I mean, it’s been almost a week since Ted Cruz whined about an Alabama “forced vasectomy” bill and nobody has posted to make fun of him. Sometimes I think we’re losing our touch. Anyway, the long and short of it (in Ted’s case, almost certainly, the short of it), is that an Alabama state rep, Rolanda Hollis, introduced a bill that would force men to have vasectomies when they reach age 50. This is the counterpart to a stupid Alabama anti-abortion bill that was struck down last Fall, as well as all the other stupid publicity stunt bills that Republican state legislators introduce all the time.
Why should Republicans have a lock on these stunts? The simple answer, as Ted’s news release that pushed this story into the our collective inboxes shows, is that they shouldn’t. Sometimes, when you fight stupid with stupid, you make your point, especially if an asshole like Ted picks up on it.
Wonkette has a good run down on the whole thing that’s worth a read as a pleasant diversion.
My only comment is that men are such weaklings about this little operation, and it doesn’t surprise me one bit that faux tough guy Cruz chose this stunt bill to whine about. Women, who already shoulder all the risks of a sometimes deadly act (reproduction), are expected to shoulder all the work and risk of birth control*, according to guys who are too chickenshit to have a short, low risk, at worst slightly painful procedure that is done under local anesthetic. Fuck those guys, really. Or if you’re a woman with one of them, don’t fuck ’em. (I actually knew a woman who did that to get her point across.)
* Yes, I know condoms exist. Still, are you going to tell me that Ted Cruz and his ilk would use one without whining like a pissy little baby? Damn right you’re not going to tell me that, because it isn’t fucking true.