I wanted to blog in response to the earlier blog Women attacked by US right. Nina Turner responds.
I realize Sean was being a bit tongue in cheek putting up this blog and the issue of Senate Bill 307 is intriguing, but my instinct is to oppose a bill that tries to degrade men as equally as women. I think it is analogous to Sen Charles Rangels's attempts to introduce the draft during the Iraq War as a way of spreading the pain of the war to include white middle class males rather than the economic draft that we have now.
Here are some other responses to this attack on women:
In response to recent efforts to limit women's access to reproductive
health services, Senator Nina Turner (D-Cleveland) has introduced a bill
in the Ohio state Senate that would require men seeking medication for
erectile dysfunction to first see a sex therapist. Men would also be
required to undergo a cardiac stress test and submit a notarized
affidavit from their sexual partner, certifying their impotence.
Turner cited FDA guidelines that doctors determine whether the sexual
dysfunction has physical or psychological causes before prescribing
erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra. She said her bill would
"legislate it the same way mostly men say they want to legislate a
Similarly, in Illinois, a bill was introduced that would require men to
watch a video on the side effects of Viagra before being prescribed the
drug; and in Virginia, Senator Janet Howell (D) introduced a measure
that would mandate that men seeking Viagra submit to a digital rectal
exam and undergo a cardiac stress test. (Ms Magazine)
Instead of this, I think that we should demand that the state respect our desire for families or to limit our families, to increase our sex drive or decrease it as we choose. That is not the case today. It is moral standards or in the case of men, sexual standards that are imposed on us from on high.
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