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Nikola Bijeliti
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Default With abortion, women contribute to the crisis of manhood

With abortion, women contribute to the crisis of manhood
When it comes to this contentious conversation, men are usually excluded. Whether it’s the decision to abort or space to grieve the loss of a child, secular feminists are clear: Keep your mouth shut.

In circumstances of unplanned pregnancy, men are shamed for believing their opinion matters. Emotional baggage isn’t even a consideration. A man’s grief is inconvenient, smashing the illusion that this is merely about a woman’s “bodily autonomy.”

“My body, my choice,” read the signs at the Women’s March and in front of the Supreme Court each time another abortion-related case comes down. But far more than just the woman is affected when a child is conceived.

Even if a man agrees to an abortion, most aren’t ready for the emotional toll that descends afterward. Nobody talks about it, so there is no way to prepare or take that possibility into consideration. The truth is depression, anxiety, and anger are common for men during this time, but there is nowhere for them to process it.

Treating men as unimportant in this realm jives with feminist societal norms that typecast all males as abusive, patriarchal, or stupid. While women regularly choose single motherhood and abortion on their terms, men are increasingly disrespected and viewed as irrelevant.

An old storyline on the TV show Girls displayed this view well. In one episode, a character’s boyfriend asks her to join him for a run. She responds indifferently that she can’t go because she “had an abortion yesterday” and needs to take it easy. Her boyfriend assumes she’s joking, but she assures him she’s not. He is, understandably, speechless, and it isn’t brought up again.

A man will remember such a moment for the rest of his life, blindsided by hope and despair in a split second. He’s given no recognition, and such treatment is degrading and undignifying to men as human beings, not to mention the unborn child being callously eliminated.

If men aren’t supposed to care when their babies are aborted, why should we expect them to care when they’re born? We’ve created a confusing world in which men only matter if the women they’re partnered with decide they do. This is not a rational or healthy way to view men, especially if we expect them to take responsibility for their actions in the future — or to contribute personally and financially when abortion is not the outcome.
All these ideas…are chained to the existence of men, to who[m]…they owe their existence. Precisely in this case the preservation of these definite races and men is the precondition for the existence of these ideas. --Adolf Hitler


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