Shut the fuck up about a make believe “War on contraception”
Feminism is the most powerful lobby in human history. In every Western nation, feminists enjoy unwavering political patronage, exert move-by-move control of humanities departments (while other academic disciplines are submissively silent), wield unchallenged power over judicial and executive institutions, and preside over the cowed submission of the media and other societal self-correction institutions. Feminism is the biggest and meanest fish in the sea, and once it smells blood, you can be sure that someone is going to get slaughtered.
This week, the feminist behemoth is busy devouring the Catholic Church, the conservative lobby, and what remains of the congressional Republican delegation. Admittedly, the GOP brought this upon themselves. Frustrated by disappointing poll numbers and costly political infighting, Republicans gambled that red meat would bring needed discipline and unity to their ranks. Nobody took the bait, but it attracted a monster from the deep. Now the feminist beast is gorging on a bait-ball of panicked Republicans. Some huddle together seeking safety in numbers, others jump out of the water and pray that gravity will forget about them. Neither strategy saves anyone from the gullet of hate.
With the vulnerability of the GOP so dramatically unveiled, everyone wants to take a bite. The Washington Post reports on a fantasy “War on Birth Control,” the New York Times predicts that the “Senate Nears Showdown on Contraception Policy”, and even the conservative Wall Street Journal humorlessly criticizes “Birth Control Yes, Government Control No.” Predictably, nobody has questioned the feminist narrative that the underlying issue has anything to do with banning birth control.
Gentlemen, sadly this means it falls upon the MRM to debunk yet another feminist whopper. It gives me no pleasure to do so. I am tempted to enjoy the GOP wriggling on the hook for just a little bit longer. These are the same White Knights that can always be counted upon to offer male blood, male sweat, and male tears as a bribe to keep women warbling contentedly in the Republican harem. However, there are occasions when the feminist monologue becomes so absurd that someone has to kick down the whole rotten edifice of calumny, on general principles. Everyone else is afraid to swim with Jaws so, as they say in the Army, “it’s our turn”. We MRAs are used to swimming circles around the big dumb fish, and I guess we can put in a token effort for king and country. It might even be fun.
One thing you won’t find anyone discussing in this feeding frenzy is the language of Obamacare, and how it pertains to women’s and men’s health. I guess everyone is shivering in their boots, afraid that if they say the wrong thing, big sister might eat them for lunch. Sigh.
So, here is the exact text from the Obamacare legislation that describes those services that (i) must be offered by all healthcare providers and (ii) must be free of any cost or co-pay requirement:
(a) IN GENERAL — A group health plan and a health insurance issuer offering group or individual health insurance coverage shall, at a minimum provide coverage for and shall not impose any cost sharing requirements for –
(1) evidence based items or services that have in effect a rating of ‘A’ or ‘B’ in the current recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force.
(2) immunizations that have in effect a recommendation from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with respect to the individual involved; and
(3) with respect to infants, children, and adolescents, evidence-informed preventive care and screenings provided for in the comprehensive guidelines supported by the Resources and Services Administration.
(4) with respect to women, such additional preventive care and screenings not described in paragraph  as provided for in comprehensive guidelines supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration for purposes of this paragraph.
(5) for the purposes of this Act, and for purposes of any other provision of law, the current recommendations of the United States Preventive Service Task Force regarding breast cancer screening, mammography, and prevention shall be considered the most current other than those issued in or around November 2009.
That is it. If it is not in this list, there is no mandatory free coverage under Obamacare. Republicans advocate that certain religious institutions should be exempt from the requirement to provide mandatory cost-free birth control to women. But how does this “right” to free birth control fit in with the rest of the bill? What comparable benefits does this legislation extend to other demographic groups, such as men? To answer this question, we will have to examine each of the (5) categories of mandatory free coverage.
Item (1) refers to a list of “USPSTF A and B Recommendations” that are updated yearly. You can find the current list here.
This technical document has acceptable gender-parity for most items. There is a nauseating focus on pregnancy-related items, but I will not quibble because plausible justification can be made for some of it. However, there are also line items for three breast health treatments, with no matching prostate health coverage. There is cervical cancer screening, but no provisions for male specific cancers. There are several line items protecting women from STDs, but no matching money for men.
