Uh … you’re on your own? Alyssa Milano has called for a sex strike in response to new abortion laws, and it seems no one is joining her.
“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 say the strike assumes that men enjoy sex and that women’s bodies are commodities that can be given or denied as punishment. Others pointed out that the boycott ignored LGBTQ people and ignored the issue of sexual violence.
Wrote one user: “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. Love you, but nope.”
Another user wrote: “A shame because again, you are using sex as a weapon, as a way to get what you want. I guess your brain wasn't good enough.”
And she did receive some support, though not likely from the quarter she was hoping to court: “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.
Milano’s call came in response to Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signing a bill that ruled if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, an abortion will not be allowed.