Friday, August 24, 2012

Avery K Tingle

Let's Talk About Sex, Violence, and Politics!!

I’m sure by now we’ve all heard Akin’s, shall we say, uninformed, stance on abortion and how the female body has ways of preventing pregnancy in the case of forcible rape. He was trying to clarify his stance on a hot-button subject and may instead be remembered for saying the worst thing ever in the history of existence.

There have been a few articles printed stating that he wasn’t trying to sound quite so stupid, but he never actually backed off his point. He genuinely believes that the female body can miraculously shut down pregnancy from rape.

Now, this may be among the dumbest things some of us have ever heard, but I respect his right to say them. I even respect the fact that he’s chosen not to withdraw from the race even though he just took a match to his chances of winning.

I think the mere fact that it’s an issue at all is utterly disgusting and a testament to what’s wrong with this country.

I think these issues—gay marriage, abortion—have absolutely nothing to do with our every day lives. I think it’s sick that in a time where gas prices, violent crimes, and homelessness are at their highest, the candidates are challenging each other about tax returns, who can marry and what a woman can or cannot do with their own body.

Straight out; WHO GIVES A DAMN ABOUT TWO MEN (OR WOMEN) WALKING DOWN THE STREET HOLDING HANDS?! How does seeing this have any effect on anyone’s lives whatsoever?!

Hell, I’ll even go here and really piss some people off; I’m very much pro-choice. However, I don’t think that makes me anti-life. I don’t personally like abortions, and I would never, ever ask anyone I knew to have one, nor would I press this belief on a woman who may have had to endure something I can’t imagine. What another woman does with her body is her own damn business. I don’t know why this even matters to some people. Telling someone what they can or cannot do with their body is not a democracy; it’s dictatorship.

And while all this pointless mudslinging is going on, here’s what I’d like to know.

1). What’s being done about the price of gas? Every other week we hear about some fire (*Cough* SABOTAGE  *Cough*) and then gas prices go up by a buck fifty.

2). What's being done to cure cancer? You know, that disease that can't be cured, only caught early and cut out?

3). Instead of worrying about what a woman does after the unthinkable happens, what’s being done to prevent it from ever happening? What's being done across all fifty states to ensure that a rapist can never, ever access a child conceived from such an act?

4). What's being done to protect us from mentally ill, or otherwise unstable people from picking up fully automatic weapons and firing into a crowd?

5). What's being done to protect us from corrupt police who target immigrants and other people based on personal bias?

6). What's being done about people who abuse the welfare system?

7). What're we doing to ensure that someone who serves their country never has to spend a night on the street?

8). What's being done to return people to work?

You know what most of these questions have in common? They affect all of us.

What a woman does with her own body, or what two people want to do with each other, that’s all irrelevant in the grand scheme. Those who condemn abortion and homosexuality in the name of God, I say to you that you are WRONG. God does not hate. Stop using HIM to justify your bigotry. Stop using HIM to justify your hatred.

Eventually, we may all have to come to the realization that we, each of us, have to share this planet, regardless of our beliefs. The sooner we learn to accept one another, rather than looking for ways to ostracize each other simply because we disagree, the better off we will all be.

On a final note, I've long believed we need to stiffen penalties for rapists and child abusers. There is no excuse or justification for it, and the people who perpetuate it need to be removed from our society for at least twenty years.

The views expressed here are purely my own.

Thank you for reading.

Avery K Tingle

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August 24, 2012 at 9:25 PM delete

Great post, Avery. Hit the nail on the head.