Throwing women under the bus, but men NEED Viagra!

Driving down a lone highway at three in the morning, my driving companion, B, and I were a little loopy from lack of sleep. Suddenly, my companion sees a billboard and asks me an unexpected question. When people in the future look back at this time in history, what will they think concerned our society most? I didn’t see the billboard at the time and waited for her answer. They’ll think we were way too concerned with erectile longevity. Then I saw the billboard advertising Viagra and we laughed till we couldn’t breath.

Little did we know how right we were. Some years later America dropped to the lowest recession since the 1930s Depression. Now the 2012 elections are fast approaching and the Republicans are desperately trying to find a candidate capable of beating President Obama and subsequently boot him out of the White House.

Among all the ridiculous promises and platitudes by the Republican candidates to their outstandingly archaic religious supporters and Tea Partiers, they’ve decided to throw women under the bus in making women’s health a political issue.

According to the Republican Party, women use abortion as an alternative to contraceptives. In some cases, that is true. I do believe that a measure should be enacted to stop those few women from perceiving abortion as an alternative means to the pill. On the other hand there are cases when abortion is necessary such as in cases of incest and rape.

Yet Planned Parenthood, an organization that is notorious for looking after women’s health, is under attack by Republicans. They misconstrue the facts for the benefit of religious groups who obviously don’t care about the health of women.  In the political eyes of the Republicans, the only reason Planned Parenthood exists is to hand out abortions to women like candy.

That is not true. If the Republicans actually cared about the truth, they would do their research — made easy by going to the Planned Parenthood website — and view the necessary information.  Yes, Planned Parenthood provides abortions. Before that, they strongly promote other options for the woman’s consideration  (e.g., adoption).

Moving away from the heated abortion issue, Planned Parenthood provides a whole array of assistance to both women and men. That’s right. I said men. The notoriously, and wrongly stereotyped, abortion loving pit of evil — eye-roll please — is there to protect men’s sexuality as well. If I fried the brains of any Tea Partiers with that one, I definitely don’t apologize.

Another service they provide involve sex education. If parents are relying on their child’s school to do this and the schools don’t pull through, Planned Parenthood will step up. They provide counseling to people who suffer from sexual related issues whether it’s sexual matters, identity, rape, or body image. Everything mentioned are only a few services I think are vitally important to everyone especially those who can’t afford health insurance.

While Planned Parenthood has seemed to gain the lead in the war on women, there is another issue of women’s health that is under attack: Contraception. The very thing Republicans say women are ignoring in favor of abortion…or do Republicans think that contraception and abortion synonymous?

If the Republicans can’t entirely do away with the little pill, then they want health insurance companies to stop coverage. The pill is not used for the sole purpose of preventing pregnancy. It is used to help regulate a woman’s period (because an irregular flow can mean health problems) and helps with much needed estrogen. All this information can be found, ironically enough, on the government web site for women’s health. It states that:

when [a woman’s] menstrual cycles come regularly, this means that important parts of [her] body are working normally. In some cases, not having menstrual periods can mean that [her] ovaries have stopped producing normal amounts of estrogen. Missing these hormones can have important effects on [her] overall health. Hormonal problems, such as those caused by polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or serious problems with the reproductive organs, may be involved.

See how easy it was to research that?!

Bottom line is the Republicans are throwing women under the bus and alienating those they haven’t brainwashed into thinking their bodies are instruments of sin to gain the religious and Tea Party vote. They’re accusing President Obama of waging a war on religion when they are conversely waging a war against women.

It makes me wonder if anyone has ever asked them about men’s health issues. Is it ok if insurance covers the cost of Viagra for men? Is the longevity of an erection more important than the health of women? Am I just making crazy assumptions without really doing my research like the Republicans and Viagra does more for men than give them long lasting erections?

Since Erectile Disfunction is more of a sign indicating that something is physically or mentally wrong with a man, it’s not life threatening. Whereas blocked access to the pill can be life threatening to women who lack estrogen.

Leave women alone, Republicans.  We have enough problems in a world struggling to completely accept women as equal.  Women do not need you to wage a War on Woman and an attempt to deflect the truth by stating that the Obama Administration is waging a Freedom of Religion war simply to gain the votes of religious organizations and Tea Partiers.  I’ve never seen someone blatantly kissing religious ass feet than the Republicans.

Just a suggestion: ’Panel Chosen to Discuss Viagra Distribution’.

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One thought on “Throwing women under the bus, but men NEED Viagra!

  1. […] my first post, I wondered what the Catholic church thought of Viagra and if they were against it as strongly as […]

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