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Apparently one of the feminist communities on LJ can't understand (or at least most of their members can't) why a shirt saying "I had an abortion" (that's sold by Planned Parenthood) is potentially offensive.

They equate it with the "Abortion is Homocide" shirts. Call it equal time. Feel that it's just a matter of free speech.

Sure, if you take that view, fine.

But it's not really the same thing, is it? If abortion really is the simple medical procedure with no emotional attachment to a living thing/ child/ etc. then why isn't Planned Parenthood making shirts like "I got my Ovaries removed" or "I have ovarian cysts!" or "Hysterectomy Go!" .
They're just a bunch of conditions or medical procedures just like abortion, right?

If it isn't just a simple medical procedure and there *is* some attachment to this living thing that you are in effect terminating then why be all fucking flippant about it? Support the right of the woman who is carrying the child to make that choice, but don't make that choice just "no big deal", which I think making a catchy little tshirt slogan does.

Not a fan of the still rampant abortion debate. Not a fan generally of self defined feminists (becuase the majority just don't seem to actually *get* what the fuck it is they're talking about and how their moral and idealogical stances define who they MUST be and usually just aren't), and pretty much against the sort of inbred notions that come out of any talking circle for political/social/spiritual ideas.
So really, this one is just hitting on all fronts.


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Jul. 27th, 2004 08:12 am (UTC)
To me that's the same thing as putting your personal / political / spiritual beliefs on a bumper sticker - you're just trivializing them by displaying them in the same format that people use to say things like "My other car is a Porsche" or "How's My Driving? 1-800-EAT-SHIT". The shirts go that extra step in taking a message/topic that many people are clearly passionate about (and in many cases are angered and offended by) and defiantly shoving it in their faces.

I don't care what you believe, you don't have to be a cock about it. You're essentially saying "I'm right and fuck you" by wearing a shirt like that, and it's just childish and petty in my opinion. No, I don't think the world should be G-rated so nobody ever gets offended, but there's a difference between that and going out of your way to offend people.

Keep in mind that my opinions here apply to either of the shirts in question, regardless of which one is closer to my personal opinion on the subject.
Jul. 27th, 2004 08:30 am (UTC)
but it is free speach isn't it. its a fucking t-shirt for god's sake. for $15 i could get the same shirt and it makes a political statement, not a moral one. and you are right about it not being a simple medical procedure. the only reason it is on a t-shirt is because there is a debate, no one debates the legality of having a histerectomy. its better to leave the debate in the frame it is in, Politics, and leave the moral and the spiritual to each individual where they belong.
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