Let’s Talk About it: Hobby Lobby

For those of you living under a rock / not well versed in the political sphere / not on social media, this morning the Supreme Court of the US ruled in favor of the nation-wide craft store… and its a huge fucking problem.
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As you know, if you’ve been reading YCKMS, I am one of those chicks who, quite frankly is sick and tired of having men dictate what women should be doing with their bodies. For the religious: please tell me why a hierarchy full of old men should tell you that you can’t take contraceptives, have sex before marriage, have the choice of an abortion, etc. How in GOD’s name is that a valid scenario? JESUS CHRIST someone tell me. And for the secular Americans, dealing with this ridiculous political system we have today: someone please let a sister know why a Supreme Court decides a majority of our laws when it’s only composed of 3 women out of 9 justices. IS THAT JUSTICE? Yeah, I feel real great having Antonin Scalia, an old white dude edging 80 years old, telling me – a female twenty-something what I can or cannot do with my body. REAL GREAT. Like, want to hear a fucking joke? All of the justices who voted in favor for Hobby Lobby have one thing in common and it’s NOT A VAGINA.

But let’s talk about the issue at hand: Hobby Lobby.
Here’s the general gist…

PROBLEM:

The HobbyLobby (a craft chain – even though the company is really irrelevant) case resulted after the company refused to offer its employee insurance that would cover emergency contraceptives. Their insurance does cover most forms of birth control, but as they are a religiously affiliated company, they believe to offer emergency contraceptives (like Plan B or IUDs) would go against the religious beliefs.

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ISSUE: THIS ISN’T JUST A “WOMEN’S” ISSUE!

Sure apparently nowadays having a vagina means having your rights dictated to you, but this is far beyond a “womens rights” issue. To note: Hobby Lobby is a private corporation. That means its for profit, tax paying, and non sanctified. And this private entity is denying women access to birth control. It’s not birth control, but its part of health care. So to put it on even terms with my guys out there – your company is refusing to cover vital parts of your health care. This is no longer a “moral” or “religious” issue. Its a fucking HEALTH issue.

Does the US Government tell cancer patients to “buy their own” cancer medicine?
I didn’t think so.

I have to say, thus far in the coverage the mainstream media is doing a HUGE public disservice by categorizing this and angling this as a “women’s” issue, when clearly this reaches far beyond that.

ISSUE: “it’s my p***y, I can do what I want”

Sorry to get all graphic, hip hop lyric on you, but if there ever was a time for that lyric bit from The Pack, then its now. This is such an age old argument that still hasn’t been ironed out that I’m actually incredibly sick of making this argument. Because its like DUH OF COURSE I CAN DO WHATEVER I WANT TO MY BODY! 

Except not. Because the SCOTUS men don’t want us to do whatever we want to our bodies. Funny how everyone on SCOTUS with a penis voted for Hobby Lobby whereas everyone with a vagina was like UM NO THATS DUMB, BYE HOBBY LOBBY. If only men could get pregnant… (#gamechanger.)

There’s the case for choosing to do what you want to your body: women should be able to go to their doctor and do whatever they want – without the public sphere (ie your employer) knowing or caring. Guys, say youre impotent so you go to your doctor and get an rx for Viagra, is it your bosses business? No.

BrZDLFeCYAEC1_lISSUE: Embryo, shm-embryo.

Here’s the thing: I get the religious standing. But verdicts still out whether a fucking embryo or egg or zygote (hell if I know what the fuck I’m talking about) is considered “human life” – so to me, this has no standing since that isn’t defined. It’s not like employees are asking HobbyLobby to cover their goddamn abortions. For all I know, pretty sure IUDs and even Plan B touch “human life”. There’s conception, implantation, ovulation in which the emergency contraception/birth control comes into play – none of these are abortion I’m almost positive. But apparently, as we all know – that’s up for goddamn debate. So to base an argument off of this is just null in my book.

ISSUE: Religion (eye roll)

So you really want to be that asshole who invokes religion to prove your point? Well so be it.. I read a few documents on this Hobby Lobby case and a term I constantly saw was “God’s will”. Growing up Catholic, I get it. You throw that shit around like its a tangible thing- Oh Manifest Destiny? – God’s will… The Immaculate conception? – God’s will.  The argument Hobby Lobby makes is that emergency contraceptives and birth control interfere with God’s will. But riddle me this: Shouldn’t God’s will outweigh a fucking copper lined piece of plastic you stick in your vagina? Why wouldn’t God’s will be more powerful than a Plan B pill? Pretty sure Mary in the Bible was a virgin and God wanted her to have a baby (AKA Jesus) so voila His will was invoked and BOOM Baby Jesus. So try that one more time, I dare you.

CONCLUSIONS:

  • All women who cant afford a $1000+ out of pocket for an IUD are now left to… well crossing their fingers and hoping for the best, I guess… because their employers won’t cover it.
  • SCOTUS men are dicks.
  • Just because it rhymes doesn’t mean its cute (RE: “hobby lobby”)
  • Also, arts and crafters aren’t really that nice (or at least their lawyers aren’t)
  • Hobby Lobby not only contributes to the hoarding of knick knacks and craft things, but also to the accumulation of people in this world. Thanks for that.
  • I’m feeling like job interview questions that will be added for women will now include, “So what kind of birth control are you on / planning on taking?”, “Do you want us to pay for your emergency contraceptives?”. You know, the basic job interview questions, coming to you soon because its 2014. Man, I’m amped.
  • “Rosaries off my ovaries” should be a new thing.
  • Obama just google searched: “executive order to overturn supreme court”… or at least I hope he has.
  • Ruth Bader Ginsberg is the fiercest. Here are some #GinBURNS (you like that?) regarding the decision:

“The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield.”

“Would the exemption…extend to employers with religiously grounded objections to blood transfusions (Jehovah’s Witnesses); antidepressants (Scientologists); medications derived from pigs, including anesthesia, intravenous fluids, and pills coated with gelatin (certain Muslims, Jews, and Hindus); and vaccinations[?]…Not much help there for the lower courts bound by today’s decision.”

“It bears note in this regard that the cost of an IUD is nearly equivalent to a month’s full-time pay for workers earning the minimum wage.”

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