ATTENTION TUMBLR ARTISTS! Help an abortion clinic that was recently vandalized!
Hey everyone! I’ve got a request to make of you talented folks out there on Tumblr. I’ve seen some of your work, and gosh golly it is awesome.
Before I make my request, let me tell you a little bit about what I do. I blog here at STFU Fauxminists, obviously, but on weekends I’ve also been doing clinic escorting for a local abortion provider down here in Tampa, FL.
Right before I started escorting at this clinic, they had recently bought really beautiful and welcoming banners to hang on their fences to maintain patient privacy and discourage the counter-protesters that they have outside their gates regularly from yelling at and harassing patients.
Well, as many people know, vandalism at clinics is a huge problem and this is no exception.
A couple of weeks ago someone took a knife to these banners. They are entirely unfixable. The clinic really doesn’t have the money to replace them, so now there’s just an ugly blue tarp on the fence to keep the anti-choicers’ bullshit at bay.
So here’s where I got this neat idea that ya’ll can help me with.
I want to surprise this clinic with a giant collage of pro-choice, pro-reproductive rights, pro-woman*, etc. art pieces from around Tumblr mounted on a more sturdy board. Obviously nothing is going to be impervious to vandalism, but I still think this would just be a great surprise for the wonderful women that work at this clinic who endure daily harassment and multiple instances of vandalism (just a few months ago they had to replace their entire video surveillance system because someone took a baseball bat to it). They have to deal with all of this on top of the ridiculous standards placed upon them by the Florida legislature, etc. These women are tough and they deserve some appreciation.
So I’m hoping to collect submissions of art from anyone who wants to make it. Whether you think you have talent or not. Whether you think your idea is good or not. I WANT YOUR AWESOME ART.
THE MORE THE BETTER. MULTIPLE PIECES. BIG PIECES. LITTLE PIECES. FANDOM RELATED IS FINE, TOO, AS LONG AS IT’S ALSO PRO-CHOICE THEMED. FUCKING STICK FIGURES ARE FINE. WRITE ME SOMETHING. POETRY. A LIMERICK. ANYTHING. EVEN JUST WORDS OF THANKS OR ENCOURAGEMENT.
JUST GIMME UR ART AND STUFF.
Then I’m gonna put them all together and I’ll put a picture of the finished product on my blog and if you like, I’ll link to your blog and promote you and your art!
I know it’s not much that I have to offer, but yeah. Please please please contribute if you can. And if you don’t want to/can’t contribute a piece, please reblog this so others can see it!
You can either submit your pieces in my submit box here, e-mail them to me at STFUFauxminists@gmail.com, or message me for details on how to send them via snail mail.
Thank you for reading this and hopefully reblogging. Thank you to all who plan to submit. I’ll be taking submissions until the end of November!
*not just women, trans and non-binary inclusivity is also welcome!
Remembering Dr. Tiller and other anti-choice terrorism stories (Possible TW for frank discussion of violence)
3 years ago I had just woken up at my mom’s house. I had very recently come to stay with her for the summer since my semester in college was already over. I remember walking into the living room, somewhat bleary-eyed, and my mom (knowing me very well) just told me “They got him”.
I asked who.
"Tiller," she said, "he was shot today".
Usually when people are shot dead in their churches, surprise is the first thing that hits you. Or at least, shouldn’t it be? That’s not what I felt. What I felt was the opposite of surprise, because I knew that one day after repeated attacks his luck would have to run out. That’s just a numbers game.
I also felt scared, because I know people who work in clinics that provide abortions. Scared because of my own ideals and desires to work as an advocate for reproductive rights and justice.
That hasn’t waned. The numbers game is still continuing.
Anti-choice terrorism is still going on. I almost feel as though it’s getting worse. The attacks in the legislature are not enough for these people. Although pro-choice advocates know that anti-choicers who support and pass laws that restrict abortion have the blood of those who die in back alleys or even hospital waiting rooms on their hands, it seems as though that’s not enough. They seem to want to be able to see it. To make it real, to make it actual. To stand in a church - the place where many of them get these ideas of being “pro-life” - and put a bullet in someone else’s skull.
How many attacks does it have to be to call it terrorism?
Then again, I guess it can’t be considered terrorism if such violence is made legal.
How many people do we have to remember?
How many threats of violence must there be to be taken seriously?
How many times and by how many people or groups must we be targeted?
Today is a sad day for me and for a lot of pro-choice advocates, I imagine. I didn’t know Dr. Tiller, I never needed his services. But I’ve watched interviews with him and seen his dedication to his practice and seen his dedication to women*. He should be remember for the bravery that it takes to be aware of those that want you dead in the name of life yet still push on and do what’s needed and what’s right. He should be remembered because he was a fully aware sentient person who was killed for making choices others disagreed with - not only a martyr for the pro-choice cause but nearly a metaphor for it.
