Today I was informed that the supreme court is planning to essentially overturn Roe vs. Wade.
What decade is thi…? oh yes.. some bullshit irrelevant 2thousand something.
It doesn’t matter because it never really has.
We are still grappling (and have been for eternity) with the same patriarchal talismans that have been betrothed to the same white men with money as have been for generations. Women make “baby” steps every year toward some goal of “equality” or “recognition” or “accessibility” to our own right to operate on this planet as fully actualized human people since civilization established a foothold on the illusion of industry and equality under the eyes of “God.”
“God.” What is the definition of “God?” I’ll tell you what I understand of it:
Women. Women are the definition of God.
God created mankind. Yes? Well….according to the creationists, God created Adam and Eve. Well… FIRST God created Adam and Lillith who (Ugh) wanted to be on top so she could receive carnal pleasure (because why wouldn’t someone want to also receive pleasure from the act of making a human person?).
“Ctrl. Alt. Delete!” Said Adam, and THEN Eve was born. The childlike “Oh dear, let’s not make THOSE mistakes again” manages to eat the apple that the death noodle told her was the ultimate yum, and there we have the “original” sin.”
‘Can’t have THAT’, said “God.” And all of human suffering was then betrothed to Eve. Poor dear.
When do fairytales become folklore? When does folklore become doctrine? And when is a doctrine deadly?
Ultimately, people are the value of the industrialized world. If they weren’t, Bezos and Musk wouldn’t have the scandal they have with unionization and the labor force not to mention the majority of the world’s wealth. But this isn’t. fucking. new.
And, I would argue, that women are the creators of that value (When I say “Women” I include all people with baby-making internal organs. Unfortunately, as a society, we are so arcane with our understanding of the scope of human expression (and genitals) that I must simplify us all to the title “women” at this time. Sincere apologies to everyone in the gorgeous spectrum of human gender expression. Please know I am including everyone with baby-making superpowers when I say “women”).
Women literally create the labor force. Women create the force of all will. We create the thinkers, and CEO’s, drivers, Influencers, artists, change-makers, poets, musicians, actors, crafts and tradespeople, and any title you can christen with any value of any time. Women have made people since the beginning of time. And people make of themselves what they will. And women do their best to guide and then watch and then bear the brunt of the retaliation when people end up not being what society deems fit. So, ultimately women create and then assume all responsibility for the hereafter.
BUT GET THIS: Even when women cannot support the people that they create, (EVEN WHEN WOMEN DO NOT CREATE!) because women themselves are human beings with human upbringings and influence and environmental/social/familial susceptibilities, women are still worthy of protection and value. By virtue of being human AND women, we are worthy of respect and protection. End of story.
We (women) are here because we have been brought here by a power greater than our own understanding. Just as men are. We are placed here in bodies that function beyond our command. Just as men are. That does not mean that we are here to be commanded. It means we are to be understood and protected and valued. Just as men are.
Men get to be empathized with. Men get the ‘I’m so sorry you have a boner that you cannot control in pre-algebra.” “I’m so sorry that Sally didn’t accept your invitation to senior prom when the whole varsity football team told you that you had it in the bag.” OR ” I’m sorry that little nerdy miss videogame said she wasn’t into making out even though you both LOVE playing Fortnight on a Saturday with her younger brother.” Basically, I’m sorry you have a boner that you have been conditioned to outsource.
That is not our problem. WE had to wait until 2005 for urologist Helen O’Connell to give us a map of our clitoris because we couldn’t see it without an MRI and microdissection of cadavers (IT’S INSIDE, not INVISIBLE!). Prior to that, we were duped into believing that we had an “orgasm button” inside of us that was literally claimed in the name of a man (Dr. G Spot) that doesn’t exist!! If this “spot” was true, the orgasm gap would be less of a problem. We had to go home or find a place to hide when we had overwhelming feelings of exposure for which we could not find refuge. We had to awkwardly explain to our mothers when we started bleeding unexpectedly from our nether regions why their maxi pads were disappearing at an unreasonable rate.
I love the whole argument, “Show me!!!” “Show me how you suffer more than we!” Because every time we try, you behave as if we just ripped off your dicks and served them to you with a nice Chianti. You. Don’t. Care.
True story: I once had a boyfriend that was SO squeamish about menstrual blood that he literally thought I was intentionally trying to bleed on him when I would get my period during sex. He asked me “Aren’t you on the pill? Shouldn’t you know when it’s coming?” To which I replied, “It’s a vagina, not an excel spreadsheet.”
BTW: Why do you present this as more of a threat than an invitation? Genuine curiosity is infinitely sexier. Just saying. Seriously, just being interested goes a long way.
There should be government agencies like the CIA and FBI DEDICATED to ensuring that all women have the right to full and complete bodily autonomy.
There should be entire wings of government on alert when women and children are targeted by acts of war. There should be allowances and open forums by governing bodies for women to speak about what they think would rectify a situation. And those words should be regarded with the same respect and calculations as those who measure economic and social trends by the dollar. Weapons should be regulated. Dictators should be…not allowed to be.
She should be free to say ‘no’ with impunity because her heart is regulated to the pulse of all humanity and she knows when “no” is actually or eventually a genuine “yes.” Even if it will never be a “Yes” to the problem at hand, it’s a “yes” to the continuation of solving the equation of human evolution.
The female body should be worthy of legislative protection because without a woman’s body there would literally be no governing body or civilization to protect.
But this shouldn’t even be an argument. People with vulvas and vaginas are capable of creating the human workforce, loveforce, peaceforce and they do not need a government to dictate when and how and why.
Women are God. Find your place in her kinship or just
One thought on “So…about our bodies….and our governing bodies. And why the twain shall never meet.”
You say it so well and with ease. Your ability to express yourself with poignancy and accuracy serves you beautifuly in conveying your intended message.