Stupid Men Who Make Laws That Affect Me & My Daughter

This should be subtitled Why Kansas Sucks for Women.

I am so furious right now I am literally shaking.  I have lived in Kansas now for a total of 15 years or so and I've always known that outside of my little ring of friends this is one of the most backassward states in the union.  This is the state that has a law that states if two oncoming trains meet on the same track, neither shall proceed until the other has passed.  (Duh.)  This is a state where my city has to have a law that no one may picket a funeral.  (Yup, those assholes are from here too.)  And this is the state that teaches evolution is a theory, not a fact.  (Yes, it makes total sense that Adam and Eve had dinosaurs for pets.  And I guess dinos no longer exist because Noah forgot to get them on the Ark??)

And now Kansas has this douche spouting his misogynistic (and idiotic) shite.  I think the writer from The Pitch did a fantastic job skewering the guy and I loved that he included the home phone number of the dickhead.  I haven't called him yet.  I'm trying to decide if I want to have a legitimate conversation with him where I try to point out the flaws in his proposal and where I would ask him how he'd like it if his wife or daughters were forced to plan ahead for a RAPE or if I just want to call him every name in the book, accuse him of being a close-minded weirdo who probably looks at kiddie porn when the fam is asleep and threaten him with bodily harm a la the Shazam.  I go back and forth.  I need to do some research first, I don't want to end up in jail.

It's just so aggravating and frustrating that all these fucking MEN make laws that dictate what can and can't be done to WOMEN'S bodies.  Fuck you, Rep. Pete DeGraaf!  Who do you think you are?!  What gives you the right to tell me and my daughter what we should "prepare" for??  If you can get a penile impant without a special rider I should be able to get an abortion!  (I'm not saying he's ever had one, but he IS acting like a man with an inadequacy don't you think?)

I've never had an abortion.  I'm at a point in my life that I probably would not have an abortion.  I'm affluent enough that if I or my daughter ever chose to have one, I could find a place to go and get the job done without a coat hanger.  There are millions of women in this country who don't have that luxury and they will DIE when they realize they don't have a "spare tire," because they will go to some back alley kook who will charge them cash and use dirty surgical instruments.

Men like Rep. DeGraaf and his colleagues will fight wars for oil and land and money.  But I WILL fight to the death for my daughter's reproductive rights and her right to make a safe and affordable choice.  That might sound like hyperbole, but it's not.  I feel like this is a war.  A war on women and laws like this one are just the tip of the iceberg that is coming.  I rant and I rave on this blog about how minorities are treated and today, I am a member of that threatened minority and I will definitely not go quietly!

I can't even believe that I HAVE to rant and rave.  This should be a no-brainer - keep YOUR fucking laws about MY body away from me.  Don't preach to me.  Don't tell me to "prepare" for a rape or unwanted pregnancy like I would prepare for a flat tire or my death (abortion insurance IS NOTHING like a spare tire or life insurance).  Stay away from me and definitely stay away from my daughter!

I wonder what it would be like if the roles were reversed and the men were the ones with unwanted pregnancy or were victims of rape, incest, and more?  They'd probably have drive through abortion clinics on every corner.  They'd have the drug companies working on the very best drugs to make an abortion as quick, easy and affordable as possible. Pfizer would probably sell Viagra and this abortion wonder drug in a two pack with a coupon!

There is a campaign under way to send Rep. Pete DeGraaf mini spare tires.  I'm more of the mindset we should put a horse's head in his bed.

If you'd like to drop him a note or give him a call, here's his info:

DeGraaf's Web site lists his office number as 785-296-7693, his home phone as 316-777-0715 - that's at 1545 E. 119th St. Mulvane, KS - and his e-mail as [email protected].


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16 comments:

Michelle said...

Wow. Of course here in San Francisco we are dealing with the opposite issue--there will be a bill on the next ballot making it illegal to perform a circumcision on a boy under the age of 18 yrs, no religious exceptions.

Jen said...

Whoa, that's a tough one. I can see both sides. I know someone who didn't get circumcised as a baby and then suffered a lot of health problems as a teen and THEN had to had the surgery. He was in a lot of pain and was out of commission for a lot longer than the babies are when they get it done.

Whitney said...

I guess I was under a rock when you posted this....what does this guy want to do? Are you referencing a specific article that I can catch up with?

Jen said...

Whitney, You can read an article here: http://cjonline.com/news/2011-06-01/lawmaker-criticized-over-abortion-remarks

Meg said...

Ha! Bad ass! I could not agree more!

Allie said...

Your elf on the shelf post had me laughing but this post is so rad . Nothing made me more promchoice than the birth of my daughter.

Allie said...

Pro not prom ... I was never big on prom.

BlondeGirl said...

Frankly, I tend you agree with you, but DeGraaf and his ilk will never agree with you because they do not see it as a choice for ONLY your body. They see it as terminating a life...one that is not just yours to decide what to do with (it takes a man to make a baby too). I agree with the woman's right to choose, and I will continue to fight for that right, but I had it recently pointed out to me that it isn't JUST a decision for a woman. That baby belongs to two people and it's not quite fair that only the woman gets to legally decide what to do. Granted, it's her body that is held hostage for 9 months, but still, I can *kinda* see that person's point. Thoughts?

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lilysmom said...
Man, I really like reading your blog because I think you're funny, but I don't think I'll continue after reading this post. You're certainly entitled to your opinion but I will not support it by clicking on it anymore. It's not just YOUR body at stake here...

mym2bw said...

So true! I was an unexpected pregnancy and my aubt had a daughter at 16. Along with my father, two of the most adamant pro-choice supporters I knew. Women have the right to choose. I hope they choose life, but I will defend to my death their right to have that choice.

Erin said...

Thank you so much for this post. As a woman who grew up in Kansas, it always frightened me the lengths I would have had to go to to get an abortion.
I miss a lot of things about Kansas, and wanted to move back for a long time, but if they keep up with this bullshit I will sadly have to stay far, far away.

On a different note, I found your blog through somebody posting the link to your elf on the shelf post, and spent the rest of my day reading it. Just wanted to say I love your posts and your sense of humor, and the fact that you can more down to earth than a lot of people seem to be these days.

Anonymous said...

I don't know what rock I was living under when this was in the news, but I somehow missed it. WTF? The government is now dictating what insurance companies are ALLOWED to cover?

How the HELL is that not unconstitutional? Private business can't cover a LEGAL MEDICAL PROCEDURE.

Yeah, I'm appalled at the "plan ahead for rape" idiocy, too, but I'm actually pissed off way earlier in this one.

pj said...

Go girl! I agree 100%. As always. To those who are pro-life: wouldn't it be a lot better for the resulting baby if the mother CHOSE to continue the pregnancy and was happy to welcome the baby, than if some asshat FORCED her to have the baby by law, and she spent that whole child's life resenting her/him?

Miss LaMonte said...

Jen, I just moved to JOCO 9 months ago and can't stand how skewed people are when voting. I thought SC was bad but KS takes the cake!! I am out of town and never want to go back!!!!

Teresa Collins said...

Jen, I haven't been reading your blog long and up until I came across this post I had really been enjoying it. But this is where we part ways (not that it really makes any difference to you). I understand your irritation with someone telling you what you can do with your body but did you ever stop to think that women who have abortions are doing the same thing to the babies they abort. And before you say it. Yes it is a baby and not a "product of conception". These babies would like a say in what happens to their bodies also, but they don't get that right. It is a sad world we live in when the most helpless of our citizens receive the most unfair treatment.

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