This is not going to be the usual silly, naughty Things I Love Thursday. No. I am so sick of rich, overly conservative, white dudes telling me what I can do with my body. I'm also sick of people who think that the contraceptive issue is not important. These people are making women's bodies, women's right to do with their bodies as they please a political war zone. If you don't think this issue is important, you're an idiot. If you're a woman and you don't think it's important, you need more help than I can professionally give. This is not the only issue, with the Blunt Amendment, they will give insurers and employers (ALL, not just religious based) the right to deny any type of coverage they see fit to deny based on their 'moral convictions'. That doesn't just mean not covering birth control. No, let me break it down to you this way: Say I'm a sexually active, unmarried, female. I work for an employer who believes that it is immoral for me to have sex outside of marriage. Not only can he choose to not have my insurance cover any of my birth control, he can deny coverage for me to have cervical cancer screenings that could save my life. Its not just the women folk who need to worry about this amendment though. If you smoke, if you're obese, if you need psychologcal treatment...and you're employer has a moral 'objection' (moral disgust would cover the smoking and obesity factors) to those issues. You're out of luck. HIV patients? Denied because you're employer thinks you brought it on yourself. Maternity care? Fuck you.
It'll start with birth control...then it will get worse, I assure you. If you've never read The Handmaid's Tale, I suggest you pick it up and read it with the seriousness that it deserves...because that is where we're headed. If you think that it's not possible. If you think the things in that book are so far out there that they would never happen in America...you're not paying attention. If you're not horrified and terrified of the things being decided for you by our government, you are not paying attention. You should be chilled to your bones with fear.
Now, things I love:
- House Democrats Walk Out Of One-Sided Hearing On Contraception, Calling It An 'Autocratic Regime': I'll put it very simply: Rich, white, dudes deicded it wasn't important to have someone there speaking for the millions of women who depend on birth control for family planning as well as for their health.
"What I want to know is, where are the women?" Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) asked Issa before walking out of the hearing after the first panel. "I look at this panel, and I don't see one single individual representing the tens of millions of women across the country who want and need insurance coverage for basic preventative health care services, including family planning. Where are the women?"
- The Testimony Chairman Issa Doesn't Want You to Hear:
The video summarizes the testimony Chairman Issa rejected at today's hearing: Sandra Fluke, who would have been the Minority's witness and the only female voice on behalf of millions of women who seek safe and affordable coverage for preventive health care. Visit Democrats.Oversight.House.Gov to read more.
- #CreativeBirthControl: One of Santorum's backers stated that back in his day women used aspirin between their legs for birth control. In response to this absurdity (and a great look into the minds of the men deciding on the fate of millions of women), twitter blew up with this hash tag. If we didn't take a few moments to laugh at the idiocy and small mindedness, we'd never stop crying...or screaming.
- This quote from the President:
|"No, you can't deny women their basic rights and pretend it's about you|
'Religious Freedom'. If you don't like birth control, don't use it.
Religious freedom doesn't mean you can force others to live by your own beliefs.
I think our rallying war song should be this, ladies:
EDIT: Just ran across this article that I think you all should read: How The GOP Went Back To The 1950s In Just One Day.