A Victory For ‘Sluts’!

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So the FDA has finally approved the over-the-counter sale of Plan-B “day-after” birth-control pills to girls as young as age 15. Of course, in response the old white men of the Republican Party who know better than women what’s best for women have predictably howled their disdain at the announcement, claiming that the Obama Administration is trying to turn American teenaged girls into sluts. It is their belief that women who are sexually active out of wedlock must be forced to bear the consequences of their ‘sin’ by getting pregnant and being denied the option to terminate an unwanted pregnancy as a result of TRAP (targeted regulation of abortion providers) legislation which the GOP has passed in nearly every state to ensure the closure of all abortion clinics in America. This isn’t what the majority of the American people want. This FDA ruling is a small victory, but one the Republicans will fight tooth and nail!

What the Republicans never have been able to grasp is that we ‘sluts’ voted for Obama, not them, and their Neanderthal attitudes towards women are the very reason they keep losing the women’s vote and will continue to do so in the future. If a democracy votes down your principles, then get out of the way and stop trying to impose your narrow-minded minority beliefs on the majority of us who oppose them! But the GOP doesn’t really want a democracy. They want a theocracy, and continue to undermine the divisions of church and state mandated under the Constituion which have kept us free for over 200 years. Thanks to right-wing legislators who have gerry-mandered voting districts at the state level, my tax dollars are now paying for private-school vouchers for children of parents who insist on removing their children from our public schools for the purpose of indoctrinating them with fundamentalist Christian dogma in home-schools, denying evolution, history, and science in general. Essentially, my tax dollars are being used to promote child-abuse, which is precisely what these Christian home-schools are.

As we continue to dumb-down Americans with Christian education, corporate controlled media, and the denial of public funding of higher education we slide inexorably into authoritarianism under the plutocracy of the wealthy corporatists and a theocracy of the American Taliban, the Tea Party, their allies. Our experiment in democracy is in danger of ending and that is the only way the GOP can win – by undermining voter rights, restricting access to polls, and gerrymandering political districts to keep the majority from ruling in America. The availability of “Plan-B” is a small victory, but one the GOP will try desperately to revoke, because its not what the majority wants anymore… its what THEY want. We once tuned them out 50 years ago when the John Birch Society was largely marginalized and ridiculed, but they are back with a vengeance, and they have learned how to subvert democracy. So unite, sluts of the world!  Fight for your sexual freedom and all the other freedoms we are going to lose unless the Republicans are thrown out of office everywhere in America! 2014 is just around the corner!

(c) May Day, 2013 Bethany Ariel Frasier

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