I read this thread on twitter this morning from Gabrielle Blair, aka @designmom, that literally stopped me in my tracks. You might also know Gabrielle from her amazing blog and the fact that she was one of the very first mom bloggers to make a name a name for herself. I know, everyone doesn’t like the term “mom blogger,” but she’s got it right there in the name of her blog, as I do, so I’m going to stick with that description.
It’s about the onus put on women for unwanted pregnancies, and it’s a doozy. She makes the argument that it’s actually men who are “100% responsible.” Parts of it sound completely off the rails, and that’s why it’s so mind blowing. Because then you realize, she’s right— why would it be so crazy to put the onus on men? Or to suggest that they take some real responsibility with physical consequences?
I thought the whole thread was worth posting in full. I tried to embed each individual tweet but it kept getting messed up and I know not everyone will click over to twitter so, I decided to share screenshots of it instead. I hope Gabrielle doesn’t mind. I’ve met her and she’s wonderful in person and you all should follow her on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Read her blog too. She is not usually one to stir up controversy, which is another reason I’m so stunned (and impressed) with everything she said below.
And please. Weigh in on what you think in the comments, because Allie and I have not stopped talking about it since we read the whole thing ourselves.
I’m a mother of six, and a Mormon. I have a good understanding of arguments surrounding abortion, religious and otherwise. I’ve been listening to men grandstand about women’s reproductive rights, and I’m convinced men actually have zero interest in stopping abortion. Here’s why…
— Gabrielle Blair (@designmom) September 13, 2018
Follow @designmom on Twitter. She usually talks about travel and parenting.