Monday, May 01, 2017

Consent is for sluts

An appointee to head family planning services in the US claims that contraception "doesn't work."  

This baffling assertion was behind all of the anti-contraception disinfo that abstinence-only programs spewed in the 90s and 00s.  The way of thinking goes: You think you can just decide to have sex and not get pregnant and you're fine?  Too bad, women who decide if they are going to have sex or get pregnant are cheap sluts.  Maybe we can put them in prison!  

I've heard a variant on this argument, and it really comes down to a complaint that women who have the freedom to control their reproductive lives will do that, and sometimes they choose abortion.  Did you know that in places where abortion is obtainable, some people go ahead and have them?  Proof that Planned Parenthood doesn't prevent unwanted pregnancy!

Except as access to contraception has increased, abortion rates have decreased.  Could it be that women have figured out that unwanted pregnancies are better avoided than aborted?  

It  disgusts me, but there are those who find it romantic for a woman to be completely powerless in her sexual and reproductive lives.  I can only conclude that Teresa Manning is one of them.  

I had a hard time believing people thought this way, but I'm losing faith, between Manning's appointment and this thing that Rush Lumbaugh said when trying to deflect from Trump bragging about sexual assault: 

"You can do anything — the left will promote and understand and tolerate anything — as long as there is one element. Do you know what it is? Consent.