Searching for a new gender in wake of Supreme Court backlash
© by Barbara Anderson

The Salem News
Thursday, July 10, 2014


“I am woman, hear me roar.”
—Helen Reddy, 1975.

“I am woman, watch me cringe.”
—Barbara Anderson, 2014

When people become disappointed (or disgusted) with existing political parties, they sometimes start a new party. I’m thinking of trying something different: I want to start another gender. Being a woman in the political arena is getting too embarrassing, one wants to wear a bag over one’s entire body and deny being the same sex as all those women who are hysterical at the moment because they think they are going to lose their birth control because some other people won’t be forced to pay for it.

I could just declare myself a man, if not for my history of falling in love with them; unless I could then claim to be gay, it would be confusing. No, I think I need to form an official new gender named Women Who Think. The hysterical women who believe there’s a “war on women” in which someone is coming for their birth control can belong to the other group, Women Who Believe Anything Democrats Tell Them No Matter How Ridiculous. As with the League of Women Voters, men can be in this group, too, if they can’t think either or want to pretend they believe this stuff to impress some clueless babe.

The clueless babe category includes those female reporters who describe the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision as “declining to provide insurance coverage for contraception.” Maybe they’re just too lazy to research the actual decision, which ruled that some private businesses owned by people who oppose abortion cannot be forced to provide the four (out of 20) kinds of contraception that are used after the sperm and the egg unite and are, therefore, considered, by these particular business owners, to be an early abortion.

Despite the often-slanted media coverage, many women don’t Believe Anything Democrats Tell Them, etc. They have found trusted news sources, as I did, who explained the somewhat complicated 5-4 Supreme Court decision.



There are many kinds of contraception, including various pills, contraptions and foamy stuff, all of which Obamacare says must be covered by insurance. But of those 20, four kinds (two pills, two IUDs) are used after conception has possibly already taken place. These are the ones that the Supreme Court has ruled don’t have to be covered by employers who think that their use is the same as abortion, which is the same as murder.

You don’t have to agree with them; you just have to acknowledge their right to their own religious beliefs and the wrong of those who want to force them to violate those beliefs.

Here’s an example. You have sex. You take what I, in my own memory of my pre-menopause years, affectionately call the greatest invention of the 20th century, The Pill. I remember when it was illegal in Massachusetts, back when women REALLY had something to complain about, but don’t get me started.

Your insurance covers it. Yay, insurance!

Wait, oops! You forgot to take your pill on schedule, or to have your partner use a condom. You have sex. Uh-oh. You think you might have just conceived. You take a pill. For most every woman in America, insurance will cover that, except for those few who work for companies owned by people who think after-conception is murder. They will have to pay for their own pill, hopefully, just this one time because they’ll be more careful the next time, right?

Or, you have an intrauterine device that somehow gets rid of the just-connected sperm and egg. Your religious-motivated employer didn’t have to pay for that IUD expenditure to be covered by your health insurance. You had to pay for it yourself, or find a sponsor.

OMG! Is this the end of the women’s movement, or what? Have we just lost the right to vote, too? Can’t we have our own brand of cigarettes either?

I recognize the concern of those who think that although this decision is narrow, affecting few women, it will be used for future challenges on the grounds of religious freedom. Some of the opponents of these four kinds of contraception also are opposed to all birth control, except maybe “the rhythm method” permitted by the Catholic Church, which, trust me, doesn’t work.

For some reason when I was planning my church wedding, I was told by the parish priest that I had to sign a paper promising never to use “artificial” birth control. Off we went, my fiance and I, to a justice of the peace. For the rest of my fertile life, I took The Pill. I think I paid for it myself for much of that time.

Women Who Think know they have to take responsibility for their own fertility; it would help if there were many choices of health insurance, not tied to one’s job, not controlled by the government. Might as well add that my Third-Gender entity, Women Who Think, probably won’t appeal to women who allow men, including religious leaders, to tell them they can’t choose to limit the number of children they bear.

Meanwhile, Women Who Believe Anything Democrats Tell Them, etc., get used as political pawns to elect politicians they wouldn’t like if they learned to think.

The comments made and opinions expressed in her columns are those of Barbara Anderson
and do not necessarily reflect those of Citizens for Limited Taxation.

Barbara Anderson is executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. Her column appears weekly in the Salem News and other Eagle-Tribune newspapers.

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