For those who might not be acquainted with millennial Internet lingo, a “self-own” is an act by which someone unintentionally makes a fool of themselves and harms their own interests. Celebrity and feminist activist, Alyssa Milano, committed a remarkable self-own last week when she called for a “sex strike” as a form of protest against the morally correct pro-life legislation of states like Georgia and Alabama.
“Our reproductive rights are being erased,” Milano tweeted. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”
Before we unpack the hilarity of this self-own, let’s address the misnomer, “reproductive rights.” This is a deceptive euphemism that pro-abortion activists employ in order to avoid actually defending their radical and evil position, which is the belief that it should be a woman’s right to poison, dismember, and murder a human baby inside of the womb.
As Brit Hume put it, “Whatever abortion is about, it is most certainly not about ‘reproduction.’” Indeed, nobody is attempting to impose legal restrictions on anyone’s right to reproduce or not to reproduce. We just think people shouldn’t be allowed to murder the human babies who are the products of reproduction.
In short, “reproductive rights” is a misleading phrase. The question of abortion is in regard to what ought to happen to the baby after reproduction has occurred. The Pro-Life position is simple: Don’t murder the baby.
Anyway, let’s get back to how the feminist sex strike is a hilarious self-own.
First, the only men who are affected by this sex strike are men who are attracted to radical feminists. Thus, if the intent is to somehow “punish” pro-life men, it’s a massive fail. Why? Because…
Pro-lifers and conservatives are normal people with self-respect. None of us want to even talk to a radical feminist, much less be intimate with them, and therefore we aren’t affected by their strike.
Indeed, normal and sane men tend to marry and sleep only with normal and sane women, which would necessarily exclude radical feminists. Therefore, hilariously, the only men who would be hurt by this strike are the loser pro-abortion men who already agree with radical feminists on abortion.
Second, as Michael Knowles points out, the call for this strike is self-contradictory. Milano is telling women to fight for bodily autonomy … by telling them what to do with their bodies. How controlling and possessive of her!
Third, the strike ironically conveys the very misogynistic idea that women don’t enjoy or desire sex themselves but are simply suppliers of sexual pleasure to men. Indeed, according to Milano, women are mere sexual objects to be used by men, which isn’t very feminist of her.
Fourth, and finally, the strike proves that pro-lifers and conservatives have been right all along. Milano says that this sex strike is necessary because women “cannot risk pregnancy.” In other words, she’s making the point that people must exercise personal responsibility so that there won’t be a need for abortion.
This has been the conservative argument on the issue since the beginning. We’ve always said that the best way to prevent unwanted pregnancy is to exercise personal responsibility, which, of course, includes abstinence.
Don’t want kids? Then don’t have sex until you are in a position to embrace the potential (and wonderful) consequences of it. I recommend marriage as the appropriate context for sex.
Thus, Milano and her radical feminist friends have proven the wisdom and effectiveness of religious and conservative values. They have proven that there is no need for abortion. What an absolutely glorious self-own. Image: (Caro Allegri/Reuters)