Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Laws



SATAN, n. One of the Creator's lamentable mistakes, repented in sashcloth and axes. Being instated as an archangel, Satan made himself multifariously objectionable and was finally expelled from Heaven. Halfway in his descent he paused, bent his head in thought a moment and at last went back. "There is one favor that I should like to ask," said he.

"Name it."

"Man, I understand, is about to be created. He will need laws."

"What, wretch! you his appointed adversary, charged from the dawn of eternity with hatred of his soul — you ask for the right to make his laws?"

"Pardon; what I have to ask is that he be permitted to make them himself."

It was so ordered.


--"The Devil's Dictionary," by Ambrose Bierce


In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court upheld a ban on a late-term abortion method and gave hope to the nation’s abortion opponents in their 30-year crusade to overturn Roe v. Wade. The new ruling was the first time the court approved abortion restrictions that contain no exception to protect a mother’s health.

In other words, you're on your own, ladies.

Good luck.



2 comments:

janinsanfran said...

Is that image a vagina dentata, the horrid male fantasy of a vagina with teeth? I think so.

D.R. Scott said...

So do I.

That's why men do to women the horrible things that they do. Their fear gives them an alibi. ("That stupid bitch made me rape her!")

In the way I chose to interpret the illustration, the agonized figure in the center was female, the crimson teeth encircling her is sexism: angry, violent, and relentless. And in the way I chose to interpret the recent Supreme Court decision, they proved themselves to be no different than a rapist: The stupid bitch made me enforce this law!

In both cases the subtext is this: I Own You.

And property doesn't have any rights.