Various groups throughout the land claim that their motivation for opposing the rights of women is based upon their religious beliefs. They use terms like “pro-family”, “pro-life” and describe children, especially the allegedly pre-born ones as being ‘blessings’ from their god. Concerned Women of America (CWA) is one of these groups. In the opening of a PDF about abortion the CWA states that humans are ‘sacred from conception to natural death’ and that believers must ‘remain firm in that truth and uphold it’.
Yet time and again the leaders and spokespersons of these groups use language that makes it clear that these words are little more than rhetorical umbrellas for a deep seated hatred of women, especially those of us who dare see ourselves as anything more than the caretakers of and the human incubators for men. Janice Crouse of the CWA is but the latest to give us an example of such hatred. In response to a set of bills designed to lower the number of unintended pregnancies by providing greater access to reproductive care and information, Ms. Crouse had this to say:
“There’s a utopian view that women ought to be able to have sex any time they want to without consequences that’s the bottom line of all these bills,” said Janice Crouse of Concerned Women for America, a conservative group which opposes the measures.
This is woman hating at it’s finest. You’ll notice that it says nothing about a “utopian view” that men ought to be able to have sex any time they want without “consequences” with the implication being that such a view is a bad thing. But, women having sexual relations with men for the pleasure that sex brings in and of itself without the the “consequence” called pregnancy? Bad. Very bad. This can’t be disguised as being merely concerned about “the unborn” because it’s not.
It’s about hating the very idea that women are not modified men whose purpose is to incubate the next generation between caring for the standard, the males. It’s quite frankly about hating the very idea that women are humans. As a woman and a mother this is one of the things that so thoroughly ticks me off about religion. It gives cover to the deepest of anti-woman hate and makes it ‘holy’ – something that must be respectfully disagreed with, never thrashed – never insulted – never frigging sent back to the pre-historical hell it climbed out of.
It’s enough to make me want to scream my bloody head off sometimes.