Content warning for misogyny, racism, ableism. . . and defaced mountains. (Though I’m not putting anywhere near the worst of it here . . . well, except for the mountain.)
The Irish referendum on whether to change the constitution again to allow politicians to legislate for women to have a right to dignity, autonomy and equal provision of healthcare is Friday, and I’m tired, you guys! It has gotten really nasty. I’ve been yelled at on the street for wearing a #repeal t-shirt, and I’m not even canvassing. I’m not even one of the many many brave women who have publicly told their stories about how a fetus having rights that override theirs has directly affected their mental and physical health and endangered their lives.
Walking around town right now is . . . like everyone’s wearing the colours of their sports team in the final playoff match of the most popular sport ever, except it’s people supporting human dignity vs property rights over women’s bodies. Literally:
Among other dirty tricks, there’s the lying about expertise that spawned the hashtag #FakeNurse.
Oh yeah, and the anti-choice folks defaced a mountain:
Which at least spawned a meme . . .
On top of this, just this week a 15 year old girl went missing in a park and her naked, beaten, and sexually assaulted body turned up three days later. And just this afternoon, the Gardaí found the body of a 24-year-old women who was abducted off the side of the road.
What has been amazing, heartening, mental-health-saving, has been the outpouring of support for the brave women who have been opening themselves to abuse to say “I’m a person. This is how I have been hurt.”
Savita Halappanavar’s parents requested for her image to be used to promote the “Yes”vote, because they don’t want any more women to suffer her fate, and they don’t want any other families to suffer their loss.
As with the Marriage Equality vote, this could hinge on the Irish citizens who have gone abroad to find work or to study. The support of Students Unions abroad brought tears to the eyes.
It’s going to be a long week.