Actress Alyssa Milano has caused a bit of a stir on social media after calling for a ‘sex ban’.
Milano is heavily involved in the MeToo movement, and her ‘sex ban’ tweet was in response to a new ‘anti-abortion’ bill that is currently a hot topic in America. The proposal says that women should not be able to access a termination if they are over six weeks pregnant. However, most women would not even know they were pregnant when it’s that early on.
She Tweeted: “Our reproductive rights are being erased.
“Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy.
“JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.
“I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”
Our reproductive rights are being erased.— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) 11 May 2019
Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy.
JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back.
I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on. pic.twitter.com/uOgN4FKwpg
However, not everyone agreed with her call to action. One Twitter user managed over 60k likes (at the time of writing) with her response.
Please stop feeding the narrative that women are providers and men are consumers of sex. Bribing men for equal rights with access to our bodies is not how feminism works.— feminist next door (@emrazz) 11 May 2019
Another Twitter user added: “I know this is well-meaning but the WHOLE. ENTIRE. POINT. of these horrifying laws is to punish women for daring to have and enjoy non-procreative sex. You think people who *already* believe women have no right to their own bodies are going to respect partners who say no?”
Living under patriarchy has already robbed me of safety, autonomy, opportunities, and trust in our institutions. Now I’m supposed to give up sex, too, and play into the fiction that it’s just a bargaining chip/transaction for women? Love you, but nope.— Kristi Coulter (@KristiCCoulter) 11 May 2019
A third said: “The “sex strike” is baffling and regressive. Sex isn’t a tool to be wielded or withheld for political gain. Sex is for relationship entrapment, attempts at procreation, and then birthdays, the second night of vacation, or after watching a BBC costume drama.”
This exactly. 1. Men are not the only ones who enjoy sex. 2. “Sex strikes” reinforce the idea that our only value as women is our ability to provide gratification to men.— Hannah Dillon (@handillonmd) 11 May 2019