“My vagina, for your intents and purposes, is off the table”

The Second City Network weighs in on the attempt to defund Planned Parenthood: “I’m not saying that people who oppose basic funding for women’s health care can go f*ck themselves. But, as far as I’m concerned, they won’t have any other options.”

Full transcript after the jump.

I’m a big fan of efforts, like this one, that point out that so-called “women’s issues,” like the recent attacks on Planned Parenthood, actually affect men too–directly or indirectly. (Check out this video blogging dude.) On the other hand, this video is clearly very cisnormative and heteronormative. Planned Parenthood actually serves all people–women, with or without vaginas, and men, with or with out vaginas. You don’t need to have a vagina–or come into contact with one regularly–to care about efforts to limit basic health care services for those who need them.

Normally, I don’t support Lysistrata’s tactic because I think women shouldn’t have to withhold sex to gain political power. But this is just common sense. If you’re a woman who sleeps with dudes and you don’t already have a strict policy against anti-choice men, make one today. Exceptions may be granted in extreme cases. For example, if it turns out that, say, Taylor Kitsch is anti-choice.

Transcript:

Hello, I am a woman. I am a woman. I’m a woman. A female of the species. You can tell because of the whole vagina having thing.

Often American women depend on Planned Parenthood for medical care. It’s like doctors and stuff. Otherwise many women can’t afford basic care. Period.

It’s come to my attention–as a woman–that there are people who would like to stop funding for Planned Parenthood.

Ok. Ok. People can believe what they want. But if you’re a man who doesn’t care about women’s sexual health. Then that is duly f*cking noted. And there’s nothing less hot than a man who doesn’t care about vaginas. My vagina, for your intents and purposes, is off the table. Period.

I’m not saying that people who oppose basic funding for women’s health care can go f*ck themselves. But, as far as I’m concerned, they won’t have any other options.

Vagina havers: Does your sexual partner support vaginas? If not, tell him how he can go get f*cked. Alone.

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5 Comments

  1. Posted March 17, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Permalink

    I shared this on Facebook yesterday. It rocks! These women rock. I hope lots of congresscritters see this.

  2. Posted March 17, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    Sweet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But don’t doubt Lysistrata! It could work!

  3. Posted March 17, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Much though I do appreciate zeal and passion in the pursuit of causes, the words spoken there are painfully cisnormative. I think it’s possible to support Planned Parenthood without drawing lines in the sand between vagina-havers and have-nots.

  4. Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Permalink

    I’m vehemently pro-choice and would love to support this message wholeheartedly. Sadly, it’s so egregiously cissexist and heteronormative that I can’t. I don’t know whether to be irritated with the people who produced the video, who probably aren’t savvy to trans and gay issues, or Feministing for signal-boosting it when they clearly should be.

  5. Posted March 18, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I immediately start hating it when she says ” female of the species. You can tell because of the whole vagina having thing.”.

    We do not refer to men as males of the species, we refer to them as men. This animalistic, scientific, field-trip-at-a-zoo vocabulary of “female of the species” is only applied to women, and only reinforces the idea that women are not people, they are just dumb animals, sometimes they are no more than fetal tanks.

    Plus planned parenthood helps men and women, trans and cis.

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