May I Say a Few (Choice) Words About Rick Santorum…?

Today, Rick Santorum melodramatically told an audience of morons that the guys who charged up the beaches of Normandy on D-Day did so to protect the right for us to have a choice about our healthcare.

Well, except for us women. We aren’t allowed to have choices. No abortions – ever. Even if it’s an ectopic or a toxic pregnancy that will kill both the woman and the fetus. Even if the fetus has horrible and/or fatal birth defects. If these sanctimonious, misogynistic cretins from Mars have their way, we won’t even be allowed to use birth control pills!!

You’ve all heard the term “hysterectomy”…? Today, we know it as the surgical procedure where a woman’s uterus is removed, for whatever reason. Have you ever thought about the root of that word?

Hysteria. Yep. Back in the patriarchal bad old days in the early 1900’s, all male doctors (and most men) believed that women were flighty, silly, sickly creatures, prone to fainting and “the vapors.”

From K. Ball:

What is the origin of hysteria..

Those of you who think that hysteria and hysterectomy may be related are correct.  One who is hysterical has the roots of one’s behavior in one’s womb, etymologically speaking.  This seems to limit hysteria to people who have wombs: women!  That is originally what the word hysteric referred to, “a neurotic condition in women” that was also known as “the vapours”.  It was thought to be rooted in disturbances in the womb, an idea that went all the way back to ancient Greece.  Of course, we now know that that is not the case, and hysteric can apply to anyone.  It entered English in the mid-17th century from French hysterique.  The ultimate source is Greek hustera “womb”.

The word hysteria was coined in the early 19th century as a noun form of hysteric.  The Latin uterus is related.

There you have it.

And now, cultural neanderthals like Rick Santorum want to shove us all back into the kitchen, force us to carry every pregnancy to term – come hell, high water or birth defects – and even forbid us to use contraception.

Yeah, I’m all excited about the prospect of being shoved back into the early 1900’s.  (Well, not really.)

I’ll tell you what, Rick – when you start a crusade to ban men from masturbating into their kleenex because they’re killing babies, I might take you seriously.

Until then, just shut up.

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