Today, the FDA approved a new method of hormonal birth control called Lybrel. It's special because it's the only birth control method to date designed to postpone your period as long as you take it--and you can take it 365 days a year. (FYI to Bilerico readers who've never taken the pill: other methods are designed to be used for 3 out of 4 weeks, and during that fourth week you get a light "mini" period. The point of Lybrel is that you get pregnancy prevention AND get to skip your period altogether.)
Not to let any scientific advancement go unchallenged, Leslee Unruh and the good folks at the Abstinence Clearinghouse are coming out in full force against Lybrel. From the press release:
A drug to halt a woman's monthly period has no apparent medical value... "I am astounded," said Dr. Glen Ridder, medical advisor of the National Abstinence Clearinghouse. "A woman's period should not be treated like a disease, or as a symptom of a disease. It is a natural part of their female reproductive system--how are women to take this news? Why are they being told there is something wrong with them, and that they need drugs to fix it?"
"This business is cause for great concern in our society," said Leslee Unruh, President of the Clearinghouse. "Without proper respect for her own body, a woman is doomed to reject the beauty of her person, and society can expect to continue to see sexism and misogyny flourish."
Ignoring for a moment the many many women I know who have been waiting for a pill like Lybrel and will be superhappy to be able to skip their periods, let me just say: AS IF the Abstinence Clearinghouse is last line of defense for women's health! As if Leslee Unruh is Miss Wicca Moon-Goddess Menses-is-beautiful! She would probably flip the f*** out if she glimpsed the ads for menstrual cups in bitch magazine (or anything else in bitch, for that matter...)
This is the same woman who says the HPV vaccine is a NAMBLA conspiracy and that if you have sex with more than one person you "mess up your body processes" and "hormonal symphony" and you'll never ever have a simultaneous orgasm with a partner (whereas "pure" married couples "routinely" have simultaneous orgasms). She also says that:
the sex education world is full of pedophiles who want access to children and others who are trying to introduce bestiality into public school classes. "There's a lot of perversion out there, wacko weird sexual stuff."
The above is from Michelle Goldberg's book on how the Fundies run the government, Kingdom Coming.
Seriously, if feminism is now in the hands of Leslee Unruh, we can all trade in our jeans for petticoats, corsets, and chastity belts.