On August 1, 2012, a law went into effect that mandated private insurance companies cover birth control and preventative care for women. Controversy ensues as the populous fervently debates the topic of covering medical care for millions of women.
I’m for the mandate. My birth control costs $60 a month. I can’t use the cheap stuff, or the generic stuff. My girl parts aren’t all in working order, and the specific pill I’ve been using for the past four years keeps them ship-shape and on schedule. We won’t go into the years of copious pain, heavy bleeding (imagine the scene from The Shining when the elevator doors open) cysts, irregularity or other “nasty, gross things” because of one part of this audience who doesn’t want to hear it: the men. Not all men, but from the conversations I’ve read the men in general have no idea what they’re talking about.
The chief complaint is that “it’s a handout” and suddenly the government is “just giving it to whores.” I also keep reading that “it’s stomping on religious freedom.” Well, maybe we should stop giving men the handouts they get too? That’ll even it out. No more Viagra. No more prostate exams or physicals. No more vasectomies. Family planning is anti-religious, but shoving a finger up a man’s rectum to screen for cancer is completely acceptable.
Maybe the solution to this is writing to the congresswomen forming The Penis Subcommittee. I If men can defund Planned Parenthood, women should defund all preventative and reproductive care for men as well. Maybe we should also mandate that men cannot ejaculate more than once in a 20 week period because it would hurt their sperm count. Then we can send the Penis Police to each and every doctor’s visit to inform them of options other than beating their meat, and that, have they thought of not doing it at all? After that, we can mandate that the doctor has to shove a steel rod up their urethra so they can see an ultra sound image of their testes and know what damage they’re causing by wasting sperm through masturbation or sex that doesn’t cause pregnancy.
I have a personal feeling that the reason this debate exists at all is fear. The people against this want women to get knocked up so they’ll shut up. Women won their independence and freedoms through years of chauvinist and sexist ideals. We’re still fighting. We have the higher grades, the bigger presence in the workforce, and yet the Lily Ledbetter law was only passed just last year. I’m not a feminist; I’m an equal-ist. I believe I can do anything a man can do, and sometimes better. I believe I have the right to have the same access to healthcare that he does. I think the people that are fighting against these mandates, against birth control and women’s rights are afraid they’ll be the ones sent to the kitchen to make me a sammich.
If the women of today don’t stand up for what our Mothers and Grandmothers fought for we will lose it all. Write to congress, and call them too. Vote. Make a difference, not a detriment. I have a vagina. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My vagina is my best friend, it creates life. I must respect it, as I respect life. Without me, my vagina is powerless, without my rights, I am powerless. I must swear before my faith and my sex that I will do everything in my power to defend my vagina and defend my rights.