Texas Lawmaker Looks to Put the Squeeze on Male Masturbation
In response to the 'Woman's Right to Know' anti-abortion legislature, a Texas rep has filed a satircal anti-masturbation bill that is likely to rub people the wrong way.
Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, filed #HB4260, also known as 'A Man's Right to Know', with the intention of it mirroring laws regulating women's reproductive choices. Farrar told the Texas Tribune,
What I would like to see is this make people stop and think. Maybe my colleagues aren’t capable of that, but the people who voted for them, or the people that didn’t vote at all, I hope that it changes their mind and helps them to decide what the priorities are.
According to KAUZ, Farrar's bill matches many obstacles women face when seeking an abortion in Texas, such as:
- Men would be required to wait 24 hours after a health consultation to receive a vasectomy, a colonoscopy, or a prescription for Viagra,
- Men would be required to have a "medically-unnecessary" digital rectal exam and magnetic resonance imagining of the rectum,
- Doctors would be required to provide male patients seeking such procedures with 'A Man's Right to Know' booklet.
And to address the religious implications and influences of anti-abortion laws, Farrar's bill would make masturbation punishable by a $100 fine as the wasting of seed is "an act against an unborn child and failing to preserve the sanctity of life."
While such legislation and medical procedures aren't intended to make things hard on men in Texas, Farrar hopes this will allow people to get a grip on things and come together against the problems that women face with their reproductive decisions, including medical procedures that Farrar says are only used to guilt the woman into changing her mind,
It's to show how invasive this medically unnecessary procedure is. When a woman has to have a trans-vaginal ultrasound, it has nothing to do with her healthcare. One of the state's objectives is to guilt her into changing her mind.
Farrar isn't beating around the bush with her biggest concern, that such limitations for women will only get worse under Trump's administration.