Feb 01 2012

Blamer exhibits devilish cunning

You may have followed a link I recently posted, wherein it was revealed that in the State of Texas it is now considered perfectly awesome to force women seeking abortions to undergo a repellent, rape-like pronging with a vaginal ultrasound probe during which the state-controlled doctor forces them to listen to irrelevant, non-medical blather about the cute baby-like features of the fetus. Well, a similar bill recently turned up in the Virginia State Senate, but with a surprisingly heartwarming amendment.

To protest a bill that would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion, State Sen. Janet Howell (D-Fairfax)on Monday attached an amendment that would require men to have a rectal exam and a cardiac stress test before obtaining a prescription for erectile dysfunction medication. [HuffPo]

Ha-ho! Janet Howell! You go girl! Honorary Blamer of the Week!

Tragically, Howell’s amendment was rejected by 3 votes, and the senate went on to give the nod to the fucking misogynist mandatory ultrasound bill. It’s always the way.

But anyway, inspired by Howell’s Do-It-To-The-Men-Instead initiative, blamer Incognotter sent Spinster HQ a nice email expanding on the Do-It-To-The-Men-Instead theme (one of my favorite themes). She says:

I am beginning to think we are fighting for reproductive rights in the wrong way. If the point is to have big-government interventionism that negates bodily sovereignty as a “solution” to a perceived moral problem, then we should neuter all men at puberty and bank their sperm. It could be used consensually for the purpose of reproduction. No more abortion issues, no more birth control issues, much less war on women. If they had to face that they might suddenly reconsider this big invasive bullshit. Can you imagine the reaction to the realization that a woman had to sign her consent to get knocked up?

The caliber of blaming exhibited here is impressive. Neuter all the dudes! It hits the blaming trifecta: elegant, just, and diabolical! Unwanted pregnancies? Gone, daddy, gone! Abortion? Obsolete! Ghastly “Teen Mom” reality shows on the Aberrant Human Behavior Channel? Cancelled! Babies in trash cans? A thing of the past! Compulsory pregnancy as punishment for slutty behavior? Over! Stuck having to make do with the inferior sperm of your partner? Done!

Imagine the shitstorm if one were to take this — merely as a thought experiment — to the Internet for dude review. Ludicrous! Inhuman! Man-hating! Unnatural! Sacreligious! You castrating bitch! I hope you die in a rape fire, feminazi!

All the while women are in actuality expected to endure much higher and more toxic levels of state intervention simply as a consequence of being female.

This glaring double standard should be all the proof you need that men hate you. If you want to know whether Virginia State Senator Jill Vogel hates you, well, she’s the original sponsor of her state’s rape-the-abortion-seekers bill, so you decide.

On a final note, I must point out that Spinster HQ is fundamentally opposed to human reproduction of any kind. But it is a frustrating reality that reproduction is widely regarded as a “right,” or at least some sort of godly duty, despite the undisputed fact that current human population levels are unsustainable. So as long as they’re gonna do it anyway, and as long as the state is gonna interfere with it wherever it can, it might as well place as much of the burden on men as possible, if for no other reason than an elegant poetic justice/reparations for past abuses combo.


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  1. AlienNumber

    I am a huge fan of Blamer Incognotter’s email. Just wanted to point out that the idea of vasectomizing the dudes at puberty and banking their sperm has been circulating around the Blametariat for a while — we called it the Every Sperm Is Sacred Bill once upon a time.
    Why? Because every sperm is sacred and we should treat it as such!

  2. Ginjoint

    BIG thanks, Incognotter! Brilliant. I posted this idea in the comments attached to an article in the Chicago Tribune about the Komen Foundation severing ties with Planned Parenthood.I hope you don’t mind. Now I’ll sit back and watch the male commenters’ heads explode.

  3. Antoinette Niebieszczanski

    Incognotter’s pretty smart for a girl.

  4. ElizaN

    My favorite part of the furor over Howell’s amendment is that her suggestion, unlike the original bill, is fairly reasonable considering how many heart attacks it’s caused.

