What’s Current: Women stage protest against Ohio anti-abortion bill dressed as handmaids

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More than a dozen women dressed in “handmaid” costumes staged a silent protest at the Ohio Statehouse in response to a bill that would ban the most common abortion procedure.

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Jess Martin
Jess Martin

Jess Martin is a public relations professional, an aspiring writer, and an assistant editor at Feminist Current. She prefers to write about feminist topics, disability, or environmental issues, but could be persuaded to broaden her horizons in exchange for payment and/or food. In her spare time Jess can be found knitting, gardening, or lying in the fetal position, mulling over political theory that no one in their right mind cares about.

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  • oneclickboedicea

    The problems with the inquiry into missing indigenous women are replicated in the uks inquiry into rampant sexual assault of children by men. Both are bogged down by an environment that doesnt want these inquiries to find anything wrong with culture of male discrimination and violence against women and children.

    • FierceMild

      Men should not be permitted to arbitrate, argue, or adjudicate in any situation involving sexual offense.

  • Hekate Jayne

    I have recently looked closely at Roe v. Wade. It’s apparent that the decision was not meant to empower women or allow them their bodily autonomy. It gives power to the male medical establishment. In other words, it gives the doctors (at the time, 99.99% of them were male) the choice of deciding if an abortion is permitted.

    In the late 60s, when women were fighting the abortion battle, a large number of them didn’t want reform. They only wanted complete repeal. They very clearly stated that if we allowed the male government to define any perimeters on abortion at all, that we would be leaving ourselves open to exactly what we have today, with males deciding exactly what we are allowed to do.

    • Tobysgirl

      This is why Roe v Wade should have been couched in equal rights language, not the language of privacy. But the good ole U.S., still with no Equal Rights Amendment.
      A feminist newspaper in NYC published an herbal guide to self-directed abortion in the 1970s. I wish I still had my copy, but if one reads an herbal and notes which herbs are “not to be taken during pregnancy” and follows the herbal guide for dosages … you get the idea. Indigenous people all over the world used herbs to end unwanted pregnancies.

      • Hekate Jayne

        There are websites for herbs. The book about Jane has explicit instructions.

        I am not concerned about abortion rights anymore. And it’s not because I am callous. It’s because I have spent my life doing what I need to do, around males and in spite of them. Being forced into the lower sex caste has shown me that we have to be kept below, and even then, we manage to do pretty well, anyway. Males can’t excel in any way unless they are actively attacking and oppressing us.

        Their government is going to go on, protecting them and insuring their dominance. And we will group up and work around them. We always do.

  • Hekate Jayne

    One thing that really sticks out, if you read stories from women that had abortions in the late 60s and early 70s, is how so little information was given to women about their own bodies. It seems like the male medical establishment wanted women to be completely ignorant of how our bodies worked. There weren’t even books until women began to write them around that time.

    So many women’s stories of having abortions after Roe told of being treated as an object, as a thing, by male doctors. They weren’t given the opportunity to be active and participate in their own decisions, the doctors resented when the women would ask about the process.

    The group, Jane, that did abortions in Chicago for a few years before Roe passed, learned to do abortions from males. The book about them goes into vivid detail about how abortions are actually done, what kinds of abortions there are and the issues that can arise.

    And it’s glaringly obvious that abortion is a really simple procedure, but males were literally gatekeeping it. It’s all about controlling us, and owning us. Males are insecure, fragile little things.

  • FierceMild

    Because sometimes we need some handmaid’s tale hilarity:
    https://youtu.be/ciPszqk703k

    • Cassandra

      This was cute. Thanks for sharing!