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Antifeminist instigator and serial liar Janet "JudgyBitch" Bloomfield attacks Jessica Valenti for having the abortion that may have saved her life

Janet Bloomfield, reporting from her bunker
Janet Bloomfield, reporting from her bunker

Janet “JudgyBitch” Bloomfield, lovely human being that she is, has resumed her harassment of feminist writer Jessica Valenti. Several months back, you may recall, the integrity-deficient Bloomfield tried to smear Valenti by Tweeting a series of made-up quotes she attributed to the writer.

The fact that the quotes were patently ridiculous, and utterly unlike anything Valenti has ever written, didn’t stop Bloomfield’s army of knucklehead followers from swallowing her lies whole – or, once informed that the quotes were fake, of declaring that they sounded like something someone like her would say.

On Monday, Bloomfield tweeted one of the more obviously fake Valenti quotes that’s been floating around online, and her followers once again responded with predictable outrage against Valenti. Their response included this lovely tweet below from a proud #GamerGater and rabid feminist-hater by the name of Sean Hudspeth:

 

Inspired by #GamerGate I have added bright red text and arrows.
Inspired by #GamerGate I have added bright red text and arrows.

Then something really weird happened. Apparently tired of having to defend posting her flagrantly libellous fake Valenti quotes, Bloomfield decided to post some quotes from Valenti that were … real.

Well, mostly real, in any case; one of the “quotes” Bloomfield used was actually a headline to an article of Valenti’s in the The Guardian. Presumably Bloomfield, who fancies herself a writer of some sort, is aware that editors, not authors, generally write the headlines. Or maybe not.

Aside from this little slipup, there’s just one teensy little problem with Bloomfield’s new approach to demonizing Valenti: when you quote things Valenti has actually written, even grossly out of context, they don’t sound much like the ravings of a manhater. They sound, you know, pretty … reasonable. And when you look at these quotes in context, in the articles they came from, they sound more reasonable still.

Here’s one of Bloomfield’s new memes, designed to portray Valenti as some sort of misandrist Ms. Scrooge:

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Aside from the fact that the first line is the headline I was talking about – Valenti almost certainly didn’t write it – and that the second line is, you know, a jokey reference to the stresses of Christmas in her family, up to and including “cooking a multi-course meal for a small army of Italian-American relatives,” what on earth is wrong with suggesting that men share in the Christmas chores?

Indeed, if you actually take the couple of minutes it takes to read the article these “quotes” are from you will discover that Valenti is actually quite a big fan of Christmas, and that her allegedly terrible misandrist message to men is the following:

[A]s the women in your lives work their fingers to the bone to bring you holiday cheer, get up and lend a hand.

Seriously, asking dudes to wrap some presents isn’t the same as sending them to a feminazi reeducation camp.

Another of Bloomfield’s new memes highlights — and takes out of context — a deliberately provocative question from a book by Valenti, asking parents to reflect a little on the ambivalence and in some cases regret that many parents feel about having had children.

Unlike Men’s Rights Activists who want to be able to legally abandon their children though “paper abortions,” Valenti is not urging mothers (or fathers) to desert kids, just to think about the complex and conflicting emotions that parentood brings up – and to talk about them openly, in the hope that this will help other new parents, and those considering parenthood, to better understand the magnitude of what they’re taking on.

But it’s the third quote from Valenti that Bloomfield has chosen to highlight that is the most troubling. Not the quote itself – it’s utterly reasonable – but Bloomfield’s attempt to use it to smear Valenti.

Here’s Bloomfield’s meme-ified version of the quote:

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While this is a severely truncated version of what Valenti wrote, with a good deal edited out in the middle, it’s a more-or-less reasonable simplification of Valenti’s basic argument: that her ability to get an abortion when she was in her twenties and far from ready for children helped her to pull together the life and career and marriage she has today – and, though she doesn’t put it this baldly, to provide a better life for the daughter she has now.

For what it’s worth, I agree completely: It is a good thing that women who aren’t ready to have children can end their pregnancies legally and safely. It’s good for them. It’s good for their partners. And it’s good for any future children that they might choose to have.

And if they choose to never have children, that’s perfectly fine as well. As Valenti argues, and as I agree, they don’t need to offer an explanation for their abortion or abortions to anyone.

I should add that abortion rights for women make my life better too. I don’t want children of my own, and birth control sometimes fails. And while I’ve never had a partner who’s gotten an abortion while I was dating them, I’m grateful that abortion is there as a backup.

I don’t owe anyone an explanation for this any more than Valenti does. But of course men aren’t generally asked to provide explanations for their partners’ abortions, while women who have abortions face all sorts of opprobrium for their choice, from nosy and judgemental relatives and from the Janet Bloomfields of the world.

