AND NOW…IDIOTS

Posted by Christopher Johnson | Friday, August 2nd, 2013 | Uncategorized | 62 Comments

Everybody laugh and point at Lauren Rankin who is a feminist activist, a freelance writer, and a graduate student in Women’s and Gender Studies at Rutgers University.  But you probably already knew that:

Abortion is so often framed as a women’s issue by both those who advocate for abortion rights and those who seek to dismiss abortion as frivolous. And for abortion rights, a movement that took root in the late 1960s and early 1970s, this makes sense. Prior to a deeper understanding and problematizing of gender and the way that it works, in our social construction, only women had abortions because only women could get pregnant. But in 2013, we should know better, and we need to do better.

At this crucial moment for reproductive freedom and abortion access, the abortion rights movement stands at yet another crossroads: How do we adequately address and include those who have abortions but are not women?

We must acknowledge and come to terms with the implicit cissexism in assuming that only women have abortions. Trans men have abortions. People who do not identify as women have abortions. They deserve to be represented in our advocacy and activist framework. Honestly, I am guilty of perpetuating that harmful myth, both in my rhetoric and framing. I often frame abortion restrictions as misogynistic attacks meant to control women’s reproductive lives, and that is true. But abortion restrictions also affect the lives of people who aren’t women, and they hinder trans men and gender-non-conforming people and others who were Designated Female at Birth (DFAB) from accessing abortion care, as well.

62 Comments to AND NOW…IDIOTS

Fuinseoig
August 2, 2013

Yeah, this is a thing. I’m seeing some of it on the internet. And I avoid getting into arguments with the people making this case, because a lot of them are coming from a place of confusion, pain and suffering and I don’t want to tear into them.

But I’m going to sit back and watch as people like Ms. Rankin, who were just fine with blaming it all on “the patriarchy” and “misogyny”, are now in their turn accused of “privilege” and being part of the problem and being “misandrist” by blaming men where persons identifying as male/non-binary are involved.

Baillie
August 2, 2013

If we were to translate THAT into Minoan Linear B text and then had a Tartar from Tibet read it out loud after gargling wing-nuts in a high wind, it might make about the same sense.

Bill2
August 2, 2013

WTF. I mean really. I got nothin’.

So you need a doctorate to have the common sense educated out of you…..

The Little Myrmidon
August 2, 2013

<blockquote?"We must acknowledge and come to terms with the implicit cissexism in assuming that only women have abortions. Trans men have abortions. People who do not identify as women have abortions. They deserve to be represented in our advocacy and activist framework. Honestly, I am guilty of perpetuating that harmful myth, both in my rhetoric and framing. I often frame abortion restrictions as misogynistic attacks meant to control women’s reproductive lives, and that is true. But abortion restrictions also affect the lives of people who aren’t women, and they hinder trans men and gender-non-conforming people and others who were Designated Female at Birth (DFAB) from accessing abortion care, as well."

All of the above are still women.

The Little Myrmidon
August 2, 2013

Dang. Forgot to close off the first html tag.

Jill C.
August 2, 2013

I’m still in my fifties but I’m asking — where did the world-as-I-knew-it go? (Either that or these people are speaking another language and living on a different planet.)

Allen Lewis
August 2, 2013

Please tell me I don’t have to learn a new vocabulary in order to understand this person.

Genderqueer, indeed!

Besides trying to destroy society, they are hell bent on destroying the language, thus making rational communication impossible. I think that may be one of the goals of this “movement”.

Lord have mercy!

Truth Unites... and Divides
August 2, 2013

Move along. Just another lib spouting nonsense.

Rondon
August 2, 2013

I think I’m against men having abortions but can I can be authentically against something which isn’t possible? Perhaps I need to enroll in the Women and Gender Studies program this chick went to so I can be deprogrammed.

sybil marshall
August 2, 2013

*Genderqueer* sounds almost (but only almost)like something from *The Naming of Cats*. And Mizzzz Rankin sounds like a perfectly complete loon…..Chris, they are passing us– I don’t even recall your making a joke about this sort of brow-furrowing being in our future someday….

Gregg the Obscure
August 2, 2013

The crap that came out of the various political grievance “studies” programs thirty years ago (really not much more than atheist attempts at inverting basic moral theology) dominates politics today. The crap coming out of those programs today is the goal to which the political establishment aspires.

Paula Loughlin
August 2, 2013

There are still uteri? Aren’t there? I mean they do play some minor role in pregnancy still?

I’ve not cracked a biology text in sometime so perhaps I have not kept up with the latest developments.

Don Janousek
August 2, 2013

“problematizing?”

This makes me sickatized and about ready for some vomitatizing.

