Did you all hear about the three (I believe it is three now) lawmakers who are proposing laws to limit a man's access to viagra in response to all of this horseshit that law makers are attempting against women's rights? If not, here is the latest story from earlier this month (taken from http://kozmedia.com/third-female-lawmaker-proposes-bill-to-limit-access-to-viagra/229367/ The original source is yahoo news):
Democratic Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner is the third female lawmaker to introduce a bill that would limit men’s access to Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs to make a statement about the dozens of anti-abortion bills that have passed statehouses around the country over the last year.
Turner is opposed to a proposed bill that would prohibit abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which can happen as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. The Dayton Daily News reports that Turner’s bill would mandate that men seeking Viagra be “tested for heart problems, receive counseling about possible side effects and receive information about ‘pursuing celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.’”
Turner said on MSNBC Monday that the bill is about showing ”men as much love in the reproductive health arena as they have shown us over the years. My Senate Bill 307 is all about the love and making sure we look out for men’s sexual health.”
Earlier this month, Illinois state Rep. Kelly Cassidy introduced an amendment to another bill that would require women to get ultrasounds before being allowed to get abortions. The amendment mandated that men seeking Viagra watch a graphic video about the drug’s potential side effects. “If they are serious about us not being able to make our own health care decisions, then I’m just as serious about them not being able to make theirs,” she said.
Well, when I read about this, I loved it. How could I not? I have read all of the news this past year or so and I have been disgusted time and time again at what lawmakers have done, what they've tried to do, and what women have refused to speak up against. And eventually I became inspired. Women's rights is certainly an issue I bitch about quite a bit but it isn't the only issue out there that I support. Women are by far NOT the only group of human beings in America whose rights have been threatened and violated time and again. So I decided to write out some more laws I think we should pass to keep society fair. Here was my list:
Issue 1-Gay Marriage
Common Argument for those Against It: They are trying to protect the sanctity of marriage
New Law: For every state that will not legalize gay marriage based on the idea that they are protecting marriage as an institution, divorce should be illegal UNLESS there is spousal abuse. And because men are so much stronger than us poor little ladies, spousal abuse is not a claim they can use. Sorry guys. You may go to one of the few heathen states that allow gay marriage to get a divorce BUT it will not be legal in any other state. So if you live in Ohio and you get your divorce in New York and come back to marry your girlfriend in Ohio, you will go to jail for bigamy. In addition to this, even if you live in a state where it is legal, a judge may refuse to grant you a divorce if they object to it morally.
Common Argument for those Against It-They morally object to it
New Law: For any state that makes abortion illegal, if a woman goes somewhere else or tries the old coat hanger method and she dies, the man who impregnated her will be charged with reckless homicide. He had sex with her unprotected causing the pregnancy which, because she could not safely terminate it, led to her death. This however will not be true for women who use abortions as birth control (i.e. have them repeatedly) because I morally object to that idea and I am the one making the damned laws. :)
Issue 3-Limiting a Woman's Access to Birth Control
Common Argument Against It: Have they even fucking given one?
New Law: No married man can buy condoms. Condoms protect against STD's so single men may purchase condoms (and hope it doesn't break in any state where abortions are illegal....) but if women are supposed to fuck to procreate, a married man has no reason to buy condoms. If a married man in turn gives his wife an STD because he is screwing around he will be charged with attempted homicide for anything that may be life threatening and assault for all others.
Issue 4- The refusal to decriminalize marijuana
Common Argument Against It: Pot is a drug according to the government and drugs are bad
New Law: Any state that refuses to decriminalize marijuana in general will now be prohibited from selling alcohol. Alcohol is a drug with far more harmful side effects and, as they tell us, drugs are bad. Any state that will not allow medicinal marijuana can no longer pass out pain pills. Pain pills are highly addictive, they are commonly abused, and they cause far more deaths than poor little Mary Jane ever thought of.
