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Ancient moon priestesses were called virgins. ‘Virgin’ meant not married, not belonging to a man - a woman who was ‘one-in-herself’. The very word derives from a Latin root meaning strength, force, skill; and was later applied to men: virle. Ishtar, Diana, Astarte, Isis were all all called virgin, which did not refer to sexual chastity, but sexual independence. And all great culture heroes of the past, mythic or historic, were said to be born of virgin mothers: Marduk, Gilgamesh, Buddha, Osiris, Dionysus, Genghis Khan, Jesus - they were all affirmed as sons of the Great Mother, of the Original One, their worldly power deriving from her. When the Hebrews used the word, and in the original Aramaic, it meant ‘maiden’ or ‘young woman’, with no connotations to sexual chastity. But later Christian translators could not conceive of the ‘Virgin Mary’ as a woman of independent sexuality, needless to say; they distorted the meaning into sexually pure, chaste, never touched.
If Michael Bay wasn’t one of the most successful directors in the world with hundreds millions of dollars at his disposal, he would be directing porn. Or, more precisely, he would be directing adverts for porn. He is a pornographic filmmaker in his sensibility, doesn’t matter what he’s looking at. Whether he’s looking at people, whether he’s looking at cars, whether he’s looking at explosions. His entire approach, is “WOAR! EY! LOOKATTHAT! EY! WOAR! LOOK AT! WOAR! EY!” And that’s it, it doesn’t make any difference what he’s doing. An ideal Michael Bay shot is; the 27-year-old stripper leaning over the bonnet of a car that then gets hit by a rocket launcher and explodes. And everything he does - he has one visual style, basically it’s frenetic wobbly cam with very very tight close-up and gittery editing.
Not all women are the owners of a uterus, and not all owners of a uterus are women. A transgender man—that is, a man who was assigned female at birth—may very well have a uterus, may become pregnant, and may very well need the same access to reproductive health options as your average cisgender woman. The same can be said for non-binary individuals who were assigned female at birth. As people who don’t identify as a woman or a man (though they may identify themselves as both, neither, or a combination of the two), some may feel that this language erases their identity or leaves them out. Yes, these people may have a uterus—but it’s not a “lady part.”
While there’s little doubt that women make up the largest segment of uterus-owning individuals, this name further ostracizes oft-overlooked members of society like trans men and non-binary individuals who were assigned female at birth. To exclude them in this, an organization aimed at educating the public on the issue of reproductive health, would seem to negate the organization’s stated goals by erasing identities and perpetuating the already stressful and exclusionary culture these individuals are forced to inhabit.