Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice

Oklahomans for Reproductive Justice (OK4RJ) consists of a group of young Okies dedicated to caring and advocating for Oklahomans, using community and grassroots approaches to raise awareness and advocate for access to full reproductive freedom for all, regardless of race, class, ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation. We believe that social justice issues are inseparable from reproductive issues and advocate for a holistic view of reproductive justice Visit our site at ok4rj.org
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My boyfriend and I like to talk about the kids we’ll have someday. In my mind, they all have Coke-bottle glasses (because they get their optical genes from me) and they have a mop of wavy red hair (because they get Chris’s follicles). They also do Tae-Kwon-Do and look adorable in their little uniforms. And on weekends, we get the family together and play musical instruments. In some versions of this fantasy, we are a touring family band.

I am the youngest person with childbearing abilities in our group of friends, and I am also the only one without children. This makes me nearly free of the worries of what children are like in reality. But I do know now that if my kids are going to be at all like the kids of my friends, I have more bed wetting and writing on the walls with crayons to look forward to than being in a family band. And being confronted with these truths makes it hard for me to dream up the perfect children that I want to have.

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Sometimes, especially in Oklahoma, we can get caught up in the big picture, and the huge hurdles we’re fighting: fetal pain laws, “personhood”, abortion access, AHA postering, and all the other generally racist, classist, or ridiculous laws proposed for the next legislative session. Victories are few and far between, but I completely overlooked a wonderful victory from a very surprising place… deep in the world of college football. The“Alabama Teabagger” (link nsfw-ish) was on my radar, but I failed to get upset, merely trudging along with a hundred other things I felt were more important.

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I started following this blog a couple of weeks ago but the most recent post on Scarlett Johanssen’s cover story in Cosmo literally just made me choke on my couscous. The author even includes a link to the anti-feminist trope “special snowflake” at the end, which caused me to applaud at my desk. This tumblr is great for winding down after your work week or finals week while still gettin’ yo rage on (very important to me, at least).

You’re a sensitive dude. You have an acoustic guitar or a Casio or something, and a Macbook with Garage Band on it. It’s a mournful-looking fall day outside – what’s a bro to do? LET’S WRITE A HORRENDOUS SONG ABOUT HOW SAD ABORTION MAKES YOU! Here’s some fun examples for you to get some terrible ideas from!

1. “Brick” by Ben Folds Five

\”Brick\” by Ben Folds Five

This is really the ultimate in faux-sensitive, alt-bro sad-sack songs about how much it sucks for a dude whose girlfriend decides to have an abortion. It is so DEPRESSING to have to hang out in the clinic parking lot and the waiting room. Couldn’t she have just carried the pregnancy to term so he wouldn’t have to do all this boring, depressing stuff? UGH.

2. “The Freshmen” by The Verve Pipe

\”The Freshmen\” by The Verve Pipe

This song is fun because it piles all kinds of blame on a nameless girlfriend – in fact, the chorus of the song is the refrain “I won’t be held responsible,” but still concludes in the possibility that they will “die for these sins” because of her choice. There’s also some blatant inaccuracy thrown in for good measure – apparently abortion can “stop a baby’s breath,” LOL.

3. “Act of Love” by Neil Young

\”Act of Love\” by Neil Young

This song is nice and subtle and disgusting, just like you. Here we have a description of a pregnancy as the “fruit of love” which clearly means you have a say! THAT’S YOUR LOVE IN THERE! That is so deep, dude. Of course, a few lines later, Young throws in a verse implying he’s also kind of pissed that she used his money to pay for the abortion. WHOOPS oh well it wouldn’t be a song by a white dude about abortion without some completely petty resentment in there somewhere. Make sure you include something like this in your song, so that the women who hear it feel kicked WHILE they’re down.

4. “Bodies” by Sex Pistols (NSFW)

\”Bodies\” by Sex Pistols

I know, I know, you’re trying to write a poetic, SENSITIVE song about other people’s reproductive choices that make you upset. But did you know that before 90’s alternative musicians started making offensive music under the guise of being easy to listen to, punk bands were making offensive music under the guise of being anti-society? TRUFAX! This song is super-graphic and incredibly misogynistic and doesn’t try to hide its message behind “pretty” sounds, and is a super great example of how even the counterculture has a lot to learn about gender and reproductive justice. You might just store this in your memory bank for when you go through a hardcore phase during college and start wearing denim vests and yelling “NO CLIT IN THE PIT” at shows.

“Bodies” lyrics
“Act of Love” lyrics
“The Freshman” lyrics
“Brick” lyrics

Pearl is clearly an avid music lover. She tweets and tumbls.