So Sandra Fluke made a speech at the Democratic National Convention. I didn't really watch much of the DNC myself because I generally have better things to do, but when I ran across this article on LifeSiteNews, a super pro life site. I decided to check out her speech, since according to them the speech was full of "venom" and Fluke was "disgruntled and disillusioned." So I decided to look up the video and see for myself.
You can see it here:
It didn't really strike me as that bad.
Of course they choose to quote Kirstin Powers statement about how women should "visit Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and then see how she feels about how the US treats women" A statement I find ridiculous. Treating women better than Saudi Arabia is a pretty low standard. I would like to think our country would aim a bit higher than that. Also, Fluke's statements were pointedly directed at the senates failure to include women on a panel discussing contraception issues, so it is not as if she was simply tilting at windmills, she had a concrete example to point to.
However the article gets even more bizarre. The writer of the article (most likely a man given the name Peter) seems to have decided that a woman cannot truly be a women unless they are having children, and somehow allowing them to decide when and if they reproduce makes them sexual servants of men. Does he really think that atheists and feminists are just having one non stop orgy?
A couple of quotes:
Women like Fluke who accept this detestable lie, have thereby rejected the glorious beauty and radiant splendor of what is really at the core of a woman’s being, namely her profound ability to procreateThis is downright creepy, and are not even necessarily accurate. Did this guy actually ask if Fluke ever intends to have children? I don't personally know, but I do know the choice should be up to her and perhaps the man she has sex with. Not some random person on the internet who has decided that not reproducing is some black mark on a woman's reputation.
Women like Fluke are not fighting against the alleged “War on Women”; they are in fact its biggest perpetrators. Contraception and abortion have separated women from their true selves. Depraved men, capitalizing on this unnatural separation, have used and abused women’s bodies like never before. Women are commonly degraded as objects for recreation, pleasure, and profit.This quote is dripping with weird sex negativity, he seems to think that any sex that is not purposed to be procreative is dirty. It seems to bother him that women might have sex for any other reason.
He seems to fail to understand that each woman is an individual, if one wants to have children that is fine, but it is also fine to not have children. No matter how he tries to spin it, he is ultimately saying that he will let women choose as long as they make the choices he has already predetermined are right for all women.