When You Have a Hammer, Everything Looks Like Abortion Rights (Part 2)

When U have a Hammer ArtLast post I was talking about today’s Roe v. Wade anniversary (happy birthday, right to not have babies I don’t want!), and how it started me thinking of all the things that get left out of the feminist conversation because we’re so focused on protecting that law, and on legislation in general. I closed Part 1 by blaming President Kennedy for feminism’s narrow focus on public policy reform; let me explain. Kennedy was the first US President to enter office knowing full well that he owed women big for his victory. [Read more…]

When You Have a Hammer, Everything Looks Like Abortion Rights

Photo from the 2004 March for Women's Lives, t...

Photo from the 2004 March for Women’s Lives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(Part 1)
One week from today, January 22nd, is the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, and people are making a justifiably big deal about it. There will be marching, there will be chanting; everyone will have signs. And I will cheer the demonstrators on even as I wonder why, at least since the ‘70s, abortion access has been the only truly reliable mass mobilizing issue for American feminism. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why it’s so crucial, I just don’t understand why it’s so singularly important to the US women’s movement as a theme, as a PR strategy, as a recruitment tool. I mean, is our ability to get unintentionally pregnant really the strongest tie that binds women together? [Read more…]