Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Shell Game Played By Republican Men

Birth control is about one thing and one thing only: keeping women in their places. It's all about protecting the male hierarchy. Hand me any other unctuous justification you want and I flat out don't believe it.

The Republican candidates who signed on to the Personhood Amendment and raised such a furor about Obama forcing the churches to provide birth control to their employees, claiming that it's because of their abiding love of fetuses, their reverence for the sanctity of life? Bullshit. It's about maintaining the second class citizenship of females. A woman who is at the mercy of her menses from one month to the next can't plan a life or a career or even an enjoyable sex life without worrying about having it derailed by pregnancy.

The backward old men of the Catholic Church who forbid contraception, declaring the ban is God's idea? Please. God handles human fetuses the same way he does other forms of life, producing a zillion eggs, allowing a billion of them to die, hoping a million will survive to propagate the species. More fetuses are spontaneously aborted than ever have been destroyed by the hand of man. God is extravagant with life....as he is with death.

No, it's the old Holy men who want the danger of pregnancy to curb Woman's natural appetites, to rein in her urge to independence. It's no different than the old saying about keeping her barefoot and pregnant except the former is more honest in its objective.

So, there's Newt Gingrich, Catholic (along with a lot of other males who should know better, media men like Chris Matthews who acknowledge that 98 per cent of Catholic families use contraceptives but are still caught in a time warp that says we should pay lip service to the Pope and the Church, even if women pay the price for the pretense), foaming at the mouth about contraceptives after, of course, abandoning the wife who provided him with these precious children.

Then there is Mitt Romney, Mormon. The Mormons have a somewhat more enlightened stance toward birth control than the Catholics but, still, families are encouraged to prayerfully discuss their family planning decisions and all things being equal, the weight of the choice comes down heavily on the side of having lots of little babies for God and the Mormon Church. Neither finances nor "selfish" preferences should be considerations, they are warned.

And, last, is Rick Santorum. I don't know what his exact affiliation is but some kind of Dark Ages fundamentalist Protestant denomination, I suppose. (Oops, he's a Catholic too). He is probably the most adamant about opposing any and all contraception on the grounds of what, exactly? Immorality? Birth control encourages bad behavior, like pre-marital sex. Oh, what a horrifying thought that is to the good Mr. Santorum.

There he stands on the stage spouting this Victorian nonsense backed by his worn-out looking wife and his Stepford Children, all nodding in robotic agreement with their Fearless Leader. The Santorums have 7 children, with the last being handicapped. Do they not realize that, just as with cats or dogs, or any other living creature you can name, forcing a female to give birth over and over drains her of her health and her vitality until finally she doesn't have enough left to create healthy babies? If so, they are convinced she serves a higher purpose by offering herself as God's baby machine.

And it is not so coincidental that the Republicans shelve all their devotion to fetuses once they are born in favor of a welfare-less law of the jungle. Once the babies are here, it is, by God, every kid for himself.

Just think about this, Voters. If any of these candidates become our next president and, God forbid, have a Republican congress, they will virtually outlaw birth control. Employers and insurance companies will not be mandated to provide it. Schools will be encouraged to preach against it. Planned Parenthood, from which many poor woman receive their contraceptives, will be de-funded. In Rick Santorum's world, states will be allowed to ban it. Think how you'd like to go back to the good old days of every sex act being fraught with fear and risk.

And, of course, it goes without saying that abortion will be outlawed, even in cases of rape and incest. So, should you find yourself unhappily pregnant, Rick and Mitt and Newt and their churches will own your body and can control it as they please. If your 12-year-old becomes pregnant due to molestation, too bad so sad for her, because the fetus is more important than the mother in Republican-ville.

That's what these men and their churches want. "Be fruitful and multiply." They tell us that's what God expects of us. Maybe so but there were only two fucking people then! If it was ever true, I doubt it is any longer. Does God ever change his mind when circumstances change? He may but obviously, Republican men don't.

It is all a big shell game. It's what the men want, not God. They yearn for the good old days of the male being the Lord and Master of the family and the world. They want submissive and dependent wives and daughters. Women have become too competitive in the 21st century. They live out their sexual lives as they please just as men have always done. All this is possible because women are able to make their own family-planning decisions.

I've never sure that God speaks directly to me as Newt and Mitt and Rick are but I'm convinced he didn't tell my sex that their primary value lies in spending themselves making baby after baby.