I wonder when the tradition of baby showers and related anticipatory beliefs and actions will come under attack. The notion that there is already a “baby” in existence (and here we will overlook the implications of the notion saying it is a “boy” or “girl” before the entity is conscious and able to select its sexual identity) ought to be a problem for the logically consistent pro-choicer.
The controlling rubric is “choice” but if many pregnant persons “choose” to believe that there is a rights-infused person-like entity in the womb then that creates a cognitive state in which incipient personhood is assumed to be inherent and not merely a reflection of the womb owner’s choice at the present time. If such an offensive cognitive error were to be widely shared (and it is) then that creates adverse social perceptions of abortion which in turn establishes a political climate that threatens the right to choose. Therefore, pregnant individuals who fall into the patriarchal cultural trap of referring to the uterine entity as a “baby” threaten the right to choose.
Patriarchal anachronisms like “Congratulations!”, “When are you due?”, “Is it a boy or a girl or do you know yet?” must logically be replaced with “Good luck with your final choice” to remind the individual currently containing a biological entity that she always remains in control of her body and that verbal artifices like “trimesters” or “quickening” or “baby” cannot be permitted to circumscribe the choice. A “baby shower” is a celebration of an implicit early rejection of the option to terminate on grounds that threaten the social acceptance of that option, namely that a “baby” actually exists.
Gay marriage, transgender rights, and abortion arrive in the language of liberty, individual choice, tolerance and diversity of belief but once ensconced invariably establish a regime in which the existence of non-approbatory perspectives must be outlawed, silenced, punished and crushed. Why is that?Published in