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Get Trump out of the bedroom

The Dapper Vagina

Marissa Lanoff

Marissa Lanoff

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I hate to admit it, but I have thought about Donald Trump while having sex.

Not because he makes me weak in the knees, but because his anti-women policies can very well put myself and many others in unfortunate situations.

I try to talk myself down from these fears, but all of them are legitimate concerns that could very well become a reality under the Trump administration.

For example, each time my partner puts on a condom, I hope it doesn’t break.

Now, that’s a normal thing to hope for in any situation, but now that little piece of latex is more important than ever, especially with the repeal of the Affordable Care Act on the horizon.

If the ACA is repealed, I could be kicked off my mom’s health insurance, which would make nabbing a Plan B pill much more expensive.

Not a problem, I will just grab one from Planned Parenthood.

But not so fast. If the Republican Party gets its way, Planned Parenthood will be defunded along with the repeal of the ACA.

Millions of people would lose access to essential healthcare services. That also means I wouldn’t have the option to get a free STI test. With an undiagnosed STI, such as chlamydia, I could be left infertile.

Alright, so I don’t grab the Plan B pill. Hopefully things go my way and I do not get pregnant.

If I do become pregnant, however, and seek out my right to have an abortion, I may be faced with tougher options.

I may have to go through the courts, get a permission slip from the father for the abortion or, even worse, seek a black market alternative that could very well lead to infertility or death.

Suddenly, I have gone from relaxed intimacy to thinking about realities and potential consequences to having consensual, safe sex.

Needless to say, I am not in the mood anymore — a traditionally fun activity has been turned political. Politics should not have a place in the bedroom.

Under the Trump administration, safe and consensual sex may not feel as safe anymore.

Anxiety free, enjoyable sex is just another reason to support affordable healthcare and Planned Parenthood.

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Get Trump out of the bedroom