The ten-year-anniversary Blu-Ray of MYSTERIOUS SKIN was released yesterday. USA Today picked it as their “release o’ the week.” This has lots of cool extras, including new interviews with Gregg Araki, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, and me. Thanks to all the folks at Strand Releasing for their hard work.
This movie broke my heart.
What if we were transparent? What if we could actually SEE our unborn children growing and kicking inside of the womb?
Would we meet a mother on the street and comment how beautiful her child is? Tell her how much her baby has grown since the last time we saw her?
Would mothers sitting in abortion clinic waiting rooms steal quick glances at each others babies to silently bid farewell?
Would a mother be able to bear the sight of an abortionist inserting his forceps into her womb to firmly grasp and viciously tear her child’s limbs from its tiny body?
We all know the answers to these questions.
If only we were transparent so that those who cannot see with their heart could see with their eyes.
This shit is so transparently emotionally manipulative and misleading, it’s almost laughable.
The fetus in the picture is like at least 8 or even 9 months, an age at which no abortions are preformed because a fetus at that stage is almost always viable outside the womb. I was born at 8 months for fuck’s sake. At that stage labor would simply be induced or a c-section preformed if the pregnancy had to be ended for some reason. (No one sits around pregnant for 8 months and 3 weeks before deciding that they don’t actually want to do this, ya know. The only reason that a pregnancy would need to be cut short at that stage is if natural labor would be life threatening)
The vast majority of abortions happen within the first 14 weeks (92% in fact!). More than 1/3 of all abortion happens in the first 6 weeks. 80% happen within the first 10 weeks. [Sources: CDC and The Guttmacher Institute)
Just to be clear, THIS is what a fetus at 10 weeks looks like:
To be clear, that fetus is the size of a kidney bean and still has webbed appendages.
So to answer your questions: No. You would not be able to even SEE a fetus at this stage, even with bizarre and creepy transparent skin. Internal organs, blood vessels and other inner workings would block your view of the tiny little 1 inch lump you’d be trying to view in someone elses abdomen.
AND for all your emotional blackmail and misrepresentation of the facts, you are forgetting the primary argument in favor of protecting abortion: bodily autonomy. No creepy glass-skinned dystopia setting where people are free to peer at your internal organs whenever they want (I guess we don’t wear clothes in your weird fantasy either, yeah?) changes the fact that people have a right to bodily autonomy, even if they become pregnant.
People being angry about ~dem gays~ on Target’s Facebook.
I just want to give my two cents on this and tell you a story.
A couple weeks ago, I was hired at Target. I have a job at Target. Not a big deal right?
It is a big deal because i’m a transman.
It doesn’t take a genius to conclude that it’s hard for me, my brothers, and sisters to get a job. There are legal restraints regarding the job and if you don’t pass, it’s hard to be taken seriously at a job interview.
Right on the application, it asks what your preferred name is. It also asks if there is anything that target should know. I put the fact that I am a transman, expecting not to get a call because usually when you put that down, people will throw out the application. I got TWO interviews.
At the interview, they asked me about it. I told them I am on hormones and they told me that they didn’t care. Not in the sense that they don’t emotionally care, but that it didn’t matter. I was male and that’s all that mattered. They also told me that they give sex same couples benefits in states that do not recognize them as a married couple.
At my job orientation, I was not misgendered once. Even my supervisors who weren’t sure of my gender avoided pronoun use, which I found only happens when you’ve had pronoun training. They gave me a name tag with my preferred name and didn’t ask questions. I felt safe and respected, which is huge for a trans* person.
TLDR: Target is amazing not just for the LGB, but also the T. Shop there for the rest of your life.