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Turnabout is fair play: In response to anti-abortion legislation, new proposed legislation  in Georgia would place restrictions on Viagra and porn for men, as well as classifying sex without a condom as “aggravated assault.”  Georgia state Rep. Dar’shun Kendrick is proposing a new “Testicular Bill Of Rights” which would requiremen “to obtain permission from their sexual partner before obtaining a prescription for Viagra,” among other things. In addition, Kendrick’s “Testicular Bill Of Rights” would require men to get approval from their partner before obtaining erectile dysfunction medication and any man who had sex without using a condom could be charged with aggravated assault.

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Funny. Smart. Serious. Right on, Rep. Kendrick! Maude would be SO proud!

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I only wish the article hadn't used 'tongue in cheek' or 'absurd' in reference to the proposed legislation.

I can see the humor in this, but it's not really a laughing matter, given all that's at stake. I think the legislation is quite logically the other half of the responsibility equation.

Anyway, Brava, Rep. Kendrick.

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I, too, wish that the article hadn't used "tongue in cheek" or "absurd", and I was very pleased--even relieved--to see that she voiced her seriousness.

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Forgive me if I've missed something here, but I don't see the anti-abortion movement coming from men, but rather from the Christian right, regardless of gender or race.

I'm a man who has always believed women should be the sole governors of their bodies, and I can't recall the last time I've ever heard another man voice any different opinion on that. I've also encountered a shocking number of women who seem to want to ban abortion.

The Alabama Governor who signed the recent bill was a woman.

All the men-bashing memes and gender-equivocating snipes seem to be missing the issue.

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It's part of the issue. You are correct in that a lot of women agree with the Alabama governor, a woman. But a lot of guys chimed in on this, too. I have known a lot of men who feel the way you do, but sooo many don't. The memes and snipes are addressing part of the issue. A substantial part.

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While I agree that "chauvinism", in its various forms, has always existed, your answer doesn't really explain why we should consider "men" as "part" of this problem.

If the present anti-abortion movement is composed of just as many women, it would seem to be a societal problem, not of gender, but more of unprincipled bias or belief.

This one seems to be a product of religion, namely the Christian right wing.

This PEW report seems to reflect what I'm talking about. There's a neat little graph at the bottom right that compares views by sex, race, etc. "White evangelicals" seems to be the only significant "categorization" of people showing a pronounced objection to abortion. All others seem to lean in the opposite direction.

I agree there's an issue, but clearly, both sexes seem to be in favour of choice overall. The "male" angle doesn't seem to have a place in this argument. The uneducated, the prejudiced, the ignorant, and the zealots all come in the form of BOTH sexes.

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I think it's because only medically do women get pregnant without the natural process of intercourse with a man. Sometimes, definitely not always or even most of the time, this contact entails pressure, manipulation or force. And often in the case of strict religion...mandated obligation.

When blossoming happens, men often walk; theoretically they certainly can, rejecting all or most aspects of fatherhood. Some hang around for more the good parts of a relationship, but rarely lift a parental finger or emotion.

Not one word of this is news to anyone.

But since the radical morons in State houses are preparing to deny women a safe 'way out' of a situation they do not want (which is equal to persecution), well,...now is the perfect time to publicly assess the sober matter of mutual responsibility and the duty of both parties. The result should be just as legal as the abortion ban.

If men had to also bear the enforcement of a gender-aimed and admittedly draconian law, they just might tell their self-righteous, instigating women to shut the hell up!; and let other women make their own decisions.

Now bring me a beer! hahaha! :)

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Perfect, thanks!

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Janet and Meryl followed up with what I meant.

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Part of the issue is that the vast majority of legislators at both state and federal levels are white men who have managed to pass a lot of laws that are damaging to women while they also make self-serving legislation. For instance, laws are being made to deny women the so-called birth control pill (I say "so-called" because it is used more often for many other reproductive health issues other than contraception.) Often the cost is cited as a deterrent for providing it (it can be roughly $12- $20 /month.) On the other hand, these same legislators managed to make penile implant surgery covered by Medicare (a roughly $30,000 surgery with an $800 co-pay.) There is NO health benefit from this surgery other than being able to conduct sexual activity, and the greater portion of this surgery is paid for by American taxpayers, at least half of which are women. Seems like a little gender imbalance going on here, n'est'ce pas? (As one poster on Facebook quipped, "Erectile dysfunction is God's way of reducing abortions.") Time for a better balance of gender representation in political arenas, and then we will see more gender balance in legislation....women comprise 51% of the general population, therefore that should be the percentage of women in government positions. We can expect some sane changes as that happens, we are already seeing the beginning of it.

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So, what you people are doing is equivocating one issue with another and trying to apply the same logic to it, in order to make a point. I get it, but it still doesn't work, and I'll clarify why...

Preferential treatment of men in the health system etc., thanks to men in power, is definitely a sexist problem. It emanates from men, and it rewards men, and it's clearly chauvinistic and just plain wrong, wrong, wrong.

Anti-abortion legislation is a move that is clearly motivated by religion. Equal numbers of men and women in all other classes mostly disagree with it. None of you seem to be disputing this. This means all you're supposed to be at war with are evangelical Christians.

It's a narrow field of opposition, if you leave it that way. But, by dragging in all the "men" from another unconnected problem, you create a bigger swath of opponents and turn the whole thing into another endless, identity politics circus.

Not a constructive way to win a relatively simpler argument.

With more women entering the power arena, the first problem might already have a solution in sight. But if enough of these women are in the Christian right wing, the second problem will continue. (i.e. 5 evangelical Christian women in the Supreme Court can overturn Roe v Wade.)

I'll admit to being amused by your equivocation exercise, but I sincerely hope you're only doing it as a humourous one. Half of the support you need to maintain freedom of choice already comes from men. That one fight should be cakewalk, if you keep identity politics out of it. Otherwise, I'm afraid you'd be throwing out the baby with the bathwater.

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