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Dear Pro-Life Assholes, this is what you’re campaigning for and it makes you horrible people.

Dr. Jen Gunter

The coat hanger isn’t sterile. It isn’t even clean.

If the woman, or girl, is alone she thrusts it blindly upwards into the vagina. She’s hoping it will get into her uterus and do something. She may or may not know that to get into the uterus the coat hanger has to navigate the small opening in the cervix called the os.

A coat hanger is technically narrow enough to get through a pregnant cervical os, but the end is sharp not tapered so it can lacerate and perforate. Getting any instrument through the cervix safely also requires visualization and knowledge of the correct amount of force.

If she’s lucky enough to get the coat hanger through her cervix it could easily sail right through the back or side walls of the uterus. The uterine wall is soft and easily perforated with the wrong instrument or unskilled hands. If…

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A couple of feminist quote of the day just for my AVFM friends who might be lurking around in the shadows waiting to explain how oppressed being (usually) white and male is.

“Men often react to women’s words – speaking and writing – as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence. So we lower our voices. Women whisper, Women apologize. Women shut up. Women trivialize what we know. Women shrink. Women pull back. Most women have experienced enough dominance from men – control, violence, insult, contempt – that no threat seems empty”

-Andrea Dworkin – Intercourse

FeministtheoryMtC
    “Like revolutionaries working to change the lot of colonized people globally, it is necessary for feminist activists to stress that the ability to see and describe one’s own reality is a significant step in the process of self-recovery, but it only a beginning. When women internalized the idea that describing their own woe was synonymous with developing a critical political consciousness, the progress of feminist movement was stalled.  Starting form such incomplete perspectives, it is not surprising that theories and strategies were developed that were collectively inadequate and misguided.  To correct this inadequacy  past analysis we must now encourage women to develop a keen, comprehensive understand of women’s political reality.  Broad perspectives can only emerge as we examine both the personal that is political, the politics of society as a whole, and global revolutionary politics. 
[…]
    By repudiating the popular notion that the focus of the feminist movement should be social equality of the sexes and by emphasizing eradication of the cultural basis of group oppression, our own analysis would require an exploration of all aspects of women’s political reality.  This would mean that race and class oppression would be recognized as feminist issues with as much relevance as sexism.”
                                                                                                                                                             -Bell Hooks: Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center, p.26-27

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