George Carlin – Pro-Life is Anti-Woman

The featured clip includes some profanities and may be triggering.

For many of us abortion is a very serious issue. We are clearly pro-choice and therefore focus on women’s reproductive rights, choices and agency. Pro-lifers on the other hand focus on preserving the fetus, often believing that those who are pro-choice are murderers, or baby killers. Just read the book (which is suppose to be objective, but is clearly pro-life biased) Understanding Abortion: From Mixed Feelings to Rational Thought by Stephen D. Schwarz with Kiki Latimer.

Even though this video is a few years old, it is just as relevant and relatable to today. Comedian George Carlin discusses how pro-life is anti-woman, while giving some hilarious examples along the way:

“Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus, from conception to nine months. After that they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no daycare, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you are pre-born, you’re fine, if you are pre-school, you’re f#*ked”.

After dealing with the views of Todd Akin, Mitt Romney, and Norma McCorvey among others it is nice to laugh a little.

William Saletan, George Carlin, and the Decency of Chickens

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William Saletan recently took on the topic of fetal development and abortion over at Slate. In “Abortion Forever?” he argued that fetal development matters, particularly in the (very rare, he admits) cases of late-term abortion. The differences between an eight-week and a 28-week fetus matter, he says, because “the capacities that make a newborn more significant than a zygote—cognition, interaction, viability—don’t materialize overnight. They develop over many weeks. At some point, they make abortion too much like infanticide.”

Saletan continues this line of reasoning by pointing out that neural development continues for the first three years of life.  He then asks, “[i]f a woman feels that eight, 18, or 28 weeks after birth isn’t too late for her, shouldn’t we trust her judgment?” Sounds like someone’s been reading Unwind!

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A Few Words About the “Unspeakable” Word

Jenny Diski had a really interesting piece in the most recent New York Times Magazine, about the word cunt. At least, I’m 99% sure that’s what the “unspeakable” word was that she very cleverly referred to throughout her essay; the Times’ style guide considers the actual word too crude to be printed.

Among the various points raised was the tension between the “grenade of the four-letter word” and the potential to neutralize a charged word by using it in everyday conversation. Cunt isn’t the only word that fits into this equation; fuck, shit, and several of George Carlin’s other seven dirty words have also been in the hot seat. Yet cunt is almost universally held to be one of the most offensive words in the English language, only able to be verbalized as the c-word or the ridiculously cutesy C U Next Tuesday.

I think it’s time to reclaim “cunt.” What should be so insulting about something that means female genitalia (specifically, the vulva)? Is the dislike of the word symptomatic of a larger unease with female sexuality? There’s certainly ample evidence that our culture is more comfortable with terms for male anatomy than female; look at all the euphemisms for male masturbation, and then try to think of even half as many for the female equivalent.

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