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Anonymous asked: Thank you for that answer :) I had no idea there was actually a term to refer to what I was wondering about. So in the case of Amanda Berry who was held captive for 10 years and was impregnated, why are there only charges of rape and kidnapping being brought against her alleged captor? Her captor told her he would kill her if her baby did not survive, which sounds exactly like reproductive coercion to me.
TW: Rape, Assault, Torture
In that case, they weren’t in a domestic relationship, in the traditional sense. Reproductive coercion happens in a relationship that is originally consensual (but then through abuse could arguably be considered not but leaving it becomes too much of an obstacle due to control by the abuser and the subsequent alienation of the victim).
So, unfortunately, in that case he’s been charged with rape only. But he is going to have more charges brought up against him, such as murder and assault, for all of the things he did to those young women. Not all of the charges appear to have been filed yet.
2 Thessalonians 3:10: “For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat.”
You know, I’m a lapsed Catholic and now consider myself an atheist, but one of my favorite Bible verses comes to mind from Proverbs:
The righteous care about justice for the poor, but the wicked have no concern.
This guy wants to cut food stamp funding. This bible verse also comes to mind:
Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Anonymous asked: Why isn't there a law that specifically states it is illegal to impregnate a woman against her will? I understand that illegally impregnating a woman would be implicitly covered under rape laws. However, to force a woman to carry and bear she did not even want is a completely separate crime in itself. Why isn't there more discussion about this topic, especially in states where abortion is illegal.
TW: Domestic Violence, Rape
What you’re describing is considered reproductive coercion. It is considered a type of domestic violence and, in my opinion, people could and should be charged with the same crime as physically hitting a partner. I don’t see it any differently than assault or rape (especially since a lot of times the person conceives after being raped by their partner).
But, I think there is discussion about this, it’s just something that has only recently been realized. Not to say this hasn’t existed for a long ass time, it has, but according to this article, it happens at a much higher rate than originally thought. Because of this, domestic violence shelters have become more aware of it and so have physicians. Ob/gyns who see patients they suspect of being victims of domestic violence have started asking questions about reproductive coercion, now, and offering ways to combat it.
For example, if a patient comes in to see their doctor and they are being prevented from taking their birth control, the doctor will talk with them about their situation and if they are not ready to leave it, the doctor can give them a birth control method that is undetectable by their partner, like the shot or an implant or something.
When Strangers Click, a 2011 documentary about online dating.
It reminds me of that famous Margaret Atwood quote: “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” It also reminds me of something written by one of the mods of Sex Worker Problems: “Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
I mean, it’s just true.
“Misandry irritates. Misogyny kills.”
That’s it. That’s it right there.