I was recently at a pro-life chain to commemorate the 1967 abortion act in the UK. There was, of course, a counter protest. They called it a celebration, along the lines of a birthday or anniversary celebration. The things I see at these pro-choice protests always intrigue me. But for the first time in a long time, I was caught off guard.
Here are some of the many problems with this image:
1. It’s reductive – It reduces all women to and defines them by their genitalia. Many feminists make clear the difference between sex and gender. But in this instance, it seems that they are restricting the feminist cause to only those who have female genitalia.
2. It’s objectifying – It defines women by their sexual organs. An image like this removes any individuality from a woman and treats her only as an object for sex.
3. It’s self-deifying – The feminist movement seeks to set people equal. But, when you parade around female genitalia as if it were some religious artifact, it certainly seems like you are holding women as the greatest good above all else.
4. It’s offensive – An image such as this seeks to offend religious people to no end but the offense itself. That is not open dialogue.
5. It had no purpose there – When one is protesting, your materials should send a clear message. Perhaps one of these demonstrators could enlighten me, but I have no idea what they were trying to achieve with an image like that.
The pro-life demonstrators stood quietly on the other side of the road. We outnumbered the pro-choice protest by at least a hundred people. We were a diverse group, encompassing different ethnicities, ages, and disabilities. Each of us held signs that read, “Love them both,” and had an image of a mother and child. It makes me wonder who the true feminists are.