Of course, all but the most backwards of abortion opponents will generally make an exception when the life of the mother is at stake.

And that’s what makes Bloomfield’s attack on Valenti even skeezier. Because, as Valenti explained in the very column that Bloomfield is quoting from, she not only had an abortion in her twenties when she wasn’t ready for kids, she had a second abortion in her thirties when her life literally was at stake.

As Valenti explained in a moving essay in 2011, her then-baby daughter and she were “a deadly combination before she was even born.” 28 weeks into the pregnancy, Valenti’s doctor discovered that she was suffering from a potentially deadly condition called pre-eclampsia and was confined to the hospital; she then developed an even more life-threatening complication that led to an emergency c-section and the premature birth of a dangerously underweight baby who needed months of intensive care and who, Valenti wrote, “looked like a baby that would die.”

Happily, both baby and mother survived the ordeal.

A few years later, when Valenti discovered that she was pregnant again, she realized that another abortion was really her only choice. As desperately as she wanted a second child, the risks were too great. You can read the story of her second, reluctant abortion here; it’s hard not to tear up reading it.

Attacking a woman for getting an abortion when she knows she’s not ready for a child is bad enough; attacking a woman for getting an abortion because her pregnancy may well kill her is, frankly, inhuman.

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2-D Man
2-D Man
7 years ago

Jingle bell timeaside…

I’m going to use that, I think.

Friend: Hey dude, what’re you doing?
2-D Man: (waiting for something) Timeacide.

2-D Man
2-D Man
7 years ago

Could be worse, you could have Tom Martin as a compatriot.

I dunno. Martin’s bad, but at least he’s, y’know, honest, in his assholery. I really think he believes his claptrap. Bloomfield just deliberately makes shit up.

Of couse, with the latest bit of real-quoting she just did, it seems she’s turned her bullshit into a compost heap, if you will.

2-D Man
2-D Man
7 years ago

Trigger warning: pedantry

For what it’s worth, I agree completely: It is a good thing that women who aren’t ready to have children can end their pregnancies legally and safely. It’s good for them. It’s good for their partners. And it’s good for any future children that they might choose to have.

This is an explanation.

Also, it’s good for any past children they may have had.

yamamanama
yamamanama
7 years ago

That’s just how these movements work: make shit up.

kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

Plus, JB has never come up with anything hilarious, intentionally or otherwise. Tommy boy has hard chairs, an outstanding debt to the LSE and penguin WHORES to his credit.

Skye
Skye
7 years ago

I’m a bit behind on the posts, but how is JB even back on twitter? Can’t she get perma-banned? What’s the point in suspending a person’s account is she can continually make socks and roll right along?

M. the Social Justice Ranger
M. the Social Justice Ranger
7 years ago

@Skye

It’s because Twitter just doesn’t care. JB and the MRAs (and the other hate groups that gather there) give them pageviews, exposure and money, which to them is more important than, y’know, not protecting and promoting literal evil.

katz
7 years ago

Plus, JB has never come up with anything hilarious, intentionally or otherwise.

Her novel sounded pretty hilarious.

kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

She just keeps coming back with a different account or handle or something, if I understand it right (I don’t use Twitter at all). Keeps getting turfed out, but it’s like M. said, they don’t care.

kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

katz, true, but would her nonexistent novel be as hilarious as Tommy’s nonexistent documentary?

Imagine if those two got into an argument. Be dead easy to script:

JB: WHORE!

TM: WHORE!

JB: WHORE!

TM: WHORE!

(fade to black)

genedaniell3
genedaniell3
7 years ago

@Katz: Reflecting on a discussion we had a few days ago, I’m willing to bet that JB is one “novelist” who will never be inconvenienced by an insoluble hole in her plot.

genedaniell3
genedaniell3
7 years ago

In fact, I am willing to bet that the only coherent plot she will ever be involved with is the one in which she will be buried.

kittehserf - MOD
7 years ago

LOL that sounds right, doesn’t it?

boredgames
boredgames
7 years ago

@Lea

“No pregnant person owes anyone an explanation for why they control what happens in their own bodies. Ever. Forced birth is torture. It is the removal of basic human rights.
Fuck that hateful hack Blommfield and her lies. ”

Some of us think human rights should apply to all human beings, including the unwanted. So would progressives if they were consistent. Feminists on the hand distort the issue, pretend it’s entirely about women’s agency, then feign outrage when anyone disagrees. (In other words, never, under any circumstances, acknowledge the third party or entertain the idea that it is human.)

Not sure if this comment will earn a permanent ban or not – be nice to know if it has.

petpanther
petpanther
7 years ago

This is how real hate propaganda looks like.

About everything on this site – like this “article” – suggests untruth as truth. In a quite extreme agitative way.

With the wish to silence critics. By smearing. As this “article” demonstrates quite vividly.

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