Friday, January 22, 2010

What "Trust Women" means to me

This blog is part of the "NARAL Pro-Choice America's 5th annual Blog for Choice Day 2010," which you can read about here. The question posed this year: "What does Trust Women mean to you?"

For me, the phrase means trust women ...

To know themselves.

To know what is best for them.

To know what they can and can't handle.

To know their bodies.

To know their minds.

To know their feelings.

To know if they want children, or not.

To know if they don't know.

(And to do things like drive a car, be a manager, run a business, run a household, understand something complicated, throw a ball, read a map, talk about serious issues, operate power tools, and anything else that falls under a stereotype of "things women can't do.")

Women can make their own decisions about big, important life moments -- like if going through with a pregnancy is the right thing for them to do. Thousands of woman make such decisions every day. And as the saying goes, "If you can't trust me to make a choice, how can you trust me to raise a child?" It doesn't work both ways.

Trusting also involves supporting. If you trust women to make a decision about children, that decision needs to be supported. It's not about what you would do; it's about what the woman in question wants. Her decision, even if it's not the same as yours, is just as valid. Life doesn't work the same for everyone. You probably don't want decisions about your body made for you, right? Right. No one does, women included.

Be sure to check out other blogs participating in Blog for Choice Day here.

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