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 played out throughout the country in the aftermath of the pandemic. To protest COVID precautions with language that resembles the abortion rights movement’s rhetoric, left-leaning groups have joined hands with anti-vaccine force to join forces.
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. That’s how it works. National
PublicPropaganda Radio gives it the appearance that the pro-aborts own the phrase. They didn’t so much “own” it, as they manipulated and milked it for all its worth. It is now understood by medical freedom movements to be exactly what it should mean. There is no way to know. My Body is My ChoiceIf you are concerned about abortion, force your patients to receive an experimental vaccine.
It makes no sense.
That is precisely what the Left does. It is the reason they twist and revise 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.
The conservatives are now smarter at not just taking back the language, but also giving back all its 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? If we do want to get there, how connected are you to your body when you decide to meet up with strangers?
Inquiring minds want to know…
It’s not just one way for the Left. They failed to achieve this. TheyIn this way they abandon the phrase in pursuit of another word they can manipulate and milk to get women to murder their offspring.
The phrase “My Body, My Choice” was ubiquitous at an April rally against vaccine mandates in Los Angeles. Although the slogan was originally used as a catchphrase for abortion rights, it has since become a popular choice among 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 is president of Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California. She acknowledged that abortion rights terminology appropriation has been detrimental to the movement for reproductive rights. “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.
Jody, cry more