New York Republican Senate candidate Joe Pinion positions himself as a “progressive conservative,” and explained why he is taking back this word commonly used to describe the political leanings of NY Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez:
” ‘Progressive conservatism’ in some ways [is] an oxymoron, but I think in many ways we have to claim the words back if we’re going to be successful in building the broad tent required to win elections and govern.”
Whether you agree with him adopting this particular word, you cannot deny the effectiveness of the Defeat the Mandates crowd making, “My Body, My Choice,” their rallying cry, thus neutering its use by the death merchants.
This wasn’t an abortion rights rally. It wasn’t a protest against the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gutted Roe v. Wade. It was the “Defeat the Mandates Rally,” a jubilant gathering of anti-vaccine activists in April to protest the few remaining COVID-19 guidelines, such as mask mandates on mass transit and vaccination requirements for health care workers.
Similar scenes have played out across the country during the pandemic. Armed with the language of the abortion rights movement, anti-vaccine forces have converged with right-leaning causes to protest COVID precautions.
And they’re succeeding. Vaccine opponents have appropriated “My Body, My Choice,” a slogan that has been inextricably linked to reproductive rights for nearly half a century, to fight mask and vaccine mandates across the country — including in California, where lawmakers had vowed to adopt the toughest vaccine requirements in the U.S.
GOOD. This is the way. National
Public Propaganda Radio makes it sound like the pro-aborts owned the phrase. They didn’t so much “own” it, as they manipulated and milked it for all its worth. Since it has been taken up by the medical freedom movement, it means exactly what it is supposed to mean. You cannot say, My Body, My Choice when it comes to abortion, then turn around and force people to put an experimental vaccine into their bodies.
It makes no sense.
But, that is what the Left is good at. This is why they revise and twist the meaning of words. Biological “sex” is now “gender” in order to promote the trans agenda, “equity” is being used in place of “equality” to justify racism, and on and on.
Finally, conservatives have gotten smarter in not only taking the language back, but giving it back its full power.
Now that anti-vaccination groups have laid claim to “My Body, My Choice,” abortion rights groups are distancing themselves from it — marking a stunning annexation of political messaging.
“It’s a really savvy co-option of reproductive rights and the movement’s framing of the issue,” said Lisa Ikemoto, a law professor at the University of California-Davis Feminist Research Institute. “It strengthens the meaning of choice in the anti-vaccine space and detracts from the meaning of that word in the reproductive rights space.”
Uhh… to paraphrase a tautology the Left loves to use: Choice is Choice. It doesn’t distract from the meaning of “choice” just because someone whose views you don’t like is using it.
Celinda Lake, a Democratic strategist and pollster based in Washington, D.C., said “My Body, My Choice” is no longer polling well with Democrats because they associate it with anti-vaccination sentiment.
It’s almost laughable, and it’s delicious to see them hoisted with their own petard. Do you have a right to your own body decisions or don’t you? And if we want to go there, are you connected or disconnected from your body when you choose to hook up with a random stranger?
Inquiring minds want to know…
The Left wants it both ways. But, since they failed to get their way, they give up on the phrase in search of another one they can milk and manipulate to convince women to kill their offspring.
The phrase “My Body, My Choice” was ubiquitous at an April rally against vaccine mandates in Los Angeles. The slogan started as an abortion rights catchphrase, but has become a favorite of vaccine skeptics. “What’s really unique about this is that you don’t usually see one side’s base adopting the message of the other side’s base — and succeeding,” she said. “That’s what makes this so fascinating.”
Jodi Hicks, president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California, acknowledged that the appropriation of abortion rights terminology has worked against the reproductive rights movement. “In this moment, to co-opt that messaging and distract from the work that we’re doing, and using it to spread misinformation, is frustrating and it’s disappointing,” Hicks said.
Cry more, Jody.