The Fidelity Strike
Some women are calling for a sex strike in protest at the rolling back of reproductive rights for women in various states. While I sympathize with the sentiment I’m not sure that we wouldn´t be doing exactly what the conservative regressive right wants us to do. They are offended by the thought of women enjoying sex and wedded to the virgin-whore paradigm. Women who get pregnant cease to be women in any real sense and become birthing machines whose only purpose is to play host to the life-form which is feeding upon their very body.
If anything we should be having more sex, loudly and joyously, expressing ourselves sexually and seeking pleasure wherever we feel like it. This is what the repressed perverts on the right fear most. They fear losing control of women; they fear that women will freely choose with whom, when, how and how often they have sex and that it probably won’t be with them.
Shame is the weapon that they have always used to maintain control over women’s bodies. Recently women have broken the stranglehold of that shaming in many ways, through slut walks and through documenting openly their sexual experiences. The right, however, have not given up. Now they are trying to turn back the clock to a time when an abortion was a shameful act that had to be hidden away in a back alley or undergone in another state far from anyone who knew you and then never spoken of again.
A sex strike will not help us to achieve the freedom that we seek. On the contrary what I propose is that those women whose partners are against abortion and thus seek to control women’s bodies must seek additional sexual partners. In this way their partners will understand that they do not control women’s bodies or what they do with them. Fidelity should only be restored when the man has made it clear that he respects a woman’s right to choose and has made a donation to Planned Parenthood or some other reproductive health charity. In addition a commitment never to vote for any pro-life candidate should be extorted.
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