The internet, and in particular Twitter, can be an overwhelming place. Especially within the last few years, it feels like anytime you log on, you’re faced with depressing news or an ignorant post from the uncle who none of your family speaks to anymore.
But, every so often, there comes a Twitter thread or Facebook post that actually offers some truly interesting, radical information on a very serious and relevant topic. Like abortion.
Abortion is something that has divided people for many, many years. When Donald Trump was elected as President of the United States (it never stops hurting to say that), conversations surrounding abortion grew even more heated. Not that they weren’t before, but now anyone can log onto Twitter or Facebook and make their opinions KNOWN LOUDLY. As the Trump administration made clear their goal of defunding Planned Parenthood, the fight for a woman’s freedom and the right to have access to health care and make a decision regarding her own body continues. It’s exhausting.
But in a recent Twitter thread by Mormon mom of six and writer Gabrielle Blair, she offers an extremely interesting way of decreasing the number of abortions in America. She’s also seriously not afraid to spit some truth.
Gabrielle Blair is a blogger, mother of 6, and a New York Times bestselling author.
Already, it’s clear this woman is a total badass and ready to take down anyone who thinks that women are responsible for abortions.
Can we get a resounding, “Hell yeah”?
Blair pointed out the fact that men are 100% responsible for unwanted pregnancies.
If you’re quiet enough, you can hear the tears of men falling all around us.
But seriously, she makes an excellent point.
Blair then explained why this is the case.
Is a mic drop appropriate for this situation? We think so.
Of course, the next thought is, “Well, why don’t women just stay on birth control?” Blair tackles this question next.
There are a ton of side effects to birth control. Plus, if you don’t have health insurance, access to birth control is a nightmare and a headache. Especially since there are people hellbent on destroying Planned Parenthood, which is an excellent resource for the uninsured.
Blair points out how contraception has always been focused on women, and not men.
Even when there was a study for male birth control, it was nixed because the side effects were terrible (yet not nearly as awful as the side effects for women).
So you’d think condoms would make the most sense if a woman doesn’t have access to birth control, right?
The issue with condoms is that most men don’t like them.
Blair asks, “So why in the world are there ever unwanted pregnancies? Why don’t men just use condoms every time they have sex? Seems so simple, right?”
And then answers with, “So… there are men willing to risk getting a woman pregnant — which means literally risking her life, her health, her social status, her relationships, and her career so that they can experience a few minutes of slightly more pleasure? Is that for real? Yes. Yes, it is.”
Talk about depressing.
As Blair points out, all of this info is pretty disturbing.
Blair then further backs up the claim that men are the cause of all unwanted pregnancy with the fact that a man can’t impregnate a woman without having an orgasm. This brings up an interesting point about biology and pleasure and our bodies.
And you know that Blair is going to break it down for everyone on Twitter.
Blair continues to point out that this means a woman can enjoy orgasms on her own, but it’s only when a man ejaculates irresponsibly that she can experience an unwanted pregnancy.
“Women enjoying sex does not equal unwanted pregnancy and abortion. Men enjoying sex and having irresponsible ejaculations is what causes unwanted pregnancies and abortion,” she writes.
This leads Blair into the topic of responsibility.
The big thing here is the fact that there aren’t consequences for men when it comes to unwanted pregnancy. A man has the opportunity to simply walk away.
It’s not the same for the woman.
An unwanted pregnancy could not be more different for the man and woman involved.
So, even though a man can irresponsibly get a woman pregnant, the burden falls on her.
Every single time. It’s really depressing.
Blair insists we need to be holding men responsible for unwanted pregnancies.
It comes down to the fact that we must hold men responsible for their actions. This is not an easy thing to do. Nobody wants to hold men to their actions.
But there are some things people can do to hold men responsible.
Can you even imagine, for a moment, living in a world where there weren’t protestors at clinics? Where men didn’t get to decide what happened to a woman’s body?
Blair begins to ask some serious questions that people don’t like thinking about.
Here’s where her radical solution comes in. And trust me, not everyone is going to like this.
Everything Blair says is true.
The effects of an unwanted pregnancy on a woman can sometimes be fatal. So how do we fix this?
She’s thought everything through. She even has a plan for the sperm of the men who would be castrated.
Of course, many people aren’t able to wrap their head around the idea of a physical punishment for men. So Blair offers something else.
Uh, yeah, a vasectomy is a lot less invasive than many birth control methods.
Plus, it’s reversible. There’s nothing permanent about it.
How can we make this happen?
Blair explains that she knows there will be people who will object to these ideas, but her point remains: stop focusing on women when it comes to trying to get rid of abortions.
She draws on a comparison to cure and disease.
She insists that the only way to decrease abortions in America is to focus on the cause of unwanted pregnancy – men.
She implores men to think about this seriously.
What would it take for a man to not irresponsibly impregnate someone?
It’s a serious question and one she’s serious about asking. Women are constantly being controlled by men, even when it comes to their sexual health.
As Blair points out, we live in a country which is mostly run by men.
This is not new information, but when will things change?
The idea that abortion rates could change without the mention of a woman is mind-boggling because it’s something that feels so impossible.
Blair drives her point home.
There were a lot of people who agreed with Blair and applauded her thread.
People praised Blair for her ability to blow up things that we think we know.
Through a Twitter thread, she was able to get people thinking about a topic that many already feel strongly about. We totally understand this woman’s reaction.
Every day we are told how we’re supposed to think.
Blair’s Twitter thread really does feel like someone slapping you in the face with the truth.
Some Twitter users thanked Blair for writing the thread and shared their own stories.
Despite how negative Twitter can feel sometimes, it really is amazing when people come together and share what they’ve gone through in life.
We totally get this tweet.
Sometimes you just agree with someone so much that you basically turn into a living “clap hands” emoji.
Will this be the first Twitter thread to win a prestigious award?
We wish it were possible.
But for real, that is a thing that sounds like it could happen in like, 20 years.
There aren’t enough clapping emojis for this Twitter thread.
Of course, there’s a ton of people who disagree and will drag Blair for her opinion, but the outpouring of support is pretty amazing to see.
Blair should update her Twitter bio to “Slayer of Tweets.”
Slayer of tweets, blogger and mom? That sounds like a pretty badass trifecta.
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