This is CNN… On Friday, the outlet once dubbed the “least-trusted” name in network news for its rabid anti-Trump and anti-Republican bias, published an op-ed suggesting that women engage in a “sex strike” before the midterm election, no doubt to help Democrats.
“It’s time for a revolution,” wrote Wednesday Martin. “At the polls, and in the bedroom. And in our understanding of who women are, sexually and otherwise. Given the tight interweaving of economic and political power with sexual entitlement, female sexual autonomy has never been more urgent, and women’s sexual pleasure has never been more political. Let’s consider what it might mean to go on a sex strike of sorts — to get what we want, rather than give what we think we owe others.”
Translation: Withhold sex to help Democrats.
Sex and status are linked. Where men have the tightest grip on resources and power, our society (including the women in their lives) will prioritize their pleasure — and create false narratives about what women deserve, sexually and otherwise. To wit: in 2018, the number of female CEOs of US Fortune 500 companies dropped 25%, to 24 women total among hundreds of men leading industry, tech, manufacturing, and other sectors. On a more workaday level, according to World Bank data cited by TheGlobalEconomy.com the US ranks an unimpressive 76th out of 180 countries worldwide for female labor force participation.
American women, particularly women of color, continue to earn a fraction of the dollar that white men do — 63 cents for black women; 55 for Native women; 54 for Latinas. Even worse, we are 104th out of 193 countries ranked for female political participation (beaten out by Namibia, Burundi, and Belarus, among others). These numbers are astonishingly low when we consider that the US is the world’s largest economy. Those who can’t lead or even earn on par must serve. And in America, in restaurants, in businesses, and in bed, it is women who serve men.
Resetting the balance so women no longer provide service sex is not in itself a comprehensive answer to gendered inequalities, of course. But making sex female-focused and female-pleasure-centric could begin to force other shifts in thinking in important ways. When we cease to consider what women like and want as foreplay and reframe it as the main event, for example, we begin to challenge, from the most intimate and private and emotionally powerful place, a long-accepted, deeply believed but nearly invisible world view, and make an impossible-to-miss statement about who and what counts. In the ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes, the character Lysistrata urges women to go on a sex strike to get men on both sides to end the Peloponnesian War. In our case, a sex strike against service sex can be a powerful statement — that female desire, a metric of agency like women’s votes, will be heard.
Naturally, this didn’t sit very well with quite a few people, considering the tweets posted by Twitchy.
Reading this tweet, I now know what a degree Women's Studies with a minor in Feminist Dance Theory is used for.https://t.co/4PmKS9d5rT
— M Beto (@bunchesoffive) November 3, 2018
But how is this even possible when the United States is literally the 'Handmaid's Tale'?
— Regs (@r3gulations) November 3, 2018
Good question, given that leftists think a work of fiction is literally a documentary.
Withhold sex from whom exactly? Women who are willing to withhold sex are not women who are going to be partnered with someone who holds differing political views.— Augusta (@AugustaSgrbn) November 3, 2018
Here’s a tweet I can relate to:
Thank God i have a beautiful conservative angel in my life and i dont have to worry about this nonsense.— Jeffrey (@Elmonsus) November 3, 2018
I withheld sex until I was married, that's how I snagged a great man. Thus, no need to throw tantrums over the right to kill "unwanted" babies. See how that works? 💍👑— Wild Pitch (@thewildpitch) November 3, 2018
1) Not all women are Democrats— Tara Hobbit 🧝🏻♀️ (@TaraHobbit) November 3, 2018
2) This is insinuating that the only tool women have to get what they want is sex, which is beyond insulting
3) Congrats on your lesbian dance theory degree
So now CNN is trying to get women to be mean to their loving husbands to get them to vote for the leftist progressive socialist democrats. That's just evil and any woman that would do that doesn't deserve her husband.— Terry Hubert (@thubert52) November 3, 2018
We tend to agree.
It would only hurt the democrats. It would give democrat men another reason to distrust women and their nonsense and bail to the republican side where that isn't such an issue.— ThoughtStrider (@ConceptHut) November 3, 2018
Plus, women that do that likely already do that to their men and those men wouldn't notice anyway.
One can only hope.
Then there’s this hot take:
This is the state of CNN. That entire paragraph is nothing more than word diarrhea. A great example of why you're loathed by the American people and why cupcake wars has more credibility and viewers . In what universe would this be considered a news network? Bizarro world?
— Darren Oetinger (@OetingerDarren) November 3, 2018
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