Alyssa Milano calls for "sex strike" to protest abortion restrictions
Actress Alyssa Milano called for a "sex strike" on social media in response to recently approved abortion restrictions, but some woman were quick to call her out.
"Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," Milano said on Twitter Friday. "JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back."
Critics said the strike assumes that sex is only enjoyed by men, and it commoditizes women's bodies. Others also pointed out that the strike ignores LGBT people and did not consider the possibility of sexual violence.
"Living under the patriarchy has already robbed me of safety, autonomy, opportunities, and trust in our institutions. Now I'm supposed to give up sex, too, and play into the fiction that it is just a bargaining chip/transaction for women," said Kristi Coulter on Twitter. "Love you, but nope."
"A shame because again, you are using sex as a weapon, as a way to get what you want," said Tammy Lawson on Twitter. "I guess your brain wasn't good enough."
Some pro-life advocates commended the idea saying, "I'm totally with you, @Alyssa_Milano, on not having sex. But the issue isn't 'reproductive rights.' The issue is reproductive responsibilities & fidelity. No one should have sex until they're ready to embrace the privilege & responsibility of lifelong commitment & raising a child," Lila Rose, president of the anti-abortion organization Live Action, wrote"