This whole idea that supporting the use of contraception or abortion is somehow in line with women’s rights just doesn’t make sense to me. It says, look, men can have sex without getting pregnant, so in order to be equal in society to men, women also need to be able to have sex without getting pregnant. Women need to change to be more like men in order to be equal? How is that at all overcoming sexism? How about working to get equal rights and opportunities while celebrating the differences between men and women? I’m not naive; I get that women often get shafted out of opportunities when they get pregnant, but the solution is to demand equal responsibility from the father, not zero responsibility from either. Sure, it’s a harder battle, but since when do we find it acceptable to take the easy way out?
It just seems like the birth control movement being equated with overcoming sexism is like saying that in order to overcome white supremacy, we should make everyone have white skin.
Everyone looked aghast, but we all knew exactly who he was talking about.
“She’s just taken one of my biscuits!” Harrison explained. He wasn’t the least bit sheepish, either. As far as he was concerned, those biscuits were his property and no one was allowed to go near them. Lennon began shouting back at him, but there was little he could say to defend his wife (who was happily munching away in the studio), because he shared exactly the same attitude towards food.” —
Geoff Emerick, “Here, There and Everywhere” (via yousayyouwantarevoloution)