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Gratitude in Dark Times Blogging




with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
standing by the windows looking out
in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
taking our feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
thank you we are saying and waving
dark though it is.

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When Abortions Are Outlawed, Only Outlaws Will Perform Abortions


I have more to say about the Magical Battle for Britain as a template for our times, but, although I am likely preaching to the choir, I am going to say this.


And, again.

And I’ll keep saying it until either I die or this bullshit stops. (Moi, je prefere le second.)

When abortions are outlawed, only outlaws will perform abortion. (It’s what the Second Amendment advocates say about guns. It’s true about other things, as well. Odd, how the logic is so seldom extended.) And outlaws perform their abortions in back alleys and cheap hotel rooms. They don’t use anesthesia and they don’t wash their hands. They use coat hangers instead of surgical implements and, when things go south, they don’t call an ambulance, they scram so that they aren’t caught. If the woman (and fetus!) bleeds out and dies, well, too bad.

It’s not as if this is speculation or conjecture. We have actual, experiential data. Abortion WAS outlawed in many places in America until Roe v. Wade in the 1970s. And women STILL got abortions. They just got them from outlaws. Claiming that criminalizing abortion will stop abortion is, at this point, exactly like claiming that Prohibition will stop people from drinking. We KNOW that it won’t. We KNOW that it will have negative, undesirable consequences.

So if you’re still advocating for Prohibition today, you’re really not interested in preventing alcoholism. You’re interested in killing drinkers who imbibe unlicensed bath tub gin. You’re interested in the growth of the mafia and all the violence that they bring with them. You’re interested in teaching people not to respect the law. You’re interested in the rich still being able to drink safely while the middle class and the poor die, get jailed, get ripped off.

Ditto if you’re still advocating for criminalizing abortion today. You’re clearly not interested in preventing abortion. You’re interested in maiming and killing women who get abortions. You’re interested in the growth of the mafia and all the violence that they bring with them. You’re interested in teaching people not to respect the law. You’re interested in the rich still being able to get safe abortions (in Canada or via a “D&C” that their doctor, well compensated, certifies was necessary) while the middle class and the poor die.

We also have real, actual information about what things actually decrease abortion, in case anyone were actually interested in that. Education for girls. Real (not “abstinence”) sex education. Fact-based parenting education. Free, safe, effective birth control. Maternal and child medical care. Good day care. Good jobs for women. Societies that empower women so that they feel able to refuse to have sex with men who won’t wear condoms. Scandinavian countries, which do these things and generally have rather lax abortion laws, have low rates of abortion. Catholic countries in Central and South America, which don’t do these things and have very stringent abortion laws, have higher rates of abortion.

So, those of you advocating for criminalization of abortion, don’t tell me how much you love the “babies” and want to prevent abortions. You’re a lying sack of shit.

And, let’s be honest. If anyone really wanted to decrease abortion, they’d put real teeth (laws, cops, social workers, judges, etc.) behind the statutes that purport to make men pay child support. At least some of the one-in-three American women who have abortions today wouldn’t have an abortion if they knew that they’d get real, financial support for that child. But, today, in America, those laws are jokes.

We can use genetic testing to assure that we’ve found the actual father and then we can make him pay complete, adequate child support, through college, including supporting the mother if she wants to quit working outside the home and stay home to be a full-time mother. After all, it will ensure the greater-good of reducing abortions. If he doesn’t have a job that pays enough, we can give him the enforced “opportunity” to earn extra money evenings and weekends building bridges, repairing water mains, painting school rooms. If he has too many children, we can “assist” him by providing “enforced” sterilization, which will decrease unplanned pregnancies and, as a result, abortion. Funny how enforced pregnancy and childbirth is OK, but it would be a huge violation of civil rights to forcibly sterilize a man who simply won’t wear a condom.

If some of the men standing up in Congress today bitching about abortion had to make those payments, I guaran-damn-tee you we’d hear them singing a different song. Because, of course, as Florence Kennedy said, if men got pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.

Patriarchy, we’re soaking in it.

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Monday at the Movies

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Sunday Ballet Blogging

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The Magical Battle for Britain Required a Relationship with Britain’s Landbase

When Dion Fortune contrived to protect Britain from Nazi Germany, one of the factors in her favor was the fact that Ms. Fortune was already in deep relationship with Britain’s landbase. Ms. Fortune was born in Bryn-y-Bia, Wales, and later studied in London. Even later, she lived in Glastonbury at the base of the Glastonbury Tor. She eventually moved to 3 Queensborough Terrace, London, where she and her magical lodge resided during the Blitz of World War II.

When Ms. Fortune wrote letters outlining meditations to protect Britain from Nazi attacks, she began with an underground entrance to Glastonbury Tor. This was due to the fact that she had an intimate relationship with the landbase she described. Going underground there wasn’t something odd or strange for her.

Ms. Fortune’s relationship with the land allowed her to show her correspondents how they, too, could reach, on the astral plane, a cavern underneath the Tor, a staircase up to a library of wisdom, and then, for the bravest of the brave, a wind-swept tower, subject to high winds and strong attacks.

Those of us who hope to protect, inter alai, Mama Gaia’s oceans, from climate change must do the work to develop relationships with Her oceans, with the land bases that edge them, with the seabirds and seaweeds that sing the songs of praise around them. What actual, real thing will you do tomorrow to create that kind of relationship?

It’s all real. It’s all metaphor. There’s always (/hat tip to Aiden Kelly) always more.