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"We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” - Elie Weisel

“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Desmond Tutu

"There comes a time when neutrality and laying low become dishonorable. If you’re not in revolt, you’re in cahoots. When this period and your name are mentioned, decades hence, your grandkids will look away in shame." - David Brooks

6 responses to “The Woman Project tells Senate Dems to protect reproductive rights now, not later”

  1. m. bessette

    One might think that intelligent people would’ve tired of this reductionist, culture-war side-stumping by now. Guess not!

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  2. m. bessette

    Think for a moment how asinine that is, as if being ‘pro-choice’ doesn’t serve men’s self-interests just fine. Such arguments, like the self-evident absolutes they trade in, are products of a dumbed-down political culture, pure and simple.

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  3. m. bessette

    That’s not what my charge is getting at. For one, I’m pointing out that culture-war sloganeering has shut down a more robust debate about birth control and abortion for a remarkably long time. And contrary to your assumption, I agree, women’s reproduction is of prime importance. What you fail to realize, though, is that the pro-life/pro-choice straitjacket locks-in the very class-biased discourse that perpetuates the dominant order. But I get it: being a liberal/progressive, your concerns lie with mollifying the established order, not overturning it. Otherwise, you’d realize that a society that overwhelmingly privileges linear production, such as ours, will never espouse a tolerant attitude toward reproduction and a cyclical understanding of life.

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  4. mgd

    “One might think that intelligent people would’ve tired of this reductionist, culture-war side-stumping by now. Guess not!”

    Belittling, condescending, and patronizing are favorite abuse tactics of people afflicted with Narcissistic Personality Disorder. People such as donald trump.

    Learn more about NPD at http://outofthefog.website/personality-disorders-1/2015/12/6/narcissistic-personality-disorder-npd .

    Side note: women will never “tire” of “stumping” for our Constitutional right to bodily autonomy. Not until we fucking HAVE it enshrined in law, “m. bessette”. #Reality

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