Logging into Twitter today, I noticed something that seemed to be trending a bit, at least in my timeline: Alyssa Milano is declaring a #SexStrike, until women receive what she refers to as body autonomy. If I understand this protest, it’s about a recent bill passed in the State of Georgia that would prevent an abortion, once a fetal heartbeat had been detected. I’m told this is somewhere around the sixth week of pregnancy. I don’t want to argue whether this new law is right or wrong, Constitutional or not, that’s for others in a different forum. What I find amusing about this protest is that I don’t see a lot on the left commenting one way or another and of course, those on the right are outright mocking her.
Here’s her tweet:
Taking this in, several things came to mind but three thoughts about what is being called for here were more prevalent than some others.
First, isn’t calling for women to not have sex, a form of abstinence? I can see how some on the right may actually spin this that way. Many of the evangelical right have advocated for abstinence, especially before marriage, for decades now. A “sex strike” would play into their hands. Or could. I can envision the headline now: Alyssa Milano Advocates for Abstinence.
Second, it seems to me that refusing to have sex with me is actually bodily autonomy, isn’t it? By saying that she’s not going to have sex with a man until her reproductive rights are restored, or whatever it is actually being asserted, that in fact is what is being sought. Do women actually feel compelled to have sex? I think there are laws on the books to prevent that, aren’t there?
Finally, by calling for the strike, I think she assumes the above, and also that women don’t enjoy sex as much as men and believe it is their duty to please the man their with. That seems to me to be a very medieval, okay maybe Victorian, attitude towards sex and says a lot more about women then it does men.
Of course this is just a stunt, a call for attention to herself and not a cause. We see this on either side of the abortion debate all the time. Recently when the State of New York passed a very liberal abortion rights bill, the right went cuckoo. I actually read the bill, and the hyperbole associated with it just wasn’t apparent to me. Now that Georgia has responded in a way that is abhorrent to the left, we see a similar reaction, from a few.
I keep hoping that one day, the absurdities from both sides of that abortion debate will disappear, but I don’t foresee this occurring within my lifetime.