“The Views’” Joy Behar has been in the running for the top award in the show’s ongoing contest for the dumbest comments. That is quite an accomplishment in a show that has passed off ridiculous statements as intellectual dialogue for years.
Maybe it was the loss of Barbra Walters as the anchor of the show that had the discussion group careening into talk-show At least under Walters’ leadership, the show had a level of relevancy and coherence.
For a while, it appeared that it would be Whoopi Goldberg who would drag the show into the realm of mock indignation, groundless hyperbole, and banal discourse. But no. Behar moved up from the rear to take the gold medal.
In a recent broadcast (no pun intended), Behar proposed her strategy for pushing back against the possible overturning of Roe v. Wade. The women of America should go on a sex strike. No more nookie for men unless Roe v. Wade is kept in place.
Going on a sex strike has been the storyline in books and movies – comedies, of course. It first found its way in literature more than 2400 years ago in Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata.” In that case, the title woman organizes Panhellenic wives to lock their knees until the men agree to end the Peloponnesian War. It had the ancient audiences rolling in the aisles.
Behar is not the first to take this comedy into real life in modern times. Actress/Singer Alyssa Milano had hoped to organize a sex boycott (again no pun intended) when Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed a bill restricting abortion – a so-called “fetal heartbeat bill.”
Milano’s effort also evoked a lot of laughter. Would it apply to lesbians? Some pro-life women mocked the idea by offering to fill in while the protesting wives were on the picket line. Milano did not take into consideration all the men who may not be getting sex from their wives – or not only from their wives. It was unclear if the sex strike was to include “the other woman.”
The entire thing rises to absurdity when you consider that the handful of women most likely to heed the call are leftwing feminists likely married to men who share their opinion on abortion.
Though it may be an unintended consequence, Behar’s idea could reduce the number of abortions by turning the spigot off at the source of procreation.
Behar has not only not produced a new thought, but she has also resurrected a very old idea that originally was presented as comedy. She has also plagiarized a modern call that despite its serious non-fictional intent resulted in a lot of laughter.
It seems fair to wonder if Behar will be withholding sex from her second husband – or maybe at 80 years old, it is a moot point. Her position may be, “do as I say, not as I do not do.”
For a person who lists her profession as a comedian, she should have worked this number into her stand-up routine.
So, there ‘tis.