(PAGESIX) – No abortion rights? No sex!
Actress and #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano sparked a Twitter storm after urging women to stop having sex with men as a protest of recent anti-abortion legislation in Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky and Ohio.
“Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy,” Milano said in a Friday night tweet that has since garnered more than 20,000 likes.
“JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike. Pass it on.”
But few New Yorkers were willing to follow Milano off the celibacy cliff. Instead of saying “Me Too,” many asked, “Me? What are you, nuts?”
“If anything, we should be doing more f—ing!” argued Queens-based feminist author Jessica Valenti.
“A big part of the reason GOP men want to ban abortion is because they hate the idea of women having non-married, non-procreative sex!” she said in a Saturday morning tweet.
“You don’t see men having a sex strike,” noted Miranda Cruz, 28, in Lower Manhattan with her husband and baby.
“Women crave sex even more than men do,” she added. “So really, you’re depriving yourself.”
Milano’s mission harkens back to the ancient Greek story of Lysistrata, a maiden who rallied other women to withhold their favors until the men-folk agreed to end the Peloponnesian War.
Of course, one woman’s celibacy protest is just another woman’s lack of a Saturday night date.
“I think I’m actively doing that without even trying,” Kailyn Castro, 27, joked of the boycott in Midtown East.
Castro thought Milano made a good point about the importance of women having control over their bodies.
Still, she added, “I think if you’re in a place where you can still have abortions, like New York State, then f— all you want!”
Milano hedged on her call to no-action later Saturday, tweeting that women wouldn’t have to boycott all booty — just sex with guys.
“We can LOVE sex and fight for our bodily autonomy. There are lots of alternatives to cis men,” she tweeted.
Milano’s husband, agent David Bugliari, claimed on Twitter that his wife’s no-nooky stand was, “Working just fine.” He added, “It’s about women, and their right to make choices about their own health, lives & bodies.”