Tuesday, April 12, 2011

From the You Can't Make This Up Files

Stop saying and stop thinking that abortion is a women’s issue.

Normally, I would think this statement is a good thing. I have found that when having a discussion about abortion the rights of men get completely left out of the equation. The most rabidly pro-choice people behave like the fathers of these children have no rights whatsoever. But, that isn’t what this statement is for. No, this is about the transgender community, because after all “men” get pregnant too. Who knew?

Trans men have abortions. Gender queer people have abortions. Two spirit people have abortions. People who do not fit into the box of ‘woman’ have abortions.

This is the reality we live in, and the more we pretend otherwise, the more dangerous it is for other people, and the more they are excluded by the movement.

Gender is this thing that we construct out of a million different characteristics. The way we hold our hands. The length of our hair. The shape of our face. What we wear. Our voices. But then, for some reason, when we got to the question of what is it really, we go to what lives between your legs. Even though that’s not how we make gender and that’s not how gender works. It’s in that assumption that gender lives in our crotches, that we end up erasing the reality that men can have abortions, men can get pregnant and give birth.
Gender doesn’t work by what is in your crotch? Two spirit people? Alrighty then.

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1 comment:

Just Me said...

Great. Thank you. Now I have to take a shower. I feel icky.

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