Monday, June 28, 2010

"Personal Dignity and Autonomy"

"Our precedents have respected the private realm of family life which the state cannot enter," the Supreme Court writes in Planned Parenthood v. Casey. The Court goes on to argue that these matters, "involving the most intimate and personal choices a person may make in a lifetime, choices central to personal dignity and autonomy, are central to the liberty protected by the Fourteenth Amendment."

Autonomous arguments are all about independence.  "I rule myself and nobody tells me what to do."  I agree that autonomy is central to abortion arguments.  Autonomy is an ancient Greek word.  Of course, those ancient Greeks practiced infanticide. Killing a baby was justified, they said, because babies are not independent. They are helpless beings, beneath us, we who rule ourselves. And this autonomy word sums up the Supreme Court's abortion jurisprudence quite nicely: you are autonomous, baby is not autonomous; you are viable, baby is not viable; you are independent, baby is dependent; you are human, baby is sub-human. And we need not resolve whether she's alive or not.

The dignity argument, on the other hand, is ridiculous. You know I'm a big fan of birth control. Love the birth control. But what's dignified about it? I think putting a condom on is maybe one of the least dignified things I've ever done.

And what's dignified about strapping in and having a doctor poking around in your vagina?
We can say dignified things about sex and reproduction--that's what marriage is, an attempt to dignify sex and reproduction--but what we're actually doing is trying to dignify something that animals do. It's why porn is a low status occupation. It's why shitting on a toilet is not considered man at his best. There's nothing dignified about sex, the beast with two backs. It's fun, sure, but it's not dignified. The more you talk about sex, the less dignified you are.

Who cares about dignity? The damn Supreme Court, that's who. They got dignity up the ass. It's why they wear those sexless black robes. They want to hide their sex because sex is animal and if you're an animal you're not really dignified, are you?

If you want dignity, have a marriage ceremony. Have some rabbi sanctify your union. That's dignified. A baby dignifies sex. Love dignifies sex. Marriage dignifies sex. But there's nothing really dignified about a 69, or a sex doll. Is there? If sodomy is dignified then the Supreme Court should suck my cock, right?

I say this whole conversation is undignified. When a Supreme Court Justice is running around in his robes with a massive boner, is he dignified or embarassed? You tell me. I know, I know, that never happens. They are too dignified for that to happen.  If you speak for Justice, you have a tiny phallus.  If you have a phallus at all!

I'm sorry, sex is not dignified.  Oh it's fun.  That's what makes it fun, it's sloppy animal time.  It's just not dignifed.  

I say, if you don't have love in your heart, and you don't know what a person is, and you can't get birth control to work, what the hell do you have to be dignified about? You hairless ape.

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