Female Sexualty Still Terrifies Conservatives

by Amanda Marcotte

The Republican attack on Planned Parenthood, in the form of the House zeroing out funding for the organization in the continuing resolution on the federal budget, seemingly came out of nowhere. For decades, the kinds of services provided with federal dollars by Planned Parenthood—contraception, STD testing and treatment, cancer screening—had been assumed non-controversial by the Beltway media. The reproductive rights debate was framed mainly as a fight over bodily autonomy versus fetal life, between secular humanists and religious folks who believed fertilized eggs had souls.

So why then an attack funding STD treatment and contraception? Why, all of a sudden, do you have politicians like Rep. Steve King railing against Planned Parenthood not because of fetal life—after all, depriving women of contraception access will likely increase the abortion rate—but because Planned Parenthood is “invested in promiscuity”? Why do you have a conservative figurehead like Sean Hannity arguing not that abortion is wrong because it’s taking a life, but because teenage girls shouldn’t be making out in the back seats of cars in the first place? Why is Gov. Scott Walker not only attacking collective bargaining rights in the state of Wisconsin, but trying to eliminate contraception coverage (but not erectile dysfunction medication) on the grounds of “morality”?

The dusty old argument that female sexuality is a subversive force that needs to be strictly controlled isn’t as dead as we thought. The mainstream conservative movement is bringing it out of hibernation, and this time with a twist: now they’re arguing that women need to have their rights taken from them for their own good.

In the decades prior to Griswold v. Connecticut and Roe v. Wade–the Supreme Court decisions that legalized contraception and abortion, respectively–the arguments for restrictions on women’s reproductive rights barely needed explanation. Millennia of male dominance, from the mythology of Eve to the The Seven Year Itch, held that female sexuality so threatened the bonds of society that controlling it took precedence over allowing women rights. But after these groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions established women’s right to privacy, opponents of reproductive rights were forced to switch gears. Finish reading this story.


  1. I’m a conservative, not a religious conservative, and also very sexually open. I find faults in your arguments, especially the ones pointing fingers over collective bargaining rights and tax payer dollars to Planned Parenthood.

    Fascinating given that the article only referenced Scott Walker’s war on worker’s rights as reminder of who he is. No arguments were made about collective bargaining rights in this article.

    I used to be pro-choice, but after seeing quotas for abortions, partial birth abortions, enough is enough.

    1. Abortion rates have fallen steadily over the last 30 years, reaching a 30 year low in recent years.
    2. So-called ‘partial birth abortions’ account for just 0.2 percent of abortions each year, and then usually when the mother’s health is at risk.

    Why should someone who is against abortion have to use tax payer dollars to do it?

    The Hyde Amendment prevents federal tax dollars from directly financing abortions. But your question opens up a whole lot of similar questions. I mean, why should my tax money be used to repair the roads in front of your house?

    I joined this site because I lead an open style of marriage where my husband is a cuckold. Please stick with issues regarding sex, and leave your politics at the door. If you can’t do that, I’m out of here.

    Oh, ok, so if we don’t stop reporting on political decisions that affect women’s rights and their sex lives, you’ll never visit us again? We’ll miss you. Bye. ~ Editor

    • Cristina – Did you actually read the article at all? The article doesn’t make much of any argument on abortion aside from pointing out that the logic behind some anti-choice rhetoric is the same logic that is being used to justify restricting access to contraceptives. To wit: women need to be protected from themselves and that is why their reproductive rights should be restricted.

      Whether you like it or not, politics still play a huge role in female sexuality in America today. How feasible would your cuckholdry lifestyle be if contraceptives like condoms became illegal? This article addresses the fact that the attacks on Planned Parenthood funding–for non-abortion related programs–is a huge step backwards for women’s rights and could lead us back to a place where such a scenario is possible.

      BTW: I absolutely love the editor’s response!

    • Hi, Cristina. I agree with you. You need to remember, though, that for most leftists and liberals, their REAL primary motivation is hatred for the Right, not the things they profess — fairness, equality, liberty.

      Matt, that’s a rather simplistic black & white world view, isn’t it? ~Editor

      They aren’t for those things, really. They’re for a dictatorship of (leftist) “enlightened” intellectuals. They get up each morning and think two things: How much smarter they are (supposedly) and how awful Christian, religious, conservative, Republican Americans are. I love strong women — and cuckoldresses — but if this site turns into just another arm of the Left, I’ll have one less site to check. I don’t give Lefty women a second look in real life. And for anyone who thinks road repair is synonymous, morally, with the extinguishing of an unborn baby, we’re on two different planets and there’s nothing to discuss.

      Well, from someone accusing someone else of hating, that was quite a rant. Like Jessica said below, the article doesn’t make much of any argument on abortion aside from pointing out that the logic behind some anti-choice rhetoric is the same logic that is being used to justify restricting access to contraceptives. I’ll refrain from attacking you as you’ve attacked us, but you sound very angry and are looking for a place to rant about your ant-choice views. It is also my opinion, based on your words, that you “love strong women” to the point you can no longer control them – then you hate them. ~Editor

      Oh, and for the sneering editors here: Go ahead and turn this into a Leftist political forum, and we’ll see how much scoffing “Bye, we’ll miss you” is useful to you. Hint: Ask Rolling Stone.

      Again, your facts are wrong. Rolling Stone magazine, has always been “a chronicle of the counterculture where… young people came to find political coverage that spoke to their disaffection.”

      Those same subversive tendencies that led Jann Wenner to help found the magazine in 1967 were reawakened under the presidency of George W. Bush. And now, rather unexpectedly, Mr. Wenner’s magazine is hitting its journalistic stride — aggressively tackling the American government on financial regulation, the environment and the war in Afghanistan.

      Mr. Wenner said Rolling Stone’s more antagonistic tack is, in a sense, a way of shaking off the cultural complacency many liberals felt in the 1990s. Over all, the biweekly magazine’s circulation has grown to about 1.5 million copies an issue from about 1.4 million in 2008.

      From “A Magazine Back On A Roll” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/28/business/media/28stone.html


  2. I am sorry but what age are we living? those people are a bunch of hypocrites who believes that stripping off women with sexual right is the most logical thing to do. I mean don’t they enjoy and love it when women suddenly come on to them and embrace their sexuality? don’t they have and love sex? its our body and we do want we want to do with it!

  3. My partner and I have been sexually active for about two months and we have been using condoms as birth control but we want to take more precautions. We want to both be informed about different bc methods and want to learn more about my cycles to have an idea of when it is safest to have sex. Would planned parenthood be a good place to start?
    we are planning to always use condoms no matter what other bc we choose, but we also want to learn other ways to reduce the chances of pregnancy

  4. It’s obvious that planned parenthood is helping the world as a whole by making sure that unwanted children don’t grow up in circumstances in which they’re unwanted.

    But in some sense, could planned parenthood also be considered a woman’s rights organization? If so, why?