Women across America are vowing to go on a “sex strike” until the right to have an abortion is protected under federal law. The backlash is a direct response to the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe vs Wade, leading to nearly total bans of the procedure without exception in nearly half of US states.
- If women can’t get an abortion, men can’t have sex. Pro-choice supporters see the answer as being pretty simple. If women have no autonomy over our own bodies when it comes to our reproductive systems, then we just won’t use them at all. Sorry men, that means you won’t be getting laid for the foreseeable. Can’t get pregnant if you’re not getting it on, right?
- Women are calling for others to “take the pledge” on social media. As one Twitter user wrote: “Women of America: Take the pledge. Because SCOTUS overturned Roe v. Wade, we cannot take the risk of an unintended pregnancy, therefore, we will not have sex with any man — including our husbands — unless we are trying to become pregnant.” She added: “I live in New York and I am DOUBLE FURIOUS with the Supreme Court. I want to find people who are coordinating a mass sex strike. That is our power,’ another woman raged. ‘Women have the power here. No more sex until abortion rights are federal law.”
- The #SexStrike hashtag has been steadily picking up steam. Whether or not you’re a man who supports a women’s right to choose, no men should be rewarded with sex until ALL women are protected. “Womxn! Calling for a national #sexstrike ✊ No sex with men until women’s rights are codified by law. #Allmen #Underhiseye,” one user posted. Another said frankly: “If our choices are denied, so are yours.”
- Rallies continue to be held across the US in protest of the overturn. Many women attending agreed that withholding sex seems like a pretty good response to the decision. “‘I think it’s absolutely valid for us to be withholding the Holy Grail that men seem to think is important,’ Caroline Healey told The Post during a protest in New York City on Saturday. “Why shouldn’t we withhold it if we’re always worried that they’re not going put a condom on, that they’re going take one off after we ask them to.”