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In Which I’m an Angry Feminist.

It’s not often I get political up in here, but it’s been long over due. Things happen in the world that upset me. I sometimes find myself digging myself in this deep, deep hole of despair because something awful is happening half way across the planet and there’s nothing I can do about it. In order to protect myself from these feelings of guilt and hopelessness I try to avoid knowing too much about things that don’t directly affect me. My fiance gets mad at my purpose-driven ignorance. He wants to know why I don’t want to cry about Russia instead of making pop corn and watching Star Wars.

I don’t like to cry.
And so that is that.

But sometimes things hit close to home and I can’t really avoid them. The American in me is really upset about this whole Hobby Lobby business. I’d like to think my reasons are unique, but I know I’m not alone. I’m mad because there are fellow citizens, people I love!, who think it’s perfectly okay. Whether religious or patriotic there are definite loopholes you should be questioning. There is an underlying issue here and I feel like we’re being blindsided to ignore the bigger picture.

So by now I’m sure that you know that Hobby Lobby still offers not only Viagra and vasectomies under their employee insurance plans, but also covers a number of options for women-folk as well. However, because Hobby Lobby got to pick and choose what drugs they wanted to disclude from their policies, their actions have inspired other companies to seek reasons to not cover birth control at all. After all, it is messing with God’s plan.

I’m sure you’re aware that birth control is for other things besides promiscuity, right? For example: I recently got a Paragard IUD (which is a total no-no according to Hobby Lobbists). I have been mostly anti-hormonal birth control until recently. Back in June of this year I got my IUD. I am in a  monogamous relationship. Our money is tight and we can not afford more children right now. Should I stop having sex with my soon-to-be-husband because of that? I truly hope you’ve just said “no” as an answer. It should be the same answer if I were to ask you if women were supposed to go untreated for any other ailment that can be cured or treated with regular birth control methods.

Birth control pills prevent ovulation. The so-called “morning-after” pill is just a really hefty dose of the birth control pill. I totally get why a Christian company would be against an emergency contraceptive though. If you did the deed and didn’t plan ahead then maybe you should deal with the consequences (except in horrible situations like rape, etc.). And if you want an emergency contraceptive then you should have to pay for it. I’d personally be embarrassed to ask.

Now just because an egg is fertilized doesn’t necessarily mean that it will develop into an embryo. Conception is generally defined as when a fertilized egg is implanted in the endometrium lining of the uterus. Fertilization is not generally defined as conception because even without birth control the fertilized egg does not always implant. Not all meetings of a sperm and egg become an embryo.

Assuming IUDs do their job an egg should never become fertilized, what with the magical anti-sperm powers of IUDs these days. Because IUDs also make the uterus inhabitable, Hobby Lobby has labeled them as potential abortifacients and therefore they are paired alongside the emergency contraceptives. Who cares that it’s one of the most convenient birth control options on the market? Not these guys.

What gets me most is the hypocrisy. The pill (regular ol’ birth control) can do the same thing! The pill can also makes the lining of your uterus so it is less likely to accept a fertilized egg. Almost all birth control controls ovulation, thickens cervical mucous, slows down the transport of eggs through the fallopian tubes, and has a back up plan of creating an unsafe environment for a potential fertilized egg. If you’re going to claim religious freedoms then at least do it all the way.

I feel like because Hobby Lobby won their battle, there is nothing stopping an onslaught of now-valid arguments about what women can and can’t do with their bodies.

It’s a matter of bodily integrity, really. By drawing lines around who has a say about what I do with my body is scary. I don’t appreciate it. Things happen in the world that upset me, but this makes me foam at the mouth.

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Comments

  1. I get where you’re coming from, and though I’m Christian, and personally choose not to use birth control, that’s my choice. What I have a problem with is people saying the company they work for is responsible for taking care of these choices. They are not life and death, it’s not the companies responsibility to regulate a women’s body, so if the woman wants birth control and the company doesn’t want to pay for it, that is the companies right.

    It’s not about the company deciding what a woman can and can’t do with her body – You can still CHOOSE to get those other birth control options, you just have to pay for them yourselves. There have always been things that some companies, and insurances won’t cover. Medicaid – the government healthcare! – no longer covers circumcision. Why because they deem it medically unnecessary. Birth control for most, is medically unnecessary. For some yes it is medically necessary, but it has absolutely nothing to do with having sex, but rather helping things like endometriosis, and thyroid problems.

    Sorry, I’ve made this long, but out of all the political things (and I’m like you and try to stay out of most, because I prefer to be happy) this one just really eats at me. If we’re going to enforce a company to cover birth control, than we better force every company to cover every single medical cost anyone wants – soon we’ll be making our employer pay for our tattoos, or tattoo removal – because hey it’s our body, and they can’t tell us what we can and can’t do. But since I can’t afford it, someone else should. And yes, I realized tattoos and getting pregnant, two different worlds. But I personally believe unless you’re married, you shouldn’t be having sex. And in the cases of rape, I do believe there should be options out there for it. But isn’t that what Planned Parenthood is for? And from what I understand they make it pretty affordable for anyone. But I would need to do more research there.

    OK I’m going to stop now, lol.

    • We have different views on abortion and thus the views on birth control may differ slightly. I think we can agree that it’s unfair to make a corporation pay for something they don’t believe in, but at the same time there are lines that have to be drawn. I am struggling with the right way to say exactly what I mean, but I’m basically upset at how hypocritical their mandate is. Because all contraceptives are along the same lines in how they work, refusing one over the other because of how it’s named, when it’s taken, or the slang nomenclature is not fair.

      You are correct… the employees of these corporations (because it’s not just Hobby Lobby anymore, just as I feared) can pay out of pocket for the services they want not covered by employer policies. However, don’t you find it a tad bit strange that women workers have to pay a portion of their paycheck for medical insurance and then turn around and pay full price for something that regulates hormones? Whether it’s for sex or for endometriosis (as one example) shouldn’t matter. There are plenty of drugs o the market that do many things and I just simply don’t feel like the reason should have to be disclosed.

      • I agree, reasons shouldn’t have to be disclosed. The thing I see though, is this isn’t something new. For as long as I’ve been adult with health insurance, they are the ones who decide what is covered and what is not – NOT the government. The first time I got pregnant, it ended in miscarriage, the same day I found out I was pregnant. My insurance labeled it as “pre-existing” and chalked it up to heavy menstrual cramping, despite having it confirmed at the hospital as a pregnancy. Now I fought it and won, but I still had to pay a portion, with money I didn’t have. BUT what I’m getting at, is before the government decided to tell everyone what they must and mustn’t do, an insurance company, a business could decide not to cover certain medical costs.
        Although I do see how it can seem hypocritical of hobby lobby to cover some and not others, I think it also shows that they understand birth control isn’t just a way to abort a baby, but to also be a responsible adult. They are offering choices that fit their conscious.
        I don’t see this as a religious victory – I see it as a victory for our democracy. Hobby lobby went through our government they took channels that have been set forth in this great nation to keep it great! If the courts had decided not to favor hobby lobby’s request, and they still had to cover all birth control, I still would have considered it a win – despite disagreeing with it – because of the way it was handled through the right channels of government. I trust our system, and I hope more people will too.

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