Monday, June 01, 2009

You're Expecting Maybe Righteous Indignation?

Gee, I'm a liberal feminist. That means I should be all over the story of this pro choice physician in Kansas being assassinated, shouldn't I? I mean, honestly, all my Bloggy pals are weighing in on the outrage, shouldn't I be doing the same?
Sorry, those days are over.
Oh, there was a time I was marching for the ERA and choice and all that, then I realized that chicks who want the freedom to choose abortion have never lifted a finger to complain or march or petition about gays being denied civil rights.
There was a time I marched against war, against civil rights violations, against a lot of stuff, but where's the reciprocation, straighties?
There is none.
Well, very little, I should say.
I think women of abortion-having age forget how they got that goddamn right to begin with. Before Roe v. Wade, lesbos like me without any horses in this race would take to the streets, escort women into clinics under siege and otherwise risk our safety to fight for rights we didn't even need.
Well, fuck that.
I think maybe Roe v. Wade should be overturned and let these self absorbed breeder chicks start to understand they've been taking their basic human rights for granted.
Let them mobilize to get them back.
Besides queers being trendy accessories and tokens at straight parties, what have the breeders ever done for our trampled rights?
How many straight Black people are on the news saying, "The queers marched for us, now we're marching for them!"
How about none?
Sorry, fellow liberals, I am now a one trick pony.
No more donating to this or marching for that unless it involves queers getting an even break.
Remember this call to arms?

When the Nazis came for the communists,
I remained silent;
I was not a communist.
Then they locked up the social democrats,
I remained silent;
I was not a social democrat.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
I did not protest;
I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
I did not speak out;
I was not a Jew.
When they came for me,
there was no one left to speak out for me.

Please note that practically all the downtrodden were mentioned except for the queers.
Well, this queer is fed up.
Abortion is not now, nor has it ever been my issue.
I've tried to show solidarity practically all my adult life, but have gotten bupkis in return.
My charitable, activist duties are suspended until we queers get what the rest of Americans have.


Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Can't say as I blame you.

Comrade E.B. Misfit said...

I updated my blog entry on this to include your take on it.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Thanks, you two.

nonnie9999 said...

i don't blame you for being angry, karen. people can be pretty selfish and self-centered. there was a time when one minority stood with others. now, it seems like people think that there are a finite number of civil rights, and everyone has to grab them for their own group instead of realizing there is enough for everyone if we just demand everyone has them.

bigsis said...

Obama sealed his fate with me with his smart ass remarks at thata Beverly Hills fundraiser where a gay protestor outside asked him to keep his promise. The promise being to end "don't ask, don't tell" and to speak up for gay rights generally.

He told the $30,400 per couple crowd inside that he thought the request was fair but "I don't know which promise he was talking about." Hope his fucking $30,400 per couple audience enjoyed a good laugh on the gays AGAIN.

I'm spamming any MoveOn and pro-Obama emails - its over until he gets his head out of his ass about gay issues.

Isn't it a fucked up world when the only ones speaking up for LGBT's are the young evangelicals?

HelenWheels said...

This straighty does more gay rights work than I do abortion issues work! Yes, I'm honking my own horn. Toot Toooot! 'Course my sister and her fabulous partner are gay and I adore them, but even if they weren't in the mix I would be a gay rights activist.

I agree, women do tend to take their rights for granted. Even the vote! Holy shit, I saw "Iron Jawed Angels" and it blew me away what those women did to get us the vote.

My take on the killing of Dr. Tiller is not so much the abortion rights issue, though, it's that he was killed in a terrorist action. And that is important, because how our gov't treats that will be very telling.

I'm with you re: Obama big sis. Anyone who saw how devastated my sister was after Nov. 4 - 3 days after she got married - would see the true pain & suffering that fucking Prop8 caused.

Lulu Maude said...

This isn't about quid pro quo. This is about the murder of a very brave doctor who stood for his principles, a brave man who was shot twice before but continued to provide care. His abortions were most frequently those for true medical reasons, also--fetuses missing heart valves, brains, etc.

Abortion isn't particularly my issue, either, but people who live by strong inner lights never fail to inspire me, and their destruction diminishes me... and us all.

Karen Zipdrive said...

Oh, I don't mean to make light of this domestic terror attack. It was horrible, and that anti-choice web sites and fanatics are publicly celebrating his murder adds to the horror.
I think reaction to his death and those who celebrate this murder should be just as sure and swift as reaction to Matthew Sheppard's death.
Oh, wait- LFBT citizens still don't have a federal hate crimes act.
Get my point?

Karen Zipdrive said...

To add to this, President Obama should make some sort of strong statement about his administration and the Democratic majority Senate no longer tolerating such hate crimes, and that legislation will be introduced to deal harshly with all hate crimes and those who condone them.
Tiller was not breaking any laws- it's not up to citizens to decide whether a physician and his or her patient are making the right decisions, just like it's not up to the government to define what constitutes a marriage.

Fran said...

Well, maybe because I live in a Blue State & a College town, with a strong activist coalition.... but I have to say I see lots of Peace & Justice Activists right along in the local LBGT actions. I've seen lots of mutual support and a *big picture* that is cooperative and inclusive.

I can certainly understand your perspective, but divided we fall. We need to build large coalitions that stand together for equal & civil rights for everyone.
The more we fractionalize, the less power we all have.

The breeder label is a bit harsh. There are cases of rape & incest where abortions are performed.
I see abortion as a Woman's Health right, LBGT people & couples can & do have pregnancy issues as well.

It's a good rant, but we have to unite to force the changes. There are a whole lot of changes that need to be made & on the table.

Anonymous said...

First of all, there NEVER was a time when minorities stood together. Let's get that straignt. Second, you are wrong. It is as simple as that. One either supports what is right or doesn't. You have chosen here, the latter. I'm sorry.

Karen Zipdrive said...

JGug1, obviously you skipped straight to the bottom of the comments and posted yours without reading mine.
FYI, I think people should be up in arms about the far right imposing their frontier justice on the rest of us.
Having seen it aimed toward the gay community for decades now, it makes me feel like pro choice proponents should join with US for a change, without automatically expecting us to join their battle.
Your statement "one either supports what is right or doesn't"
reminds me of George Bush saying, "Yer either for us er against us."
Oh, and straight is spelled straight. You're welcome. :)

JimBob said...

goddam, kz, did u not get your morning coffee before you started typing this one? lol.

dguzman said...

I hear ya. I don't do the marches and rallies and donations anymore, any of them. I just vote and hope for the best.

Anonymous said...

Bill O'Reilly likes that poem too!