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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:04 AM
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How The "U-Word" Exposes the Anti-Choice Movement
How The "U-Word" Exposes the Anti-Choice Movement

By Amanda Marcotte, RH Reality Check

April 5, 2011 - 8:51pm


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.






http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/blog/2011/04/03/uword-exp...
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:22 AM
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1. I'm incorporating my vagina.
:rofl:

Think of the children!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:23 AM
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2. Isn't that a great idea! Incorporating your Uterus!! Love it!!
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dmr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:51 AM
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3. When I saw that the other day I was all set to join
but I don't live in Florida anymore & it's just the Florida ACLU. But I put it in my sig line anyway because that's just about all we can do to be treated fairly by these asshats. Wonder if we can get tax subsidies?
:rofl:
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deacon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:47 AM
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5. I think you can do that online now lol!
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poverlay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:35 AM
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7. Is it going to be publicly traded, and can I get the P/E ratio? Lol: So many jokes, so little.. n/t
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Betty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:48 AM
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4. maybe he supreme court can be persuaded
to declare uteruses people the way they did with corporations.
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:31 AM
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6. Where's the fetus going to gestate? You going to keep it in a box?
to quote Life of Brian...

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Recursion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:20 AM
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8. Don't you oppress me, Reg (nt)
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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 06:23 AM
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9. The fight for reproductive rights is the most important battle being waged.
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 06:25 AM by kristopher
Or so I believe as a student of Cultural Materialism

http://www.indiana.edu/~wanthro/theory_pages/Materialis...

I. Basic Idea
Cultural Materialism is a scientific research strategy that prioritizes material, behavioral and etic processes in the explanation of the evolution of human socio-cultural systems. It was first introduced by Marvin Harris in The Rise of Anthropological Theory (1968). Harris is the originator of, and has remained the main figure in, cultural materialism. He insists that the primary task of anthropology is to give causal explanations for the differences and similarities in the thoughts and behaviors of human groups.

ON MARXISM (DIALECTICAL or HISTORICAL MATERIALISM)
Cultural materialists are concerned with causality in socio-cultural systems and believe it may be sought through the study of the material constraints that human societies are subjected. Such constraints act on the need to produce food or shelter and to reproduce the population. These can be renamed as infrastructure. In that cultural materialists prioritize material constraints to explain socio-cultural systems, they are descendents of Marx, building on his notion of historical or dialectical materialism. However, cultural materialism does not take the position that anthropology must become part of a political movement aimed at destroying capitalism. Cultural materialism allows diverse political motivation. Cultural materialism does not see all cultural change as resulting from dialectical contradictions, but argues that cultural evolution results from the gradual accumulation of useful traits through a process of trial and error.

III. Theoretical Approach
Cultural materialism considers that all socio-cultural systems consist of three levels: infrastructure, structure and superstructure.
Superstructure
1. Behavior
2. Mental
Structure
1. Domestic economy
2. Political economy
Infrastructure
1. Production
2. Reproduction
1. INFRASTRUCTURE (this is where Harris diverges significantly from Mrax)
A. Mode of Production: the technology and the practices employed for expanding or limiting basic subsistence production, especially the production of food and other forms of energy.
B. Mode of reproduction: the technology and the practices employed for expanding, limiting and maintaining population size.

http://www.indiana.edu/~wanthro/theory_pages/Materialis...
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elehhhhna Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:27 AM
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10. Don't snatch my snatch
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CTyankee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:31 AM
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11. Leggo my eggo
:rofl:
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:34 AM
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12. Maybe they can use "lady parts" ... that one always cracks me up.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 11:49 AM
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13. No qualms about knocking disabled off of disability -- but UTERUS scares the hell out of them!!
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JoePhilly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 12:06 PM
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14. Its hilarious.
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