Rachel Maddow explains in the man cave how birth control works

A voter in Sioux City, Iowa had a question for Mitt Romney that completely stumped him, which is surprising considering his recent admission that he does in fact support personhood bills. He should probably have a better response to the: do you support birth control? Since in many instances, personhood amendments do seek to not only ban abortion but also restrict birth control. In response to Romney’s “duhhh, yeah totallly!” response, she gives a lesson to the men in the “man cave.”

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“Despite the fact that a lady might be near sperm–she most likely doesn’t want to get pregnant from it…” So much win.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/toongrrl/ toongrrl

    Love this….anyone seen her on Ellen and Miss Representation yet?

  • http://feministing.com/members/ronijn/ Ronijn

    I always feel that to get ‘people’ (i.e. also men) to care about this if for them to realize that if their gf isn’t on birth control, that means you dudes will be getting laid less often. So you, dudes, should fight for birth control rights too ;)

    • http://feministing.com/members/tlew/ Taylor

      @Ronijn I hope I’m not alone in wishing the sex carrot weren’t dangled in front of men as the incentive to be more empathetic. Far better reasons to support reproductive rights.

      Also, Rachel Maddow is my celebrity crush.

  • http://feministing.com/members/melatonin/ Jessica

    My problem with this segment is that it addressed men as if all of them don’t know how the female anatomy/conception works and all women do know. To be fair, a lot of women don’t even know how their own body works. She could have just aimed it at Romney and clueless personhood supporters rather than men in general. It would have carried the same message. The whole man cave “men can’t understand anything without beer and football” thing was insulting too. Just think if a similar segment was made that replaced the “man cave” with a kitchen and football and beer with makeup and shoes. I normally love Maddow, but I am very disappointed with this.

    Also, it’s possible Romney isn’t entirely clueless. He probably just doesn’t want to admit that his political position is a contradiction. He knows most women use birth control, so he doesn’t want to lose those votes, but he also doesn’t want to lose the pro-life side. I think he was acting out of sliminess, not cluelessness.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ethomps2/ Emily

    Hi! So there is a lot of condescension going on here and unfortunately Rachel Maddow does not know how birth control works either. The pill prevents ovulation because it contains the same hormones that an egg produces after it leaves the ovaries to prevent any more eggs from maturing. This is how hormonal birth control works and it would not be illegal, and the “hero voter” is just plain wrong.

    IUDs would be illegal and probably plan B as well–they cause inflammation of the uterine lining to prevent implantation. So get mad about that. I understand the outrage but for heaven’s sake don’t weaken your argument with bad science. It makes you just as bad as Michele Bachmann spreading rumors that HPV causes mental retardation. Which it doesn’t. It doesn’t make you a rampaging sex addict either.

    I’m a med student, but all of this information is also online. PLEASE get your facts straight. It’s hard enough to be a feminist.

  • http://feministing.com/members/ethomps2/ Emily

    And by HPV I mean the HPV vaccine.