This is also where mandatory free birth control products and free tubal ligation services for women will be, once the Institute of Medicine’s recommendations are accepted by the president. That approval process led to the fuss over a “war on birth control”. Nobody talks about the fact that birth control for men, including vasectomy, is not covered, not free, and not mentioned in either the IOM or the USPSTF. Feminists and the liberal left are crying foul because a small number of women will have a small number of their female-only services under Obamacare limited. A few women, some of the time, will be treated like all men are treated, all the time. Outrageous!
In summary, item (1) has the same composition as broader American society. So, we have some special privileges for women, generalized neglect of men…but nothing worth putting on war paint for.
Let’s read on…
Item (2) is more of the same. There is money for cancer prevention for girls, but not for boys. This got my attention because of recent evidence that the Gardasil cancer vaccine is protecting girls not only from various reproductive and abdominal cancers, but also several of the big upper body killers — including lung cancer. This is something of a “serendipity” moment in anti-cancer research. It turns out that the HPV virus (targeted by Gardasil) lives in many parts of the body, even though it only causes warts and other visible injuries in genital and oral tissues. But wherever it lurks, HPV is cancer causing — even in lung tissue. It seems inexcusable that the CDC is putting the lives of boys at risk to burnish its pro-woman credentials. But I digress. I can’t blame Obamacare for this either.
Item (3) appears to be gender neutral. It is hard to believe that government can do anything without groveling at the feminist altar.
And then, we get to items (4) and (5). Where shall I start? The good news is the legislation is fully contained within the document (both items refer to sub-sections within the body of the 907 page “affordable care act”). The bad news is the act has so much feminist bigotry and hate that an exhaustive list is out of the question in the interests of space. However, a quick search for the words “man” and “woman” will suffice to illustrate how this twisted document shamelessly panders to every conceivable female health issue, while completely neglecting men and boys.
The word “women” appears 134 times in the body of Obamacare.
The word “men” appears twice in the body of Obamacare
Both occurrences of the word “men” are in generic “men and women” sentences that mean nothing.
In contrast, all but two of the 134 occurrences of the word “women” outline special privileges, pampering, or programs that benefit women only. To illustrate this, I will examine every “Nth” occurrence of the word “women”, where “N’ advances in 5s. This is all that I have time to do.
1st This is in item (4) above, outlining free preventative health services for women, but not for men.
6th Mandates that before the Secretary of Health “qualifies” (approves) a health plan, he/she must “take into account the health care needs of diverse segments of the population, including women, children, persons with disabilities, and other groups.” Health care programs are on notice: pamper the pussies, or pay the price.
11th Establishes a congressional program to study “the relative mental health consequences for women of resolving a pregnancy in various ways, including carrying the pregnancy to term and parenting the child, carrying the pregnancy to term and placing the child for adoption, miscarriage, and having an abortion.” There is no reason to ask fathers what we think, because we are reptiles who do not care about the “fate” of our children.
16th Mandates that the Secretary of Health must present to congress a prescription drug plan within 12 months, and must “consult with drug manufacturers, clinicians, patients and consumers, experts in health literacy, representatives of racial and ethnic minorities, and experts in women’s and pediatric health.” Great, now the Secretary of Health must consult with feminists to determine which drugs are covered, and how much they will cost. Get ready for the tentacles of feminist hate to strangle you whenever you walk into a pharmacy.
21st Establishes the Office of Women’s Health within the Department of Health and Human Services, with an immediate mandate to “establish short-range and long-range goals and objectives within the Department of Health and Human Services and, as relevant and appropriate, coordinate with other appropriate offices on activities within the Department that relate to disease prevention, health promotion, service delivery, research, and public and health care professional education, for issues of particular concern to women throughout their lifespan.” Naturally, none of these issues matter to men, and anyways male “lifespan” is so short, who gives a shit, right? We are like lovebugs or dayflies, expected to do our thing and then die already.
