Another dimension to abortion that needs to be named at this time in history is the new appeal of authoritarianism or fascism. Susan Sontag defines fascism as “institutionalized violence.” Is this not what the new Texas laws are all about? Violence toward women and their bodies and their choices institutionalized by a law that skirts fifty years of established law? And encourages bounty hunters to make money chasing down pregnant women?
Violence against women is intrinsic to much of Western culture and patriarchal culture (Adrienne Rich astutely names the latter as promoting “fatalistic self hatred.”) Men operating out of unexamined consciences often project their fatalistic self-hatred onto others and especially women. Thus the compulsion to control them and their bodies. Fascism loves to talk about “Family” with a capital F. Beware!
Fascism is always anti-women and is by definition all about control. Abortion as a religious litmus test stands out as the number one religious issue for fascists. Weaponizing sexuality has become a sad mark of orthodoxy for some in the Catholic church ever since the encyclical Humanae Vitae reinforced the ban on birth control.
Patriarchy is part of any discussion about abortion. The question at hand is this: “Why do men want to tell women what to do with their bodies?” I believe the best answer to this question comes from one of the founders of Chaos Theory, mathematician Ralph Abraham in his ground breaking book, Chaos, Gaia, Eros. I will discuss that book in the accompanying video.
See Matthew Fox, Confessions: The Making of a Post-denominational Priest, pp. 385, 314, 223, 118, 163
Queries for Contemplation
Do you have a theory why men feel compelled to control women’s bodies? How does one put an end to that compulsion?
“Wisdom, Grace, Love” – a 3-part online lecture series by Caroline Myss, Andrew Harvey, and Matthew Fox, September 8, 15, and 22, 3:00-4:30 pm Pacific (GMT/UTC-7). Learn more HERE.