Bette Midler has encouraged all women to stop engaging in sexual activity in protest against Texas’s new abortion law.
“I suggest that all women refuse to have sex with men until they are guaranteed the right to choose by Congress,” Midler tweeted. The proposed action is shades of “Lysistrata,” a play from ancient Athens where the women of Greece denied men sex until they ended a war between nation states.
Actor Alyssa Milano similarly called for a sex strike in 2019 after a controversial anti-abortion “heartbeat” law was passed in Georgia but later deemed unconstitutional in court. Midler was moved to push for action by the new Texas law, which makes it illegal to get an abortion after 6 weeks. The supreme court took no action on Wednesday in terms of blocking the law.
Citizens can also earn a reward of up-to $10,000 if they successful sue anyone who “aids” or “abets” an abortion. Not everyone praised Midler’s protest. Some said it “demeaned” women’s rights as merely transactional by presenting them as only “granted” by men in “exchange for services.” Another said the stunt implies straight women have sex to please men, not themselves.
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