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Thursday Throwdown

April 5, 2012

Do you know what's the coolest new thing in Canadian prochoice politics and badassery? Radical Handmaids. If Motion 312 has got you righteously angry, sign the petition against it, send your MP a letter telling them to oppose it, then join the Radical Handmaids on Facebook  , follow them on Twitter, and check out their webpage.

Not sure who or what a Handmaid is? Then sadly you're not already familiar with Margaret Atwood's brilliant novel "The Handmaid's Tale" and I strongly recommend you head to your local library or independent bookstore and pick up a copy. "The Handmaid's Tale" is a frightening look at where the world could go for women if the right-wing fundamentalists take over; imagine having no name, just a designation based on which man in your life you're most important too. Ofryan, Ofjeffery, Ofnathan, Ofjames, Ofrichard. Imagine having no control, and I mean none, over your reproduction, if you're one of the 'lucky' Handmaids of reproductive age and fitness, or being a Wife but infertile and having your husband need a Handmaid. Imagine losing everything; your job, your savings, your home, your family, because women are suddenly a protected and sacred resource instead of people. Imagine not even being able to commit suicide because the men have learned to keep anything even remotely dangerous away from women's hands. This is "The Handmaid's Tale", and I wasn't kidding when I said that I woke up one morning and I felt like suddenly I was in a prologue to that story. Between all the antichoice bullshit happening south of the border, and omg there is so so so much of it I just want to scream but that wouldn't be enough, and now Motion 312 hitting so very close to home, I'm deeply afraid that the fundies might win, and what that will mean.

As a staunch feminist and body acceptance advocate, a mom and mom to be, someone who's had to choose whether or not to end and unwanted and unintended pregnancy, the issue of abortion is one that is close to my heart. Everyone, regardless of their gender or sex, must have bodily autonomy, and that means deciding for ourselves when/if/how many kids we want to have. If you want to have a dozen beautiful bouncing babies I wish you nothing but joy and safe deliveries. If you never ever want to have kids, I wish you the strongest of birth controls and never having to make the same choice I did. If you're somewhere in between, I wish you the continued rights you currently enjoy to decide for yourself what that means and how you'll go about it. I hope you'll join me in fighting to keep those rights for everyone.

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