What do you think about the “War on Women”?
There are so many different places to take this. I think at a very basic level it’s about how we’re socialized to think about sex. Which is very interesting if you have the desire or time to get into the history of sexuality. If we’re talking about birth control specifically, it’s often seen as a women’s issue. Women get the pap, they obtain and pay for the prescriptions, they put the hormones into their bodies, but men are benefitting here just as much as women are if we look at the effectiveness of other forms of birth control. The truth is there is no hormonal option out there for men right now like there is for women. If there was, what would the argument look like? I do think that a lot of the problem weighs in the fact that men don’t have to think about hormonal contraceptives like women do, at least not in the same sense, and I think that they should be thinking about it. If they’re sexually active or plan to be sexually active, the birth control that their partner is on is as much their problem as it is their partners. This doesn’t even get into alternative reasons that women are prescribed birth control that have nothing to do with sex – so it’s sad that they’re getting targeted second hand as well.
I suppose what is most disturbing is that on any given day you can open up your news feed and see news reports of people who wants to change the definition of rape, who want to make it more difficult or more expensive to obtain birth control. We’re cutting funding and we’re attaching a negative stigma to what many women consider very basic health needs. It is deeply disturbing to me that these issues are, for the most part, being handled by men who at least think that they will never be affected by the changes they are proposing.
To me, the war itself is more of an ignorance of what is going on right now in America with sex. We’d rather shove all our shit under the bed then clean up the mess and I think that is where a lot of this is coming from. No matter how sex positive you are, as a reader, as a country we’re still incredibly prudish. When you can’t talk about sex openly and honestly it makes confronting the issues that are related to sexuality that much more difficult.
I guess those are some basic thoughts for you. I try not to get too wrapped up in it because I would lose my mind.