Well, If you read it thats all you need to know really. This isn't about how much I love or hate Mike or what he says. But what he said really made me think about what I believe or want to believe about the "Choice" issue.
We like to pretend it's a very black and white issue, especially in Christianity and Feminism. Unfortunately it's not black or white or even gray. The issue of choice has so many colors my art teachers would be amazed if we tried to classify every stance.
We attach Pro Choice to feminism because the goal of the movement was to give women choices. Do you want to be educated? Do you want to work? Do you want to enjoy an orgasm? Do you want to wear a bra or pants? Now those choices seem so simple and we take a lot of them for granted. The issue of choice in child birth is loaded now because if you want children or want to raise them without the help of a nany or daycare, you've seemingly abandoned your choices.
For me, and many like me, Pro choice means taking all your options and making a choice. Rising University Star-3.9 gpa feminist theologian gets knocked up. Tragic headline. I had two choices-take responsibility for what I'd done by not taking my pill correctly OR "take care'" of the situation by pretending like it had never happened. I opted for carrying through the pregnancy and having Caleb. I don't know how many people have also done this, but I definately know of two others who have made children a bigger part of their lives than their career. Im proud of the decision, sure. Do I fault anyone who took the other decision, no. It's not easy to do what I did and it's not easy to know that you are preventing a life. The point is, we all had the choice and that's thanks to the feminist movement.
We have other choices too. We have the choice to use birth control. We have the choice to prevent making the choice of baby's life or my life. Sometimes though, our choices are irresponsible and selfish. What about the people who take advantage of choices. I doubt our leaders in the early 20th century wanted us to abuse our rights by using abortion as a form of birth control. Should these people be stripped of choices?
Sterilization was a big issue for a few states recently. http://againsttheirwill.journalnow.com/
Is this really a bad option when we consider the abuse of choice? What if after a womans third convenience based abortion we sterilize her? Hasn't she been wreckless with her rights as a feminist?
Ideas I've been playing with. Maybe we shouldn't have all the choices we have all the time.