How can women be equal when their reproductive rights are being controlled by a male-dominated society?
The answer is they can't.
The FDA's continued refusal to pass the Morning After Pill for over-the-counter sales, despite being proven safe after extensive testing, is another example of politics sticking its unwelcome nose in a woman's business.
While the United States is enforcing freedom and democracy around the globe, it is enslaving its own women domestically with antiquated and sexist reproductive policies.
The only reason that the Morning After Pill, also called Plan B, hasn't been released for over-the-counter sales is pure puritanical prudishness. Of course, this isn't the official policy of the FDA. Rather their stance is "because of concerns about whether young girls would be able to use it safely." Um, if I read between the lines that means, "we don't want to encourage women to have sex outside of marriage."
Why not hold up cholesterol-controlling drugs because we don't want to encourage fat asses to eat more bacon and eggs? Oh wait, because that's not a female-only issue having to do *sexuality*.
Oh, and don't worry, they're working on outlawing abortion too, so don't get your ovaries all titillated. Don't believe me, just ask the women of South Dakota.
What a duplicitous message we are sending young women in this country. On one hand they see images of scantily clad women engaging in sexual activity, but they rarely talk about the importance of making smart choices regarding their sexuality. Heck, some parents don't even want schools teaching sex-ed to their kids. Then when young women subsequently end up pregnant, the ugly reality of reproduction rears its head. Society's answer is "tough shit, honey," that's your problem. You should have thought of that before you dropped your skivvies. Never mind the sperm donor involved in the deed.