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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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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

5:13AM PDT on Aug 22, 2014

thanks

3:50PM PST on Feb 23, 2014

Wow...really? Im 13, this is just appalling. And do these people know how much kids use these words, on another note?

9:53PM PDT on Nov 1, 2013

This is an excellent presentation of the position that bringing down abortion rates can be achieved by having abortion available, but working on health care as the main avenue.

Everyone should look at it, whatever their position ... those against abortion need to find answers to her front line experience.

Don't Ask Hillary Clinton About Abortion If You Can't Handle Her Answer

http://www.upworthy.com/dont-ask-hillary-clinton-about-abortion-if-you-cant-handle-her-answer?c=ufb1

See also ...
http://www.care2.com/causes/women-may-have-to-win-back-the-right-to-vote-less-than-100-years-after-gaining-it.html#comment-5636865
http://www.care2.com/causes/low-income-women-dont-have-enough-time-to-save-money-for-abortions.html#ixzz2cQ8Noh6n
http://www.care2.com/causes/caught-on-tape-crisis-pregnancy-centers-tell-women-blatant-lies.html#ixzz2bq0rGE3P
http://www.care2.com/causes/victory-facebook-agrees-to-combat-hate-speech-against-women.html


7:10AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Fascinating response but I had addressed the issue much earlier on as had we all and the fact that I did not reply to your personal message assumes that one can reply to a message, many in Care2 can receive messages but not reply. There are a number of members in a form of technical glitch semi-limbo - others without these problems are now posting in the computer help groups since many of us can no longer comment in groups - we can on the general comment boards but in groups the submit button is replaced and missing by the ominous word "loading."

A PM is personal message. I never claimed to know what you think, I said things like you may think...or words to that effect. If you think that my posts are long you have not seen some other people's far more lengthy missives. I look lazy in comparison.

9:31PM PDT on Oct 6, 2013

Dale O. and finally from me … You have seen fit to not avail yourself of my off thread contact offer to discuss further these issues; rather than clog up the comments section. Is this because you would prefer the limelight of the larger forum? I don’t know you, but it seems this has some truth to it.

I withdraw from this interchange. I realized from your last posts that you are willing to mislead by omission my original comment and much of what I have written since. You are willing to construe a request for intelligent comment as banishment of emotion; where as I have been asking that comment not “just” be emotive.

You have moved into claiming to know what I think, what I would probably like, etc. You have no clue.

Congratulations.

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