Wilmington City Council sent a message to lawmakers everywhere Thursday night: It's time to hold men accountable for the well-being of their sperm. The council passed a resolution that asks state legislatures and U.S. Congress to enact laws that forbid men from destroying their semen. For Loretta Walsh, the councilwoman who introduced the resolution, it's a way -- an admittedly "tongue-in-cheek" way -- to call attention to "the absurdity of men making health decisions for women."I couldn’t be happier –- as I’ve also written about here -- observing women’s healthcare and pro-choice activists finally turning away from the serial failures of a generation of defensive apologetic pre-emptive surrender to completely batshit crazy women-hating slut-shaming enforced-pregnancy theocrats as though they are fit partners to reasonable negotiations, and taking up instead what look more like the fabulous tactics of aggressive exposure and derisive subversion that queers took the streets and to the nets over the course of the exact same historical period with serial successes.
Whether we are talking about sodomy laws or about coat hangers, about haunting images of barracks showers or of ultrasound homunculi, the assumptions and aspirations are much the same – Keep Your Laws Off Of My Body! Whether we are talking about everyday people educating their families and neighbors through brave painful testaments to personal experience or about exposing the hypocrisy of the powerful who enjoy benefits they would deny others, the tactics are much the same – come out if you can, and out them if you must!
I’d say more, but I think I’ll go spend ten minutes or so slaughtering between two hundred and four hundred million people instead, thanks.