Roe V Wade and my Libido

This week marks the 41st anniversary of the landmark case Roe V Wade, which in laymen’s terms legalized abortion in the United States. This same week, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) spoke at the Republican National Committee winter meeting, calling into question government funded birth control and the inability of women to control their libidos.

Our party stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women. That’s not a war on them. It’s a war for them. And if the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing for them a prescription each month for birth control, because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it. (via Huffington Post)

 

After Huckabee spouted his hate speech toward women, the Republican Chairman, Reince Priebus, spoke about the GOP changing their tone and words. Priebus pretty much said that there’s nothing wrong with their messaging and policies, just use code words when making speeches that the public won’t hear (unless they are being secretly taped).

Let’s not forget the use of the term “Uncle Sugar” by Mr. Huckabee which is often used as a derogatory term for Uncle Sam with racial tones.  I guess Gov. Huckabee is educating us about women’s sex drives and using the infamous dog whistles of the GOP.

Birth Control Quote - Mike Huckabee Libido Speech

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Dear Mr. Huckabee,

Keep your beliefs about my libido to yourself. Laugh about them with your cohorts and so-called Christian friends behind closed doors. Don’t think I will allow anyone to make policy based on your sexist beliefs. I will vote every year like I have always done. And I vote with my mind, not my lady parts. Mocking me and other women will push your party further away from voters who can make our own decicions and see through your rubbish.

I dispute your assumption that your party, “stands for the recognition of the equality of women and the capacity of women…” I know that in reality you are trying to ignite your base with your rhetoric, while trying to undo the success of women’s rights little by little.

The Democratic Party has always been on the side of equal rights, unlike Republicans who continually divide the country into “us and them”. Remember the “47%”? I sure do. And I remember each and every time that your party talks about how people in poverty just need to work, or want handouts. I will never forget the lack of backlash over Rush Limbaugh calling Sandra Fluke a slut. And Todd Akins’ legitimate rape remarks, or Foster Friess who said that women used to put an aspirin between their knees as birth control. And the idiocy of forgetting that men have sex with women, which can lead to pregnancy. Go talk about their libidos.

Let me give you some advice and you can pass it along to the rest of the Republican Party, stop blabbing about my sex organs. Take your oversexed and undereducated thoughts and whisper sweet nothings to your wife.

From,

A Libido Loving, Women’s Choice Believing Democrat

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Comments

  1. Amen, Connie! I often wonder if all of these self-righteous Republican men have wives who refuse to sleep with them. I mean, none of them have Duggar-size families, so either they’re using birth control, or they’re sleeping in separate beds, right?
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    • If these GOP men keep spouting these negative theories about women, their wives may move to another bedroom! I always wonder what goes on behind closed doors especially after these kind of speeches and remarks.

  2. Actually Uncle Sugar is an old southern term and not racial at all. I know now a days everyone wants to turn everything into a race dispute but sometimes it is what it is.

    As far as his speech against women. I don’t listen to the media AT ALL- they all LIE to fit their view. I went and found the tape and listened to the whole thing. It sounded more like he was downing the democrats for doing the downing.

    As far as parties (left and right) I think people are so worried about what everyone thinks that they’ll throw away their beliefs and values in a heart beat. EX: If I say I don’t believe in abortion, it must mean I don’t want women to have a choice.

    If I’m a Christian and say that people who don’t believe in Jesus are wrong, does it mean that I hate Jews when some of my best friends are Jews? No, it means I love them for who they are but I don’t agree with them.

    As far as every woman needing to get birth control on my dime. Damn right I don’t want to pay for it. There are Planned Parenthoods and clinics all over that will give birth control for free or a very discounted price. I know this because I’ve used clinics when I was young. I also worked for a major insurance company and with every mandate, rates go up. We do not get things for free.

    Lastly, Connie we may not agree on issues but guess what …. I still love you
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    • I don’t mean to stir up an issue… but… without birth control on the taxpayer dime, you have hungry children, with parents who need housing assistance, etc., and children who are educated in the public school system on your dime too. It’s going to end up on the taxpayers one way or the other.
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    • Uncle Sugar can denote a pimp. As with many in the GOP, especially in the Tea Party comments are concealed as racist or are even down right racist against Pres. Obama.

