“Forgive me. I must start by pointing out that three years after a horrific financial crisis caused by massive fraud, not a single financial executive has gone to jail — and that’s wrong.”—CHARLES FERGUSON, co-winner of the Best Documentary for the Wall Street expose Inside Job, accepting his award. (via inothernews)
“Most honest grown ups, after all, do not really get a lot of solace out of saying that “life isn’t fair,” especially if they can see the ways they benefit from all the unfairness they deplore. Most also understand that a considerably higher lever of taxation for our public schools, if equitably allocated on the basis of real need, would make it possible for far more children from poor neighborhoods to enter the admissions pool for the distinguished colleges and universities their own children attend. Some of their children might encounter stiffer competition.”— Jonathan Kozol, The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America
First, Alice Paul wasn’t just a “famous feminist”. Alice Paul is prettymuch the reason why women in this country can vote. She is the mother of women’s suffrage. She also started the National Woman’s Party and took part in hunger strikes in prison in order to get the rights she knew women deserved. She also didn’t care what women did with those rights once they got them. In fact, she didn’t really touch the abortion issue because she knew back then it was too much of a political hot potato, and she was just as politically savvy as she was driven by an extreme passion for women’s human rights.
I mention all of this because the small amount of information given about her in the reblogged post is indicative of how little the person who posted this quote probably knows about her. I bet they also don’t know that Paul was the original author of the ERA, or Equal Rights Amendment. You know, that amendment that would have put women’s human rights into the Constitution for good so that they wouldn’t be subject to the whim of whatever attitude the congress at any given time might have toward women? That little old thing? The thing that was killed in the 80s by Phyllis Schlafly and her women-working-as-public-speakers-that-tell-women-not-to-work-brigade?
Yeah, Alice Paul wrote that.
As I said before, it is true that Alice Paul originally did not want to link abortion rights to the ERA. However, it wasn’t because she was necessarily morally against it. She knew it was a divisive, hot button issue, and she actually wanted the amendment to get ratified. So, she left it out. Funny that conservative fauxminists worked to make sure the amendment Alice Paul wrote died, yet now anti-choicers (especially anti-choice fauxminists) want to quote Paul to try to make her out to be anti-abortion as well! No shame, truly. There’s actually no record of Paul even saying this supposed quote. But hey, that doesn’t stop those without shame or commitment to ethics from makin’ shit up anyway, amirite?
So either way it goes, this supposed quote from Alice Paul doesn’t prove anything, other than an anti-choice commitment to misinformation (and dismissing women’s actual contributions/individuality/beliefs/humanity).
No really, anti-choicers, if you’re going to try to pretend like you’re not misogynists, it’s probably best not to quote women out of context (or to just put words in their mouth that they never said!) as if they support your goals. Are you really that desperate?
Let’s just be honest with each other (try really really hard): It’s time to stop bolstering your bad arguments with a philosophy you hate anyway.
Yeah, I know I’ve been posting about abortion a lot, but people seem to be heaping the most bullshit onto abortion rights recently. I can’t help it, I have an allergy!