Some parents are raising eyebrows and crying foul over a new baby product, bikini onesies. The bodysuit is the same one piece you've seen before with one difference... a bikini painted onto the cloth. Some parents say it sexualizes babies; others say it sends the wrong message.
In response to a debate aimed at more strictly regulating reproductive issues such as abortion and birth control, some female lawmakers are striking back. Ohio’s Nina Turner introduced a bill that would regulate men’s access to erectile dysfunction drugs like Viagra.
The bill spoofs efforts by conservatives to restrict female contraception by requiring men to jump through several hoops before obtaining an erectile dysfunction prescription. These include: psychological screening and watching a video about the risks and potential side effects of ED drugs.
In Delaware, Loretta Walsh authored a resolution that would grand “personhood” to sperm and eggs. It would, in Walsh’s resolution, be considered an act against an unborn child to deposit sperm anywhere but into a vagina. I wonder if it makes any exceptions for medical purposes… then again, the abortion bills don’t.
In response to a Virginia bill requiring women to undergo a mandatory ultrasound prior to abortion, Janet Howell created an amendment mandating men get a rectal exam and cardiac stress test before being treated for Erectile Dysfunction.
Someone suggested a sex ban, too. That’s right, women across America can band together against tyranny by depriving their boyfriends, husbands and the mailman into an “I’ll do anything” plea.
These lawmakers have the right/wrong idea. On one hand, some of the bills have a point. It could certainly do some good to stop handing out ED pills like party drugs.
That wasn’t really the goal though. Female lawmakers are trying to give their male counterparts a taste of their own over-regulated medicine. Is a rectal exam necessary for diagnosing erectile dysfunction? Probably not… By the same logic, an inter-vaginal ultrasound is unnecessary for an abortion. Both are invasive and overbearing. . . and none of the governments business.
Imagine for a minute the “every sperm is sacred” message in practice. . . Ten years from now, we’d have an America comprised of mostly children; not a bad idea in itself. Hey, they can run the legislature!!!
The military finally officially ended its ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy, allowing gay and lesbian troops to come out of the shadows with their sexuality. For an institution that prides itself on honesty and integrity, it probably wasn’t Clinton’s best move to ask troops to hide who they are.
On troop morale, I’d have to go out on a limb… My guess is this: under heavy gunfire in the hellish deserts of some forsaken warzone, nobody’s worrying about whether the guy behind him is watching his behind. They have more important things to think about… like not getting shot or blown up.
Unfortunately, this is probably going to fuel a lot of stupidity from the religious right, while handing the Tea Party (and groups like it) even more controversy and hype to campaign on.
I can picture the headlines now, "Obama and friends won't be happy till we're all gay!" But really, allowing someone to be honest about who they are is just good practice...