Friday, January 24, 2014

#CantControlMyLibido

So for those of you who haven't watched the news, some shocking news: another old white politician has made an idiotic remark about female reproductive rights.

Thursday, former Arkansas governor and unsuccessful presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee spoke at the Republican National Convention's winter meeting. His attempt to make his party look more female friendly backfired so severely it's almost laughable. Watch his comments here.

According to Huckabee: "If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it."

So once you're done fuming, let's discuss.

Anyone with a decent education and/or awareness of the world around them can see the issues with Huckabee's thought process. As critics have pointed out, many women are on birth control for medical reasons, which negates the idea that providing them access to it is somehow promoting anything other than physical health.

But here's the thing: having sex is not bad. Women should not have to justify their choice to be on birth control by proving they have an illness that necessitates it. Women can and should have access to birth control if for no other reason than that they have a healthy sex life and want to prevent pregnancy. No one, politicians or otherwise, should try to make a woman feel bad about her "uncontrollable libido." There's already enough stigma in this country about female sexuality. Women who are open about enjoying sex get negatively labelled every single day. We don't need those types of stereotypes pervading the medical and legal world as well: women's access to birth control should never be decided by conservative men who think it's insulting to assist women in securing contraception.

A silver lining, though: whenever something ridiculous like this happens, after I pick my jaw up off the floor, I look for reactions to restore my faith in humanity. One of my favorite things in life is how quickly comedy reacts when something like this happens (twitter accounts for Justin Bieber's DUI, anyone?). I found my comic relief today in the form of Cosmo's #CantControlMyLibido hashtag, aka my favorite thing ever. Here are some of the best:




Even Miley Cyrus got in on the action. So while I'm terrified that there are people out there whose minds apparently work the way Huckabee's does, at this point, the only way I can deal is by laughing at it. Now excuse me while I go pick out something tight to wear to the bars tomorrow night because #CantControlMyLibido.

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