      Yes, Huckabee was putting down the Democrats but it doesn’t make any sense. For example, only 8 Republicans voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Act which is for equal pay for women. Many are also behind stopping abortion by putting restrictions on it.

      Our leaders need to share/vote on what their constituents want, not their beliefs. As for taking what they say and using it as an entire belief system, I look at their voting record not just one speech.

      Huckabee was talking about birth control being included in the Health Care Law, not just being paid as policy on its own. And did you know that Planned Parenthood gets government funding? Also many major health insurance companies and the Health Care Law pay for Viagra or other erectile dysfunction meds? I guess it’s OK to help a man’s libido? It’s OK to disagree, but it’s good to get information as well.

  3. Bravo, Connie!

    I’m 28. I have a 10 year old son. I’ve been married 10 years, and with the same man for 11.

    I started birth control when the boy just a week old. I changed methods many times, until at age 26, I decided on a tubal.

    I have struggled with my libido pretty much since starting birth control, and it sucks. I’m not the only woman in that boat either, but at least the birth control gave me the freedom to enjoy myself, with my husband nonetheless, and prevented pregnancies we could not afford.

    Mr. Huckabee is nothing short of an idiot. Marriages fail due to sexual issues all the time. We *need* it. He clearly needs an education about “female hysteria” and the early “cures” for that.

    You go girl!
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  4. I’m not a Republican or a Democrat. I suppose, if I have to identify with a group I’d go with the libertarians but, at this point, the whole lot of them in Washington just totally disgust me. I think that abortion is sadly prevalent in our society. It breaks my heart. That said… the same group of old men that want to put an end to abortion want to stop paying for birth control?! What kind of sense does that make?! I wonder how they would feel if all of their wives (and mistresses) put the brakes on their libidos en masse as a form of birth control. I’d be willing to bet they’d see things in a new light pretty quickly.
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    • I love your suggestion about wives and mistresses not having sex as a form of birth control. And there’s no logic to trying to end abortion and funding for birth control. Another issue I have is the shaming of women who get pregnant when they are single. I could go on and on though.

  5. Fabulous! A well-reasoned, restrained, yet pointed response. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Thank you!

  6. If we as women want to be considered free, or equal or whatever other term we want to use we need to take responsibility for our actions. If we have unprotected sex we CHOOSE to take the chance of getting pregnant. If we don’t want to get pregnant we CHOOSE to use birth control. It is not the government’s responsibility to pay for that birth control or worse the murder of the child, just as it isn’t the government’s responsibility to pay for the birth or raising of that child. The government’s job is the “General Welfare” of the Nation not the interference into every aspect of our lives. If you can’t afford birth control then you surely can’t afford to raise a child so…keep you legs shut.

    Yes, Mr Huckabee could have stated his point in a more tactful manner, but he got his point across.
    Signed,
    A God-fearing, Bible reading, Constitution supporting, Libertarian.
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    • Thanks for your comment and for your views. It’s always nice to have a debate about these type of issues.

      The issue of women not choosing to use birth control is actually based on the fact that many cannot afford it. And, it is a big responsibility to have sex because of the chance of pregnancy, but what about men? It seems that they are not included in this debate. They have sex too!

      As for the government’s “interference into every aspect of our lives”, I would rather have a government that helps those of us when we are in need than leave us to go hungry, be homeless, etc. And birth control helps our economy – “unintended pregnancy costs the U.S. taxpayers $11 billion a year. For every $1 we invest in making birth control accessible, taxpayers save nearly $4 in the costs of unintended pregnancy.” source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cecile-richards/birth-control-you-can-aff_b_917407.html

  7. Wow. Go get ’em, Connie. Also, I wonder what they think about women who use birth control for other health reasons? Should they be denied their health care just because these old men think bc is for one thing only?
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  8. Great post! This might be my favorite part: “Take your oversexed and undereducated thoughts and whisper sweet nothings to your wife.”

    BTW, taxpayers do not pay for “free” birth control. It’s now simply covered by private insurance which you pay for, there for you to use like thousands of other medications if they want/need to. http://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/issues/birth-control/taxpayers-and-birth-control/

    Those who don’t believe in using contraceptives will simply not use it.
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  9. I like the Margaret Sanger quote.