“Can you think of any laws that give government the power to make decisions about the male body?”
This question was posed by US Senator Kamala Harris to US Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. This beautiful, concise, open-ended question beats all other questions. This question wins at the game of questions. Like a deep inhale of oxygen among smog, this question quickly clears through the bramble to articulate the CENTRAL feminist critique of laws impeding a woman’s ability to make choices about her body: THE INEQUALITY.
There are no laws about vasectomies. Nobody pays attention to what happens to men’s bodies. Because no one cares. I don’t know who first wrote it, but it’s been said many times: if men could get pregnant, access to birth control and plan B and abortions would be written into the constitution.
Here’s why Senator Harris’ question wins at words:
It’s open-ended design facilitates reflection by the person hearing the question.
It succinctly and deeply gets to the center of an argument, in this case the argument about PARITY under the law.
I doubt Senator Harris changed minds about choice, but man was it a gorgeous question to rally the base.
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