I've been really quiet on the political front lately because election years drive me batty and the entire world sucks and sometimes I think we should just boot everyone out of office and just start the hell over. Actually, a lot of times I think that. That may well be the best way to fix things.
Anyhizzle, while I spend most of my soapox-standing time screeching about gay marriage and how it should be, y'know, legal everywhere, I spend the rest of it screeching about women's rights and reproductive rights and blah blah feminism, so sue me, blah.
I've always been pro-choice - but that in no way means I'm automatically pro-abortion. It varies for everyone and their situation, and that's why it's a CHOICE. Duh. But reading this post kind of made the lightbulb click on as to which camp I'm the most in: Pro-Prevention.
Birth control. Sex education. The whole lot of it. If we can prevent unwanted pregnancies, that would cut down on the number of people needing abortions, would it not?
YES IT WOULD. LET ME HELP YOU ANSWER THAT.
Mounting and Counting is an anonymous blog written by a stipper turned escort turned back to stripper (I think...I'm way behind on my Reader) - it's quite juicy and extremely fascinating, and I can't for the life of me remember how I stumbled across it in the first place. The writer - code name Marisa, due to her oft-commented on resemblance to Marisa Tomei - also addresses things like body image, substance addiction, and works to dispel some of the stigma surrounding the sex industry. It's a really interesting blog, though not always safe for work (obviously).
At any rate, she raises some really good points about availability of birth control and I think my intro is now longer than the post I'm hosting, so.. yeah. Fail.
Mitt Romney Paid for my IUD
by "Marisa" from Mounting And Counting [original post here]
I’m not feeling wordy, so I figured I’d share a huge perk I’m enjoying only 1.5/5 years in thanks to Romney-care! Wahoo for reproductive choice!
By the way, Mitt. The birth control, valued at about $500, which cost me $0, has saved me $100+ in tampons I didn’t need to buy, cock-blocked me from getting laid exactly zero times, and prevented unwanted pregnancies. I’m a sex worker, but I’m not pro-abortion PERSONALLY; I’m pro-choice universally. I’m pro-preventing the need to have an abortion in the first place.
Let’s stop fooling our young, vulnerable, and sexually miseducated women into thinking a pain-in-the-ass daily pill is the only way. Or rather, the only acceptable, sweep-your-slut smut under the rug way. That’s just our first world medical system keeping you hooked on prescription drugs and doctor’s appointments to obtain prescriptions. Let’s stop manipulating young women into thinking ‘the pill’ is the only feasible option for them. Teens are flaky! Depo-Provera and the Mirena IUD are far more error-proof and cost-effective. Stop fooling sexually active teens into thinking they should be ashamed to ask for an IUD because they aren’t monogamous or destitute single mothers.
Financial hardship and monogamy are not prerequisites to seek long-term, effective, birth control with little to no room for error. A middle class teen might have access to her parents’ high disposable income for birth control and morning after pills, but instead of milking her along one copay at a time, why don’t you set her up on the five year IUD plan? It’s reversible! It’s cheap! But alas, it puts less money in your pockets…And asking middle class parents to somehow ‘confess’ their daughter’s a slut by ‘fixing’ her for five years highlights your self-proclaimed parental failure. Keeping your daughter pregnancy free is an easier pill to swallow one day (or rather, one prescription refill) at a time.