Maxine
August 2, 2013

Sigh
Sigh, sigh
Maybe “The Body Snatchers ” really are here and at work !

Creedal Epicopalian
August 2, 2013

hrrm. I Guess Margaret Sanger didn’t think her Eugenics program all the way through. It’s starting to effect fellow travelers.

Dale Matson
August 2, 2013

I was at the grocery store yesterday and the [what I would call a ‘cashier’ or ‘checkout clerk’ Had a badge with the name ‘Key Carrier’. In my twisted mind the first thing I thought of was Typhoid Mary. The smiling male bag ‘person’ said the term means manager. He smiled. She did not smile but was covered in ink except for her face. So, there you go Jill C. I ask myself the same question often.

Katherine
August 2, 2013

This is the psychologists’ full employment program. So many confused and unhappy people.

FW Ken
August 2, 2013

Is actually very simple. There are too many people going to too many graduate programs instead of working and earning a living. Graduate school should, as a rule, be limited to people with demonstrated skills beyond writing new, hip, slick, and cool sociological crap.

sybil marshall
August 2, 2013

Jill C. & Dale,
Me three (at 62). This is most assuredly not our grandfathers’ natural cultural dislocation of aging. Like most pain, it bears fruits of its own– helps drive home the fact that we are exiles here. But it is pain nonetheless. Wish it had never come to us. *But that is not given for us to decide…*

As to what we will do with what is given to us, these days it comes at us so fast and furious (cringe), it seems we are more so than usual in day-at-a-time mode. (I made it a project today, with all the institutionalized Israel-hating going on for Homs or whatever the day is called, to finally order my blue and white/flag/I LOVE ISRAEL t-shirt.)

I am glad that one of Our Lady’s days is close at hand…

ann r
August 2, 2013

I don’t suppose she considers as victims the males who lose a child through an abortion they didn’t want.

ann r
August 2, 2013

Further, I don’t suppose she considers as victims the women who are forced into abortions they don’t want. I wonder how many years it is going to take for these overgrown adolescents to move off their fixation on sexual identity and fixate on some other building block of society. 60s spin offs don’t seem to have ended yet.

Therese Z
August 2, 2013

For a brief second I thought she was referring to those men who are affected by abortion in that they didn’t want the mother of their child to kill him or her. Or those men who carry the guilt of supporting or browbeating their mate into one.

But then I snapped to and realized she is desperately angry, sad and unsatisfied.

What did her parents spoil her with?

BillB
August 2, 2013

Men in Black is real! This “person” proves it. The creature is really an alien that has learned all of the English language but has not yet learned the physiology of the creatures of this planet. This due to coming from a different planet with a completely different way of reproducing. I guess there may have been more than two sexes and any one of the multiple sexes could carry the unborn creature. There just is no other explanation; remember what Sherlock Holmes said about coming to a conclusion after eliminating all other possibilities no matter how unusual the explanation, it must be the explanation.

Amy P.
August 2, 2013

Ok. I give up. Stop the world. I want off.

I said to Dave P. “This HAS to be a joke, right?” His reply: “Over-education is a very bad thing for the brain.”

This cannot be parody, sadly, because there’s no one twisted enough to write this and find it a joke.

Here’s a little basic science for her: a person born with a uterus and/or two X chromosomes is a woman. Full stop.

No amount of surgery, politically correct semantics, or sophomoric bill changes that reality.

Besides, her assertions will last right up until the moment one of the groups she mentioned has someone who opposes abortion. Then her tune will change so fast it’ll make your head spin.

trespinos
August 3, 2013

Now you’ve done it, BillB. I’ll have to rent K-PAX to relive the wonderful experience of watching Kevin Spacey impersonate an alien visiting Earth, who quite memorably informs us how sex on K-PAX is a very unpleasant process, to the detriment of the birth rate there. I don’t believe he mentions that abortions are available for males there, but, hey, the screenplay was probably only written thirteen years, so you can’t blame the screenwriter for not thinking of that angle yet.

Fr. Fred Aners
August 3, 2013

I agree with Jill C. What on earth has happened to our civilization?

Christopher Johnson
August 3, 2013

Don’t be too nasty, Dave and Amy P., insofar as the next time you hear from this kid is when she takes your order on the McDonald’s or Starbucks drive-through window since that’s pretty much all that advanced degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies are good for.

Fuinseoig
August 3, 2013

Allen Lewis, you have no idea. No. Idea.

I’m going to be very amused to see the resolutions coming out of General Convention in five to ten years’ time when this development catches up with them; they’re already moving on from the gay and lesbian to the transgender advocacy (remember the unisex bathroom?) so when the trans* delegate asks for a motion requiring the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice to extend choice to men with uteruses, it’s going to be interesting to see them parse that with an appropriate Bible verse (never mind David and Jonathan and Naomi and Ruth, who are they going to use as their historical exemplar?)

