Caribbean politician denounces use of contraceptive pill

 

Are sexual and reproductive health and rights under threat in the Caribbean?

Young people, men and women, boys and girls do not get the comprehensive sexuality education which they need to make informed choices about their sexuality.  Child sexual abuse continues to be a major human rights violation in countries across the region.  Access to safe termination of pregnancy differs from country to country. Even in countries where abortion is legal, such as Guyana, that does not translate to access to safe abortion.  The main public hospital does not offer abortion services so “bottom-house” abortion clinics operate, claiming lives.  We are no where close to ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Against this background, the Tribune 242 reported that Bahamian politician, Rodney Moncur, declared that women who use the contraceptive pill are murderers who should be hung. (On the comments section of this blog someone who identified himself as Mr. Moncur stated that this report is inaccurate and he never advocated capital punishment for women who take birth control).  “Let man’s sperm ‘bust’ through those pills and the woman take seed. Woman, thou art commanded to take seed, become pregnant and renounce those evil cancerous birth control pills,” it is reported that he wrote.

Here are a few of his tweets, in all caps just as they appeared in the @RodneyMoncur twitter feed (unverified twitter account):

HOW CAN YOU PROCLAIM GOD, WHEN YOU WILL NOT GET PREGNANT? DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT IT IS IMMORAL FOR THE CHRISTIAN WOMAN TO TAKE THE PILLS?

IF YOU SAY THAT YOU LOVE THE LORD AND YOUR NOBLE HUSBAND, THEN LOVINGLY SUBMIT AND THROW AWAY THOSE UNHOLY BIRTH CONTROL PILLS. BABY TONIGHT

THE PILLS WERE INTRODUCED HERE IN 1966. AFTER THAT DATE, THE WOMEN KEPT SWEET HEARTS WITH REGULARITY! THE PILLS WORKED FOR THEM.

This misogyny requires no deconstruction.  But just in case you missed his message, here’s the breakdown:

Post-1966 the pill turned Bahamian women into sluts. Women were made to have sex with men only, to submit to men and to bear children. Absolutely nothing else.  If you are a woman, you should be married to a man and you should go and make a baby TONIGHT.  If you and your partner choose to use contraception, you, woman, are a murderer and you should be put to death by hanging.  FYI, you cannot be a Christian and use the pill.

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Edited to add:

Here are two reports about the twitter rant but none of them makes reference to women who use birth control as murderers:

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2012/jun/07/women-must-quit-devils-pills-and-take-mans-seed/

http://www.tribune242.com/news/2012/jun/08/devils-pills-rant-what-was-he-thinking/

This Tribune 242 article states: “He referred to women who use oral contraceptives as “murderers” who should be hanged, as they are touched by the devil’s evil hands.” (paragraph 6)

EDITOR”S NOTE: Earlier this week this heading of this blog post read: “Caribbean politician proposes death penalty for women who use the pill.”  This heading was based on the Tribune 242 article referenced above which contained the following line:  “He referred to women who use oral contraceptives as “murderers” who should be hanged, as they are touched by the devil’s evil hands.” Someone who identified himself as Rodney Moncur denied that he ever said this.  I looked through his twitter feed and was unable to find any tweets which stated that women who use birth control should be hung.  This post has been edited to reflect these developments.

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13 thoughts on “Caribbean politician denounces use of contraceptive pill

  1. This man sees women as inhuman and is not only commanding women to procreate, whether they want to or not (taking away their choice), he is also influencing others to see women as objects. How extremely dangerous for the women there! Even to speak up for women’s rights to plan their families, protect their health, and have sex when and/if they want to, I imagine, would put them at risk. This also denies any existence of lesbians and women who don’t want to be with men.
    I fear the U.S. also has people who believe like Rodney Moncur and are pushing hard to have women be property of men once again. This story seems so horrifying, but in the U.S. we have people in government who might also want to see women hanged for using the pill or for having abortions and who are pushing for birth control to be banned.
    It is unacceptable that men like Rodney Moncur are involved in politics and it must be unacceptable for our societies.
    Thanks for the article,
    Liza Wolff-Francis, Matrifocal Point

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  2. Bahamians do NOT endorse the rantings of that crazy man! says:

    Did any of you here at least make an attempt to verify the mental stability of Mr. Moncur before you so boldly printed his assinine statements?

    The vast majority of Bahamians see Mr. Moncur as having serious mental issues. Please, if you really want to be taken seriously with this blog, don\’t quote known crazy people.