    In more good news, Leslie and the LY’s, who I first learned about here, are about to go on tour: http://www.leslieandthelys.com/

  5. JfC

    @ElizaN Definitely! My understanding is the erectile dysfunction is often the first sign of heart disease among the bepenised, so a cardiovascular screen seems prudent. Also a prostate exam makes sense to rule out an obvious possible cause. I don’t know about whether good medical practice should be made into law; ideally government wouldn’t force its way into any orifices, but to me it often just seems like an organization with patriarchal flaws (government) asserting control over another organization with patriarchal flaws (the medical establishment). Of course sometimes this serves to compound the patriarchal problems (i.e. unnecessary ultrasounds).

  6. shopstewardess

    In a similar vein to Incognotter’s proposal, I propose that any man who finds himself roused beyond endurance by the sight of a woman’s face, hair or ankle in a public place should blind himself, either permanently or temporarily, before leaving his place of residence. Then women can wear what they want, or not, in public, without causing men any discomfort through their involuntary and unwilling arousal.

    Oh, and every argument ever made in favour of reproduction has been countered by the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement –


  7. Phledge

    Remember that some abortions actually happen for the woman’s health or for fetal abnormalities deemed incompatible with extra-uterine life (what you mean it’s not just a bunch of selfish bitches who kill tiny tiny babies because they don’t want stretch marks?) so, alas, abortions must still exist.

    That’s not to say I don’t actually love, with the passion of thirty billion white hot stars, Incog’s awesome plan.

  8. Hippolyta

    It’s posts like these that make me glad for a place where ideas that the mainstream considers radical are simply the status quo. Let the radfem hair down.

  9. Kea

    What I want to know is, how can your country afford this kind of holy medical counseling?

  10. Wandering Uterus

    Howell’s amendment makes good medical sense. Older men with “ED” are also at higher risk for prostate cancer. Ones who don’t enjoy rectal probing often avoid prostate cancer screening. The mandate would increase likelihood of cancer detection.

    OTOH, the intravaginal ultrasound bill makes no medical sense whatsoever.

    Love the idea about routine vasectomizing and banking sperm! No more MRAs whining about the evil wimminz who want to “steal” their precious sperm without consent. Their precioussss!

  11. ivyleaves

    An added bonus to this idea: Catholic men and women will not be allowed to have sex anymore, as sex won’t be needed for procreation, and the fun-only kind is forbidden. I suspect, however, that they would claim that they have faith that god will perform a miracle.

  12. quixote

    Kea: Priorities!

  13. Twisty

    Remember that some abortions actually happen for the woman’s health

    I forgot!

  14. Kea

    Huffpo commenter: But the ultrasound really doesn’t look like a baby, or even embryo at that point before the first trimester (when legal abortions are performed). It is about the size of a pea. That is why they have you wait until about 4 or 5 months.

    Ah, the evil genius of it all. That’s it, of course. They enforce an ultrasound test, and then they make you WAIT for it.

  15. TwissB

    Cheers for VA State Senator Howell for finally doing what many of us for years have been urging women legislators to do – treat each anti-abortion bill as an opportunity for consciousness-raising by merrily attaching amendments targeting men’s reproductive equipment for openly discriminatory treatment. Medical personnel and pharmacists allowed a conscience opt-out from providing contraceptive or abortifacient assistance? Why not add a conscience op-out from treating prostate cancer on the grounds that treatment interferes with God’s plan?

    Men rely on their delusion that women have no sense of humor. That has looked like the truth as long as women politicians put winning at any cost first. They seem to overlook the fact that men don’t respect you for playing it safe and not smartly standing up for yourself by zinging them back.

    Using every opportunity to gp over their heads to publicly enforce the lesson that preghnancy is a condition that men create but do not experience – which makes women the only proper authority on the subject – could have depowered the annual anti-abortion assault long ago.

  16. yttik

    Pfizer has just recalled one million packets of BC pills. Apparently they are defective and could result in unwanted pregnancy.

  17. stacey

    I’m surprised they bothered to recall. After all, the pill is only 99.9999% effective, so they could have blamed it on that.

    I’d be happy to describe, in great detail, the internal ultrasound I had in November, if anyone wants to get all up in my business, and to gross you all out.

  18. Jezebella

    That’s it, I was thinking about this and now I’m definite: If my one-year contract doesn’t turn into a tenure-track job, my ass is running for public office, any public office, this fall. The pay is shite in Mississippi (rule is for the rich) but it probably pays better than unemployment.

