basic biology

in those health class diagrams
gametes (those two halves
of a whole)
will meet and meld
given the chance

uncaring of circumstance

those eggs
& that sperm incapable
of consent, & yes,
innocent & intent
in their division

not so us, the knife point

pressing into a throat
his heavy hand smothering
a scream, but was it really
loud enough

is rape legitimate
only when a woman dies
or is almost pulseless

they quote nonsense
as if it were truth
hypocritically and hypothetically
raping the victims again
in chain action

that these bodies
can reject sperm
that our eggs
will float past them
rather than simply
complete the equation
& start dividing

if we women
cannot fight rape, how
can our cells themselves
cry our invasion

and reject it

if the womb had a mind
and the ovaries mouths
if these nerves
could tell pain
to the cells of the body
they would shout
undo this

but they do not

if they could
if we could embrace life
& implant it
when willing
we would be
a new species

we have fully evolved
into this one

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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20 Responses to basic biology

  1. Patricia Chenayi Nyandoro says:

    It is basic biology,
    The stain of rape is
    Unwashable, unremavable

  2. Green Speck says:

    I am glad I follow your blog … you write so intensely and the words themselves are too powerful !!!

  3. Kyle says:

    ah, clever reference to todd akin – well put

  4. nelle says:

    Such an outrageous thing to say, to claim, to project. Relax and enjoy it, worry not, natural defences ward off pregnancy. Great people emerge from the by product of rape. How the counter-claims flowed heavy yesterday. Deal with the perpetrator and protect the child, as if the one raped shifted out of sight and mind, her trauma inconsequential.

    And really, in the grand vision of patriarchy these folk embrace, we are. Vessels of carriage, means of phallic stimulation, implements of servitude, this is how they see us. You carry because we say you do, not because of a wish to parent. You stay at risk because we disapprove of hormonal birth control. We put you in legal jeopardy if you try to work around our mandates.

    ‘Support us’, they claim in commercials, those of the same basic philosophy. ‘Cast away those who lie about us’, by telling the truth. And what amazes me is the number of women still who collaborate and conspire with them, against the rest of us.

    • Nelle, very well said. I honestly do not know how any woman/girl or one who loves a woman/girl (hmmm, think that is all of us?) could ever embrace such an ideology. Horrific, terrible. Biology is NOT destiny, it does NOT chain us, and we should do nothing unwillingly with our bodies to appease someone else’s idea of what is right. God. This is what we have been talking about for for 40 years.

  5. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    Of course, this is very timely (and necessary).

    Two stanzas stands out for me here:

    if we women
    cannot fight rape, how
    can our cells themselves
    cry our invasion

    and reject it

    I find that very eloquent not only because it is beatifully put, but because what Akin said begs this very question.

    And this:

    if they could
    if we could embrace life
    & implant it
    when willing
    we would be
    a new species

    This speaks directly to something I scratch my head about all of the time (literally):

    Why are people who are supposedly so pro-life often so pro-war, pro-death penalty, pro-hunting for sport? I don’t understand it at all. They do not “embrace life” but seem to want to “implant it” (in Akin’s case) or, when it comes to foreign policy, business models, hunting, etc. they seem to want to supplant it.

    Thank you for writing this.

    • Oh, I so wish I did not have to write this. Really. But comments like those above and this one let me know I should, that we all should. The skewed vision of the mindset you describe above scares the hell out of me.

      • Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

        It scares me too and leaves me puzzled. . . unless I am willing to admit the malevolent intent of Akin and his apologists (and I am willing to admit that much).

  6. So honest and couragous! You nailed it, Susan!

  7. A beautiful an powerful statement, Susan. Very well said

  8. Deborah Avila says:

    Perfection !

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