So Mitt Romney recently had a rally in Illinois, during which the following “point” was made by a young woman in the crowd:
“You‘re all for like ’yay freedom and all this stuff and yay pursuit of happiness.’ You know what would make me happy? Free birth control!”
Clearly, a woman of this intellectual caliber possesses a far greater understanding of the world than myself. She sounds absolutely nothing like a drunken frat boy who would follow up this statement by throwing his arms in the air, shouting “WOOOOOOOOO!!!!” and high-fiving all his friends while farting into the microphone. Despite my obvious disadvantage, and the fact that I’m sick of the whole birth control non-issue anyway, here is my response to Liberal Illinois Chick:
Yeah, that’s cute. You know what makes me happy? Video games. I loooooove my video games, RPGs especially. (“ZOMG, she just threatened us with grenades!” Relax-, it stands for “role-playing games” — the kind that don’t need latex and safe words.) I’ve played through and beaten most of the Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior/Quest games, and am literally still angry and all shake-fisty that my PS3 isn’t backwards compatible. (Damn you, Sony!) I have multiple max-level characters in World of Warcraft, Everquest II, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. I know for a fact that the time I’ve spent on those games alone adds up to more than a full year of playtime — and that’s not counting the I-don’t-even-want-to-know-how-many hours I’ve logged in front of Tetris, Dr. Mario, Gran Turismo, Dynasty Warriors, SSX, Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., Angry Birds, Minesweeper…
You get the idea.
“But wait,” you say. “Video games are entertainment! Birth control is for health!” Well, that point is disputable. It is true that there are many medical reasons for women to be on hormone therapy. But the vast majority of American women who are using the pill, or one of its cousins, are doing so for one simple reason: to have sex without worrying about being “punished with a baby.” (Thanks, Mr. President!) Given this fact, it is easy to make the case that hormonal contraception could be considered little more than a recreational drug. Sure, there are lots of benefits to a healthy sex life. There are a lot of benefits to playing video games as well. But the bottom line is that, just like I don’t have to pick up that controller, you don’t have to drop your pants. And neither of us should be forced to pay for the other’s entertainment.
That’s the surface argument, and it is a good one. But let’s delve a little deeper here into what you’re actually saying. It’s exactly the same as a point that Senator Rand Paul made awhile back — and while he was skewered in the press for saying it, it’s 100% true: Whenever you start demanding “free stuff,” what you are doing is advocating slavery. …
Read the rest (it’s so worth it!) of “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of… Orgasms?” By angelaisms – March 26, 2012 @