Monday, April 03, 2006

A thought

I've been reading a lot of James Baldwin and I came upon this quotation: "The wretched of the earth do not decide to become extinct, they resolve, on the contrary, to multiply; life is their weapon against life, life is all that they have." And i was thinking about abortion and the push to make it illegal again.

Is this about white supremacy? About increasing the US white population? No incentives like other countries but a dis-incentive--a criminalization of reprodcutive choice.


At 6:52 PM, Blogger Keguro said...

This question disturbs me--in that productive act known as thinking. I'm reminded of the homophobic rhetoric that queers will destroy the fragile family; the rhetoric that immigrants will sweep in and color America; the rhetoric that complains about low birth rates and elevates childbirth to a national duty (very Roosevelt!).

There is a narrative right now that aligns nationalism to natality, one that feels familiar (from history anyway), yet is new in weird ways.

This week I'm teaching Cherrie Moraga's Waiting in the Wings, about becoming a queer mother. So, I've been trying to figure out kinship, what I'm now calling hetero-nationality, and, based on your question, the nativist fear of reproductive loss.

So much to contemplate. Thank you!

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

1) All the god-bags think this way, thats why once they get R v W out they'll take aim at birth-control (they already have been doing this with plan B).

2) I've heard Palestinian women say they've had X number of kids "for palestine", Arafat referred to these women as biological bombs. The same is true for orthodox religions of ANY kind.

I guess its not just about The Love eh?


Permanently Pissed Off, North of the Border

At 9:31 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always suspected there was a fear-based population aspect to it. "They are out-breeding us!"

I went to the March for Women in DC (2004). The WORLD marched that day.

shirtless, braless chicks
guys in khakis pushing carriages
any and every color
every nation

hell I even heard someone ulating!!

Contrast that with the "pro-life" march. 99.9% white, led by men. Because we all know that white men care about [all] life!

There's a lot goin' on and it ain't about no fetus.


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