I thought this went without saying in my “evidence that the intake worker at the Planned Parenthood in Memphis would have immediately been like ‘This is weird.’” but Lila Rose is white. And has a discernible non-Southern accent. So, a white woman with a non-Southern accent and a weird baby voice walks into the Memphis Planned Parenthood and claims to be 14 and in need of an abortion. And every Republican in the state is standing around yelling about how this proves that we need to defund Planned Parenthood.
First, it sucks that some zealot is going to get to lie her way into ruining affordable healthcare for the rest of the women in Tennessee. Most women in Tennessee are never going to need to have an abortion, but access to free or inexpensive birth control, STD screening, PAP smears (without needing a sermon on the glories of Jesus)? We need those. And where do we often get those?
And second, you could write a book about all of the anxieties about “good” white girls playing out in this scenario.
But I want to talk just for a second about the thing about this whole thing that really, really pisses me off. And that is Lila Rose’s (and most of her viewers’) assumption that she should be believed.
A white woman walks into a Planned Parenthood in Memphis, talking with a strange accent in a weird baby voice, claiming to be a 14 year old girl with a 31 year old “boyfriend” and she needs an abortion.
Each one of those things individually is not strange. White women do walk into the Planned Parenthood in Memphis, though they are not the norm. Women who have accents that differentiate them from the locals do walk into the Planned Parenthood in Memphis. Women with weird baby voices. Women claiming to be 14 who aren’t. Girls who actually are 14. Girls who are actually the victims of crimes. And girls who need abortions. But taken all together?
And yet, most people, when the talk about this, talk as if it is obvious that the woman Lila Rose is talking to should of course believe everything she says about herself and treat her as such. And, don’t get me wrong, maybe that’s the case.
But where in the world does that actually happen?
You have to be the motherfucking Goldilocks of white girls to have lived that kind of charmed life.
To get to run around the country acting like, of course, you should be believed when you tell your crazy story in your crazy edited fashion, because… Because you’re “just right.” Everything about you says “I have the privilege of being taken at my word” and then, when people do afford you that, you fucking turn on them, like they’re the ones doing something wrong, not you using your Goldilocks white privilege to sneak into where you don’t belong and try things out like they’re yours and run away the hero of the story.
Every day in this country women are actually raped and real rape victims have to listen to rape apologists talk about how you need to really be sure you’ve been raped or you might ruin some man’s life and make it harder for “real” rape victims to get the help they need. Every day, women have to hear about the evils of falsely accusing someone of rape.
And yet, here is this woman whose whole act is lying about being raped and everyone in my state is sitting around talking about what a hero she is for supposedly uncovering a supposed Planned Parenthood worker who didn’t actually do anything against the law.
You want to talk about women who lie about being raped ruining it for other women?
Look no fucking further than the darling of the Pro-(Some) Life Right in this State.
But I guess it’s okay because no actual man was harmed in the making of her vast crazy lie.