1) Facebook Menstrual Information Overload
Last week, "wall bombing" or "sarcasm bombing" was the latest social media trend to grace the pages of congresspeople trying to roll back women's rights. Just describe your latest menstrual cycle or female health issue in gratuitous detail on an offending congressperson's Facebook wall. It's easy—and cathartic. Check out these samples, courtesy of Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's internet presence, for inspiration:
2) Knit Your Congressman A Uterus
Etsy fans, stock up on pink yarn and go wild. Government Free VJJ is asking, "Dear Men in Congress: If we knit you a uterus, will you stay out of ours? Find instructions on how to knit your very own Fallopian tubes here, then send it to your offending congressman here. [Mother Jones]
3) Regulate Men's Reproductive Health
It's only fair, right? That's the approach some lawmakers have taken in response to the barrage of bills regulating female reproductive health. In Ohio, Democrat Nina Turner proposed a bill limiting Viagra prescriptions, as psychological counseling for the men seeking them would be required first. Oklahoma's State Senator Constance Johnson suggested an amendment to the state's controversial "personhood" bill that would define sperm as unborn children, thus forbidding men to kill and "waste" them. And in Virginia, ah yes—for those in want of Viagra, a bill has been introduced that mandates rectal exams. [Wall Street Journal]
4) Protest The Old-Fashioned Way
This Thursday, Senate Democratic women will march on the Senate Floor, demanding extension of 1994's Violence Against Women Act, a measure in danger of being rejected by Senate conservatives. Among a range of other services provided to victims of domestic abuse and stalking, this year the act contains provisions for illegal immigrants who suffer the same treatment, allowing them a temporary visa in the United States. And Republicans are having none of that.
“This is part of a larger effort, candidly, to cut back on rights and services to women,” Senator Dianne Feinstein told the New York Times. “We’ve seen it go from discussions on Roe v. Wade, to partial birth abortion, to contraception, to preventive services for women. This seems to be one more thing.”
But even if you're not a member of the Senate, you can still voice your opposition to these efforts. On Monday, hundreds of women in Georgia protested two bills that would prevent healthcare providers from covering abortion and birth control. And, earlier this month, 17 women and 14 men were arrested outside of the Virginia Capitol while protesting a bill that would require women seeking abortions to receive transvaginal ultrasounds. On March 13, the "Mad As Hell" rally gathered at the Wisconsin state capitol to demonstrate their anger regarding three pending anti-abortion and abstinence-only education bills. Nothing says, "nice try, bonehead," like showing up on your legislators' doorstep (hopefully already warmed by a fuzzy knit uterus).