Before talking to you about American ideologues in clothes (with long petticoats attached), followers of uterine allocation, let me recall this information that I have already published in these pages and that I want to share with students. It shows the extent to which planetary phallocracy has always tried to gain control over women’s genital apparatus, which is more than the part of the uterus that is still the subject of another attempt at taking over the judges. conservative in the U.S. Supreme Court.
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At the beginning of what would become reproductive physiology, like explorers who discovered a new land in ancient times when it was customary to name its discovery themselves, male scientists did not hesitate to claim territories. in the female genital system. This is how you find in the female reproductive system the tubes owned by Gabriel Fallope, the follicles of Reinier de Graaf, the glands of Thomas Bartholin and those of Alexander Skene. Among the male explorers of old who claimed vaginal territories, there was also the incomparable Ernst Gräfenberg, who was the owner of the Gräfenberg point, commonly called the G-spot. In short, no matter how personal the vagina is, so many bearded scientists are glass squatting there, I wonder if we can still speak of intimacy to qualify it.
The uterus is an elusive organ that has shed a lot of nonsense presented as guarantees. Hippocrates saw the uterus as a living creature that had a mouth and could move the body of women. A kind ofalien of breeding.
Located in the lower abdomen, this little monster travels between the head and feet and can stay on organs of its choice. The real purpose of this animal uterus? Satisfy her desire to have children. Don’t ask me how to do this with a traveling uterus that is lodged in the lungs or spleen. Therefore, it is necessary, according to the most famous doctor of Antiquity, to be careful not to ignore the cravings for pleasure that relax the Animal. In dissatisfaction, it happens, says Hippocrates, that the Beast impedes the passage of breath and causes so much pain. The movement of the uterus can be attributed to great lubrication which, in turn, would be a symptom of a baptized disease, of the “great connoisseurs of the female body”, hysterical suffocation.
This view of a mobile and insatiable animal uterus living in the female body survived its designer and proceeded in another form, carried by other thinkers of undeniable misogyny.
Thus, the French physician Joseph Raulin (1708-1784) stated that the woman suffered from a hypersensitivity that affected her brain and, consequently, her thinking abilities. During adolescence, added her contemporary, the philosopher Saint-Lambert (1716-1803), the uterus became so hypersensitive that it resulted in the woman’s brain going into a debilitating paralysis. If you want to discover stories to make your hair stand out, I recommend you read History of misogyny – The contempt for women from Ancient times to the presenta book by Adeline Gargam and Bertrand Lançon.
Before getting to this Republican offensive of the right to free choice that releases passions, I also need to state the view that spermatists once defended when the time came to explain to children how babies are treated.
You know, it will have to wait a hundred years after America is discovered for another search of the importance of capital to come to shed some light on our reproduction. In Holland, the land of all vices, we first saw the tip of its nose, or the tip of its tail. The sperm cell was discovered in 1677 by a Dutch textile merchant named Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek (1632-1723). As is often the case with great scientific discoveries, the timing is right.
Leeuwenhoek’s main goal, using the makeshift microscope he had just tinkered with, was not to unlock the secret of life.
Instead Mr. sought. to improve the counting of fibers, its number per unit surface was one of the quality indices of fabrics then. It is not known how the idea was born, but one day the cloth merchant had the curiosity to analyze his semen with his new toy. When the semen is under the lens of the microscope, what a surprise to our budding scientist when he sees hyperactive bugs moving furiously! He used to think that they were microscopic animals that, by some miracle, lived on male semen, so he later baptized them with spermatozoids – the word sperm meaning in Latin semen, and zoos referring to the animal. , as in the word zoology which refers to learning. of animals. Even today, we talk about these famous Leeuwenhoek animals, even though we know they are not real fauna. But the denomination entered the vocabulary and managed to fertilize the minds.
This is where this uterine story that I want to tell you begins. Over the next two centuries, scientists tried to understand the role of these animals living in their testicles. It is believed, seriously, that they are germs that appear in semen through spontaneous generation. Others assume that their task is to evoke a mixture of male and female principles to promote fetal development.
In other words, the sperm should reproduce what is whipping in the preparation of mayonnaise!
During this period also emerged the school of thought known as spermatists, its main representative being a collaborator of Leeuwenhoek, Nicolas Hartsoecker (1656-1725). Here, the female is a pot in which the male lays his seed containing the preformed baby so that it can grow. It is a uterine ideological appropriation in the background of pseudosciences not too far removed from what religious right advocates, which has negotiated with the American Supreme Court to decide the future of free choice.
I’ve always had a problem with these middle-aged men making women’s body control a life project. Yes, abortion is a task that should not be underestimated. But, contrary to what the religious right of Americans wants to do, the decision to go to a pregnancy termination clinic should undoubtedly belong to the woman.
Comedian George Carlin, who I think is America’s greatest comic-philosopher-sociologist, said, “It’s amazing how much conservative Republicans love fetuses. They spend their time talking about the protection and rights of the fetus, but once this fetus comes out of its mother’s womb, they no longer care. Which is fair, because you don’t hear Republicans swearing about the millions of poor people living like animals in America.
According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, gun violence reaped 40,726 victims in 2021. Is the Republican right to put so much energy into protecting these people who are former fetuses?
Does this sanctification of human life shine in their hearts when the time comes to apply the death penalty? I wonder how we can say while alive (pro-life) and adhere to an ideology that doesn’t give a damn about the deaths of the most vulnerable in society.
It is sad to see this country relentlessly becoming a theocracy or, more precisely, a Trumpocracy. Many smart observers have told us since the Trump election that America is in serious danger of becoming a right-wing dictatorship. The most paradoxical about this threat to free choice in America is the fact that the balance of the Supreme Court is not the balance of the appointments of Donald Trump, a president who believes only in money, in power and in the image to be seen. in its mirror. Is there anyone in the world who thinks Donald Trump is a faithful believer who cares about abortion when you know his story?
This sling aimed at controlling women’s bodies is greatly facilitated by the man who prides himself on placing his hand in their intimacy without asking permission. Both paid for the services of a porn star while her husband was pregnant. This is the very meaning of the height of paradox!