bell hooks, Salvation: Black People and Love
I never thought about it like this before, but
Mothers have the right not to want their children.
Especially if they have been conceived against their will or in a coercive or unexpected manner.
This helps me understand the “birth control and rape” argument so much better. It IS just about controlling women’s bodies. I have the right not to have children. No child should feel unwanted or know that.
There’s a guilt to that. A guilt to not wanting a child that shames parents into actually doing their job a whole lot worse.
I think…I think..
I’m still thinking…there’s so much more to be found in this quote here.