Georgia’s new women as livestock lawPosted: April 4, 2012
From Ms. Magazine, At 11th Hour, Georgia Passes “Women as Livestock” Bill.
What is notable about this is not that it is yet another stunning piece of misogynistic legislation aimed to reduce the roles of women in our society to that of mere fetus-containers, but the way Rep. Terry England articulated this idea:
“Life gives us many experiences…I’ve had the experience of delivering calves, dead and alive. Delivering pigs, dead or alive. It breaks our hearts to see those animals not make it.”
Wow, Rep. England. It’s totally heartbreaking to see those animals not make it, which is just how we all feel about women! It’s so sad when women or other livestock go through a pregnancy and then have to deliver a dead or nonviable fetus, it’s really terrible for the men and farmers who take care of them! It wouldn’t be sad for women or cows or pigs though, they’re just dumb animals whose purpose in life is turning their bodies into factories for someone else’s interests.
The agency and autonomy are the farmer’s, the pain is the farmer’s, the tragedy is the farmer’s, and not because of his pain at seeing her suffering but because she has not produced what he set her to make. The woman or other female animal has no feelings, no desires, no health to consider, no sense of self, no career or occupation other than to endure pregnancy.