I am very hesitant to post this as I’m not fond of entering into Internet debates about any topic, particularly political ones. However, I think it’s time to discuss this issue frankly. I’m quite certain most of the feedback I receive for this will be negative, but that’s okay.
Since 2010, I have been a part of a growing Internet subculture called the Nerdfighters. Nerdfighter groups are made up of loyal viewers of the vlogbrothers channel on YouTube. (For those who don’t know, Nerdfighters don’t fight nerds; they fight for nerds and for awesome.) I watch the vlogbrothers and several other YouTube channels run by Nerdfighters because I find most of them funny and insightful.
I will admit that Nerdfighters are, generally speaking, liberal in their political leanings. There are a few of us who are conservative, but we are vastly outnumbered. As a result of this slant toward the left, I have been exposed to far more positive commentary on this whole Wendy Davis filibuster thing than I would have been exposed to prior to joining this group. I am glad to have been privy to the thoughts of those whose view is different than mine. But, it’s time to address some things.
When it comes to women’s rights and abortion, particularly regarding the Wendy Davis debacle, the attitude that I have seen displayed by those who lean to the left is that there are Those For Women’s Rights (which includes, but is not limited to, being pro-abortion to some extent) and Scumbags Who Want to Oppress Women and that’s it; you fit into one of those groups.
As you can imagine, this makes life quite awkward for those of us Texan women (and non-Texan women) who are anti-abortion. Personally, it feels as if I’m opposed to my own gender, even though I know there are millions of women who hold similar values across the nation. When one divides the abortion issue into Women’s Rights and The Opposition, it makes it sound as if The Opposition hates women and just wants to oppress them for all eternity.
Let me first say this: while I’m sure a few hold that idea, by-and-large, this is not true.
When this topic is broken down into Pro-Women and Anti-Women camps, it is skirting the actual issue at hand and insulting a large portion of the population in the process. There is no reason not to address what is actually going on rather than sweeping it all under the broad title of Women’s Rights and washing our hands of it. This debate is far more complex than that.
It’s time to call a spade a spade. The fact is, most anti-abortion advocates don’t want government regulation concerning what women do with their own bodies. This is not, in fact, an issue of women’s rights but of semantics. The main area in which we differ with those who want access to abortion is on the definition of where the woman’s body ends and a child’s begins. We don’t differ on how women should be treated or what rights they should have…just on where their bodies stop and another person’s starts.
I’m for women being treated equally as men. I’m for women’s rights. But I am opposed to abortion, and I’m incredibly irritated by those who act as if those of us who are anti-abortion are also anti-women. It’s not true and it’s an uneducated, dangerous, and offensive misconception.
I look forward to reading insightful comments, but please know I personally will not be engaging in debates beyond the scope of this very limited post.