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The Best Way to Stop "the War on Women"

By Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian - February 15, 2014

Of course, it’s hard to declare a truce in a war that only one side believes it’s fighting. Social conservatives’ refusal to recognize that the policies they advocate have a direct negative impact on women’s equal participation in society is the struggle’s most infuriating aspect: If the they would only admit there’s a war, we might be able to win it. The phrase persists not because it’s a shared understanding but because it resonates with those women who understand that the encroachment upon their rights is, in fact, a form of assault. It’s not even a metaphor. To deny a woman control of her body is a physical act, with physical consequences. The law defines “assault” as “unwanted touching”. I cannot think of anything more unwanted than a transvaginal probe I didn’t ask for.

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