I do believe the cures for the ills of the world can be found in the conversations conducted in hair salons, barber shops and nail salons. They function like think tanks where the patrons and the stylists offer input into the subject at hand and emerge with a collective result that far exceeds the individual contributions.
Such was the case today when I was at the nail salon. My daughter Sarah and I were discussing Rush Limbaugh’s most recent debacle. If you missed it, Rush called a Georgetown University female law student who testified in support of preventative care coverage for women a prostitute and whore. Rush’s comments haven’t been received well and a fairly significant collection of advertisers have pulled away from his program. The Limbaugh discussion naturally migrated into a discussion about coverage of preventative health care services for women.
As is the case in these type of discussions, the collective came up with a way to allow those men who are against employer-mandated coverage to put the courage of their conviction in the forefront of this discussion. The thought was, that in addition to a women’s rights perspective, there is just a sound cost-benefit rationale for allowing contraceptive coverage (pregnancy, birth and child-rearing are ultimately far more costly). So in an act that I think is most appropriately called the Jenna Act (after the gal at the salon who offered the idea), the collective laid out the solution. We concluded that men who don’t support covered preventative care and thus increase the number of women who don’t have said protection should refrain from having sex. This will accomplish two things – the first is, as I said above, to illustrate the courage of their conviction; the second is more of a long term vision – these men will stop spawning offspring who they would undobtedly share their views with thereby allowing extinction of this particular species.
I like it…the Jenna Act. I like the notion that those who so vehemently oppose mandated employer preventative care coverage can do their own part to support their position. Put your money where your libido is, or put your libido on the shelf. It seems a fair trade to me and the salon collective.
The Jenna Act may never make it into law, but I do hope it reaches into the popular imagination and takes root in the sensibilities of women everywhere. This is an idea whose time has come.
Day nine hundred and seventy-five of the new forty – obla di obla da