a reply to: IvyNeptune
Thank you for making this thread! Ever since I first heard about this absolute nonsense, I have been hoping that you might make a thread on it, since
it seemed to be a subject which might appeal to your particular interests.
I see the situation thusly. There have been many times, in the history of some areas in the part of the world which is considered "developed", in
which women were treated in a uniformly abominable fashion, that much is in no doubt what so ever. It was not only institutional, but on a national
basis, that this treatment was meted out, rendering ladies into a second class position, regardless of their merits as individuals. This was never
acceptable, but was seen as such regardless of the immorality of the concept.
However, in the western world at least, there is a general concensus that this difference in treatment IS not acceptable, cannot be justified, and as
a result things have changed markedly for the better over the course of the last couple of hundred years. Therefore, it staggers me that with all the
effort that has been gone to, all the campaigners who protested genuinely amoral circumstances, inexplicable inequalities down the ages, on behalf of
the female of the species, that there are those who believe that the very people who help to bring live children into the world, whose job is to
reduce the chances of either the infant or its mother passing away during the birthing, are somehow complicit in a sexual misconduct.
Yes, I am sure that there are nurses, OBGYNs and other professionals in related fields, who have some sort of deviancy, and use their position in
life to abuse their patients. I would also like to think that these individuals are dealt with harshly when they are identified. But there is a pretty
big difference between rape, that being the act of engaging in sexual activity without the consent of ones partner in that activity, and a medical
malpractice, which is what one is dealing with in the event that a doctor has disobeyed ones instructions with regard to how one is to be dealt with.
Nearly every case I have ever heard of, which has been referred to as a birth rape, has been a case in which a woman demanded that she be treated in
such a way as to damn near kill herself and/or her child, but has been overridden in the name of good sense. When I was being born, my mother was
given an overdose of a drug called pethadine by the doctor. She lost hours of memory, and I have trouble forming short term memory sometimes, because
I got the drug as well, and plenty of it. It was not a short labour. Now, my mother did not call that a birth rape. She called it a set of total
morons, being really lax at their jobs. To give you some idea of how much of a set of clowns we were dealing with, the fellow who pulled me out of my
mothers womb, had set up the forceps incorrectly. They are supposed to cup the skull, like this:
But the way they were set up, was like this:
Yes, when they were applied to my squishy baby skull, they actually indented in one side of my head. That effect, thankfully, sorted itself out in
short order. The memory issues, likely caused by the OD that was given to my mother, have not gotten any better. My mother was not raped, and nor was
I. But we are both victims of a medical malpractice.
I find the entire concept of birth rape, unless their is sexual molestation afoot, absolutely outrageous, and an exemplar of how much some people