(the small p was intentional.)
As a traveller I believe that political trends are like pollution, sooner or later they are going to wash up on our shores. Because of that (and so much more) I tend to react to disturbing news concerning my sisters in other countries. Brazil has me disturbed. Now I must admit I haven’t paid much attention to their politics, I find that I really have to moderate the amount of news I allow into my world else I find myself in the fetus position, whimpering, surrounded by a black fog.
Funny (and not in a ha ha sort of way) I use the word ‘fetus’ cause that, at least on the surface, is the topic of concern today. Brazil, because the religious right have infiltrated the government, having decided to strip the women of their country of their right to choose whether to abort the fetus growing inside their bodies or not. They are voting on a bill that will give said fetus full rights of a living person. I’m sure you can ascertain what I think of such a move.
How I heard of this proposed law is from an article posted on the Outier Collective website http://theoutliercollective.wordpress.com (sadly no longer available), who, in their words:
Each week, we choose a topic. Usually something in the news, almost always something controversial. We invite two bloggers to weigh in on the weekly topic, in whatever way they choose. The results are sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, sometimes passionate, always thought-provoking.
This week seven writers will be sharing their thoughts on Feminism, from what the “F” word means to them, to a v-log on patriarchy.The first one is Abortion and a Revolution by Nicole Froio from Brazil… guess where I got the inspiration for this post from? Yup Nicole. Since she is on the ground in Brazil battling the forces of oppression I will let her eloquent words tell you herself. It is such a thoughtful and un-rhetoric piece, I think you will find it thought-provoking and intelligent. I hope you go check it out and go back each day this week to read all the articles on feminism.
Note: Since the Outier Collective website has been deleted, sadly you can’t go read this excellent article. When I contacted Nicole she said that it is not published anywhere else.