Women should be people.

When do we stand up? When do we recognize the slide? When does “there” become “here?” Forests and trees are a problem in the application of theory.

We’re as free as the most restricted, which means we’re not free at all. We keep ignoring that at our peril. “The first time anyone’s freedom is trodden on, we’re all damaged.”

It would help if we understood freedom. It’s not yelling obscenities and epithets on social media. That’s a distraction. It’s unfortunate most people buy in.


“I'm not pro-murdering babies.

I'm pro-Becky who found out at her twenty-week anatomy scan that the infant she had been so excited to bring into this world had developed without life sustaining organs.

I'm pro-Susan who was sexually assaulted on her way home from work, only to come to the horrific realization that her assailant planted his seed in her when she got a positive pregnancy test result a month later.

I'm pro-Theresa who hemorrhaged due to a placental abruption, causing her parents, spouse, and children to have to make the impossible decision on whether to save her or her unborn child.

I'm pro-little Cathy who had her innocence ripped away from her by someone she should have been able to trust and her eleven-year-old body isn't mature enough to bear the consequence of that betrayal.

I'm pro-Melissa who's working two jobs just to make ends meet and has to choose between bringing another child into poverty or feeding the children she already has because her spouse walked out on her.

I'm pro-Brittany who realizes that she is in no way financially, emotionally, or physically able to raise a child.

I'm pro-Emily who went through IVF, ending up with SIX viable implanted eggs requiring selective reduction in order to ensure the safety of her and a SAFE number of fetuses.

I'm pro-Christina who doesn't want to be a mother, but birth control methods sometimes fail.

I'm pro-Jessica who is finally getting the strength to get away from her physically abusive spouse only to find out that she is carrying the monster's child.

I'm pro-Vanessa who went into her confirmation appointment after years of trying to conceive only to hear silence where there should be a heartbeat.

I'm pro-Lindsay who lost her virginity in her sophomore year with a broken condom and now has to choose whether to be a teenage mom or just a teenager.

I'm pro-Courtney who just found out she's already thirteen weeks along, but the egg never made it out of her fallopian tube so either she terminates the pregnancy or risks dying from internal bleeding.

You can argue and say that I'm pro-choice all you want, but the truth is, I'm pro-life. Their lives.
Women's lives.

You don't get to pick and choose which scenarios should be accepted.

Women's rights are meant to protect all women, regardless of their situation.”


Women control their bodies.
End of line.

7 thoughts on “Women should be people.

  1. We’re as free as the most restricted, which means we’re not free at all. We keep ignoring that at our peril.

    I absolutely agree with this, and the rest of your post, Ms. Em. It seems a simple truth, but so many are blind to the rights of others, and hyper-sensitive to their own. In fact, as I read your beautifully expressed statement the image of the Gadsen Flag (the one with the striking snake that reads “Don’t Tread On Me”) floated through my mind. It was once a symbol of “freedom”, but has been distorted into a perverted symbol of white, male oppression (at least, to my mind).

    You might be interested in the book “The Cruelty is the Point: The Past, Present, and Future of Trump’s America” by Adam Serwer. It speaks to the fact that we just keep repeating flawed historical patterns, and that the difficulties that we now face (including having voted a bozo into the White House) are merely a symptom of “ignoring history at our own peril”.

    Thank you for this post. We need more folks talking about the fact that we must extend freedom to others if we hope to hold on to it for ourselves.

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    1. That distorted flag is just one of the symbols that now fill me (and others) with terror. How odd that these people don’t realize they look just like the terrorists they swear they want to fight.

      The book sounds interesting : I’ve added it to the list of things to look up when I visit the library proper. I’m always stunned when something doesn’t show up as an ebook. I want everything accessible to me in all ways all the time. Darn librarians 🙂

      The title especially interests me. Too many people keep making excuses for this political party or that one’s “strange” decision. They/we keep misdiagnosing features as glitches.

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