    I cannot WAIT to cause exploding heads by amending every single anti-choice bill (and, omg, there are TONS here, every year) with some such amendment. Fun for all!

  19. Twisty

    Jezebella I will contribute to your campaign fund, or start a superPAC.

  20. Kathy McCarty

    Really, it would be a great idea for as many Blamers as POSSIBLE to get into government. I have often thought about it as a conceivable way to get Health care….I mean, I think those elected official jobs give you health care. Running for office is expensive though.

    Women should stop giving money to everything EXCEPT some sort of PAC to get equality in representative government.

  21. Ginjoint

    Jezebella, I’d back you 1000%.

  22. Notorious Ph.D.

    I’d back Jezebella, too — and not just because Mississippi only has ONE legal abortion provider.

    But to the larger point: it occurs to me that Senator Howell’s bill only makes true sense if we mandate that the doctor describe, in real time and in detail, precisely what s/he is observing up the rectum. For best effect, said doctor should also ask leading questions that encourage the man to anthropomorphize his prostate and develop an affective bond with it.

  23. Nepenthe

    @Notorious Ph.D.

    Oh no, the very last thing we need is for men to develop more of an affective bond with their wangs or to be encouraged to anthropomorphize them.

  24. Eden

    @Jezebella. I’d donate to that campaign!

    What’s interesting about this bill is that not only did some one write it, a bunch of people sat down, discussed it and somehow decided to pass it. THEN our democratically elected officials faced little to no backlash for what is essentially rape. Lobe. Blown.

    Thanks to everyone in this thread who made me laugh (and I successfully resisted the urge to post a smiley. Ha!).

  25. Phledge

    Yttik, did you see the press release from Pfizer? Summat along the lines of “this poses no significant health risks.” Snort, because pregnancy isn’t dangerous in any way, shape, or form.

    Jill, my bad. I know none of us would actually forget that abortions = health care; it’s that blaming reflex that I have to humor in the world outside SDI.

  26. Hari

    What I just loooovvvee about the law requiring ultrasound is that it allows the doctors to further stuff their bulging pockets with $$. I’m sure the AMA and ACOG are just thrilled at laws like these.

  27. Wandering Uterus

    Also @Yttik:

    The defective BC will be dismissed by media, other than cursory reporting. Imagine the backlash if Pfizer were to recall a defective batch of Viagra.

  28. gingerest

    Yes, Hari, because those providers who are risking their lives and livelihoods to ensure women have access to safe abortion are all about lining their pockets. That’s why you see so many combined cosmetic surgery-family planning practices in Beverly Hills.

  29. hayduke

    Just chiming in to tell Jezebella: I’d donate.

  30. TwissB

    VA Senator Janet Howell looked pretty gutsy until I read her mealymouthed statement re the Ultrasound bill:

    “I’m appalled that some legislators are insisting on putting government regulation between a woman and her doctor,’’ said Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Fairfax). The bill “holds the judgment of politicians above the wisdom of physicians.” (Washington Post 2/1/12)

    So much for the wisdom of women.

  31. stacey

    I’m Canadian, and even I’d donate to Jezebella’s campaign.

  32. Hari

    gingerest: “…those providers who are risking their lives and livelihoods to ensure women have access to safe abortion are all about lining their pockets”

    Thanks for this excellent point; I was muddying the waters in unintended ways. It goes to my general rage against the misogynist medical machine, obstetrics, a rage against the ever-new ways created to violate/control womyn’s bodies and profit ever-more from it.

    While requiring ultrasound will most likely add to the cost of abortion, obviously the motivation to require it does not arise from the Drs providing that service and isn’t connected necessarily to their profit-motive. My apologies for the disconnect.

  33. speedbudget

    Kea, the great thing about this bill is the woman gets to pay for all this! So “the country” doesn’t have to afford anything at all!

    So now, if you are a lady who is seeking an abortion because, say, you are unemployed or underemployed and already living on the edge and have no extra money to spare, you get to 1) take extra days off work (if you are lucky enough to have a job) because there is most likely a 24-48 hour waiting period to “give you time to think” because, no doy, you’re an idiot, 2) pay for a hotel room or transportation back and forth for the initial visit and then the waiting period and then the visit after that to make sure you thought hard enough, 3) pay for a completely unnecessary medical test that does nothing for you or to assist in the procedure. Oh, and I hear you get to drink lots and lots of water and aren’t allowed to go to the bathroom for hours in order to make the ultrasound actually work. Yay! You get to pay for all of this!

