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I don't think we can disconnect natalism (the ideology underneath anti-abortion, anti-contraceptive campaigns) from the Big Isms:  it's about controlling women and punishing willing (or even unwilling) female heterosexuality, and that means it's about Sexism, bigtime;  it's about keeping up a baby-machine production rate to replenish fallen soldiers, it's very much an Imperialism/Nationalism obsession;  and it's very often a thinly disguised attempt to get white people to breed more kids so as not to be "overrun" by those pesky darker Furriners, so it can be a stalking horse for Racist obsessions.

In other words, it's not a sideshow imho, nor is it a "mere" culture war.  It ties in fundamentally, so to speak, with larger social trends/patterns such as militarism, racist and patriarchal backlash against progress (perceived as "damage to the social fabric") for female/minority/gay emancipation, etc.  I would expect a renascent (sts) anti-abortion movement in the wake of the neocon historical moment, Blairism, UK following US into war, etc... and I also expect it as an ongoing stalking horse and testing strategy for the persistent army of Angry [read: Terrified] White Men.

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Fri Mar 21st, 2008 at 06:00:00 PM EST

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