However, he should be remembered most for the two words most associated with him and most forgotten by legislators who think they’re qualified to micro-manage the very biology of others - "Trust Women" - although we must remember to trust everyone who is capable of becoming pregnant.
There’s little more powerful than that, and that is why Dr. Tiller will and should be remembered by pro-choice advocates and the people that used his services.
If only God-fearing people who gun down others in churches could have had that much faith. If only.
*as he states, although not only women need abortion services
Blog for Choice Day, a letter of thanks/apology to Roe vs. Wade
Dear Roe vs. Wade,
You’re turning 39 this year. Congratulations! I know that you’re much older than I am and so you probably don’t need my wisdom (if you can even call it that), but I still think you deserve a hearty “yahoo!” on your continued existence, because although it often has its good points, life can also be hard.
Life is especially hard for those that help people in unpopular ways. Or for people who help those no one else deems worthy of it. When an entity does that, there are others who fight against them. They either create head-on clashes and challenge that entity directly, or they go through back ways, manipulate, and disempower in ways that become invisible - creating stealth attacks on progress, forming the culture to make it seem like snatching dignity from others is something that’s ok to do.
People now know that you’re too powerful at 39 to challenge you directly, so they’re trying to bring you down little by little. They’re trying to take your power (and the power of your siblings, Griswold v Connecticut, etc.) piece by piece, and so far it seems like its working.
So this is where I’d like to offer an apology, Roe v Wade, because I personally feel as though I’ve let you down. You’re much older than me, you see, and therefore in my eyes you’re a monolith. Ever since I heard of your existence it seems you’ve been able to withstand any weathering brought your way - too tall, too strong to be toppled by lies and misconceptions offered by those that oppose your very being as well as the rights and protections you afford me.
But now I realize it’s not like that. While I’ve been staring at the summit, folks have been tunneling through the bottom.
They have attempted to bar you from the domain of those you most need to help. They have cut-off the resources you need to do your work. And for the most part, I stood by and watched because I thought you could handle it.
So I’m sorry for standing by while a record number of anti-abortion legislation was passed. I’m sorry for standing by while white cis-male politicians waxed poetic about the evils of your work. I’m sorry I haven’t offered you the support that anyone in a taxing and, in some instances, dangerous line of work needs to be successful.
So now, on the anniversary of the day your were handed down from the Supreme Court, I would like to thank you. Thank you, Roe v Wade, for being there for so many people that needed abortions. Thank you for being there to calm the nerves of people who haven’t needed that yet, but might. People may be trying to take you away from us, or rip you apart from the inside out, but you still have an enormous amount of power for the people that depend on you in order to be able to access safe, legal abortion.
I’d like to make existing a little easier for you, Roe v Wade, and as such I am re-offering my support to you and the rest of the decisions and laws that protect my freedom to my own reproductive choices. I am also offering my support to any new legislation which will also work to those ends, and I am promising my effort to the fight against the insidiousness of anti-choice attacks, be they through patient dismantling of reproductive liberties or full-on charges against the front lines.
I’m damn tired of politicians, pundits, and anyone else who thinks they can step all over you, wear you down, or disregard you all together. Your fight is for me, so my fight should be for you.
Thanks again for everything that you do to ensure me the independence and equal societal access that I deserve as a human person. I will do my best to make sure that you and other forms of legislation that secure my rights are treated with the dignity that you have afforded me these last 39 years.
(P.S. Hey Roe v Wade! Read other folks talking about how awesome you are here.)
In doing (more) research about fetal development for this hiatusy project…
I’ve realized just how many websites spout of problematic language about conception and pregnancy.
For example, the first thing said in a flip book about fetal development from Pregnancy Today is this:
"It will be around two weeks before your partner’s sperm fertilizes your egg and creates your baby"
This is just another example of male dominated language when discussing pregnancy. Apparently, all that needs to happen to create a new human is for a man to ejaculate with good timing. Man gets off, baby gets made. You can’t explain that.
But in all seriousness, why would someone ever say that? Do they not realize that it actually takes 9 months to create a baby? 9 months of feeding off of a woman’s body, 9 months of a woman sharing her body space?
It’s all tied together. When men get all the credit for creating new humans, why can’t they dictate what the people who simply exist for carrying them (for what must be some frivolous, unexplained reason) do with their bodies?
It’s really no wonder that we have anti-choicers spouting off at the mouth about embryos being more important that women. According to the dominant discourse, zygotes are the creations of men. Creations of men must be protected. It’s only after a woman’s work has been put in and a baby is actually born that these same men begin to not care.
Alice Paul, famous feminist. (via antichoiceactivist)
No. Just no.
First, Alice Paul wasn’t just a “famous feminist”. Alice Paul is prettymuch the reason why women in this country can vote. She is the mother of women’s suffrage. She also started the National Woman’s Party and took part in hunger strikes in prison in order to get the rights she knew women deserved. She also didn’t care what women did with those rights once they got them. In fact, she didn’t really touch the abortion issue because she knew back then it was too much of a political hot potato, and she was just as politically savvy as she was driven by an extreme passion for women’s human rights.
