Sauce for the Gander

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You might remember the old saying, “What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.” Apparently, Ohio state Senator Nina Turner does. She has introduced a bill to regulate men’s sex lives.

The legislation would:

… require men seeking a prescription for erectile dysfunction drugs to see a sex therapist, receive a cardiac stress test and “get a notarized affidavit signed by a sexual partner affirming impotency.” Sex therapists would be required to present the option of “celibacy as a viable lifestyle choice.”

Seems only fair, doesn’t it? After all, Republican legislatures across the country, and the wingnuts in Congress, have been trying for years – with frightening success – to block women’s access to contraception and abortion. And they’re still at it.

At last, women are fighting back. Senator Turner isn’t the only woman to introduce legislation in response to such blatant male oppression. According to an item in the Daily Kos this morning, it’s a nationwide trend. The article reports that:

In Illinois, for instance, state Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D) introduced an amendment to a bill requiring ultrasounds before a woman can get an abortion that would require men to watch an explicit video about the side-effects of erectile dysfunction drugs. And, Missouri state Rep. Stacey Newman (D) introduced a bill that would allow a man to obtain a vasectomy only when not doing so could cause him serious injury or death.

Senator Turner explained that:

The men in our lives, including members of the General Assembly, generously devote time to fundamental female reproductive issues—the least we can do is return the favor.

Indeed. Ohio’s men are lucky that  Senator Turner’s bill isn’t even more draconian. The legislation could have required them to have one of those ultrasound probes, for example.

Click for the Daily Kos article.

Click for an example of oppressive laws.

Click for more on reproductive rights.

gwgraeme

I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for Jamaicans.com

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