Fascism has come to America and it is wrapped in slut-shaming

03 Nov 2014 05:09 pm
Posted by: Donna

With the election coming soon I didn’t have time to address this shocking story out of Gilbert:

Apparently, in 2012, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) signed into a law a measure that requires public schools to present child birth and adoption as preferred options to elective abortion.

What’s wrong with that? In Gilbert, the honors biology class uses a textbook with a page that told students, “[C]omplete abstinence, avoiding intercourse, is the only totally effective method of birth control.” The same page includes information – rather clinic information – about the morning-after bill and medically-induced abortion. The procedure, the text says, “requires a doctor’s prescription and several visits to a medical facility.”

The state Board of Education and its lawyer said the paragraph in question isn’t a problem – it doesn’t advocate or encourage abortion – but apparently that didn’t matter. Conservative activists and local Republican officials insisted the textbook is illegal under the law created by Brewer two years ago.

So the Gilbert school board voted to excise the offending paragraphs from the books. Apparently even knowing of existence of abortion, or the morning after pill, is a slap in the face to motherhood and adoption and it might give impressionable girls scandalous ideas about how they don’t have to either mother children or produce infants for adoptive parents. Also, too, because no women who are already mothers ever have abortions or use birth control.

Where is the outcry over this? When the right wingers got Ethnic Studies banned in Tucson, which was a total travesty, there were big protests about it and Pedagogy of the Oppressed was neither banned from the school library nor had parts cut out of it. But this type of blatant censorship doesn’t seem to elicit much outrage when it’s being done by people eager to inflict punishment on sexually active girls and womwn, does it? If Scientologists got the Gilbert school board to approve excising portions of textbooks relating to mental health treatment, then folks might be a tad more alarmed. But, you know, sluts, that’s different amirite? Just remember that what starts out as an infringement on liberty to shame the sluts can have a way of bleeding over into other areas, including stuff that pertains to men.

The cheeky folks over at the Rachel Maddow show created a website where Gilbert students, and everyone else, can read the missing portion of the biology textbook. ArizonaHonorsBiology.com

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