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I discovered that TED and TEDWomen have never featured a talk on abortion.
…When I asked around, the consensus was that the omission was simply an oversight. But it turns out TED is deliberately keeping abortion off the agenda. When asked for comment, TED content director and TEDWomen co-host Kelly Stoetzel said that abortion did not fit into their focus on “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.”
“Abortion is more of a topical issue we wouldn’t take a position on, any more than we’d take a position on a state tax bill,” Stoetzel explained. She pointed me to a few talks on women’s health and birth control, but this made the refusal to discuss abortion only more glaring. In the last three years, the United States has seen more abortion restrictions enacted than in the entire previous decade; the United Nations has classified the lack of access to abortion as torture; and Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland because a Catholic hospital refused to end her doomed pregnancy. Just how is abortion not an issue of “justice, inequality and human rights”?
When I’m over at my parents house we inevitably end up watching that one detective-ish show on the Hallmark channel that stars the chick who used to be the eponymous Christy, because my mom loves it.
This inevitably leads me to seeing commercials for all their other original series, as well, and makes me feel torn, because on one hand, look at all these stories about women! And on the other, it’s Hallmark, which is about one step up from Lifetime. (Not that Lifetime can’t have guilty pleasures or even the occasional really good made-for-TV movie … but still).
I will say this though
Elementary’s portrayal of PoC is FANTASTIC (as compared to other popular TV shows, at least)
but I highly doubt it would pass the Bechdel test
(at least insofar as I’ve seen)
(this is my way of saying I think Gregson could have been a woman)
It does! Not sure what episode you’re on (or if it does it in every episode … would have to re-watch), but it has several times.
It’s funny- I was talking to my dad this morning about TV shows, and after he gushed to me about what crazy things are happening on Fringe, I volunteered that in spite of myself, I was finally getting into Lost Girl (yah, it’s growing on me). He said he’d seen a few episodes and didn’t much care for it, and was urging me to watch Grimm instead, and after a few head shakes and “Meh’s”, I suddenly blurted out that I liked Lost Girl because it had a female lead (well really, two, actually).
And it kind of shocked me, because I’d never thought I chose it/kept watching for that reason; even though I definitely think critically about female characters and their treatments, I hadn’t applied that intellectual sort of analysis to this series (seriously, up until just the past few episodes, it’s been more of a “I’m bored, let me throw on an episode” thing). But clearly the appreciation’s been sort of lurking under the surface of my viewership.
Kind of funny how my dad really didn’t have anything much to say to that, either- he sort of half-heartedly tried to mention other female characters in his show and I was like “Not the same.”
I don’t think some feminists realise sexism can be towards men too… For example, I read a post on a feminist blog where they tried to argue that pregnancy is one sided and men shouldn’t get a say when it comes to abortion. Excuse me, but if the male and female are a COUPLE they are in it together,…
lol the day that technology allows for males to carry fetuses for the 9 painful, potentially fatal, months, then men are entitled to a say about whether or not to terminate the pregnancy.
however, seeing as how all males are just sperm donors these days, and females have to actually incubate for almost a year, it follows that females should get a special entitlement about whether or not they want to host a fetus inside of their bodies.
Feminism isn’t about equality amongst the genders, because that doesn’t get rid of patriarchy, that just makes it so that woman can be successful if we play the patriarchal game right. It’s about women’s liberation.
You can’t take away a man’s right to have a child. Just because a woman has to carry the baby for 9 months doesn’t mean the man isn’t allowed to have it for the rest of his life. If the woman doesn’t want it, then once it’s born hand it over and pay child support. And if the woman really didn’t want to have a baby in the first place, they should have made sure they were protected properly.
Treating men as inferior will get NOTHING done. It will only perpetuate sexism. If it’s so wrong for men to be on top, what makes it right for women to be? Your gender shouldn’t define your power, your life choices should.
If a man works hard to become a powerful influence in society, good for him, he earned it. If a woman does the same, good for her, she earned it.
"And if the woman really didn’t want to have a baby in the first place, they should have made sure they were protected properly." You do realize that there is no 100% guaranteed way for a sexually active, fertile woman to prevent pregnancy, right? If a woman’s contraception fails, she automatically loses her bodily autonomy? Is that how it works?
"You can’t take away a man’s right to have a child." Saying a man has a right to have a child implies that a man has the right to compel a woman to bear a child for him … and that’s not a right that women have. A woman has no right to compel a man to impregnate her; so why should a man have the right to compel a woman to gestate an embryo for him? How is that equal?
And I’m always intensely curious as to how someone plans to implement this. You would first have to prove paternity, either through amniocentesis or CVS (chorionic villus sampling)- both which require waiting a fair amount of time- between 10 and 13 weeks from your LMP (last menstrual period) for CVS, and as early as 11 weeks for amniocentesis, but usually between 14 and 20 weeks. Let’s not forget that the majority of abortions (78.9%) take place prior to ten weeks’ gestation, that you can only obtain a medication abortion 9 weeks from your LMP, that the risk and the cost of abortion rises when it goes from the first trimester to the second, that both amniocentesis and CVS increase the risk of miscarriage, and that the cost of either ranges between $1,200 and $1,800.
If a woman suffers a miscarriage that could have been attributed to the unnecessary procedure, who covers its cost? Who covers the cost if the man alleging paternity is wrong and he’s not the father? Is he then obligated to pay the difference between the cost she would have paid had she been able to get an early abortion and the cost she now has to pay to get a later one (in addition to some degree of insurance for the increased risk)?
Not to mention the huge, glaring omission of the fact that patients in this country have medical privacy- namely, no private citizen is entitled to know what’s going on in your uterus. Nope, not even the dude who splooged in your vag. I really want to know how anybody who argues for a father’s right to deny abortion to a woman plans to avoid the privacy issue. Do men have the right to demand pregnancy testing of any woman they claim to have slept with?
I’m not joking or making light, either- how would you answer these questions, mummymycroft?