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Bizarre Morality: Sports, Abortion, and the Uterus

Anyone who has or who has had small children knows how this game works: the child tells an obvious lie, then when questioned on it, panics and tells an even bigger lie to try to cover.  But the cover is usually more absurd than the original tale, and the kid has to tell another lie in an effort to salvage the situation.  An adept and adroit parent can find a great deal of enjoyment out of making their dishonest children writhe and wallow in their own web of deceit before it eventually collapses all around them.

I can’t help but come to the conclusion that those in our culture who choose open rebellion to God’s moral order have unwittingly found themselves playing the role of these lying children.  Stop and consider:

While it’s been a standard argument (admittedly an uber-dumb one) for some time that “men should not speak to the morality or immorality of abortion since they don’t have a uterus,” that pellet of cultural wisdom has resurfaced often in the recent furor over abortion laws in Georgia and Alabama. 

Again, the idea that men can’t speak to the human rights violation of abortion since they lack child-bearing ability is as logical as the idea that women shouldn’t have spoken to the human rights violation of slavery since they didn’t have fields they had to harvest.  It’s silly.

But no one actually has to argue against that silliness anymore because the people speaking it are now happily undermining it themselves.  These are the same voices, generally speaking, that will also tell you that it is the height of intolerance to prevent a man (who lacks that uterus, remember) from entering a woman’s sprint or weightlifting competition. 

But it’s fair to ask, isn’t it, that if I’m allowed to set the Women’s 100 M Dash world record without a uterus, why can’t I speak against killing children for convenience?

But then again, if the uterus is not necessary for participation in women’s sporting events, perhaps I should ask why we even have women’s sporting events? 

Don’t get me wrong, women should still be allowed to play (even though “women” is just a social construct based on presupposed norms and heteronormative expectation – I’m pretty good with this meaningless language, aren’t I?) all the same sports.  They should just be entering the same competitions as men since there are, after all, no distinctions between the sexes.  Well, other than the distinction that means only women can discuss the human rights issues of abortion.

This is what I mean: lie after lie after lie.  And the whole web is disintegrating around those telling them.  The only question is whether we’ll be honest enough as a culture to acknowledge it.

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