Abortion Rights Traceable To Marquis de Sade

Abortion Rights Traceable To Marquis de Sade — The concept of “my body, my choice” is literally traceable to the Marquis de Sade, maybe history’s greatest misogynist. He wrote in his 1797 novel Juliette:

With regard to the father, he is in no wise concerned with whatever issue may occur, if issue there should be. And, with the assumption that women are held in common, which is what they should be and had better be soon, what concern could he conceivably have? He spits a little sperm into a receptacle everyone else relieves himself into, a womb where what can germinate does germinate; how is this gesture to turn into the grave obligation to look after a fertilized egg? No, he has no more duties to observe toward a foetus than he would toward something deposited by an insect and which some shit he dropped at the foot bf a tree caused to hatch several days later; in both cases I have cited, the problem is simply one of some matter of which a man needs to get rid and which subsequently becomes whatever it happens to become. The embryo is to be considered the woman’s exclusive property; as the sole owner of this fruit rather jestingly called precious, she can dispose of it as she likes. She can destroy it in the depths of her womb if it proves a nuisance to her. Or after it ripens and is born, if she is for any reason displeased with it or irked at having produced it, she can destroy it then; whatever the circumstances, infanticide is her sacred right. Her spawn is hers, entirely hers, and no one else can claim this bit of property belonging to no one else, utterly useless to Nature, and hence the mother may feed it or she may strangle it, depending upon her preference. 

Abortion Rights Traceable To Marquis de Sade

Abortion Rights Traceable To Marquis de Sade

Oppenheimer Renews A-Bombing Debate

Oppenheimer Renews A-Bombing Debate

By Bob Small

The movie Oppenheimer has renewed debate over the United States dropping two atomic bombs on Japan on Aug. 5  and 9, 1945. In discussion of this “weapon to end all wars”, a recent Yahoo News 360 article lists seven other articles that examine the U.S. decision from various viewpoints. All articles are recommended.

“Like many Americans, I was taught growing up that my grandfather was spared the burden of invading Japan and very likely dying because Harry Truman dropped a pair of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and ended the war. The main function of such stories is to justify a terrible war crime,” states David Klion of The New Republic.

The Washington Examiner  makes a strong case that a Japanese surrender was not imminent.

“For starters, the Japanese were not remotely ready to surrender to the Allies, and the alternative to dropping the bombs was a full-scale land invasion of the islands. Conventional attacks, including regular bombing, would have resulted in widespread civilian casualties as well as the long-term destruction of Japanese infrastructure.”

It should be noted that the Japanese deaths and injuries due to radiation should be included in the final calculation of the bombs’ toll.

This LA Times article reflects on other Hollywood films about the bombing.  

For some different perspectives, see these websites.

A director tackles the story of Japan’s own nuclear experiment

7 Most Devastating Movies About the Atomic Bomb to Watch Next

For some reason,  Godzilla  is not included in movies.

One of the incidents mentioned in this article is “the coup attempt”. “There’s a coup attempt—soldiers running to the palace, trying to break the record of the Emperor’s surrender speech so that he can’t surrender in the morning. It’s that close.” 

The Brandywine remembrance, which we have attended, will  be held on Aug. 9.

For thoughts on the myth that “military power prevents conflict”, see  What Does the Anti-Nuclear Movement Think of from Slate Magazine

Also from the Yahoo 360 article;

The Impossible Story of the Bomb – The Ringer

The dark — and often misunderstood — nuclear history behind Oppenheimer …

Oppenheimer Renews A-Bombing Debate

Elephant by the hind legs William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 8-3-23

Elephant by the hind legs William Lawrence Sr Cryptowit 8-3-23

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