And, looking at my title this week, I hope some men.

Everything I am going to say has been said before. I just hope I can add my voice to the throng. I am one of the many. May the many be strong.

Proceed with rant.

The attack on Planned Parenthood is about one thing and one thing only. It is about CONTROL. Always has been, always will be.

For the party that espouses small government, the Republicans have made government huge in an Orwellian way. They would have government in my bedroom, in my doctor’s exam room, even in my uterus. Your TEA Party has had enough (remember, Taxed Enough Already)? Yea, right, if only it just taxes. This is far more personal.

It is well documented that Planned Parenthood provides invaluable services in terms of women’s health: pap smears, pelvic exams, breast exams, birth control services, and these idiot male congressional members who think that a woman’s need for an OB-GYN ends at 50- pardon my French- Who the DO you think you are??? My reproductive health is still an issue as I face menopause, possible cancer scares, and STD concerns. So, if at fifty our sex lives are over then do we surgically castrate all the men??? I mean, after fifty, do they really need their reproductive parts? Please. That is the level of lunacy we face here.

No, I have had enough. My sex life is NONE of anyone’s business. I don’t have a cool acronym for my opinion and I don’t wave signs in front of people’s faces. Because I am busy having a life, one that does include sex without procreation in mind and does NOT include focus groups. In the past extremist groups have used abortion as their lever to sway mainstream opinion.

First of all, let me just say, I think the pro-choice movement missed the boat. We should all be pro-abortion. Not because it’s a course I would wish on anyone, but because by hiding behind the nomenclature “pro-choice” we somehow add validity to right-wing opponents. I believe abortion is a valid, ethical surgical procedure. One that I want my daughters and my son’s girlfriend/significant other/one night stand to have safe access to. I am pro-abortion in the same way that I am pro-triple bypass, and pro-organ transplant. It’s not ideal, but sometimes that is how life rolls. It’s messy. Deal with it.

In recent weeks new comments have surfaced. Apparently, abortion isn’t what matters to the Right-wing movement and they DO know how rare abortions are these days. No, their problem is, according to Monica Miller of The Citizens For A Pro-Life Society:

Planned Parenthood from the top to the bottom is a corrupt organization… corrupt in its view of the sanctity of life and corrupt in its view of human sexuality. I say even if Planned Parenthood didn’t perform one single abortion, just the mere fact that its sexual ethic is corrupted means right there, should be the reason right there, that they should not receive any federal money. The kind of sexual ethic that Planned Parenthood promotes is sex for recreation, sex for mere pleasure.”

So, just to be clear. You hate that somewhere in America there’s a woman having sex with her husband, her boyfriend, or even her love of the evening for the sheer delight of it? It offends YOUR morality??? Threatens it? My friend, then your morality is pretty damn fragile.

Honey, here’s the thing. Sex feels good. It IS good. It brings couples together, renews their intimacy, connects them to a deeper, richer communication, reassures fragile egos, you name it. In the messy, bittersweet communion of flesh- something magical happens. It’s called the pursuit of happiness. You mess with that bit of the Constitution and you better well mother-loving believe it– I will come for your stupid, asinine, ridiculous guns.

This week’s song is by a true pioneer. There are far too few women in metal, but by anyone’s standards Doro Pesch has paid her dues and sharpened her metal chops. I flipping love her. So, in the words of Warlock, “Now we’re stronger. We no longer want you pushin’ us.”


Here are the lyrics:

All we are
All we are, we are
We are all, all we need
All we are
All we are, we are
We are all, all we need
There’s beauty in the heart of the beast
Fear behind the eyes of the thief
I know you know we’re all incomplete
Let’s get together and let’s get some relief [CHORUS]
Stronger than a mountain of steel
Faster than hell on wheels
We’ve got we’ve got all the power we need
Let’s build a playground on this old battlefield [CHORUS] Now we’re stronger
We no longer want you bringin’ us down
We’ve got the magic
So we’re gonna spread the magic around yeah! Now we’re stronger
We no longer want you pushin’ us [CHORUS] All we are
We are all, all we need
Doro on stage in Germany

Doro on stage in Germany


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