I mention all of this because the small amount of information given about her in the reblogged post is indicative of how little the person who posted this quote probably knows about her. I bet they also don’t know that Paul was the original author of the ERA, or Equal Rights Amendment. You know, that amendment that would have put women’s human rights into the Constitution for good so that they wouldn’t be subject to the whim of whatever attitude the congress at any given time might have toward women? That little old thing? The thing that was killed in the 80s by Phyllis Schlafly and her women-working-as-public-speakers-that-tell-women-not-to-work-brigade?
Yeah, Alice Paul wrote that.
As I said before, it is true that Alice Paul originally did not want to link abortion rights to the ERA. However, it wasn’t because she was necessarily morally against it. She knew it was a divisive, hot button issue, and she actually wanted the amendment to get ratified. So, she left it out. Funny that conservative fauxminists worked to make sure the amendment Alice Paul wrote died, yet now anti-choicers (especially anti-choice fauxminists) want to quote Paul to try to make her out to be anti-abortion as well! No shame, truly. There’s actually no record of Paul even saying this supposed quote. But hey, that doesn’t stop those without shame or commitment to ethics from makin’ shit up anyway, amirite?
So either way it goes, this supposed quote from Alice Paul doesn’t prove anything, other than an anti-choice commitment to misinformation (and dismissing women’s actual contributions/individuality/beliefs/humanity).
No really, anti-choicers, if you’re going to try to pretend like you’re not misogynists, it’s probably best not to quote women out of context (or to just put words in their mouth that they never said!) as if they support your goals. Are you really that desperate?
Let’s just be honest with each other (try really really hard): It’s time to stop bolstering your bad arguments with a philosophy you hate anyway.
Yeah, I know I’ve been posting about abortion a lot, but people seem to be heaping the most bullshit onto abortion rights recently. I can’t help it, I have an allergy!
As requested: Rebloggable version of the last post
Asked: Do you believe it’s possible to be a feminist, believe a woman has full autonomy over her body and the government should not interfere, but still think abortion should be something women use sparingly and in extreme cases after all other options are considered?
I think that a person can only be a feminist if they still allow women the option of abortion, completely unrestricted and unshamed, yet offer every preventative method available more so.
For example, getting your teeth pulled isn’t something anyone wants to do and people try to do it sparingly, yet no one is shamed for having to do it (well, not generally, there are some classist jokes/attitudes about folks who are missing teeth, but it’s not as taboo as abortion). Getting your teeth pulled is available on demand and without apology (albeit only if you can pay for it, but still, no one is legislating restrictions on the procedure). Yet, folks still try to push for prevention of tooth decay and the inevitable teeth pulling that would result not only by giving folks the tools to keep up with their dental care (toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, etc) as well as the education they need to use these tools (dental hygiene tips, etc.).
What I and what I think anyone (self-IDing as feminist or not, really) should want to see is a world in which abortion is treated like getting a tooth pulled - something no one wants to do, yet something no one is barred from doing when and if it’s necessary, and also something that folks have every tool/method available to prevent.
Each year, the abortion industry receives millions of our tax dollars to advance its destructive agenda. And, each year, more and more Americans demand that their hard-earned paychecks not fund the killing of preborn children, the wounding of their mothers, and the advancement of a culture of death in America. Last year alone Planned Parenthood Federation of America collected $363 million in taxpayer dollars.
And that’s not the only way the abortion lobby is funding its gruesome business.—
Kristan Hawkins for Fox News
Services provided by Planned Parenthood include contraceptives, emergency contraceptives, breast, cervical and testicular cancer screening, pregnancy screenings, pregnancy counseling, testing and treatment for STDs, sexuality education, menopause treatment, abortions, vasectomies, and tubal ligations.
In 2008, abortion procedures accounted for 3% of Planned Parenthood’s services.
Also, birth is about 10 times more likely to harm or kill a woman than an abortion.
Abortion is not an industry, it’s practically a charity. I’ve read estimates suggesting doctors who perform abortions make around $60,000 to 70,000 a year. An abortion provider could’ve been a dermatologist and made around $300,000/yr, or even been an ob/gyn but not focused on abortion and made over $200,000/yr. Any doctor who goes into abortion is not doing it because it’s some lucrative ~industry~ where they’re going to get filthy rich and live a comfortable life. They’re not going to make very much and their life will be threatened on a daily basis by anti choicers (who call themselves pro lifers, hah). They’re doing it because they care about women and about protecting their right to choose and access to abortion.
Also lol @ culture of death.
I love the logic behind defunding an organization that does more to prevent abortions than any other… in the name of preventing abortions. Keep it up, Republicans.
As I’ve said before, Planned Parenthood and other government funded efforts prevent up to 800,000 abortions every year. But who cares? Obviously preventing abortion is not the Republican/anti-choice agenda.