Skip to comments.Living “Bro-Choice”: It just doesn’t add up
Posted on 04/23/2013 6:31:39 PM PDT by Morgana
Recently, RH Reality Check published an article about Choice USAs new bro-choice campaign. According to Andrew Jenkins, this campaign is designed to lift up the work young men are already doing to challenge gender oppression in their own communities, and were recruiting more young men to do the same. The article then tries to go through a host of issues men should be more outspoken about.
Should men stand against rape and sexual violence? Should they speak out about sexual abuse, seek appropriate healthcare for themselves, make healthy sexual choices, and build strong families? Without a doubt, the answer is a resounding yes.
However, Andrew Jenkins and Choice USA dance around one of the main issues at play abortion. Very few would disagree that men should be involved with the issues listed above. Very few would ask a man who spoke out against rape to shut his mouth. Very few would call a man less of a man for working to build a strong family. Do more men need to be encouraged to do these things? Sure. But what does this have to do with abortion?
Jenkins and Choice USA imply that it has a whole lot to do with abortion. Now, only once in Jenkins article, not once on the Bro-Choice page, not once in the Bro-Choice pledge, is the word abortion mentioned. Instead, a new favorite term reproductive justice is thrown around without a real explanation or definition. Here are the phrases and sentences that use reproductive justice:
[men's] self-interest in fighting for sexual and reproductive justice an analysis of masculinity in the reproductive justice framework disrupt the dominant narrative that reproductive justice is a womens issue the relationship between men, masculinity, queerness and reproductive justice If you stop a person on the street and ask them to describe what they think a reproductive justice activist looks like, chances are they are going to describe a woman (who may or may not be standing next to a pile of burning bras). In order to truly win reproductive justice, we have to undertake a serious dialogue about the indisputable connection between traditional representations of masculinity and reproductive oppression. challenge traditional gender norms and actively speak out in favor of reproductive justice Living Bro-Choice means being a vocal advocate for reproductive justice, and an authentic ally to women. Be an outspoken champion for reproductive justice.
socialjusticeOk, we can gather a few things from this list:
Men should fight for reproductive justice. Traditional masculinity doesnt support reproductive justice; therefore it needs to be re-analyzed. Advocating for reproductive justice is being a true ally of women.
But heres the problem: it just doesnt add up. Regardless of the failure to acknowledge that reproductive justice is a new term for abortion (as well as other related issues), we know what the Bro-Choice campaign is talking about here. Despite the pro-choice movements typical disdain for any man who speaks out against abortion, they apparently need allies so badly that they are encouraging men to stand up for women as long as the men do it their way.
Why should men stand up for a notion of justice that isnt true justice at all?
Under the true definitions of justice, it is dishonest to redefine justice to include an action that is, by nature, unjust. Abortion which is included and emphasized in reproductive justice violates every single understanding of justice out there.
Abortion does not give every person what they are due. Instead, it prematurely takes the life of an innocent human being who never had the chance to exercise their equal right to life.
Abortion conforms neither to truth, fact, or reason. Truth, the facts of medical science, common sense, human dignity, basic moral decency, and reason all tell us that the unborn child is a person, deserving of the equal right to life.
Abortion is as far from true justice as you can get.
True, traditional masculinity doesnt support abortion. Men used to be taught to value the lives of their children. They used to be taught to care for the women in their lives not because women were completely unable to take care of themselves, but because its the right thing to do to care about someone you love. Traditional masculinity does not allow men to take the easy way out by aborting an unplanned child. Traditional masculinity does not allow men to hand a woman the cash, drive her to the clinic, and leave her to suffer through the physical and emotional consequences of abortion for the rest of her life.
Its obvious that the abortion wrecked my life. Emotionally, I was a different person before and after it. It left a path of destruction in my life. My family, my first marriage, my image of myself all a total wreck. Nothing will ever be the same.
I know now the lies I was told, the truths that were withheld from me, the facts that were glossed over or left out. As a pregnant woman, I go to my doctors office and see pictures of babies in tummies. Month by month, I hear my babys heartbeat. Im told how to do everything thats best for my babys health. Why is it legal across town to NOT tell these things?
Supporting abortion is the absolute last way to be a true ally of women. Women do not need more men speaking out and encouraging them to get abortions or even informing them that its their choice. Women do not need men taking them to places that lie to them, all the while claiming to provide services. Women do not need to end up at a clinic like Gosnells or like Delaware Planned Parenthood because men told them it was ok. Simply put, advocating for abortion is not being an ally for women.
(Interestingly, in Jenkins only use of the word abortion, he asserts that the truth is that women arent the only ones who have abortions. Whaaaat? Since when have men laid down on the operating tables, put their feet in stirrups, and been subjected to abortions?)
Perhaps if Jenkins wants to advocate for men becoming allies of women, he could get his most basic facts straight first. Women are indeed the ones who have abortions. They are not the only ones affected, but they are the only ones who can have them. And any true man will refuse to let a woman get an elective abortion. He will refuse to let her walk through the doors of any clinic, hospital, or other place that does abortions and, in so doing, hurts women and children in unspeakable ways.
A true man will stand up as a womans real ally in the situation and do everything in his power to care for the child he helped to create as well as for the woman who is carrying his child.
The “New Castrati”
I’ve always thought young men were naturally more pro-abortion; older men, too. After all, it would get THEM off the hook, wouldn’t it?
Hardly. Some of us actually like kids.
It seemed like the entire first half of the article was using lib-speak to frame the issue. I get nauseated when I see nearly any word concatenated with "justice".
The word has been so damned folded, spindled and mutilated by liberals that it brings out the same emotions in me that I get when I hear "diversity", "gender" or "gay".
All perfectly good words, perverted and deliberately abused by liberals. So it took me a little bit to get through the article. I usually stop after the first few catchphrases, because when you see them you know exactly what they are going to say.
This one almost had me until I got to "...Under the true definitions of justice, it is dishonest to redefine justice to include an action that is, by nature, unjust. Abortion which is included and emphasized in reproductive justice violates every single understanding of justice out there..."
I believe you are referring to the “Clinton Effect”.
In the case of Obama, he almost seems to relish the concept of abortion. It is creepy and disturbing, his apparent fondness for it.
From the article: Should men stand against rape and sexual violence? Should they speak out about sexual abuse, seek appropriate healthcare for themselves, make healthy sexual choices, and build strong families?
Uhhh - those are Urban Ferals, not acculturated American men.
Bro-choice is going to turn around and bite the pro-choicers in the butt, or at least those choicers who are more feminist than pure abortion fans.
Pro-choice for men, in choicers’s terms, would mean the right to define one’s own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe, and of the mystery of human life - in short, the right not to pay child support.
It took me a few minutes to figure it out too. Keep in mind she is talking about liberals and often try as we may that is hard to explain.
They usually use a phrase in the first few words that tips you off to exactly what they are trying to say, so instead of having to waste your time reading their entire load of drivel, you get the gist in as little as a half a sentence.
I compare it to listening to a dogmatic marxist or communist talking about America. They would start whatever they were saying with "You running dog imperialist pigs..." and you could just say "Yeah, yeah. Don't waste your breath, I know exactly the point you are trying to make."
Heck, three words in, and you had it figured out.
But I figure, with all the reading I do, the liberal propensity to speak in stereotypes has probably saved years off the end of my life. Hours and days I won't ever have to regret not getting back.
The downside is that there is occasionally an article like this one that will catch you with your figurative pants down...:)