Friday, April 12, 2024

"Second Deadline" Update: The Subjugation of Women - Democracy v. Authoritarianism, Part 1 (4/12/24)

There is a through-line from Putin's war on Ukraine, to Putin ally Iran's war against its own female population, to the Putin/Iran Sponsored Hamas femicidal attack on 10/7, to the Putin sponsored Trump/MAGA subjugation of Red State women & girls. WWW 3 is a War on Women.


Since the fall of Roe v. Wade, in the Red States, misogynistic MAGA rulers are inflicting unbearable suffering to American women and girls.

Since SCOTUS with its three Trump-appointed justices put an end to Roe v Wade, abortion bans with NO EXCEPTION FOR RAPE OR INCEST have passed in Tennessee, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri & of course, Texas. Well, guess what?!?! Since Roe v. Wade was overturned, 26,000 women and girls in Texas were impregnated by their rapists  

And it isn’t just the victims of rape and incest who are being subjugated in this hateful and barbaric way. MAGA seeks control the lives and destinies of all women.  

Consider Texas' sadistic attempt to exert control of the life of Katie Cox:
Kate Cox, the 31-year old mother of two who recently sued the State of Texas for the right to terminate her fatal nonviable pregnancy, has fled Texas to receive an abortion according to her lawyers at the Center for Reproductive Rights ... From a statement from the Center for Reproductive Rights: After a week of legal whiplash and threats of prosecution from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, our client Kate Cox has been forced to flee her home state of Texas to get the time-sensitive abortion care needed to protect her health and future fertility. Kate has been unable to get an abortion in Texas, even though her fetus has a fatal condition and continuing the pregnancy threatens her future fertility. – Meidas Touch, Kate Cox Forced to Flee Texas After Court Halts Her Abortion, 12/11/23

This is not who we are. This is not what America has chosen to be over the many decades since the defeat of fascism in WWII. This is not what the West is, this is not what the Western Alliance is. This is what Putin’s Russia is, this is what the “Islamic Republic” of Iran is, this is what Hamas is, and yes this is what MAGA is.
Cox is now speaking out for Biden-Harris in battle ground states.

The brilliant Ruth Ben-Ghiat, historian of authoritarianism & author of "Strongman," confirms the powerful link between misogyny & authoritarianism:

In an authoritarian state, women are as much the enemies of the strongman as the press, prosecutors, and the opposition. We can correlate the appeal of strongmen to moments when men feel their status is threatened due to changes in gender roles and distributions of economic and social power.
Control over female bodies in the name of population growth is a throughline of authoritarianism, as are persecutions of LGBTQ+ individuals ...
In Europe and America, the century-long focus of the far right on demographic emergencies supposedly created by declines of White births and upticks in non-White immigration have created support for controls on female bodies. These controls are predicated on negating the personhood of women and consigning them to roles as vessels of population growth.
For men to preserve their “natural” right to dominate, and White Christian civilization to continue, women must be deprived of reproductive rights and demeaned, disciplined, and criminalized if they resist.
This larger frame of authoritarian gender politics is key for understanding the assaults on abortion rights that are making news today, as in the new ban on abortion in Arizona that has no exceptions for rape or incest. - Ruth Ben-Ghiat,The Republican War on Women is Straight Out of the Authoritarian Playbook, Lucid, 4/11/24

Please share this with everyone you know - the 'unbelievable' story behind Arizona's 1864 abortion ban (which the AZ State Supreme Court just upheld post-Roe):