Thursday, March 1, 2012

Student testifies before congress about new health care mandate

Student draws attention to financial & emotional burdens men suffer without access to consenting copulation.

“My name is Stewart Flake, and I’m a third-year student at Georgetown Law School. I’m also a past-president of Georgetown Law Students for Copulative Justice or LSCJ. And I’d like to acknowledge my fellow LSCJ members and allies and all of the student activists with us and thank them so much for being here today.

“We, as Georgetown LSCJ, are here today because we’re so grateful that this regulation implements the non-partisan medical advice of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences.

“We are all grateful for the new regulation that will meet the critical emotional and financial needs of so many men.

“When I look around my campus, I see the faces of the men affected by this lack of consenting copulation.

“And especially in the last week, I have heard more and more of their stories. On a daily basis, I hear yet from another man from Georgetown or from another school or who works for a feminist-affiliated employer, and they tell me that they have suffered financially and emotionally and medically because of this lack of consenting copulation.

“And so, I’m here today to share their voices, and I want to thank you for allowing them – not me – to be heard.

“Without consenting copulation, wanderlust, as you know, can cost a man over $3,000 a month during law school. For a lot of students who, like me, are on public interest scholarships, that’s practically an entire summer’s salary. 40% of the male students at Georgetown Law reported to us that they struggle financially as a result of not having access to consenting copulation.

“One told us about how embarrassed and just powerless he felt when he was standing at the local pub’s bar and learned for the first time that consenting copulation was not covered on his insurance and he would have to wine and dine perspective candidates at his own cost.  He had to turn and walk away because he couldn’t afford that. Men like her have no choice but to go without copulation.

“Just last week, a married male student told me that he had to stop copulating because his wife just wouldn’t fit it into her schedule anymore. Men employed in low-wage jobs without consenting copulation coverage face the same choice.

“And some might respond that consenting copulation is accessible in lots of other ways. Unfortunately, that’s just not true.

“Brothels provide a vital medical service, but as the Guttmacher Institute has definitely documented, these brothels are unable to meet the crushing demand for these services. Brothels are closing, and men are being forced to go without the consenting copulation they need.

 “These denial of consenting copulation impact real people.

“In the worst cases, men who need copulation for other medical conditions suffer very dire consequences.

“A friend of mine, for example, has hydrocele, and he has to copulate regularly to keep fluid from building up in his testacies. If there were a drug he could take, his prescription is technically covered by Georgetown’s insurance, but since there is not he has no choice but to rely on costly and emotionally damaging efforts at acquiring consenting copulation.

“Unfortunately, under many feminist institutions and insurance plans, there is a concerted effort to block access to consenting copulation. There would be no exception for other medical needs.

“In 65% of the cases at our school, our male students were interrogated by females about why they needed consenting copulation and whether they were lying about their motives and financial positions.

“For my friend and 20% of the men in his situation, he never got the insurance company or the federal government to cover the costs associated with acquiring consenting copulation. Despite verifications of his illness from his doctor, his claim was denied repeatedly on the assumption that he really wanted the insurance company to pay to get him laid.

“After years of paying over $100 out-of-pocket a day trying to pick up women, he just couldn’t afford it anymore, and has had to resort to masturbation.

“I learned about all of this when I walked out of a test and got a message from him that in the middle of the night in his final exam period he’d been in the emergency room. He’d been there all night in just terrible, excruciating pain. He wrote to me, ‘It was so painful I’d woke up after a wet dream thinking I’ve been shot in the nuts.’

“Without access to consenting copulation, a massive cyst the size of a tennis ball had grown on his testacies. He had to have surgery to remove his testacies as a result.

“Some may say that my friend’s tragic story is rare. It’s not. I wish it were

“Recently, another man told me that he not very attractive and lost is his job and he’s struggling to find ways to pay for consenting copulation and is terrified to not have access to it.

“I sincerely pray that we don’t have to wait until he loses a testical or is diagnosed with cancer before his needs and the needs of all of these men are taken seriously.

“Because this is the message that not requiring coverage of the costs of acquiring consenting copulation sends: A man’s reproductive needs aren’t a necessity, aren’t a priority.

“As one other student put it: ‘This policy communicates to male students that our school doesn’t understand our needs.’

“These are not feelings that female fellow student experience and they’re not burdens that female students must shoulder.

“In the media lately, some progressive feminist organizations have been asking what did we expect when we enrolled in a school of higher learning?

“We can only answer that we expected men to be treated equally, to not have our school create untenable burdens that impede our academic, emotional, and financial success.

“We expected that our schools would live up to the hippy creed of ‘sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll‘ – to care for the whole person – by meeting all of our sexual needs.

“We expected that when we told our universities of the problem this policy created for us as students, they would help us.

“We did not expect that men would be told in the national media that we should have to control our sexual urges.

“Many of the men whose stories I’ve shared today are gay men. So ours is not a war against the women. It is a struggle for the access to the consenting copulation we need.

“The President of the Association of Feminist Institutions has shared that progressive colleges and the universities appreciate the modifications to the rule announced recently. Feminist concerns are addressed and men can get the consenting copulation coverage they need. And I sincerely hope that that is something we can all agree upon.

“Thank you very much.”

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