25th March 2012
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“Men, their rights, and nothing more; women, their rights, and nothing less.”
Motto of The Revolution, a woman suffrage paper run by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
20th March 2012
We, Women, the People.
20th March 2012
Maybe I take contraceptive pills to reduce the risk of ovarian cysts. Maybe, because I suffer from PMS. Perhaps they reduce breakouts caused by my period. Or, I could be one of the lucky women who suffers from dysmenorrhea, and menstrual pain interferes with my daily life without them.
And maybe, I just don’t want to have a baby.
What’s wrong with that last one? Why do women suddenly need to justify their use of hormonal contraceptive pills by publicly proclaiming a myriad of medical problems that are both personal and vary from woman to woman. Yes, birth control pills have many useful purposes beyond preventing conception, and let us be glad for that.
But let us also remember that once upon a time, women had no control over their reproductive capacities. The number of their children was controlled by their age at marriage and the basic biology of their bodies. They were expected to bear as many children as they were physically capable of bearing.
That is no longer the case. There is no wrong reason to take birth control pills. Take them if you suffer from a condition mentioned above. Take them if you don’t want to get pregnant. Take them if both categories apply.
Women have medical concerns specific to their female bodies. There is nothing to defend.
16th March 2012
Arizona, apparently upset at its lack of media coverage over its extremism, decided to commandeer the anti-birth control crazy train this week.
MSNBC states “A bill nearing passage in the Republican-led Legislature allows all employers, not just religious institutions, to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage when doing so would violate their religious or moral beliefs.”
The bill’s sponsor, Debbie Lesko, is pushing for the bill because ”We don’t live in the Soviet Union…so government shouldn’t be telling employers, Catholic organizations and mom and pop (businesses) to do something that’s against their moral beliefs.”
Even barring the fact that no one lives in the Soviet Union anymore, only a government of the aforementioned totalitarian vein would force a woman to explain her medical needs to her employer.
But, then again, since we all know how morally upright American employers are, and are aware their long-standing concern for the well-being of their employees, we shouldn’t have to worry.
Also, no mention of whether men will have to explain their reasons for prescriptions of Viagra and related drugs.