    And, Blamers, I wouldn’t immediately assume that there isn’t some profit-motive move behind this. Otherwise, why wouldn’t the AMA and the ACOG come out with very stern stances against medically unnecessary tests and support the doctors who are rightly pissed off about being forced to spout some lines given to them by the government which are lies or at the best gross misrepresentations?

    I would donate to a Radical Feminist SuperPAC in a heartbeat.

  34. Lovepug

    Vote for Jezebella.

    Has anyone seen that take on the famous Obama poster? It’s three pictures of Hilary Clinton, and instead of “Hope” as the caption on each picure it says, “Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda.”

    I think we also need to require every man considering paternity to jizz into a cup so we can check him for any potential genetic diseases that could lead to possible abortion of the fetus due to birth defects. That would prevent abortions too. Because if you’re a woman over 40 and you get pregnant, they pretty much force you to get amniocentecis. Why not force all men with daddy longings to get tested before they spread their seed. Only makes sense if it’s really all about saving babies.

  35. Lovepug

    Oh, and unless you’re feeling really scrappy, DO NOT read any of the comments on any of the stories about the Susan Komen kerfuffle. Bad, bad, bad.

    And if you can’t help yourself, come back here immediately for a restorative taco.

  36. Twisty

    The bill “holds the judgment of politicians above the wisdom of physicians.” (Washington Post 2/1/12)

    Oh dear. Why can’t just one politician, somewhere, just come out and fucking SAY it?

  37. qvaken

    Yeesh, will we women ever get it right (where “right” is defined as “sufficiently agreeable subject to the opinion of the most dominant and influential group or person present”)?

    I view abortion as another form of contraception, kept as a last resort. I’m pretty sick of EVERY viewpoint in an argument telling women, “What they’re doing to you is so patronising. You don’t want to be patronised, do you?” But seriously, as illustrated in the article at http://www.texastribune.org/texas-legislature/2011-abortion-sonogram-bill/abortion-providers-sonogram-law-complication/ , if somebody has made up their mind to have an abortion, then they’ll make that clear by seeking out abortion services. If somebody has made up their mind that they’d like to seek options other than abortion, then they’ll make that clear by seeking out pregnancy advice clinics, their doctor for information on how to cope with pregnancy and childbirth, or other (parenting, adoptive etc.) organisations. So introducing a redundant medical procedure into law isn’t going to be successful in coercing them otherwise (unless you’re aiming to take advantage of the disadvantaged).

    Commendations to State Senator Howell. It really is a pity that her proposal was shot down so quickly.

    I’m down with this sperm bank idea. Perhaps a little off topic, but: Is there any kind of drug that they can inject into guys to prohibit all future erections and feelings of sexual arousal? If so, then I’d like to see a law in place that requires that they be injected with said drug if they commit any offense or exhibit any behaviour that suggests that they’re likely to pose any kind of procreational or other sex-related safety risk to any person, ever. Even if the behaviour that they’re at risk of perpetrating is just intentionally nonconsensually touching people with their pelvis while dancing at a night club.

  38. susanw

    Depo-Provera for EVERYBODY!

  39. AlienNumber

    Fuck Depo-Provera!
    Vasectomies for EVERYBODY. Or at least for all of them Human Standards out there. It’s their damn erections and their disgusting uncontrolled sperm causing all of this nonsense.

    [It’s the kind of “Fuck you very very much” day around here.]

  40. Jezebella

    Thank you for your support, Blamers. My heart is warmed. You’ll be the first to know if I decide to run for office. And let me encourage everybody else to think about it, too, especially the un- and under-employed. I hear government officials get excellent benefits packages.

  41. gingerest

    Hari – I apologize for being so testy. (I don’t think I can blame that one on the P, despite the urge and the opportunity to make a testy-testes pun.) Thank you for your reasonable and measured response, which was perhaps more than I deserved.
    I could get behind the vasectomies-for-everyone movement except that sperm banks really are run mostly by dreadful medical profiteers. Minor and resolvable quibble, though. We’ll just put Twisty in charge. (Never fear, Aunt T – you wouldn’t have to handle the man-juice. Maybe you could hire some people who are inured to it through sex work but are looking for a change of venue?)

