As Noam Chomsky once pointed out for Z Magazine, old media types from the institutional bodies like American Enterprise Institute tend to regurgitate the same ideas with a reliability that is equally impressive and infuriating. While assuring the public that rape is a terrible crime, writers like Caroline Kitchens and Heather McDonald of right-wing think tank The Manhattan Institute try to claim that feminists have blown this whole rape culture thing way out of proportion.
Apparently, many women disagree. On Tuesday there were more than 1 million responses on the #RapeCultureIsWhen hashtag started by a frustrated Zerlina Maxwell in response to these right-wing narratives.
Long ago, I was a pharmacy technician when Viagra first came out and I endured a male customer screaming bloody murder at me when I had to tell him that it wasn’t covered by his insurance. (It was pretty standard that insurance companies wouldn’t cover any new medication for up to six months after its initial release.) He was calling me a bitch and laying all this violence on me and I just had to be like, Sorry about your dick, dude, but do I look like the CEO of your insurance company who decided you have to pay $10 to get hard?
It didn’t take long for Viagra, which is solely used to treat limp dick, to be covered, but it was YEARS before my birth control pill, which treats acne and hirsutism and amenorrhea and PCOS and NCAH and endometriosis and on and on, got covered.
$172m on PENIS PUMPS? We spent one hundred and seventy two MILLION dollars to give tiny dicked jerkoffs some hope of maybe not having as tiny of a dick?!
I’m not sure what’s more shocking (a gender double standard isn’t, sadly) that penis pumps cost $360 a piece or that 477,777 wanted one.