I could not hit reblog fast enough. Plus a wonderful quote from said article. Thank you giuliaalexis.

“Recently, I got into a Facebook discussion about how gender is not neutral for women. At some point, I commented that patriarchy wouldn’t exist if men didn’t want to control the bodies of women for reproduction – and this includes replacing female midwives almost completely with male doctors and male viewpoints of medicine. Of course, I was accused of being transphobic, of “cisplaining,” and of not understanding feminism (seriously). But what had me truly flabbergasted was one young woman’s comment that “your version” of feminism, that which focuses on reproduction, excludes not just transwomen but also women such as herself who aren’t reproducing.

I thought to myself, should I explain to this individual that this isn’t “my version” of feminism but the accepted reason for the existence of patriarchy, and not just by feminism – but also by sociology and anthropology? This wasn’t controversial until the rise of queer theory. Should I explain to her that I, too, have no intention of ever reproducing – but you cannot “not reproduce” yourself out of patriarchy? Reproductive rights also cover birth control, which means if we lose that right women such as myself and her may very well end up reproducing against our will. It’s the POTENTIAL of reproducing that brings ALL females under the umbrella of patriarchy. You get treated as second-class citizens under patriarchy whether or not you reproduce, menstruate, have a hysterectomy, etc.

This comment also reflects the bizarre new feminist belief that if a subject matter doesn’t cover every single person’s “lived reality,” it is exclusive. Liberal (and thus mainstream) feminism is trying to be so inclusive towards transwomen and so individualistic towards “empowerment’ and “agency” that it is paralyzed. Liberal feminism is trying so hard not to define women by their biology that feminists are ignoring the fact that women are DYING of their biology.

Mainstream feminism is incorrect in its belief that the purpose of feminism is to re-define the idea of woman as divorced from their biology. That was never the intention of feminism. The intention of feminism is that women not be LIMITED by their biology. Thus the quotes “I have a brain and a uterus and I use both” and “I can’t breed in captivity.” Feminism never meant to DENY the reality of female biology. Feminism means to change society’s PERCEPTION of females and female biology. The two are not the same thing.”

ANTHRO FEMINISM

Note: This is an analysis (and kind of summary) of the May 12th NPR article entitled “Focus On Infants During Childbirth Leaves U.S. Moms In Danger.” I suggest reading the article first (referenced at the end of the post).

Reading NPR’s article on maternal deaths, I was reminded of the Monty Python skit “Every Sperm is Sacred” from The Meaning Of Life. If you are wondering how I can bring up a comedy skit in an article about maternal mortality, bear with me for a moment.

In the skit, there is the large Irish Catholic family that has so many children that the father decides to sell them for medical experimentation – which obviously is relevant to the current right-wing attack on birth control. But there is also the Protestant English woman who can use condoms, so her situation must be so much better. When a Protestant woman arrives at…

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