It’s making the rounds – over at Shakesville,The Curvature, Feministing, and Hoyden About Town – as it should be. Most of the sites I’ve linked to have the video of McCain puting scarequotes round the notion that the health of the mother should be a consideration for abortion; as if women’s health is such a joke to him that he can’t even make it through the words.
You’re probably expecting me to call that misogynistic, but really, what’s the point? Anyone who can’t see that won’t be able to read any word in this paragraph.
Instead I’m going to quote one comment made at the Shakesville post: “I am so, so sick of watching men debate abortion rights” (tata). And I’m not surprised. Not just when it comes to men like McCain, but also men who would “let” women have abortions. The truth is that it’s not up to men to “let” women exercise control over their bodies; the truth is simple: no uterus, no say. Which is as much of an opinion as I have a right to.