Men for choice?

I get why men for choice is a thing and why it is a hashtag on Twitter right now.

All fights for rights and equality need allies. Plus, the fight for reproductive rights doesn’t just affect women because often, men have roles in reproduction and sex and sexual responsibility and respect.

That said, choice shouldn’t need men to be legitimate. I worry that the fight for reproductive rights is often not seen as serious or valid until the men get involved.

What do you think?

2 thoughts on “Men for choice?

  1. I completely agree. As a woman, it’s hard to listen to a man – especially an anti-choice man – give his opinion on abortion because I know, even though yes he had a part in the reproduction sexually, he has no idea what it’s like to carry a child for 9 months, to really deal with the consequences of childbirth.

    That said, I recognize that for abortion rights to get anywhere men will need to be part of the process. As of 2013, women hold only 18.3% of the seats in the U.S. Congress. They hold 22.8% of statewide elective executive offices and 22.4% of state legislative positions. But women make up 50.8% of the population in the U.S. So unless we enlist male allies to fight this fight with us (not FOR us), I don’t think we stand a chance.

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    You know you amaze me. That sentence says it all. You’re beyond the system of patriarchy – and I’m proud that I worked with you a couple years ago. 🙂

    It’s necessary that men and women be allies (and in my romantic and optimistic eyes) continue to become empowered by each other’s strength instead of threatened by it—but you’re right, women’s greatest problem is continuing to believe that they need permission and approval from men for their choices.

    And that keeps men and women on these two separate lines. We need to be together and to be allies but for the right reasons. And I think we’re finally starting to see that.

    🙂

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