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New Texas Bill Dehumanizes Men to Make a Point

Reproductive regulation: not just for women anymore!

03.14.17
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Great news for men in Texas who like to know stuff. Jessica Farrar, a Democratic State Representative and undoubtedly their new hero, just proposed a new bill entitled the “Men’s Right to Know Act.” The new legislation, which is currently sweeping the international news circuit, would require doctors to perform “medically unnecessary” rectal exams whenever their male patients chose to undergo an elective vasectomy or colonoscopy, or sought a prescription for Viagra.

The inspiration behind Farrar’s bill — sure to help men know a whole lot —  is its sister measure, aptly named the “Women’s Right to Know Act.” Put in place in 2011, the law (among other nonsensical rules) requires women seeking abortions to look at “color pictures representing the development of the child at two-week gestational increments, [which] must contain the dimensions of the unborn child and must be realistic.”

Under her proposed bill, men would be required to ejaculate into a woman or a hospital (and a woman or a hospital only!) because, as Farrar explained to the Texas Tribune, “that semen can be used — and is to be used — for creating more human life.” Should they emit elsewhere, A.K.A. masturbate, they’d be subject to a $100 fine.

But wait, there’s more! “The measure would also allow doctors to refuse to carry out vasectomies, write prescriptions for Viagra or conduct a colonoscopy if they felt such actions went against their moral or religious beliefs in any way,” reports the New York Times.

By introducing the “Men’s Right to Know,” “an act relating to the regulation of men’s health and safety,” Farrar hopes to subject men to the same “goodwill” pro-life legislators have subjected women to over the past decade. That is to say, dehumanizing absurdity.

Of course, her hope is not to pass it, but to make a point. A point that has landed with a deeply satisfying thump heard around the world. “Although HB 4260 is satirical,” Farrar wrote in a Facebook post, “there is nothing funny about current health care restrictions for women and the very real legislation that is proposed every legislative session.”

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  • stephanie

    “For that matter, any masturbatory emissions, where the sperm is clearly not seeking an egg, could be termed reckless abandonment.” Elle Woods was onto something…

    • Meg S

      You read my mind.

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  • Anonymous

    I hope that this bill is also used to shed light on the nonsense that women are subjected to just to obtain a prescription for hormonal birth control. The fact that most doctors still require women to undergo – and pay for – a pull pelvic exam and pap smear, which is not in any way medically necessary, in order to obtain or renew a prescription for the pill is equally ridiculous. In any other context, forcing a woman to undergo unwanted manipulation in her genital area would be considered assault.

    • Huh?

      Wait…so you’re telling me when, at 18, I went by myself (because “adult”) to the local health clinic to get on some birth control…the male clinic doctor with the backwards baseball cap didn’t need to probe and prod my insides while a state case worker? (dunno…she looked legit/professional) held my hand and murmured “it’ll be okay…it’ll be over soon” the whole time????? It was such a weird and uncomfortable experience I never refilled my prescription.

      • Anonymous

        That’s right, this absolutely did not need to be done, and I’m so sorry to hear about your experience. This topic really hits a nerve for me; despite the fact that I have a female doctor who is wonderful and caring and does everything in her power to make the exam the least unpleasant that she can, I still always feel so violated because I am not allowed to decide whether I want the exam or not – it is required if I want my pills refilled.
        Despite attention being called to this issue in recent years, nothing is really being done about it and it would be wonderful if this bill helped to further increase awareness.

        http://www.reuters.com/article/us-birth-control-idUSTRE6AL67X20101122

  • Meg S

    I wish politicians would stop trying to decide what I can and can’t do with my body. It’s not their choice, it’s mine!

  • I really hope that bill gets passed.

  • Lil

    This!!!

    I’m a college student with no health insurance so I’d depend on my school’s health clinic for free to low cost medical help. But recently, birth control that used to be $20 is now $75, and requires that students watch educational videos and consult with a doctor one on one before being granted a birth control prescription.

    Ridiculous ain’t it.

    • Meg S

      Are you kidding? It’s birth control. Why should it even be that expensive? I don’t use the pill because it messed with my hormones and moods so much that it wasn’t worth it, and I haven’t looked into alternatives because I remember how awful it made me feel.

      • Lil

        Right! Right wingers get mad when young, financially unstable women get pregnant but also get mad if they don’t, there’s no winning -_-

  • tequilamockingbird

    I wish Farrar would’ve found a way to write the bill w/o making gay sex a fineable offense.