26th “Establish a Department of Health and Human Services Coordinating Committee on Women’s Health, which shall be chaired by the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women’s Healthy and composed of senior level representatives from each of the agencies and offices of the Department of Health and Human Services.” Apparently, this is a watch dog organization to make sure that the Office of Women’s Health is adequately “energetic” in promoting women’s health, as it must “monitor the Department of Health and Human Services’ offices, agencies, and regional activities regarding women’s health and identify needs regarding the coordination of activities, including intramural and extramural multidisciplinary activities.” Wow, I had no idea that women’s health was so much worse than men’s health in America, we need multiple interlocking agencies to address this national emergency!
31st “There is established within the Office of the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an office to be known as the Office of Women’s Health.” Yep, another office, this time in the CDC, to make sure that “the Center’s activity regarding women’s health conditions access, where appropriate, age, biological, and socio-cultural contexts, in all aspects of the Centers work, including prevention programs, pubic and professional education, services, and treatment.” This is big league pussy power. Nobody at the CDC is going to be able to pass gas without feminist say-so.
36th “Establishing within the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration an Office of Women’s Health” yadda yadda yadda. We get it; every federal agency that has anything to do with health administration is going to answer to the feminist Gestapo.
41st “There is established within the Office of the Director, an Office of Women’s Health and Gender Based Research.” So not only health administration, but also health research, will be politicized and fully feminized. We are going to need a bigger boat!
46th “The Secretary shall establish within the Office of the Administration of the Health Resources and Services Administration, an office to be known as the Office on Women’s Health.” Huh? What could this outfit possibly do? “Consult with health professionals, nongovernmental organization, consumer organizations, women’s health professionals, and other individuals and groups, as appropriate, on Administration policy with regards to women.” This looks like the feminist outreach arm. Handing health and human services to the feminazis is not enough. Government has to threaten the private sector, ensuring that “consumer organizations” are responsive to women’s desires. Who knew feminine hygiene was so expensive? Government will “oversee” the private sector to make sure that feminine products are affordable. Clearly, Patriarchy must be responsible, because any legitimate business would offer tampons and maxis for free. Go girl!
At this point, we have covered 436 pages out of 907 pages in Obamacare, and the document never stopped talking about women’s health.
It proceeds the same way until the bitter end. From cover to cover, Obamacare is actually Omama care. There is an exhaustive section on breasts, a nauseating section on motherhood, and finally a heartbreaking section on domestic violence. The violence section is the worst of all. Out of pity for those of you who have endured the unendurable at the hands of crazed and violent bitches, I am going to give you an executive summary. Obamacare is a long litany of sentences that begin with “there is established within [insert public institution] an office to be known as the Office on Women’s [insert feminist wet dream here].”
Nothing for men, cover to cover. Nothing for boys, cover to cover.
Vile, feminist filth. I promised to discuss 1 out of every 5 woman-only programs in Obamacare, but with 98 more women only programs and privileges to go, “I am out of puff” (as Thomas the Tank Engine says). I can’t go on. MRAs can easily avoid the big dumb feminist shark, but swimming through the carnage and offal left by the feeding beast is too nauseating to tolerate. The shock, the pain, and the reflection of what this document will mean for millions of men, boys, and fathers — it is too much to bear.
This brings us back to that circling behemoth that is happily swallowing conservative loud-mouths.
So just what is in the Blunt amendment that has brought the media to a fever pitch and the feminist beast into a blind rage?
It turns out that in some cases, some women may have to pay for birth control. This means that a tiny number of women will be treated just like men. You see, Obamacare already has no provision for male reproductive health. All female gender specific health needs, including birth control such and tubal ligation, is covered free of charge. Vasectomy is not, along with all other male gender specific health care needs.
Women would still enjoy hundreds of privileges, programs, pampering, and special provisions. Men would continue to experience nothing but neglect and hate. In a very small number of cases, one of the many female-only provisions would not apply. There is no mention that there are no provisions for men or boys, anywhere in this vile feminist document.
So all this fuss is basically because a tiny number of women, in a tiny number of cases, regarding a tiny number of privileges, might be treated just as badly as all men are treated, in all cases, all the time.
Here is my message to all feminists:
Fuck off and die.
”The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” One hundred eleventh congress of the United States of America, at the second session, begun and held at the city of Washington on Tuesday, the fifth day of January, two thousand and ten.