Michael Berry
August 3, 2013

This is all great stuff for jokes, but it is being written into law, and discrimination laws to be specific.

In general where you find this enacted it more or less says that if anyone subjectively thinks or self identifies as belonging to the opposite sex then that is want the law considers them to be.

They also distinguish between gender (plastic and fluid) and biological sex (fixed except when it conflicts with one’s subjective gender). See isn’t that clear!

And now were are witting laws based on this nonsense.

Rev. Dr. P
August 3, 2013

Chris, in between her shifts at McDonald’s she could land a visiting professor gig at most of the Episcopal seminaries.

Sparky
August 3, 2013

Binary-good enough for computers, good enough for me.

Suburbanbanshee
August 3, 2013

The carrier of the keys is a chatelaine.

But somehow I doubt this person is given appropriate chatelainic powers, alas.

Marie Blocher
August 3, 2013

Re: Key Carrier
I guess we are each a product of our era. When I saw that phrase I immediately thought of the Gate Keeper and the Keeper of the Key from “Ghost Busters” movie.

Allen Lewis
August 3, 2013

Whatever else she is, Lauren Rankin is a very confused and very dangerous person being. [Question: can we use the word “person” any more since it has “son” as part of it???]

Now she has me doing it! I repeat, chaos and confusion are not from God. Years from now, antrhopologists and archaeologists will point to this article as one of the reasons for the downfall of the United States of America. We are going to die from being split into so many warring camps that there can be no national cohesion. It will be utter anarchy.

Allen Lewis
August 3, 2013

The Ivy League is the leading producer of members of the ineptocracy which is doing its best to destroy our culture.

I propose that we pass a law to sequester anyone who specializes in any form of “Studies” discipline. They are ruining us!

Michael D
August 3, 2013

Silly me. I read that first phrase Abortion is so often framed as a women’s issue … and thought maybe she had figured out that it is also a children’s issue…

Silly me.

FW Ken
August 3, 2013

Slightly less than half of those children being female…

halflight
August 3, 2013

If you have to provide a glossary of “trans, genderqueer, and queer terms” to a short essay in order to be understood, you’re failing to communicate.

Are we sure Ms. Rankin isn’t a graduate student in “Gender Neologisms”?

In the tiny subset of confused people that read “Truthout”, this qualifies as a substantial controversy. The rest of us are merely bemused.

Dave P.
August 3, 2013

Don’t be too nasty, Dave and Amy P., insofar as the next time you hear from this kid is when she takes your order on the McDonald’s or Starbucks drive-through window since that’s pretty much all that advanced degrees in Women’s and Gender Studies are good for.

Nah, I think I’d likely run into her at some market for overpriced organic food and/or funky-smelling oils.

FW Ken
August 3, 2013

Are you kidding?! There are universities out there salivating – drooling – to get someone this good at identifying victims. Think of the grant money to be had!

Paula Loughlin
August 3, 2013

Mizz Rankin and your ilk, come near my grandson and die! That’s all.

I don’t handle toxic people in the Christlike manner that I should. Oh well, what’s Confession for?

Paula Loughlin
August 3, 2013

Dave P,

I know a lot of people who are into organic food and “funky smelling oi”. Trust me some are way Left to me in many ways political but this, this is even beyond them. Though they do buy into the “gender is cultural construct” crap. They parrot this even as they pretty up their daughters in pink and polish.

Oh and I bet that oil is Patchouli which can smell very funky if it is cheap and has been poorly processed.

Baillie
August 3, 2013

Visualize a cross between a pregnant male sea-horse and a pregnant female Surinam toad (the toads on YouTube – yuk!) and that might take some of the mystery out of Ms. Rantkin’s pronouncements. Or not.

LaVallette
August 3, 2013

Well may the Bright Progressives invent the absurdity “problematizing(sic)of gender” but Nature will NOT and cannot be fooled. ONLY women with the biologically prescribed reproductive organs can have children! Whether a woman mutilates herself in a vain endeavour to to look like a man, or woman who decide to call themselves men, if they retain those organs remain women. For that matter even if they remove those organs their DNA and genetic codes will permanently identify the as women. Verbal sophisitry will never change that fact!

Michael D
August 3, 2013

Maybe its a human rights issue. Why should abortion rights apply only to people who are pregnant? ;~)

Christopher Hathaway
August 3, 2013

It makes perfect sense to me. A persons sex is determined by what s/he says it is, just as the personhood of the baby/blood-clot in the womb is determined by what the mo/father says it is.

Put simply: reality is what the powers that be say that the favored victims say that it is. If you aren’t the Power or the favored Victim then you have no right to impose your view of reality by pointing to oppressive things like definitions.

