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Monday, May 28, 2018

I'm actually a typical Catholic

There's been much in the Catholic press about Ireland's choice to repeal its abortion ban. Most online Catholicism is very conservative, so it should have come as no surprise to me to be called a Nazi at one of the blogs, all because I am pro-choice.

There's a perception among some Catholics that I'm a liberal California feminist. True, and I come by it honestly. My grandfather and mother were Democrats. My mom was married/divorced multiple times and had to support herself and us most of her life, working up until the few months before she died of lung cancer at 76. When I was in high school she took me to the doctor for birth control pills. When I was a teen I was was turned on to the book, Our Bodies, Ourselves ...

a book about women's health and sexuality produced by the nonprofit organization Our Bodies Ourselves (originally called the Boston Women's Health Book Collective). First published in the late 1960s, it contains information related to many aspects of women's health and sexuality, including: sexual health, sexual orientation, gender identity, birth control, abortion, pregnancy and childbirth, violence and abuse, and the menopause. The most recent edition of the book was published in 2011. The book was revolutionary in that it encouraged women to celebrate their sexuality, including chapters on reproductive rights, lesbian sexuality, and sexual independence. The move towards women’s active engagement with their actual sexual desires was contradicting the popular gendered myth of “women as docile, and passive,” and “men as active and aggressive” in a sexual relationship.

The book has been translated and adapted by women's groups around the world and is available in 29 languages. Sales for all the books exceed four million copies. The New York Times has called the seminal book "America's best-selling book on all aspects of women's health" and a "feminist classic".

And when I was in college, I became a volunteer at Planned Parenthood.

But I'm also a typical Catholic. What so many of the conservatives who frequent Catholic blogs don't want to acknowledge is that I am not an oddity in Catholic world, In fact, my views are the views of the majority of Catholics: Some 98 percent of sexually active Catholic women have used contraceptive methods banned by the church and among Catholics, 53% say abortion should be legal.

So, not a Nazi ;)


Anonymous Dyan said...

Most definitely not :)

6:25 AM  

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