A lone genius woman figures out how to put a pill in her mouth and swallow. The next day, she won a MacArthur.
Ok, we reblogged this because a)the picture jessicavalenti posted was hilarious and 2) because this argument that “young women” do not know or can not understand how to take Plan B “correctly” is just ridiculous.
Obama’s Administration’s mission to serve as so called “protectors” of young women’s health and bodies is just another example of how the state, who we know to be mostly male, assert their power over our bodies. The assumption that “some” young women cannot understand Plan B’s label information and therefore can not use the product “appropriately” shows how women are rendered as not intelligent enough to read and comprehend or to know what’s good for their own bodies.
Men have long used their professions: doctors, scientists, and politicians, to prove that they are more knowledgable about what is safe and what is dangerous for women’s health. Just think about how the “good and loving” doctor drove his wife to madness in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s the Yellow Wallpaper, and you can see how far back this stems.
It’s true that some woman may not know all the risk and side effects of taking this product, especially if it is used repeatedly and/or often, but is that not the case WITH ANY MEDICINE? Instead of restricting this product why doesn’t the state fund programs to teach young girls and women about all the pros and cons of contraceptives. Why?…because its easier and common sense to use the law to render women subordinate.
Obama and crew, just be real. Tell us you’re pandering to religious conservatives and that deep down inside you are a bunch of patriarchy loving creeps who think women are too dumb to open a box, undo the packaging, and swallow a pill.
(Source: jessicavalenti, via vittoria-battaglia)