Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Let's Talk for a Moment, Shall We?

Or, the idiocy of some individuals who shall not be named.  

Lately, there's been a lot of misinformation running around, like women's bodies being able to stop a pregnancy from occurring after a rape.  Or like statutory rape and incest not resulting in pregnancy.  

Let's get this straight, people, the facts of biology do not change just to fit your idea of how the world *should* be.  Yes, in a perfect world, no woman would ever get pregnant from her rapist.  Heck, in a perfect world, women wouldn't get raped, period.  But we don't live in that world, now do we?  And since we don't live in that world, we probably shouldn't go writing legislation as though we do, now should we?  That just seems silly.  So let's call a spade a spade- the people saying things like I pointed out above are NOT pro-life, they are anti-woman, and pro-forced-birth.  They are misogynists.  And if you happen to think that it's OK to predicate "rape" with "forcible" or "legitimate" or similar words, you may be one too.  

That's the funny thing about facts, they don't require faith.  You don't have to believe them, and you're not born knowing them, but they don't change based on you.  The unfortunate thing is that women do get raped, rapes do result in pregnancies, and there is never an excuse for a rape- ever.  Other facts include birth control failing at times, teens having sex, and less information leads to less informed choices (read- worse decisions).   

And here's the kicker- if you choose to ignore facts, and believe non-facts instead, then calling you out on this point is not discrimination.  You chose to ignore facts.  Discrimination is based on something that you can not control, like sex/gender/orientation/race/ethnicity/disability.  If you choose to ignore the facts, then you make a choice to face the consequences, which sometimes may include being called out on your ignorance.  If you don't like the consequences, then reconsider what you prefer to believe.  It really is that simple.

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