There have always been regulations and policies about women's health, and in particular, women's access to birth control and abortions. Sadly, this continues today, with politicians suggesting policies and laws that would inhibit women's abilities to make choices about their own reproductive health and family planning. Which is where one Texas lawmaker got a pretty hilarious policy idea.
Jessica Farrar, a Democrat, filed legislation that would fine men $100 for masturbation. The only exception? If they were doing it a sanctioned session at a hospital or clinic.
This proposed bill is called the "Man's Right To Know Act" and includes rules on a mandatory waiting period for a vasectomy, or to receive a prescription for drugs like Viagra.
What's the logic behind this? Farrar's idea here is that this would categorize ejaculation either outside of the vagina, or a medical facility, as an "act against an unborn child, and failing to preserve the sanctity of life."
Clearly, this is very tongue-in-cheek. What Farrar is actually doing is attempting to raise awareness to the double standards and hypocrisy which exists when we compare men's and women's health care, especially when it comes to sexual and reproductive rights. Often, policy makers attempt to limit women's access to birth control and abortions under the veil of "protecting the sanctity of life." By using the same language, Farrar is turning the table on sexism in policy.
And while it's certainly getting a big reaction, we hope it'll get people thinking about sexism and double standards when it comes to health.