The women who won the Feminist Movement many years ago successfully changed American culture and our society as a whole. Where once a gentleman would show respect for women by allowing them to enter a room first, or never sitting in the presence of a woman who was alone, these and other niceties long considered good form were left by the wayside. Women now took offense at such behavior under the notion that it made them appear weak, incapable, and needy. The biggest trophy of the battle between the sexes was bestowed in the ability to obtain an abortion without shame or recrimination. This could be done with or without knowledge or consent of the father. The man involved basically had no say in the matter; after all, it is a woman’s body, her right to do with as she determines and with the birth of Feminism, man has no place in the procedure.
My contention has always been that the “punishment” of men was the main point and purpose of the abortion/Feminist Movement. It wasn’t merely about convenience, or about a woman determining when she would choose to have a family or any of the other excuses of those who support the abomination of abortion. Instead, I see it as the ultimate power over a man: to deny him his child and to offer him no say in the matter whatsoever. It is payback for the centuries of men in societies all over the world who exercised their power over women—and the result is the death of innocents.
However the issue of abortion is turned on its head in Texas with HB2, a bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks and to have abortion clinics meet basic health and safety standards. Opponents of the bill claim it will restrict access and place undue burdens upon women who seek to obtain an abortion. And there is now a move to get men to voice their opposition to the legislation, seeking to have Texas men “understand how Texas women’s bodily autonomy affects them, too.”
So this is where I am scratching my head regarding the entire Feminist Movement … I thought men had no say in what a woman chooses to do with her body? I thought men were not necessary in order for a woman to exert her own power, or to be her own self? Am I wrong, are men actually being solicited to help women now? Surely this will be lost on most if not all feminists, but I find it the height of irony that all these decades later and millions of children lost, we come full circle. Feminists recognize that perhaps they actually do need men to help them with their abortion fight. Odd, that.