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14-Year-Old Girl Defends Women’s Rights, is Labeled a Whore

14-Year-Old Girl Defends Women’s Rights, is Labeled a Whore

The Texas legislature waged a new front in the war on women the past couple of months by introducing an extreme anti-abortion bill under the pretenses of protecting women’s health. Of course, it does the exact opposite, but it didn’t stop them from passing it into law earlier this month.

There was tremendous opposition, so much that the first attempt to pass it was shut down by an amazing display of democracy in action, which included filibusters by a senator and citizens.

Billy Joe Cain and his wife showed up to protest this latest assault on women’s reproductive health. They also brought their 14-year-old daughter, Tuesday, seeing it as part of their parental duty to continually educate her on how the world works.

The Cain family joined more than 10,000 people in Austin for several days to express their outrage. Tuesday decided to make a sign to add her voice to all the others.

That is where the fun begins.

Billy and Tuesday Cain

A picture of the sign, held up by Tuesday’s friend in the capitol rotunda, went viral online among the anti-choice community. With such comments as “GROSS” and “vile”, the photo was held up as a representation of “pro-abortion fanatics” committing “child abuse” for using such “vulgar” language.

What exactly was vulgar or gross about the sign?

While I understand that the word “dick” (or d*ck, if that is your preferred spelling) is not a common word used in polite conversation, this was a protest in which a bunch of largely male legislators were regulating the most private parts of the female anatomy.

And, as the sign accurately says, Jesus wasn’t one.

Of course, they also had problems with the word vagina. Because, as one website stated, a young girl shouldn’t use such “vulgar” terms for “sexual parts.”

I’m guessing at 14 she should have asked that legislators stay away from *whisper* “down there.”

As the photo of the sign spread, the comments on Twitter and websites devolved from attacking the liberal, pro-abortion fanatics to attacking Tuesday’s parents (“they should be arrested” and were “failures”) to actually attacking Tuesday. Billy Joe went into the online forums to defend his daughter, and even wrote an article about it.

He had to do that because people, grown adults, offended that a 14-year-old girl would protest attacks on her rights in the name of religion, while using the anatomically correct terms for her body, resorted to name calling and threats n0rmally saved for a junior high student on a Twitter rant.

These “adults” were calling a 14-year-old girl ugly, disgusting and a whore. Some suggested that her dad should invite her friends over to play abortion clinic.

Because that’s what Jesus would do.

While this may seem shocking, it is not unexpected. The anti-choice movement is built on the premise that women should have no say over their bodies – or their lives. It has nothing to do with saving babies. These are the same people who are anti birth control and anti anything that would benefit the children they wish women to have, such as public education and health care.

They are so against any woman controlling her destiny that they resort to name calling, threats of violence and, when that doesn’t work, the creating of laws that they hope will force them into compliance.

Laws that have nothing to do with women’s health.

Tuesday Cain knows this.

In response to the attacks, Tuesday wrote her own response to her critics (because her mom and dad don’t feel she’s old enough for her own Twitter account). In an awesomely written op-ed at XOJane, Tuesday writes:

“Normally, I prefer to look up to adults as role models. But what is happening in Texas right now it’s hard to find adults who I want to look up to.
I don’t look up to an adult who is taking away a woman’s right to choose.
I don’t look up to an adult who is calling a 14-year-old girl a whore.
I don’t look up to an adult who is screaming in my face and saying I am ugly.
And I certainly don’t look up to anyone who says they are Christian but treats women the way I’ve been treated these past few days as a teenage girl.”

If only the adults could be this mature.

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Photo: Sign created by Tuesday Cain, held by her friend during Austin protest in July.

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9:07AM PDT on Sep 9, 2014

@ Edward P. "The sign is offensive". I consider calling the girl a whore is far more offensive. There are several qualifications that fit the term "whore". This girl does not have any of them. Is using inapplicable insults now considered Christian behavior?

4:33PM PDT on Sep 6, 2014

The pseudo-christian anti-choicers really show their true colors by attacking this girl. I would be proud to have a kid like her that can actually think for herself and has the courage to take a stand.
Love the sign, wish I had thought of it. In case the anti-choice people don't watch TV, the word 'dick' is pretty mainstream these days. I remember hearing and using that term around the age of eight. They just love to get their knickers all in a twist.
It is astounding that the bible-bangers don't get the fact that the same laws that allow them to freely practice their religion also protect those of us that don't believe as they do. I am sick of them trying to impose their views on everyone else and control the decisions of others. They are no better than the Taliban. They just dress slightly better.

6:18PM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

I have a few choice words to poser Christian "adults" calling a 14 year old girl "ugly" and "whore", however, I'll keep it to myself. One thing this young lady will have learned is exactly how disgusting and ugly people can act when they don't agree about something. Is their purpose of verbal abuse to dissuade her from speaking up about something she feels passionate about? Make her shut up and go away? They might have been excited by the sign but my God look what the law makers are doing! Their narrow mindedness and war on women is far stronger than her sign. They are signing bills that are bad for women. People should be alarmed! Whatever happened to intelligent debate or being able to say what you want without being abused. Why can't we disagree without going to the dark side and stooping so low as to call a kid "whore" and "ugly"? Doesn't she have Constitutional rights and fundamental rights? It sounds like that poor kid landed in the middle of a group of crazy fascist who don't believe in freedom of choice or speech. It looks like fascism is alive and well in America.

4:48AM PDT on Sep 5, 2014

A grimmick?

7:03AM PDT on Aug 31, 2014

And people have wondered why I have such contempt for the antchoice crowd (prolife) this is why.

2:08PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

The barbarous attitude towards women should bother people more than a sign a 14 year old carried. The word vagina isn't vulgar and after all even the royal-ass Cheney was named Dick.

It's astonishing that women still have to fight for their rights in a free-country.

7:04AM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Ah freedom of speech. I goes both ways.

6:02AM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

Hmmm.... She was right to protest, but the words she used weren't the best ones...

5:29AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

noted

5:29AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

noted

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