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{November 3, 2008}   Choice Avengers

I am so jealous of this girl, lil_fem, that she will have this awesomeness to look back on when she gets older and I am so embarrassed of what I used to be like, choice-wise.  She dressed up as a pro-choice superhero, the Choice Avenger, for Halloween.  It’s really impressive to me to see a girl of 14, right smack in the middle of that period where most kids feel the need to fit in no matter what, being so proudly feminist.  Rock on.  And thank you for returning a little bit of my faith in the people of this country, and in younger people, which has taken several severe blows lately thanks to the ever-tasteful McCain campaign and some amazingly idiotic freshmen I attempted to discuss Iraq with.

Also, I want to create a superhero called Captain Contraception.  She’s a she, of course, and she uses contraception to help save the world.  Capt. Contraception would love to team up with the Choice Avenger, since of course, both sides of choice are important and Capt. C can’t save the world alone – only those people who don’t want to get pregnant.  If they already are, or want to get pregnant/have a baby and people are trying to stop them, the Choice Avenger is needed.  But I think contraception could help a lot without abortion being nearly as necessary as it is now, with so much opposition to birth control leading to preventable unwanted pregnancies.  Capt. C has super educational abilities, and she’s sort of like Santa Claus in her ability to distribute condoms to a large number of people in a small amount of time.  She’s not married, but she does wear a Nuva ring.

It would be fun to teach kids about feminism through superheroes.

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