Bette Midler has proposed that women go on sex strike!
“I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until the are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress.”
The action evokes Lysistrata, a play from ancient Athens where the women of Greece denied men sex until they ended a war between nation states.
Midler was moved to push for action by the extreme new Texas law, the most restrictive in the nation, that criminalizes abortions after just six weeks, before most people even realize they’re pregnant.
The Supreme Court refused to take immediate action to block the law.
Not everyone praised Midler’s protest. Some said it “demeaned” women’s rights as merely transactional by presenting them as only “granted” by men in “exchange for services.’
Another said that the stunt implies straight women have sex to please men, not themselves.
It takes two to make a pregnancy but women are singled out for shame and penalties for an abortion, while men can easily dodge any responsibility or consequences. Yes, it’s called a patriarchy and we’re still living in it.
Lysistrata for modern times.— Jane Lynch (@janemarielynch) September 3, 2021
Meanwhile, according to Newsweek, a Texas state judge has stopped the anti-abortion group Texas Right to Life and its associates from suing workers at Planned Parenthood clinics.
Judge Maya Guerra Gamble wrote in her Friday decision,
“The Court finds that S.B. 8 creates a probable, irreparable, and imminent injury in the interim for which plaintiffs and their physicians, staff and patients throughout Texas have no adequate remedy at law if plaintiffs, their physicians, and staff are subjected to private enforcement lawsuits against them under S.B. 8.”
However, her ruling only involves the parties involved in the suit and doesn’t block the new law from otherwise being in effect.