Amy P.
August 3, 2013

Before you think me too harsh, I present this gem:

http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/08/02/jennifer_rosoff_s_death_and_the_associated_press_s_sexist_reporting_of_it.html

As I said: stop the world. I want off.

Kc
August 3, 2013

She feels bad about “perpetuating a harmful myth” ( known as fact in other circles) but has no problem with the slaughter of the innocent..

Therese Z
August 3, 2013

Ooooh Michael D, good point. Dolphins! Miniscule endangered beetles! Rights for all because personhood should be mutable too.

Barney
August 3, 2013

Ladies, Gentlemen, and living beings who have their heads up their….

You cannot legislate against stupid. You can not teach to avoid stupid and (unfortunately) you cannot ignore stupid.

You are also forbidden to do the only thing that will remove stupid from society; even fruit loop libs are willing to legislate against murder.

I have to fight against such behavior everyday, I teach in the inner city. My usual reaction is: I want a 2000 word paper by **** supporting this position and I will write one against it. You must use real facts that can be supported.

I have yet, after 13 years, to have any student successfully defend a stupid view point.

Let’s see… I have a 2 years supply of food, 6 months of water and a ROPWU to clean up what I might have to use in the future, enough ammo to defend a medium size country against the upcoming Zombie Invasion, medical supplies and a compound on a clean aquifer.. I’m ready…

Tonestaple
August 3, 2013

As someone who was Designated Female at Birth, I feel fortunate that my parents guessed right. After all, if this is merely a designation, it’s entirely a guessing game until a girl decides she wants to pee standing up or a boy decides he wants to wear Mommy’s undies.

The truly sad thing about all of this is not that Miss Rankin said it, but that others are doubtless taking her seriously. After all, this week the City of Seattle decided that the word “citizen” is hateful and mean and exclusionary.

Paula Loughlin
August 3, 2013

I wonder why the City of Seattle is so reactionary towards the French Revolution? Do they get that many Quebecois tourists? I know they don’t tip but surely this is a bit harsh.

Ann
August 3, 2013

I see some good coming out of this. When I was in third grade, I wanted to grow to be a horse. Maybe it’s still possible! And all the little girls in last year’s pre-K class who want to be mermaids? The future is bright, ladies!

SouthCoast
August 4, 2013

SPLINTER!!! (Don’t know why “Life of Brian” came to mind…)

Katherine
August 4, 2013

Amy P., the Slate writer is making the assumption that there’s something wrong with having a first date in one’s apartment, and therefore it shouldn’t have been reported. How medieval! Or perhaps the writer thinks the cigarette was shameful and shouldn’t have been reported. All I learn from the incident is that my neurotic fear of falling, which causes me never to lean on railings nor get very near to them, is not neurotic at all. Like unfaithful friends, railings are just waiting to let you down.

Bob the Ape
August 4, 2013

Michael D wins the thread!

Jacob Morgan
August 4, 2013

Along with Amy P’s observation that, to these intellectuals who must have failed high school biology, chromosomes only mean what someone decides they mean, why stop at deciding if one is a male or female human? Much more exciting to decide if one is a human. Why not be a moose? They don’t pay taxes, don’t go to jail, and are safe so long as it isn’t hunting season.

Chris M
August 5, 2013

Jill C. I’m only in my mid 30s and thought the exact same thing. The world made sense like..an hour ago.

dave
August 5, 2013

It strikes me that ours is a culture with entirely too much time and disposable income on its hands.

Both are problems which will disappear when the Chinese get tired of loaning us money to fund our defecit and we have successfully bankrupted ourselves.

Idiocy such as this falls away when life is a bit more basic.

Amy P.
August 5, 2013

Amy P., the Slate writer is making the assumption that there’s something wrong with having a first date in one’s apartment, and therefore it shouldn’t have been reported. How medieval! Or perhaps the writer thinks the cigarette was shameful and shouldn’t have been reported.

Actually, the Slate writer is pointing to the original piece written by the Associated Press and accusing the AP of SEXISM for reporting that this woman was 1) smoking, 2) was warned by her date not to sit on the railing. The Slate writer’s assumption is the AP provided these facts of the case as a thinly veiled cautionary tale railing against 30-something women who have a date over and smoke and that the AP was sexist.

It really is astonishing the lengths Professional Feminists will go to in order to sustain their assertion sexism lurks around every corner.

Katherine
August 6, 2013

Yes, I read the AP report, Amy P. The Slate writer assumes the AP reported details of the incident to discredit the dead woman. I assumed they simply reported the facts, since how this could have happened is of interest to the reader. The feminist at Slate has to work hard to find something wrong with the report. As you say, they will go to extreme lengths.

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