“So many students have said, trans students have said; now I can have a point of reference when I talk about who I am. My friends are like, ‘Oh, like Sophia from ‘Orange is the New Black?’’ and they’re like, ‘yeah,’ and then they just move on and it’s not an issue,” she said. “I got a letter from a young, from a trans youth’s mother who said that he transitioned because of me and because of seeing me on the show it gave him the courage to talk to his parents about who he was and they’re supportive and loving and now he’s started his transition. It’s insane. It’s really beautiful.”—
Dakarai Molokomme, a 15-year-old starving child from a small village in Zimbabwe, has just told Madonna, one of the most famous pop stars in the world, to go and f*** herself, the local media are reporting exclusively.
“Yes, it’s true, I told Madonna to go f*** herself. Do you want to know why?” Dakarai asked. “It’s the same thing every time with these snobby rich Americans. Every once in a while they come to show us their support for the so-called eradication of poverty by adopting a child from a starving family, but they actually do more harm than good. Transracial international adoptions are part of the white savior industrial complex,” Dakarai explained.
In further discussions with journalists from the media, the kid stated that “none of the children here actually want to be taken away from their family and friends so they can be displayed as some kind of trophy in the homes of self-righteous singers or actors who want to score some points with the media and Oprah.”
“If they really want to help us, they should get Big Pharma to ship us some anti-retroviral drugs for the AIDS epidemic, or build schools and hospitals. If they don’t want to do that, then they can all go f** themselves!” the child told reporters.
The 15-year-old also stated that he would say the same thing to any one of those American or European “faux humanitarian posers”, except for Bono, whom he said he would also kick in the groin.
“Bono’s efforts to save the African savage from itself prove that the colonial imperative is alive and well,” Dakarai said as he walked with other village children collecting sticks to build a tree fort.
Call me anti-choice all you like, at least nobody will ever call me anti-life.
To call you anti-choice would be fitting. To call me anti-life would be logically fallacious. Do I support abortion as a choice? Hell yes. But you’re obviously forgetting that a pregnant person is alive, otherwise you wouldn’t actually think I’m anti-life. And guess what? I also advocate for birthing rights. I believe in giving our people full reproductive rights, to give them a choice. My beliefs and actions surrounding this issue promotes a better quality of life for all who are able to experience it. Your beliefs come out of a dystopian fiction, which I hope never becomes a reality. But that’s naive of me to say, because for many people all over the world where abortion is banned—that is their reality. They have to watch their family and friends suffer. Why? Because of people like you who think non-thinking, non-feeling fetuses are more important than people who can actually experience suffering.
Banning abortion does not get rid of it. It just makes it more dangerous. ~68,000 people die every year from unsafe abortions. Millions more are injured permanently. The World Health Organization has noted:
"When abortion is made legal, safe, and easily accessible, women’s health rapidly improves. By contrast, women’s health deteriorates when access to safe abortion is made more difﬁcult or illegal." (And not just women are affected by this). [source]
So, you’re still going to tell me that I’m anti-life? Because I want to advocate for lives that actually matter? For lives that are here and now and have family and friends and feelings? You know, like your mother or your aunt or your friends? Because approximately one out of three women* (excuse the binary language) have an abortion in their lifetime. Statistically, you know a lot of people who have had or will have an abortion.
Your support in eliminating choice hurts people. Maybe it’s time you started caring more about the actual people in your life than obsessing over mere fetuses that can’t even feel or think.
And some day, when you’re hopefully a little more educated and gain some empathy for people who are not you and are not fetuses, you’ll support social justice, specifically reproductive justice. And you won’t do this because you have people in your life who can get pregnant but because you’re a decent human being who understands that people who can get pregnant deserve your respect. In this society, dead people have a right to their own bodies. Living people deserve to have more rights to their bodies than corpses do.