Webster’s: li-bi-do (li-bi’do) n. [L.libido, lubido, pleasure, wantonness…] 1. the sexual urge or instinct…
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (R), on “libido” according to the Washington Post:
If the Democrats want to insult the women of America by making them believe that they are helpless without Uncle Sugar coming in and providing them for them a prescription each month for birth control because they cannot control their libido or their reproductive system without the help of the government, then so be it…
After all the gaffes Republicans have made on rape and so many other women’s issues, it seems to me that they would stay away from words and concepts such as women’s sexual urges or wantonness.
But apparently they won’t or cannot.
I know, I know, Huckabee is accusing Democrats of thinking that women can’t control their libido without the government’s help.
But that in itself is false, offensive and suicidal for Republicans.
Responding to Huckabee’s outrageous accusation, the Planned Parenthood Action Fund put out the following statement:
The problem isn’t what Mike Huckabee says – it’s what he and too many other politicians believe. These politicians need a basic anatomy and sex ed course. Birth control is basic, preventive health care for women. It helps women plan their pregnancies and manage their lives, and many women use it for a variety of other medical reasons, including treatment of endometriosis that can lead to infertility. The fact that Mike Huckabee doesn’t understand what birth control does is a perfect illustration of why decisions about birth control should be left to a woman and her doctor, without interference from politicians.
The author is a retired U.S. Air Force officer and a writer.