I think we are entering a particularly dangerous period for reproductive rights. As Katha Pollitt has pointed out, “there’s a reason why gay marriage is winning, and abortion rights are losing”: “Same-sex marriage is something men want. […] Reproductive rights are inescapably about women.” Heterosexual marriage may have been one way of establishing paternity but it needn’t be the only one, not now that we have IVF and the global surrogacy market. If earlier versions of patriarchy harmed men, too, Patriarchy 2.0 can take a more targeted approach. It is no longer necessary to police the gender expression and sexuality of men in order to maintain control over women’s bodies. What’s particularly beautiful and insidious about this is that this same control becomes impossible to name.
QotD: “It is no longer necessary to police the gender expression and sexuality of men in order to maintain control over women’s bodies”