So this whole contraception controversy thing.
I've been following it fairly closely (courtesy mostly of Rachel Maddow). The thing that grosses me out most of all is that the GOP candidates have taken such an obscenely conservative position. They're all running on what appear to be anti-contraception platforms, which I find rather mind blowing. Contraception has been legal for 50 years and of all the very important things that should be the key issue of this race, they are fighting about the morality of contraception. It's 2012 and we're still fighting about contraception. Really? That's the most important issue? Why are the men in the government so obsessed with controlling American women's uteruses? And indeed, where are the women voices in this fight?
It has not been a good week to be a woman in America.
There have been lots of really interesting and lovely and horrible (Foster Freiss) responses to this whole contraceptive thing. Here are my very favorite responses:
1) Kristof, who I want to be when I grow up.
"The debates about pelvic politics over the last week sometimes had a patronizing tone, as if birth control amounted to a chivalrous handout to women of dubious morals. On the contrary, few areas have more impact on more people than birth control — and few are more central to efforts to chip away at poverty... birth control is not a frill that can be lightly dropped to avoid offending bishops. Coverage for contraception should be a pillar of our public health policy — and, it seems to me, of any faith-based effort to be our brother’s keeper, or our sister’s ... If we have to choose between bishops’ sensibilities and women’s health, our national priority must be the female half of our population."
2) Jon Stewart, who I can always depend on to provide A+ satire.
3) Feminist Ryan Gosling, who makes me smile every time.
4) Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler, what more could I ask for?