Now, let me make this clear. I'm not gay and I don't smoke pot. However, I support the right of two people in love, regardless of their damned gender, to get married. I actually think it is pathetic that we live in a society in the 21st century where one human being marrying another human being is something that has to be considered a "right" or that it is something that must be fought for. To me, American society should be ashamed of themselves for that. As far as pot goes, look up the history behind it and the reasons it was made illegal in the first place. We are not talking about heroin or meth or crack...it's pot for god's sake! Are you kidding me? When you live in a nation where you've dropped an atom bomb BEFORE you've decriminalized Mary Jane, your society and its priorities are a bit fucked up. I want anyone out there who are referring to old Reagan speeches and reruns of Dragnet to tell me what a bad person I am for this theory to sit back, relax, light up a joint...lmao...Just kidding. No, seriously, sit back, relax, and think about the last time you heard a story on the news about someone going bat shit crazy and killing a family while they were stoned only on pot. Nothing? Ok, let's try this...sit back, think, and tell me the last time you heard about someone overdosing and dying on pot. Still nothing? Now, think about pharmaceuticals and alcohol. Prescription pill overdose? Whole family destroyed by alcohol? Bet you can think of at least one case for each that you've at least heard of, right? Yeah, those last two are perfectly legal. I see nothing wrong with booze or pills if they are used correctly by people who can handle them (and, in the case of pills, people who actually NEED them). Problem is, our society is crazy with problems from both because people use them who should not. So yeah, I support gay marriage even though I am not gay and I believe pot should be legal even though I don't personally like it because it makes me laugh, eat, try to figure out secret meanings to Doors songs, and sleep. All in the span of about 45 minutes(which, at the time, feels like 3 hours because stoned time is way sloowww...haha). I don't get the point. But for those who like it, I think they should be free to get their smoke on.
Now, back to that thing I bitch about probably most of all...women's rights. Probably the biggest and most hot button issue of this is, of course, abortion. As you can probably tell by now, I am pro-abortion. Here's why. I am not some hateful bitch who despises babies. I actually adore babies. All babies. I will stop strangers in public places to gawk over their babies and I hope one day, if I am able, to have a few of my own. But despite what certain groups of people will have you believe, a fetus six weeks in the womb and a full term baby are not one in the same. I have had two miscarriages in my life. Both happened within the first month to the first month and a half of conception. When I miscarried what came out of my body was not a baby. It looked NOTHING like a baby. Science tells us this would have been true if I had miscarried at any point in the first trimester. So here is how I classify the wrong and the right of abortions: If a woman's body can miscarry the fetus without having to actually give birth to it, she can abort it. If the baby must be in some form born into the world in order to kill it, charge that sick bitch with murder. Period. It may not make sense to everyone, this logic, but it is how I see it. You have plenty of time after that first missed period to make the choice on abortion before it is too late to do it in a safe way that does not involve murder. If you do not choose to abort during that time, good luck finding a couple to adopt your child because that should be the only other option besides keeping it that is available to you. LATE TERM ABORTIONS ARE NOT ALRIGHT! That is not infringing on women's rights. That is using common sense...something I find more and more people in our society lacking. Now, I have never had an abortion. At this stage in my life, I can't foresee an instance where I would ever need one. But making abortions illegal does not make them go away. It only puts the women having them in greater danger. And most of the women having them are not in a place in their lives where they can care for a child. Yes, to me, it is better that a woman abort a baby she is two months along with than to have her give birth to it and abuse it, starve it, be unable to clothe it or provide it with suitable living conditions. And for those of you who say what about adoption...Not everyone is strong enough to carry a baby for nine months and give it to someone else. I do not agree with women who have abortions repeatedly for the hell of it. Abortions are not a form of birth control. But until you have been in a position where you have had to make such a choice, until you realize what it is like to be 15, scared, abandoned, and to find yourself laying on a cold table about to abort your baby, do not fucking judge those who have. Women who have abortions are not typically married, stable, women who are in all ways, including mentally, able to be mothers. If they were...why would they have an abortion? And as far as the teenage girls go, hey, here is a thought. Instead of abstinence only sex-ed, try teaching kids who are going to have sex just like you did as a teenager how to do it without creating a life they are too young to care for. That might help with the pesky abortion issue. :)
This rant has turned out longer than I anticipated. There are more things that I could go on about but I think we've had enough for now. The bottom line is that, as the happy hippie witch, I want to live and let live. I want justice to prevail. I want everyone to be in a world where you succeed when you've worked for it and you don't have to worry about someone intentionally keeping you down because of your race, gender, religion, or the amount of money you have. I want people to be free to be people. Isn't that what America was supposed to be about in the first place? That was always my understanding of it. Let go of the fucking hate already, people. Stop worrying about who your neighbor is marrying, how many of your friends are on birth control, whether your date is democrat or republican, or what religion your co-worker follows. Worry about you. Your family, your life, your happiness. And when people start screwing with the rights of others and you don't agree with it, do not be afraid to speak up.Even if it does not effect you! Don't be selfish, man. Look around. We need a revolution like...ummm...yesterday. You can't have change if you don't work for it, fight for it. And no matter what side of the aisle you happen to fall on, I think everyone can agree on one thing. We need change.
Because at the end of the day...