Today I’m the angry feminist.
I’ve been…less than fond of Bill O’Reilly for quite some time now, but nothing made me angrier than this clip in which he earns the number one spot on my f**k you list. In the clip, O’Reilly shows Planned Parenthood’s recent commercial that took footage from McCain’s intelligent non-answer when pressed on health care’s coverage of Viagra and not birth control. McCain was unable to answer the question, after a long and awkward silence he states “I don’t know enough about it to give you an informed answer.” Clearly you’ve never thought about birth control, huh? Welcome to the world of women, asshat.
And rightfully so Planned Parenthood had a problem with this, “because women deserve quality affordable health care” (as stated in their commercial). But here’s what O’Reilly had to say, after in an oh-so-unbiased introduction calling Planned Parenthood “fanatics”:
(shakes head condescendingly) “Okay, listen up, Viagra is used to help a medical condition, that’s why it’s covered. Birth control is not a medical condition, it is a choice. Why should I or anybody else have to pay for other people’s choices? Do I have to buy you DINNER before you use the birth control? Give me and every other taxpayer a break, Planned Parenthood.”
Are you offended? Because I’m offended. No, offended doesn’t even cover the expanse of my emotion. The words that he speaks, but most specifically the way in which he says them, is the most condescending misogynist bullshit assholery I have heard in a long while.
Okay. Break from the anger. Divide and conquer.
I understand that Viagra does help men who suffer from erectile dysfunction. I’m not saying they shouldn’t use Viagra, condemning them to an abstinent lifestyle, in fact it is wonderful that such a drug exists. But by saying that Viagra is a necessity (a pill that helps male sexual satisfaction) and birth control is not (a pill that helps not only with family planning, a HUMAN RIGHT, but with all sorts of physical ailments that come along with menstruation) it makes it seem as though Viagra takers are poor, downtrodden men that feminists want to deny pleasure from, and birth control takers are slutty careless wenches who make life choices to be slutty careless wenches and really shouldn’t they just all stay at home with their legs crossed so “we don’t have to pay for their choices.”
First of all let me state that over 98% of women in America use some form of contraception during their lifetimes. This number clearly demonstrates that birth control is not simply chalked up to “choice” but instead is quite a necessity, as nearly almost every woman in America uses it. Many young women use birth control to avoid pregnancy, yes, but some use it to help with heavy periods, horrible cramps, or irregular cycles. And as someone who has horrible-want-to-cut-my-uterus-out cramps, I would like to see O’Reilly suffer through that pain with no pills in sight. The use of birth control is a choice in that no woman HAS to use birth control, this is true, yet it is a medical necessity for all women who want to take control of their bodies, and should not be made ashamed with your slut-bashing hate speech. Women who use birth control are not sluts, but rather almost the entire female population. Do not, by using the word “choice,” blanket the entire female population with a loaded reproductive rights word that you’re using to bash them as sluts.
Secondly, the dinner comment. How do I even begin to explain how and why this offends me in so many ways? It is such a misogynist asshole comment that blatantly means “sit down and shut up, woman!” You can hear the hatred in his voice as he’s speaking to women and frankly it’s frightening. The point of this hate-filled comment is specifically to degrade and demean and not to strengthen his argument. I am a verbose woman and yet even I am slightly speechless as to my reply because what do you say to such hate? I truly wonder how this man still has a platform with which to spout his misogynist rhetoric.
So there it is. Congratulations Bill O’Reilly for winning the number one spot on my fuck you list. Now please obtain an education, grow a heart, truly try to understand female life, and stop demeaning women everywhere with your misogynist bullshit.