Author: has written 213 posts for this blog.

Guest Bloggers are most welcome to diversify the range of views and experiences presented on this blog. The opinions of Guest Bloggers do not necessarily represent other bloggers on Feministe: differing voices are important to us. Readers are cordially invited to follow our guidelines to submit a Guest Post pitch for consideration.
Return to: Homepage | Blog Index

11 Responses

  1. EG
    EG April 10, 2014 at 9:10 am |

    Thanks for this post. Living in the US, it’s easy for me to idealize Europe’s health-care systems and envy what seems like the comparative lack of influence right-wing Christians have. Thanks for filling in more details to that picture.

    Question: to what extent, do you think, might the “One of Us” initiative be influenced by racism toward women in the developing world–either by considering their deaths and suffering as acceptable losses, or “part of their culture” or what have you?

    1. Dibbit
      Dibbit April 10, 2014 at 4:45 pm |

      Question: to what extent, do you think, might the “One of Us” initiative be influenced by racism toward women in the developing world–either by considering their deaths and suffering as acceptable losses, or “part of their culture” or what have you?

      Although I’m not too familiar with the “One of Us” people, I do know some of the fringe groups that are vehemently pro-life.
      For them, I can say: They’re not really out to RESTRICT abortions out of racism.
      In fact, the way their world-view is, they feel like the developing world is “out-breeding them” and there should be forced birth control for anyone with the wrong skin colour or from “a weird country”

      Their ideal would be:

      - Nice white girls are pregnant all the time and have huge families to keep our culture and way of life intact.

      - Everybody else is already overpopulating with the being pregnant all the time, they need to be stopped or they’ll overrun us! Argh! Argh! Argh!

      - Also, close the borders! They’re here to steal our land / money / nice white girls!

  2. FYouMudFlaps
    FYouMudFlaps April 11, 2014 at 12:43 am |

    Very disappointing with Spain, being otherwise one of the most socially advanced countries.

  3. Marcie
    Marcie April 15, 2014 at 7:53 am |

    Marie Stopes?
    Rings a bell:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_Stopes#Advocacy_of_eugenics

    Maybe they should remane their organisation?

    1. Echo Zen
      Echo Zen April 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm |

      Maybe they should rename the Ford Motor Company, since Ford was a notorious anti-Semite. At any rate, most women at risk of death from childbirth would care more about dying than they would about a health agency’s external branding.

      1. PrettyAmiable
        PrettyAmiable April 15, 2014 at 4:15 pm |

        That’s not fair – Marcie didn’t say the non-profit was doing bad work. I think it’s fair to side-eye an organization that is designed to save women’s lives when it’s named after a woman who didn’t support ALL women’s lives. Marie Stopes wrote a letter to Hitler asking him to disseminate her anti-Semitic literature in Germany. That doesn’t earn a side-eye?

        1. Donna L
          Donna L April 15, 2014 at 4:24 pm |

          From Wikipedia (footnotes omitted):

          In 1935 Stopes attended the International Congress for Population Science in Berlin, held in the second year of Hitler’s rule. She was more than once accused of being anti-Semitic by other pioneers of the birth control movement such as Havelock Ellis. She was also anti-Prussian, anti-Catholic and anti-Russian, if one can judge by the following unpublished piece of verse, written in 1942, at the height of the struggle with the Axis powers.

          Catholics, Prussians,
          The Jews and the Russians,
          All are a curse,
          Or something worse…

          Stopes, who was ever ready to promote her writings, sent a copy of her Love Songs for Young Lovers to Adolf Hitler with the following cover letter:

          Dear Herr Hitler,

          Love is the greatest thing in the world: so will you accept from me these (poems) that you may allow the young people of your nation to have them?

          The young must learn love from the particular ’till they are wise enough for the universal.

          I hope too that you yourself may find something to enjoy in the book.

          (letter from Marie Stopes to Hitler, August 1939)

        2. Echo Zen
          Echo Zen April 15, 2014 at 4:28 pm |

          Well, okay, when you take the time to put it that way, that sounds more justifiable.

    2. Donna L
      Donna L April 15, 2014 at 4:29 pm |

      Plus she was apparently very strongly against abortion.

      I’m sure 999 out of 1000 people to whom the organization provides assistance have never heard of Marie Stopes (just as I never had heard of her), so I would wonder why they wouldn’t consider changing the name.

  4. McMike
    McMike April 19, 2014 at 8:18 am |

    Whether its progress or regress depends on your point of view.

Comments are closed.

The commenting period has expired for this post. If you wish to re-open the discussion, please do so in the latest Open Thread.