Contraceptives and the Man-Tax
Less than a year ago the Little Sister of the Poor case was suffering under the formidable displeasure of Barack Obama and his contemptible Department of Justice. At the time, I mentioned that health care choices, are, in fact, choices. Those goods and services will be paid for, whatever the voter is told. As an example, free birth control (meaning oral contraceptives, OCP) are a choice, and not one with universal appeal. “free” OCP means that all the people in the USA pay for each prescription whether you agree, disagree, wish the money to be spent on relief of the mentally deficient, or for more nuclear devices. We all pay for a portion of the population.
I was taken to task by a young lady of my acquaintance and her sister. What I said was apparently Horrible. It transpired that I was unaware that it was a woman’s right to get free stuff to prevent her pregnancies, of which I nor any mere man, had much to say about.
A mere ellipsis here on the argument of necessity: no man is to have any voice in reproductive decisions, yet it is frequently proclaimed as being self-evident that reproduction is a right. Nevertheless, there is currently no alternative for human male reproduction than the willing agency of the female of the species. Thus by the argument of necessity, the male has an authentic voice in this discussion, but I digress.
What the argument, of course, comes down to is an entitlement: women, due to their gender alone, should get an entitlement which, I have been assured by the young friend, neither I nor any man may have any vote, argument or opinion.
Let’s take that a little further.
If we assume that a woman uses an average OCP from 14 to 50 years at $30/month and also assuming no pregnancies or, heavens, no breastfeeding, that amounts to $12,240/lifetime. Given that there are about 150 million females of this ilk, the cost is $540billion dollars in US taxes a year. Considering what the taxes are already, perhaps this is inconsequential.
Now, ladies. Have you ever considered the cost of being a man?
I am not talking about the outrageous cost of razor blades, ER visits after bar fights, extra luggage fees for heavier clothes or the usurious cost of paying for a pick-up truck.
I am talking about food.
Men out mass women on average. By weight, the muscle mass is greater. Even for the same muscle mass, the caloric necessity is greater.(see footnote)
Now, given that we are not all (insert name of your favorite muscled stud-muffin), nevertheless, we men have to pay the piper.
On average, men must eat 8% more per day than women. Moreover, the caloric requirement does not disappear at fifty or so. The numbers decrease but only in proportion.
Doing the same sort of math, a man, merely due to his gender, is now spending about $25,200+ per life time for keeping up his end of the war of the sexes. That would generally, given man’s shorter lifespan, mean slightly over $1 trillion in the man-price per year.
So, to sum up: if all Americans must pay for about a half trillion dollars for OCP for the nations’ women then it seems only apt that the girls pony up the trillion and a half for the boys’ daily tofu stir fry, doesn’t it?
What goes around comes around.