Please, No More Vaginas
1, three women filed a suit against Wal-Mart in Massachusetts. This
time, it was not about getting injured on a slippery floor or about the
corporate giant not paying its cashiers a luxurious living wage. With
the backing of Planned Parenthood of Massachusetts, NARAL Pro-Choice
Massachusetts, and Jane Doe Inc., the women sued about Wal-Mart’s
refusal to sell emergency contraception in its stores.
these women want to know for sure that when they intentionally have
unprotected sex, they can drive to the nearest Wal-Mart and purchase
emergency contraceptives. In a planned experiment, the women went to
Wal-Mart and were turned away after inquiring about the “morning-after
pill.” Afterward, they went to other pharmacies and got their
prescriptions filled. Nevertheless, they are going out of their way to
sue Wal-Mart for not encouraging dangerous and promiscuous sexual
behavior. Their families would be so proud.
is not about rape, as some of its backers might claim. After all, a rape
victim would, and certainly should, get to a hospital soon after her
tragic incident, something that she can do with the help of family,
friends, emergency services, or even on her own. But for some reason I
find it hard to believe that a woman who has just undergone the
traumatic experience of rape would speed over to Wal-Mart for her
emergency contraception. Are Wal-Mart’s low prices really on her mind at
that point in time?
publicity stunt is instead about promoting wild sexual activity and
moral degradation. The three women argue that emergency contraception is
among “medications that are commonly prescribed to meet the usual needs
of the community.” Really? Since when did unprotected sex become so
rampant and acceptable that emergency contraception has become “a usual
need of the community?” Forcing Wal-Mart to stock the morning-after pill
is not only an atrocious encroachment on business freedom, but implies
that sexual adventurousness, particularly unprotected sexual escapades,
is part of normal American life.
kept this trend of attacks on principle alive and well, as the month
slowly transformed from a celebration of black history to a festival of,
umm, vaginas. V-Day, or Vagina Day, is a growing nationwide festival
revolving around the glorification of female sex organs and sexual
activity, and takes place mostly in cities and on college campuses
around the country.
event of V-Day has been “The Vagina Monologues,” which smears men and
exploits female sexuality in order to raise awareness about violence
against women. Is it me or does it not sound reasonable that a
self-defense class would at the very least be moderately more effective
in preventing violence against women than discussing the magnificence of
however, is not enough for the latest generation of feminists. In many
places this year, it has evolved into V-Season, where college students
and young people have to put up with Vagina-related activities for days
and weeks. According to the Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute, such
activities include wearing t-shirts that read “I love my Vagina,”
distributing vagina lollipops, holding orgasm workshops and erecting
giant inflatable vaginas on campuses. And these self-proclaimed “Vagina
Warriors” claim to be protecting women against violence. Surely, drawing
so much attention to their sex organs will contribute to the development
of a safe and secure environment.
glorification of pre-marital sex comes the need, for some at least, to
make amends. Appropriately, stories have come out in recent weeks about
the growing success of and demand for a relatively new operation –
hymenoplasty. The operation can “revirginize” a woman by stitching her
hymen back together. Although only a few doctors at this point are
capable of performing such an operation, American women are flocking to
what they see as a way to make up for past behavior.
the focus that has been placed on the body part itself has led American
women to miss the point of sex and virginity. While many seem to believe
that the painful process of “revirgination” signifies satisfactory
compensation for the past, they fail to understand that the question at
hand here is morality, not physical virginity. Between glorifying
vaginas and sexuality, offering the ability to “revirginize” women and
seeking to ensure that the effects unprotected sex can be negated at the
local Wal-Mart, our culture is turning into the promiscuous feminist’s
dream world. And that was just February.
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