Things I Don’t Care to See in 2016: “A Vote Against One of Us is a Vote Against All of Us” Posters (#istandwithPP)

Let’s talk about inclusivity. Let’s talk about abortion. Let’s talk about voting. Let’s talk about rape culture and violence.

We don’t even have to go into depth. Let’s just graze the surface.

Regarding violence against women, if you ask something like “What if it was YOUR mother, sister, friend?” in order to get men to understand the severity of violence against women by changing the perspective a little bit, it’s pretty much widely accepted at this point that the statement is ridiculous. It is ridiculous that something should have to happen to someone close to you in order for you to care about it, isn’t it? No one should have to worry about violence! Everyone should care about ending violence against women! Everyone should care about ending violence in general, in fact. We know this.

Why do we use this type of psychology. Obviously, it’s because to get someone to understand something, it’s easier for them to take a walk in the shoes of people that are being affected. But I genuinely do not think this is effective overall. I think we forget that when trying to include everyone, when trying to appeal to masses, when trying to make political agendas and social issues more palatable, we can often end up being more exclusive than intended.

That’s where this poster comes in.

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I can see that the poster above is intended to be inclusive and show that PP does more than just abortions, but what kind of message are we sending to non-supporters if we’re saying “If you don’t care about this, think about all of these other people you SHOULD care about!”

That sounds unfair to me. It sounds exclusive to me.

If you support PP for whatever reasons, but not for abortion, that is not inclusive, that is not “standing with PP”. If you stand with PP, you should be supporting ALL services that PP provides. If you support Planned Parenthood and you want other people to as well, you should not be sending a message that says “Well forget this one thing you don’t like, what about these other things? Forget this one woman you don’t support, what about these other ones that matter?”

This is unacceptable to me.

A vote against one of us IS a vote against all of us. But by voting against ANY of us, you are saying “I do not believe in Planned Parenthood. I do not care about people who need the services PP provides.” If you are against abortion enough to wish they would defund PP, that tells me that you think people who need abortions do not deserve to choose what to do with their own bodies. And because of that, I could not care less if you support all of the other services PP provides.

I care about everyone who needs Planned Parenthood, not just the people who are using it for reasons I deem acceptable. I don’t want to see this poster anymore, and I don’t see any reason why any support of Planned Parenthood should want to see it either.

If you think I’m WAY off and want to have a discussion about it, feel free! I’ll keep an eye on the comments.

 

Love you all, and Happy 2016.

xx Amandria

For more posts on what I don’t care to see in 2016, click here.

 

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