Category Archives: Politics

¿VIRGINIA POSTREL O LINDSAY BEYERSTEIN?

Virginia Postrel (@vpostrel): Fight Birth-Control Battle Over the Counter
“[M]aking the pill available over the counter could reduce the amount of outrage and invective available for entertaining radio audiences, spurring political fundraising and otherwise amusing the American public. But the medical risks are quite low.

Partly because birth-control pills are available only by prescription, people tend to think they’re more dangerous and less well understood than they actually are.” . . . .

“Requiring a prescription “acts more as a barrier to access rather than providing medically necessary supervision,” argues Daniel Grossman of Ibis Reproductive Health, a research and advocacy group based in Massachusetts, in an article published in September in Expert Review of Obstetrics & Gynecology.”” . . . .

“Aside from safety, the biggest argument for keeping birth-control pills prescription-only is, to put it bluntly, extortion. The current arrangement forces women to go to the doctor at least once a year, usually submitting to a pelvic exam, if they want this extremely reliable form of contraception. That demand may suit doctors’ paternalist instincts and financial interests, but it doesn’t serve patients’ needs.”

Lindsay Beyerstein (@Beyerstein): Prescription Birth Control is Not Extortion
“Most doctors will happily write refills for a whole year’s supply of birth control pills at once. If it’s too much of a hassle to go to the doctor once a year, it’s probably too much of a hassle to remember to buy the pill at regular intervals and take it every day.

Postrel suggests that women are just as good as doctors at finding their own contradindications with a checklist. But if a woman isn’t seeing a doctor at least once a year, she’s probably not up-to-date on her own risk factors. Most people don’t chart their own blood pressure, for example.

One key difference between birth control pills and OTC drugs is that the other drugs are designed for short-term use. Unlike Tylenol or Plan B (which has been extensively tested to prove it is safe to dispense over-the-counter), birth control pills are typically used continuously for months or even years. Any long-term medication requires a certain amount of medical oversight.”

Virginia Postrel (@vpostrel): via In These Times comments
“Aside from introducing readers to the evidence in favor of OTC provision of birth control pills, my article has also had the salutary effect of demonstrating just how paternalistic people who supposedly support the empowerment of women can be.”

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¿TIMOTHY NOAH O NICK GILLESPIE?

Timothy Noah (@TimothyNoah1): What About The Democrats’ Rush Limbaughs?
“We’re hearing a lot from conservatives about how Rush Limbaugh’s attack on Sandra Fluke, offensive though it may be, occasions a second look at all the offensive things liberals get away with saying . . . Matt Taibbi calling Andrew Breitbart a “douche” in his obit, Keith Olbermann calling Michele Malkin a “mashed-up bag of meat with lipstick on it,” Bill Maher calling Sarah Palin a “cunt” and a “dumb twat,” and some guy I’ve never even heard of called Ed Schultz calling Laura Ingraham a “slut.” How is that any different?

It’s different in two ways.

First, all of the people who were subjected to verbal abuse by the liberal- or left-leaning blowhards and smart-asses mentioned above are public figures . . .”

Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie): It’s Like Totally Different When a Liberal Blowhard Guy Calls a Conservative Woman a Twat!
“If you’ve ever needed a reason to rethink dumb attachments to the left-right, liberal-conservative Manicheanism at the heart of conventional politics, the sort of idiotic Team Red vs. Team Blue mentality underscored by Noah’s need to exonerate the misogyny of his ideological allies should give you something to ponder.”

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¿SANDRA FLUKE O RUSH LIMBAUGH?

Sandra Fluke (@SandraFluke): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlRC0nsjtKQ
“Without insurance coverage, contraception, as you know, can cost a woman over $3,000 during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary. 40% of the female students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggle financially as a result of this policy. One told us about how embarrassed and just powerless she felt when she was standing at the pharmacy counter and learned for the first time that contraception was not covered on her insurance and she had to turn and walk away because she couldn’t afford that prescription. Women like her have no choice but to go without contraception.”

Rush Limbaugh (@rushlimbaugh): Butt Sisters are Safe from Newt and Rick (deleted!)
“What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex, what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception. She wants you and me and the taxpayers to pay her to have sex. What does that make us? We’re the pimps. The johns? We would be the johns? No! We’re not the johns. Yeah, that’s right. Pimp’s not the right word. Okay, so she’s not a slut. She’s “round heeled.” I take it back.”

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¿HERMAN CAIN O VICTORIA M. DEFRANCESCO SOTO?

Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jO-q5lI7618
“We’ll have a real fence, 20 feet high, with barbed wire, electrified, with a sign on the other side that says ‘it can kill you’  . . . Then I get criticized, ‘Mr. Cain that’s insensitive.’ What do you mean insensitive? What’s insensitive is when they come to the United States, across our border, and kill our citizens, and kill our border patrol people. That’s insensitive, and I’m not worried about being insensitive to tell people to stop sneaking into America.”

Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto (@DrVMDS): Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric Is Anti-Latino
“Let’s call a spade a spade. Opposition to immigration is not a concern rooted in personal economic concerns. Neither is it a concern having to do with state’s rights. Anti-immigrant sentiment isn’t even about immigrants as a whole. As rigorous social scientific research shows, opposition to immigration is closely linked to the negative racial animus toward one very specific group, Latinos.

Over the course of the GOP primary season, anti-immigrant rhetoric has been a stump speech staple of the candidates. The focus of Republican candidates is to keep new immigrants out and get those here to leave. The Republican primary has become a quien es más macho contest of who has the biggest anti-immigrant badge. The top anti-immigrant badge of honor goes to Herman Cain and his advocacy for an electrified border fence…”

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