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14-Year-Old Girl With Pro-Choice Sign Under Attack: "Please Stop Calling Me a "Whore"

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:09 PM
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I'm a 14-year-old girl who has lived in Austin, Texas, my whole life. I like art, music and talking on the phone with my friends. When I grow up, I'd like to become a science teacher.

I also believe in the right to choose and the separation of church and state. Or to put it another way -- to put it the way I wrote it when I was protesting at the Capitol last week:

"Jesus isn't a dick so keep him out of my vagina."

Yes, that's my sign.

I came up with it last week when my friend and I were trying to think of ideas for what would get people's attention to protest the scary restrictions that are happening in my state trying to take away a woman's right to safe and accessible abortions.

It worked.

When my friend and I took turns holding the sign, one of the pictures of her went viral.

Then my dad went online to defend the sign on Twitter and other online forums.

That's when people started calling me a "whore."

I'm going to be honest about what it feels like to be called that as a 14-year-old girl who has never had sex and who doesn't plan to have sex anytime soon.

I feel disappointed.

It's hard for me to understand why adults would be calling me this. It's hard for me to understand why anyone would use this term for a 14-year-old girl.

It's not anyone's business, but as I said, I am a virgin, and I don't plan to have sex until I am an adult.

But none of those facts make me feel any less passionate about fighting for a woman's right to choose and the separation of church and state in my home state of Texas.

I also don't think this makes me -- or any other 14-year-old girl who agrees with me -- a whore.

It simply makes us people. People who believe that abortion should be safe, legal and accessible for women. People who believe women should be in control of their bodies and should not ever have to put their lives at risk so that we don't go backwards in women's rights in this country.

I know someone who has had a few abortions. She now says that abortion is bad and she fights against a woman's right to choose.

This makes it all the more important for me to protest, even if I am only 14. In fact, my dad woke me up so that I could watch the Wendy Davis filibuster the night that she tried to prevent this legislation from passing the first time. I remember thinking that I was proud to be from Texas watching her stand up for what is right.

That was when I told my parents that I wanted to join in the protests. I have seen anti-abortion protesters at a clinic near our house, and it makes me upset to see women who are facing this hard decision being told that Jesus condemns them.

I guess I don't think it seems very Christian to me.

Then again, neither does calling a 14-year-old girl a whore.

The first day that we were out protesting at the Capitol, my friend and I took turns holding up the sign I wrote, and an older man came up to us yelling right in our faces. "You two should shave your heads! You should become lesbians! No man will ever want you! You're ugly!"

The police had to ask him to stop yelling at us. It was scary. But more than scaring me, what it did was make me feel even more determined to stand up and protest even louder.

I'm not going to let someone calling me a whore stop me from fighting for what is right for all women. I'm not going to let the bullies win in the fight over women's bodies.

I read some of the comments online that people said about me, and I was so proud of my dad for sticking up for me and for the sign I wrote. After a certain point, I really couldn't believe some of the comments people were writing. One person said that my parents should be arrested for child abuse and in another unbelievable comment, someone suggested that my dad must invite all my friends over to "play abortion clinic."

I'm done feeling disappointed by these attacks. That is why I'm speaking out -- even if I am only 14 years old.

But the way things are playing out everything feels reversed. Adults are not acting like adults.

Normally, I prefer to look up to adults as role models. But what is happening in Texas right now it's hard to find adults who I want to look up to.

I don't look up to an adult who is taking away a woman's right to choose.

I don't look up to an adult who is calling a 14-year-old girl a whore.

I don't look up to an adult who is screaming in my face and saying I am ugly.

And I certainly don't look up to anyone who says they are Christian but treats women the way I've been treated these past few days as a teenage girl.


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SherryBerry106
by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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Hard to blame her, doesn't seem as if she has very good parents.

Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:14 PM
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I wish I could send this little girl some good juju, because i am a Christian, A Texan, and an adult, and i dig her sign.

TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:15 PM
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 Ooh...classy 14 year old there.  Jerry Springer material, obviously, with that sign. 

Serious failure there.

I'm a 14-year-old girl who has lived in Austin, Texas, my whole life. I like art, music and talking on the phone with my friends. When I grow up, I'd like to become a science teacher.

I also believe in the right to choose and the separation of church and state. Or to put it another way -- to put it the way I wrote it when I was protesting at the Capitol last week:

"Jesus isn't a dick so keep him out of my vagina."

Yes, that's my sign.

AllofFive19
by Bronze Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:20 PM
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Anyone who'd call her a whore or yell in her face needs a new hobby. 

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM
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I bet a few of the people calling her that name were from this forum. CNN reported it.  

SuperChicken
by on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:28 PM
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I find it so sad that adults, after reading this article, would focus on the child and her sign rather than the ugly hatred hurled at her by other adults.      I'm glad Bigmetalchicken chimed in to demonstrate that not ALL Christians are so mean.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:29 PM
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I certainly understand her stance.

She seems to be a bright, mature 14 year old.

I would not put my 13 year old out there with such a sign.

But I do commend her for standing up for what she believes in.

Adults can be far more immature than children.

lizmarie1975
by Gold Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:34 PM
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So...she deserves to be called a whore?

Quoting TranquilMind:

 Ooh...classy 14 year old there.  Jerry Springer material, obviously, with that sign. 

Serious failure there.

I'm a 14-year-old girl who has lived in Austin, Texas, my whole life. I like art, music and talking on the phone with my friends. When I grow up, I'd like to become a science teacher.

I also believe in the right to choose and the separation of church and state. Or to put it another way -- to put it the way I wrote it when I was protesting at the Capitol last week:

"Jesus isn't a dick so keep him out of my vagina."

Yes, that's my sign.



FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:36 PM
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Quoting TranquilMind:

 Ooh...classy 14 year old there.  Jerry Springer material, obviously, with that sign. 

Serious failure there.

I'm a 14-year-old girl who has lived in Austin, Texas, my whole life. I like art, music and talking on the phone with my friends. When I grow up, I'd like to become a science teacher.

I also believe in the right to choose and the separation of church and state. Or to put it another way -- to put it the way I wrote it when I was protesting at the Capitol last week:

"Jesus isn't a dick so keep him out of my vagina."

Yes, that's my sign.

As far as what her sign stated, and her parents allowing her to use such a sign, I tend to agree that that aspect was a huge failure.  Of course, this is only my personal opinion, as a mother of three daughters.

If my daughters felt it necessary to attend such a protest I know they would have more class in their words.  

Even so, the reaction from 'adults' only proves that many are far less as mature as the  young.  

She is no more a whore than I am or than you are.

autodidact
by Platinum Member on Jul. 23, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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why, because she's pro-choice? 

Quoting SherryBerry106:

Hard to blame her, doesn't seem as if she has very good parents.



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