Unrelated bucolic photo of the day: my boyfriend Stanley on horse-shoeing day. He doesn’t grow any heel on his left fore. It’s so problematic!
Great Scott! Canada has handed out a big gold loving cup to a dude abortion rights activist! That’s right. Dr Henry Morgentaler, pioneer abortion provider, gallops home with an Order of Canada, the government’s top civilian award. As the Guardian’s Heather McRobie points out, this is a big deal; imagine the extent to which your mind would be blown if either the US or the UK even dreamed of officially admitting that women’s abortion rights is a human rights issue, much less publicly announced that a dude who provides abortions ought to be regarded as a national hero.
McRobie does not neglect to mention what we’re all thinking, which is that although Morgentaler has no doubt done his bit for the cause, it’s funky that, you know, a dude should win such a big prize for feminist pursuits. But it turns out that this little hitch isn’t problematic for McRobie, who opines that it is “courageous to commend a man for fighting for women’s rights,” because doing so somehow demonstrates that women’s rights are human rights.
You know, because if they gave the big award to a woman, nobody would notice.
I dunno, man. I think it demonstrates that women’s rights are still officially the purview of men. I mean, sure, yay for dudes who provide abortions in the face of antifeminist terrorism, and yay for governments that acknowledge the legitimacy of pro-choiceism, but come on. Bestowing the Order of Canada on a pro-choice man isn’t “courageous,” it’s patronizing, paternalistic, and predictable. The human status of women will always be in question as long as it remains a foregone conclusion that dudes will mete it out, take the bows, or take it away.
Incidentally, if I read any comments containing the words “baby steps” I’m gonna blow a wheel.