No, that isn’t a misspelling. Usually, my News of the Week posts are inspired by absurd news articles, which turn on my sardonic streak. This post was inspired by sad news clips, which also filter through my sardonic brain, hence “sadonic”. Oh, and, obviously, I haven’t closed up shop yet. I’m still thinking about it. Deeply. Staring at the wall. Ruminating.
First this one: Judge rules controversial Texas abortion law unconstitutional. This time, it wasn’t the article itself. It was the comments section, as expected as it was, that left me even more jaded and disgusted than before. It was the numerous people who cried, “If you’re a man, you’re not allowed to have an opinion!” Sure, the usual, “It’s my body; my choice!” cry implies that a man isn’t allowed to have an opinion on the subject, but the shear effrontery of boldly speaking what they’ve always meant was not a little off-putting.
Doesn’t anybody else see what a raw deal this is for men? Do I have to spell it out for you? This is so simplistic it makes the head swim. Women know we’re not talking about “her” body when we discuss that clump of cells. That clump of cells is its entirely own body, which is composed of both the mother’s genetic information, as well as the father’s. She wouldn’t have that clump of cells in her body without the help of male sperm. So, essentially, we’re talking about three bodies: one has the potential to have a voice, but doesn’t at this time; one is denied any voice at all; the third is the ruling party that makes all decisions for the other two.
Men are being denied a basic, fundamental, human right. It is almost inconceivable (pun not intended). Sure, I get it: you might claim that the human race in America continues to reproduce quite well, thank you, since women have had the power of choice. More or less, that’s true (less, these days). But what about all those unheard voices? What about those who have been silenced, marginalized? Who will speak for the men who have had their basic human right of reproductive choice denied to them? If you laugh at my rhetoric–if you find this the least bit amusing–maybe make light of how the menfolk weren’t complaining during intercourse (neither were you, presumably)–you need to sober up and make a noble attempt at empathy. A lack of empathy for others is an established trait of psychopaths and narcissists. Men and women are in this struggle called life together. Men couldn’t make it without women, and vice versa. It’s high time we acknowledged this truth.
Unfortunately, that’s all I can manage right now. I hope to return tomorrow to complete my News of the Week.