Playing the sex card

I'm probably going to be excommunicated for supporting this proposal, but I have to say I love the new post at scientopia suggesting that maybe it's time to bring out the big guns and emulate Lysistrata's policy (in order to end the Peloponnesian War, women play the "no sex until peace" card).

I hesitate to post on political items too frequently, but given the increasingly extreme anti-women stance of the GOP, it's worth mentioning. While I will be personally bummed if such a scorched...bed? strategy were implemented, I'm all in favor of trying something that would get those asshats' attention. Janet admits that the men whose attention she/we are trying to get probably "do not care terribly about the wishes of women with whom they are partnered", but just as OWS saved all our butts by drawing media attention to the way in which our rights were being trampled by Wall Street, maybe such a sex-strike would raise the profile of the degree to which women's bodies are no longer under their own control.

I would never presume I was entitled to funsexytime with someone whose personhood and bodily autonomy I didn't step up to fight for when it was under threat. Heck, I would step up to fight for the personhood and bodily autonomy even of people with whom I have no desire to have funsexytime because that's what decent human beings do.

Bottom line? I'm embarrassed by our collectively muted response, and refuse to allow the women I love to be abused (literally) by a small minority of religious extremists.


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"O Whisky! soul o' plays and pranks! Accept a bardie's gratfu' thanks! When wanting thee, what tuneless cranks Are my poor verses! Thou comes-they rattle in their ranks, At ither's a-s!" Robert Burns - "Scotch Drink" 1785

3 thoughts on “Playing the sex card”

  1. Unfortunately, some of the women who we need most to go on strike have been so brainwashed as to go along with what their men are saying.

  2. Yeah, I have to vote with Holly here. If you think that you're supposed to be subordinate, then that's what you'll do.

    The thing that absolutely kills me is that the Virginia abortion bill legislating a vaginal ultrasound was sponsored in the senate by a woman. You just have to wonder what people are thinking. Or if they are.

    I've been reminded a lot of this saying lately... I think it's a George Carlin joke. "Imagine the average American. Now realize that half of Americans are dumber than that."

  3. I agree that those who most need to be reached won't be... but if it got enough publicity that the media couldn't help but cover it, i think that would wake up the average Joe/Jane to the insanity of all this.

    And yeah, I was thinking of that Carlin comment recently too. The scary part is that several nominally "smart" people at work ignore the GOP's misogyny and focus on Obamacare (as if that's a bad thing).

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