Poll: Over Half Of American Men Think They Don't Benefit From Birth Control, Are SO DUMB
It sure has been a swell week for women's health, no? First we had Senator Pat Roberts having a good hard laugh over the idea of having his mammogram benefits taken away (GUESS WHAT, DOOFUS -- Men can get breast cancer too! Also you get prostate cancer and we definitely can't do that, so maybe shut up forever?). Then there was Sean Spicer suggesting that it was unfair to ask older men to cover maternity care. Oh, and hey -- the entire Freedom Caucus (teabagger dickbags) wants to nix maternity care, pre-natal care and newborn care from the health care bill.
Now, we've got some fun results from a survey of registered voters, conducted by PerryUndam, showing that 52% of men do not think they benefit from birth control. Given that it's pretty unlikely that all of those dudes are gay, I'm gonna say that they are very, very wrong about that.
The older the men were, the less likely they were going to see themselves as benefiting from it. Of men aged 60 and older, 70% said they did not benefit. Of men aged 18-44, 45% said they didn't benefit. Which, by the way, is still a very large percentage.
For what it is worth -- as evidenced by our current president -- older men can still get a woman pregnant if she is capable of having children. In fact, they are far more likely to participate in the reproductive process than gay men, lesbians, and women who have gone through menopause. I realize that perhaps a lot of our current crop of Republicans never got comprehensive sex-ed, so perhaps this comes as a surprise to them. Maybe they do not even know how babby is formed? In fact, it's totally possible that they still think storks are somehow involved.
Oh! And for what it's worth -- you know what is still covered by insurance? Viagra and Cialis and penis pumps. Also, prostate exams. But you don't see women complaining about contributing to insurance that covers prostate exams, because we are not monsters.
When men say they don't want to subsidize birth control, or when they don't want to pay for insurance that covers maternity care, and when they still want their Viagra and Cialis and penis pumps covered, what they are asking, essentially, is for women to subsidize their boners.
HAVE YOU STUCK YOUR PENIS INSIDE A WOMAN EVER IN YOUR LIFE? Then you are just as responsible for birth control, maternity care and pre-natal care as we are. Oh, wait -- WERE YOU BORN? Then I guess you benefited from maternity care and pre-natal care and newborn care as well.
Because guess what? We would not need birth control if we were not fucking you. We would not need maternity care and prenatal care and newborn care if no one was fucking you. You are exactly half of the reason why any of that is necessary to begin with. And that is something you should really think long and hard about before you answer a question like "Do you benefit from birth control?"
Ooh! Ooh! Also! -- Do you know what is way more expensive than birth control? Child support for the rest of your life.
When it comes to heterosexual sex, women take on the majority of the risk and responsibility. We risk getting pregnant. We risk putting chemicals and hormones in our body in order to be responsible and avoid getting pregnant if we are not ready to have a child. We have to take those pills every day at the same time in order to, again, avoid getting pregnant. Cisgender men have to do exactly none of that. So you know what? They can help pay for our insurance.
The other thing is -- say you are an older conservative man who is not having sex with women who can get pregnant. Even you benefit from birth control! Because you know what you probably hate? Abortion and paying taxes that go to help all those icky poor people! You know what decreases abortion? Birth control. You know what increases the amount of your taxes that go to helping poor people? Children being born to people who cannot afford them!
Additionally, if you do not believe you are just as responsible for the cost of birth control as we are, if you do not believe it is your job to help pay for maternity care, pre-natal care and newborn care? If you believe those costs should be shouldered entirely by women? Then you can just shut the hell up about abortion forever. You can do that anyway, but especially if you believe this shit. Also, no woman should ever fuck you. The end.
Robyn Pennacchia is a brilliant, fabulously talented and visually stunning angel of a human being, who shrugged off what she is pretty sure would have been a Tony Award-winning career in musical theater in order to write about stuff on the internet. Previously, she was a Senior Staff Writer at Death & Taxes, and Assistant Editor at The Frisky (RIP). Currently, she writes for Wonkette, Friendly Atheist, Quartz and other sites. Follow her on Twitter at @RobynElyse