What We Missed

“And they got their periods simultaneously!” Or, a conversation with the women of “Community.”

Marie Colvin and the risks of reporting from a warzone while female.

Are you a man who believes that women should have the right to control their own bodies? Have you sent your story to Men Who Trust Women yet? Why not?

The gender wage gap: still a thing.

Rush Limbaugh: still nauseating.

Hey, we know this lady.

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  1. Posted February 29, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Permalink

    Are you a man who believes that women should have the right to control their own bodies? Have you sent your story to Men Who Trust Women yet? Why not?

    Here’s why I didn’t leap on it:

    I absolutely 100% believe that everyone should have the right to control their own bodies. I haven’t sent my story in because the framing is a little weird for me. I’m not sure “I Trust Women” is really the philosophical basis for my belief. That implies that there is is a morally right decision and a morally wrong decision in each case involving controlling our own bodies, and that I expect women to make the morally right decision in that case, and therefore we shouldn’t have laws coercing them into one particular decision.

    But that’s not how I view the issue at all; I think almost every personal choice made with respect to birth control and abortion is morally fine, because we all have the philosophical and moral right to control over our own bodies, and that’s why we shouldn’t have laws restricting such control.

    My absolute support of birth control, abortion, and bodily autonomy does not stem from me trusting women to make correct moral decisions more often, or even trusting all people to make correct moral decisions more often when they are about their personal circumstances: it comes from the fact that I fundamentally don’t believe there is a moral dilemma at all, and trust is not involved or necessary!

    It’s the same way I wouldn’t oppose banning a book because I Trust Readers to choose the right book; I would oppose banning books because there is no moral wrong caused by choosing a book and we should all have the right to choose freely.

    Does that explain my ambiguity about the framing, and the fact that I haven’t posted to the blog? I hate to sound so nit-picky and pedantic in the face of the actual concrete political threats, but to answer your question, that’s why I haven’t sent my story. I hope my line of thinking isn’t too unreasonable (or having some giant logical hole).

  2. Posted February 29, 2012 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    Oooohhhh….thanks for the “Community” link!
    Nice to see Courtney!

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