats cringe
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pintobean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:24 AM
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9. I thought this was going to be another silly Unrec thread
:)
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 09:27 AM
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11. why would you think that??
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felix_numinous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:14 PM
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12. They are attempting to control women's freedom
by controlling any direct adult discussion of it. A complete shutdown of discourse is evidence of how these people want to relate to women--complete domination, no questions allowed. If they shut down discourse, they should not be in government and should get out of the way. This is a democracy, not a dictatorship.

I only hope these types of events are sending alarm bells across the country, repression of women has a devastating effect on all of society--it is evidence of a decline in human rights across the board.
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niyad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:25 PM
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13. you are correct. to them, women are meant to be controlled, and their only purpose is endless
procreation, and being in a state of complete subservience to their lords and masters.

the repression of women is the template for all other repressions and oppressions.
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