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  3. Bob Decius. says:

    I AM A BAHAMIAN AND WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE BAHAMAS. THIS IS MR.RODNEY MONCUR OPINION AND VIEWS, HE IS JUST ONE INDIVIDUAL THAT IS ENTITLE TO HIS VIEWS. I DOUBT YOU WOULD FIND A HAND FULL OF BAHAMIAN MEN FEELING THE SAME WAY. BAHAMIAN WOMEN ARE OUR GEMS AND WE LOVE THEM, NOT LIKE OBJECTS BUT LIKE ADAM LOVED EVE. AS FOR ME I DON’T SUPPORT RODNEY MONCUR VIEWS AND I SEE THINGS DIFFERENTLY. NEVERTHELESS I DO NOT SUPPORT ABORTION ONCE AGAIN WE ALL HAVE TO GO BEFORE GOD AS AN INDIVIDUAL.

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    • RODNEY MONCUR says:

      I AM VERY DISAPPOINTED IN MY FRIEND BOB DECIUS’ COMMENTS. HE KNOWS ME PERSONALLY. WE HAVE MARCHED TOGETHER TO HANG MURDERERS HERE IN THE BAHAMAS ON MANY OCCASSIONS. MURDERERS WHO HAVE KILLED MEN, WOMEN AND CHILDREN. YET HE JOINS THE BAND OF THOSE WHO HAVE HIDDEN THEIR IDENTITIES TO LAUNCH THIS VICIOUS POLITICAL ATTACK ON ME. I AM HAPPY THAT MY COMRADE IDENTIFIED HIMSELF. I AM DISAPPOINTED THAT THIS WEBSITE NOW FACED WITH THE FACTS; HAVING FAILED TO EXAMINED MY TWEET BEFORE RUSHING TO PRINT, THAT I NEVER ADVOCATED THE HANGING OF WOMEN WHO TAKE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS, CONTINUES TO HAVE AS ITS HEADLINE THAT ” CARIBBEAN POLITICIAN PROPOSES DEATH PENALTY FOR WOMEN WHO USE THE PILL”. AND THEN CALLS MY NAME AND SLANDERS ME KNOWING THAT I WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO CLEAR MY NAME AND GET JUSTICE. AS FOR THE TRIBUNE, I AM SHOCKED THAT YOU CAN ATTRIBUTED THOSE QUOTES, TO THE BEST NEWS PAPER IN THE BAHAMAS. IT MUST BE A MISTAKE ON THE TRIBUNE’S PART IF YOU DID IN FACT QUOTE THEM CORRECTLY . ALL MY LIFE AS A YOUNG MAN GROWING UP IN THE BAHAMAS, THE TRIBUNE HAS BEEN MY VOICE, MY PAPER. THE VOICE OF THE POOR PEOPLE!

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      • Mr. Moncur, the headline of the article has been changed to reflect your comments. I have also posted the link to the original tribune article and pointed out in which section you can find the comment.

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  4. Thank you both for your comments. We do know that these are the views of one individual. At no point did we suggest that they were the views of all or even most Bahamians. However, his views were reported in the local press which means that because of who he is given a wide reach for those views. For this reason alone i felt that what he said merited a response.

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  5. Loud and Proud says:

    Hi, I’m also Bahamian and thought I’d chime in and add a link to an article published in the newspaper that served as a rebuttal to Moncur’s sexist rant. http://www.tribune242.com/news/2012/jun/11/christian-cloak-protecting-misogynists/

    An excerpt:
    “As a woman, I reject all fear mongering and any biblical interpretation that seeks to subordinate my will and demean my value; dismiss my intelligence and undermine my confidence, and disregard my right to self-determination.”

    Very well written.

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  6. RODNEY MONCUR says:

    MY NAME IS RODNEY MONCUR. I AM A CITIZEN OF THE BAHAMAS . I WISH TO CATERGORICALLY DENY EVER ADVOCATING CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR MARRIED WOMEN OR ANY OTHER WOMEN WHO TAKES THE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS.
    IT IS A LIE. I SHALL BE GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD PUNISHED THIS.
    THANK YOU.

    DATED THE 18TH DAY OF JUNE, 2012

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  7. RODNEY MONCUR says:

    MY NAME IS RODNEY MONCUR. I AM A CITIZEN OF THE BAHAMAS . I WISH TO CATERGORICALLY DENY EVER ADVOCATING CAPITAL PUNISHMENT FOR MARRIED WOMEN OR ANY OTHER WOMEN WHO TAKES THE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS.
    IT IS A LIE. I SHALL BE GRATEFUL IF YOU WOULD PUBLISH THIS.
    THANK YOU.

    DATED THE 18TH DAY OF JUNE, 2012

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