Should men be regulating births?
If you grew up how I grew up you probably came accustomed to hearing from your mother, "I brought you into this world and I can take you out!" 😂
I used to brush this off as most young men would like, "yeah ok, I'm like a foot taller than you woman!" (For the record that would only be a thought and not spoken out loud).
Looking back, that warning was really just a reminder of how powerful the ability to give the gift of life, is. Truth be told, it's only one degree away from God. It's a superpower.
Having the God given ability to naturally create another life form is so marvelous and yet, it is one of the most unappreciated human abilities by the male community. We men, marvel at other men who have the ability to jump over another man in a single leap or a man that can run faster than any other on the planet, with a smile on his face. We pay large sums of money to watch incredibly athletic men knock each other into Tuesday until one makes the other wish he hadn’t gotten out of bed earlier.
Who would we be to tell LeBron how high he's allowed to jump or Usain how fast he's allowed to run? Who would dare to tell Deontay Wilder how hard he is allowed to punch?! Who are we to tell a person how they can and when they can use their superpowers? Their God given, heightened abilities? We even scoff at the idea of an NFL coach that never played football or a former player, now commentator who was never a good athlete.
In a global society that has been shaped by patriarchy, basically shaped by the priorities of men, most men have desires to view ourselves as a powerful being in one regard or another. Most of us spend a good part of our youth searching for our power. Looking for the method in which we will leave our mark on this planet. I honestly think that if it weren't for all of the pain and discomfort that women go through, if men could, many men would love to have the ability to create a human. But since men can't, we have the impulse to interject our only power. The power in numbers, in office.
"And since a man can't make one. He has no right to tell a woman when and where to create one." - Tupac
I think that we should approach this like we approach many other aspects of society. Unless you have the ability that you are critiquing, you aren't credible. And if you aren't credible, you shouldn't be able to regulate the ability. Men should not be regulating births.