  42. Incognotter

    I should have credited that I got the link to that news story via Pirate Queen. To me, the extended Blametariat is so important, not just for general mutual support but because the P constantly asks us to take individual responsibility for systemic oppression, and the Blaming network is the counter-system we are building in response. It’s not the revolution we dream of, but it sure as heck is a start.

    [/miss america]

  43. stacey

    I just want to mention, without prejudice, criticism, or blame to anyone here, that I disagree with the notion of “abortion shouldn’t be used for birth control.” I think that if we advocate for full bodily autonomy, then it has to be absolute; that is, no restrictions whatsoever. So if that means that I choose to have 15 abortions, or if I choose a third-trimester abortion, then there have to be no barriers to me getting one.

    I think that placing a limit on number or time constitutes a value judgement – you may think I’m completely irresponsible (or slutty, or mentally ill, or whatever) for having those abortions or late-terminations, but it’s really no one’s business but my own. I shouldn’t have to justify it to anyone, because it’s my choice about my own body and the products thereof.

    If I’m going to support universal access to safe abortion, then I have to support it all the way.

  44. Twisty

    Ha, if abortion isn’t birth control I don’t know what is. Restrictions on abortion infantilize women and romanticize reproductive material.

  45. allhellsloose

    Restrictions on abortion do infantilise women. No other medical procedure makes the recipiant of that medical intervention jump through so many hoops.

    Love the idea that all men should be sterile with their sperm held in perpetuity. Men are fertile 24/7 for most of their lives after all. They are the gateholders of contraception. Not women.

  46. Hari

    Gingerest–why thanks for owning your crankiness on my earlier slip. No problem really–a blamer must keep on her toes and keep her wits sharp to be respectfully included in the Halls Of Blame. And well, if she can’t take a little well placed (even if a tad more ferocious than needed) crankiness from another blamer–well, she better retire from P-blaming and get into a safer kind of work!

    Speedbudget did a better job than me: “And, Blamers, I wouldn’t immediately assume that there isn’t some profit-motive move behind this. Otherwise, why wouldn’t the AMA and the ACOG come out with very stern stances against medically unnecessary tests…”

    After I got done laughing my ass off at “[Drs taking] stern stances against medically unnecessary tests [etc]”–laughing because of course, Drs and the whole med/pharm complex make as much money as they do, precisely by virtue of all that unnecessary stuff imposed upon us, the ever-trusting populace. Anyway, once done laughing at speedbudget’s wit, I saw how much better she linked the issues of abortion pre-req’s and med profiteering than I’d done.

    So, thank you, too, speedbudget. Good thing for more than one person talking here–collectively we have a better chance at getting this blaming done right.

  47. lizor

    “For best effect, said doctor should also ask leading questions that encourage the man to anthropomorphize his prostate and develop an affective bond with it.”

    Bwahahahah! A should have to submit to it being prodded at least twice a year, ED or no!

    Vasectomies don’t prevent boners. We need to drastically reduce the number of boners, not to mention the institutionalized worship of them.

    When I had my frivolous unnatural baby-killing procedure (thanks Dr. Morgantaler) there was an ultrasound to ensure I was pregnant – so that they would not mistakenly damage my insides if I was not. I didn’t have to drink a pile of water and the ultrasound was external not vaginal. This procedure in Texas sounds perverse, sadistic and completely unnecessary.

  48. quixote

    (Testing my broken comments. Please ignore.)

  49. Stoney

    People suggesting Depo-Provera or other chemical castration methods-they all have the possibility of creating nasty health side effects involving the adrenal glands of the men involved. Vasectomies, although safer, are often reversible. Physical castration would be far more effective, and far safer for the men in question(Also, the idea of chopping off testes is far more gratifying than pills or injections, but that’s beside the point).

  50. shopstewardess

    Apparently PETA have started a legal case which says that killer whales at Seaworld are in “slavery or involuntary servitude” contrary to the US Constitution. Presumably it is entirely satisfactory and within the constitution for a woman to be in involuntary servitude to a zygote.


  51. someonered

    The latest:

    Lawmaker Proposes Bill: Life Begins Not At Conception But At Ejaculation



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