Well, now we’re getting somewhere. It’s about time all the old, white dudes who are so fond of regulating women’s bodies got a taste of their own medicine.
Many of us have noted that if men were the ones who got pregnant and had to carry babies around in their bellies for nearly a year, who’d feed newborns from their own moobs, we would never, ever hear another word about what decisions people can or can’t make about their own bodies. And, one Texas state Representative, Jessica Farrar, stands ready to test out that theory with proposed legislation intended to preserve the sanctity of life … by taxing men who masturbate, and requiring rectal exams for fellas, before performing vasectomies or colonoscopies or before prescribing Viagra.
Addressing “the regulation of men’s health and safety“, HB 4260 would impose a penalty on “unregulated masturbatory emissions” and require informed consent, and a 24 hour waiting period prior to any physician performing vasectomies, colonoscopies, or issuing a Viagra prescription. Additionally, doctors would be mandated to read each requesting patient the state publication, A Man’s Right To Know.
Such wording is, of course, similar to Texas’ current abortion laws, and though HB 4260 is satirical, the state’s requirements of women seeking abortion are not; Representative Farrar is seeking to highlight those excessive requirements.
A lot of people find the bill funny. What’s not funny are the obstacles that Texas women face every day, that were placed there by legislatures making it very difficult for them to access healthcare.”
Amen, sister. And thank you, Representative Farrar, for standing up for women’s rights. Next up, she’s supporting HB 443, which would ensure breastfeeding mothers’ rights are not violated, and that’s no joke.