week month year in ABLC land has been filled with uteri and vaginae-related news, mainly about the GOP’s War on Women™, to be precise. On the front page alone, as I type this, we have a post by ABL, sending out a uterus-shaped symbol to all the Uterati so we can gather all the anti-women bills that are being considered/passed across the country in one place, a guest-post by @ThundarKitteh on all the anti-women dumbfuckery going on in her state of Indiana, a guest-post by @deaniemills on the outrageous state-sanctioned rape bill that has passed in her state of Texas, and another post by ABL on the postponement of the “Personhood” Bill in Virginia, due to the national outcry that has risen over it. My own last post was on the flak the Girl Scouts have been receiving because of a perceived connection with the newest manufactured bogeyman of the right, Planned Parenthood. Right beneath my last post is an excellent post by roadkillrefugee on the real reason Glenn Beck nailed himself to the Catholic Church cross over the whole birth control nontraversy.
By the way, I haven’t bought GS cookies in years. Tonight, I changed that by buying 5 boxes of my personal favorite, Lesbian Cunnilingalongs (h/t @socratic on teh Twitter Machine. Actual name, Tagalongs. So. Damn. Delicious. Peanut butter and chocolate go together like me and Margaret Cho*. They make me want to listen do, err, listen to Melissa Ferrick all night long.) at a nearby supermarket just so I could support my local Lil Uterati (h/t, my angry black overlady).
This anti-woman bullshit is really getting to me. It seems like every hour, I’m reading of a new outrage. I also write fiction as well as blogging – writing fiction nourishes my soul – and I had been toying with the idea of writing a short story that incorporates the recent desire by the GOP to get all up in our collective uteri. Then, I received this short story from @txvoodoo on teh Twitter Machine, and after reading it, I realized that this was the story I had had in mind.
It’s written by Amanda Ching**, and it’s a harrowing, chilling, terrifying read. I still shudder when I think about it, and I read it hours ago. It’s a difficult read (and this coming from someone who writes pretty disturbing fiction), but a necessary one. It takes the concept of a Personhood bill/law to its logical conclusion – a society in which abortion and birth control are illegal – and with horrific, graphic consequences. The picture Ms. Ching presents is dystopic, scary, and not that far-fetched as I would have thought five years ago.
I may still write my own short story on the subject, but for now, read this one. To repeat my mantra on the War on Women™ : this is why we fight, and this is why we MUST win.
ETA: Amanda Ching is on teh Twitter Machine. Follow her at @cerebralcutlass.
*Normally, I would say Alan Rickman, but that would ruin the narrative of my post, so Margaret Cho it is!