Actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano triggered a social media uproar after she tweeted Saturday night asking women to join her in a “sex strike” against the abortion law that was recently passed in georgia.
She tweeted, “Our reproductive rights are being erased. Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy. Join me by not having sex until we get our bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”
Milano received support from her fans, but many activists also criticised her ccall. Georgia recently became the fourth state in the country to ban abortion once the fetal heartbeat has been detected, which can be as early as six weeks into pregnancy before many women even realise they are pregnant.
Milano told the Associated Press Saturday, “ We need to understand how dire the situation is across the country. It’s reminding people that we have control over our own bodies and how we use them.”
Milano retweeted a 2017 Quartz report that highlights incidents of similar sex strikes in various countries across the world. But several activists and politicians ridiculed her idea. Liberals criticized her saying that she is pushing a false narrative that ‘women only have sex as a favour to men’.
Milano is not bothered about the criticisms she received and is extremely happy about the support she has gained. She said she got the intended result with the tweet, “which is getting people to talk about the war on women,” The Guardian reported.
She said she has not decided how long the sex strike should last and even for herself she hasn’t decided how long will she give up sex.
ABC news reported that Milano was not the only celebrity to protest against the new law. J.J Abrams and Jordan Peele reportedly said that they will stand with the women fighting against the bill in Georgia. Abrams and Peele said they have no intention to move their new HBO show ‘Lovecraft Country’ which is supposed to start production soon in Georgia, out of the state. They said they will donate their fees to groups that are “leading the charge against this draconian law.” After Georgia’s anti- abortion bill, several production companies have vowed not to film in Georgia.