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Horrors of Society: Oppression of Women Part 2

Nolite te Bastardes Carborundorum! The Ghouls are here to educate you on not only the ways in which we have been oppressed but how we still very much are. On this episode, we talk about how sneaky sneaky the government is and how it wasn't that long ago that women weren't allowed to work. And how easily our rights can and have been ripped right from underneath us. We watched the Handmaid's Tale because Margaret Atwood really knows her stuff. 

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Kat's Facts - Handmaid's Tale and Real World Oppression

Last week we talked about the history of the oppression of women, and basically the arguments made by traditionalists in favor of universal subordination of women to men throughout history, and we also learned how those things aren’t true, and that women and men through the necessity of species survival, have a long history of coexistence that has been different but equal. We also discussed the impact of religion on these ideas, and the manipulation of Darwin's theories. So if interested check that episode out. BUT TODAY WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW TERRIFYING IT IS THAT HANDMAID’S TALE IN MY OPINION COULD TOTALLY HAPPEN. BUT BEFORE WE CAN DO THAT, we’re going to have a new definition and get the scary party started

  1. Creative Destruction- is a term coined in 1942 by Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter to explain the ways in which technology and innovation develop. Not so daunted outright. But wait, to further define it, Creative destruction describes the deliberate dismantling of established processes in order to make way for improved methods of production. The theory of creative destruction assumes that long-standing arrangements and assumptions must be destroyed to free up resources and energy to be deployed for innovation. As is implied by the word destruction, the process inevitably results in losers and winners. As the commander states: “Better never means better for everyone. It always means worse, for some”

Yay learning! So let’s think about the following. We hear the word production, and we usually think assembly lines, or companies, what if production was applied to babies, and the method of production, in the scenario where childbirth is becomes rarer and rarer, is women who are able, being forced to have babies against their will. If that sounds far fetched to you, you’re wrong, because in some ways its already happening. I mean men have been trying to control women’s bodies for a minute now, but specifically in modern American society, where the government makes bans on abortion, birth control, ECTOPIC PREGNANCIES FROM BEING REMOVED. Etc. People who have no idea what women’s bodies are, and what they need are making decisions for them. A scary timeline for you 2019 in America. We’re talking about America today because 1 that’s the place that the ghouls live, and the setting of Handmaid’s Tale, but I want to make a statement that the rights of women are under attack across the globe. There are a lot of countries where a version of handmaid’s tale is already basically happening. However because we in America are not in that space, I think we have this false sense of confidence that that could never happen to us, as we do with most things.

Feb. 4, 2019 U.S. Supreme Court stops Louisiana TRAP law from taking effect – for now

In a 5-to-4 split, the justices vote to enjoin the law and review the case. Justice Kavanaugh votes to let the law take effect, writing that abortion providers should have sought admitting privileges before their appeal — even though the TRAP law, if efforts to obtain admitting privileges failed, would leave the entire state with only one abortion-providing clinician at one clinic.

Feb. 22, 2019 The Trump-Pence administration issues a Title X gag rule

… in an attempt to ban providers in the Title X program from telling millions of patients how they can safely and legally access abortion — and “defund” Planned Parenthood health centers by making it impossible for Title X patients to obtain birth control there.

Winter and Spring 2019 Trump spews inflammatory lies about abortion later in pregnancy

In press remarks and at rallies, Trump echoes rhetoric used by a growing number of anti-abortion politicians — manufacturing outrage against safe, legal abortion by accusing pro-reproductive health politicians of supporting infanticide.

May 1, 2019 States have adopted 37 new restrictions on abortion rights and access

… since the beginning of 2019.

May 7, 2019 Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp signs 6-week abortion ban into law

… making the state the fourth in 2019 to enact an unprecedented — and unconstitutional — ban on abortion at a point in pregnancy before most people even know they’re pregnant. (Missouri will enact a similar ban the following week).

May 15, 2019 Alabama enacts a near-total ban on abortion

The Alabama legislation — the most extreme signed into law in any state since Roe v. Wade in 1973 — includes no exceptions for rape or incest. Anti-abortion politicians in the state say they hope legal challenges to the law reach the Supreme Court, where anti-abortion justices can undermine or overturn Roe v Wade

Essentially, during Trump era America, we have seen countless stabs at women, similar to what we see in the lead up to Gilead.