A couple of nights ago, some pro-choice advocates armed with chalk took to the sidewalks at WKU, spreading messages like, "Get your rosaries off my ovaries!" and "Abortion WILL happen. Let's make it safe." This was obviously in response to last week's chalk rampage from the pro-life group, which spread statistics like "3,700 abortions happen each day in the US" and "A baby's heartbeat begins 18 days after conception."
Now, I'm not really going to talk about how the pro-life group wrote pretty factual--albeit emotionally charged--messages, while the pro-choice group decided to get a little rude. I mean, "Get your rosaries off my ovaries?" Really? But whatever. Because, like I said, everyone is entitled to their own opinions. I don't have to like what you say, but that doesn't mean I should stop you from saying it. I do think there's a major double standard about that in our country right now. But whatever.
I thought I'd chime in with a bit of logic, though, in response to "Abortion WILL happen...." Um, yes, it will. You're absolutely right: abortion will happen. So will rape, murder, and genocide. So will a number of horrible things. Just because it will happen doesn't mean it should. I don't think anyone is naive enough to believe that abortion can be obliterated completely. But that doesn't mean it should be encouraged.
That being said, I don't hate whoever wrote that on the sidewalk. I think they're wrong. And I'm allowed to think they're wrong, just like they're allowed to write what they think is right. So if you'd like to discuss this issue further, leave a comment. But please be respectful and mature, realizing that discussions and arguments are not the same thing. Not that there's anything to worry about from you guys. I think you're all smart enough to know that.
Due to the public outcry (ahem, Jill and Sara), and because it is a more bloggy thing to do, here's the second part, which I had originally posted in the Etc. section:
Did you watch the video? Watch the video.
Okay, now did you watch it? Good.
THIS IS SO TRUE!!! Oh my gosh, they really hit the nail on the head. No wonder I have commitment issues. It's because I love fiction and fictional relationships so much! As Meg Turney said, "It's that illusion of extreme love and it ruins everyday, normal, run-of-the-mill relationships." Yep. No wonder the idea of dating just seems boring to me. I don't wanna be all cutesy, go to a movie, "You hang up" "No, you hang up," giggle-giggle. Blech! I want to go on adventures and, and--
What, you mean to tell me life's not like that? I mean, I know that TV and movies and books aren't real. But part of the power of fiction--good fiction--is that it makes you want something. It makes you yearn for something, or makes you see what you want life to be. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I think that's good writing.
And it should be no different when it comes to relationships. Love is not an illusion! Why settle for less than the ideal? Come on, ladies! We ought to have high standards. I know some of you will argue for the run-of-the-mill relationships. And I realize that if you're in love, it won't feel run-of-the-mill to you. But still. I don't want to fall in love with someone run-of-the-mill. I want an epic true love who will sweep me off my feet. And it can happen. Don't you dare tell me it can't. There are guys out there who are true romantics, who will kiss you in the rain, who will give you the big, dramatic moments.
And the part where the video talked about girls who are really invested in fictional relationships being more drawn to singlehood? Yep, that's me. I love being single. When I was younger, I used to really want a boyfriend. But that was before I discovered how awesome my life is the way it is right now. I don't need a guy, and I certainly don't want one if he's going to be underwhelming. I'd rather end up a spinster than settle for less than true love.
I'm sure true love isn't always like fiction. But it can be. These writers have to get their material from somewhere, don't they? Of course there's imagination and embellishment in the details, but there's also the emotion behind it. You can't tell me that the people who write such beautiful love stories have never felt love. Maybe their relationship didn't last, but they must've felt something. And I want to feel something. I don't want to date someone and ease into a comfortable affection for them. I want "earth-shattering Disney love!"
Maybe I shouldn't be okay with the fact that fiction is ruining my love life. But I am SO okay with this. =)