Policing Sperm as We Police Women’s Eggs

12 Feb

At Least One Smart Voice in Oklahoma

Oh, how I love Constance Johnson the state Senator from Oklahoma.  Sadly, she may be one of the only intelligent voices left in Oklahoma.  Sen. Johnson is proposing a “Spilled Semen” amendment to Oklahoma’s absurd and misogynistic “Personhood Bill.”  Johnson raises the important issue of palpable hypocrisy:

As a woman and a 31-year veteran of the legislative process in Oklahoma, I am increasingly offended by state law trends that solely focus on the female’s role in the reproductive process. With Oklahoma’s new, never-before-experienced Republican majority, we are seeing enactment of more and more measures that adversely affect women and their rights to access safe medical procedures when making reproductive healthcare decisions…

My amendment seeks to draw attention to the absurdity, duplicity and lack of balance inherent in the policies of this state in regard to women. Oklahoma already incarcerates more women than any other place in the world. Under the latest provisions, a woman in Oklahoma may now face additional criminal charges and potential incarceration for biological functions that produce or, in some cases, destroy eggs or embryos, such as a miscarriage. In vitro fertilization, involving the fertilization outside the womb for implantation into the womb, would also potentially represent a violation of the proposed Personhood statute.

Sen. Johnson does a marvelous job of pointing to the disgraceful way American culture punishes and polices women in ways we do not police men.

For that matter, any masturbatory emissions, where the sperm is clearly not seeking an egg, could be termed reckless abandonment. (Legally Blonde)

Yes, I actually just used a quote from Legally Blonde, but it makes perfect sense.  We, as a country, need to take a strong stand here and STOP misogynistic laws like the “Personhood Bill,” and STOP the hate coming from organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation. 

9 Responses to “Policing Sperm as We Police Women’s Eggs”

  1. Didion February 12, 2012 at 10:04 am #

    Any time you want to quote Legally Blonde for efforts such as this, I say: go for it, friend. Because honestly. These measures are so absurd that we all want to laugh, yet these lawmakers are serious. Out of step with the vast majority of Americans, not to mention women? Of course. But they’re in positions where they can criminalize miscarriage or outlaw contraception.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt February 12, 2012 at 10:08 am #

      I have to confess, it is times like these that I am ashamed of being an American. I just can’t comprehend such hatred of women.

  2. nevercontrary February 12, 2012 at 11:01 am #

    Society was not always a male dominated society. For most of history women were cherished for their ability to give life. It was not until Catholicism decided that paganism was satanic that things began to change. This idea that women are the root of all evil starts with adam and eve. But don’t say that out loud in this country or you will be considered to be full of the devil yourself for suggesting anything negative has ever come out of religion.


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