Alyssa Milano Clarifies Her Controversial 'Sex Strike' Tweet That Sparked Mixed Reactions

Alyssa Milano’s “sex strike” tweet that sparked controversy is directed towards abortion ban awareness, explains the actress.

Alyssa Milano recently brought to Twitter her sentiments and called for a sex strike three days after the “heartbeat bill” was signed by Georgia’s governor, banning abortions once a heartbeat is detected which is mostly within six weeks.

Other women were unsure of the strike, seeing as it assumed sexual intercourse is an act only enjoyed by men and that women are objects that can be denied access to as punishment.

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Repost @washingtonpost Alyssa Milano is voicing her opposition to new antiabortion legislation by proposing a sex strike to stand up for women’s reproductive rights. Georgia’s new abortion law — among the most restrictive in the United States — will ban abortions as soon as a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, and others states, including Mississippi and Ohio, have passed similar “heartbeat” bills. In response, Milano posted a call to arms Friday on Twitter, urging people to abstain in protest. “Until women have legal control over our own bodies we just cannot risk pregnancy," she wrote. “JOIN ME by not having sex until we get bodily autonomy back. I’m calling for a #SexStrike.” Milano said she is glad her tweet “has shined a light on the Republican war against women and our bodily autonomy.” “Mark my words, one of these bills will end up going to the Supreme Court to overturn Roe. And if Roe is overturned this will directly impact the women most at risk, the women from low-income communities of color,” she said in a statement Saturday to The Post. By early Sunday morning, Milano’s tweet had drawn more than 38,000 likes and 13,000 retweets, some applauding the idea but many others arguing that it only serves to perpetuate the stereotype that “women are providers and men are consumers of sex.” Read more on washingtonpost.com. (Photo by Jesse Dittmar for The Post)

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Another point raised by those critical of the strike was the fact that it ignored the LGBTQ community, ignoring the possibility of sexual violence.

“My purpose for sending out that tweet was simply, I felt like these bills were being ignored and sending out that tweet, look at me now, I’m on your show, and we’re talking about women’s rights and how they’re being rolled back,” she explained to CNN’s Chris Cuomo.

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Link to subscribe to @sorrynotsorrypod in bio Repost @newsweek Alyssa Milano is not a newcomer to activism. On her new podcast, Sorry Not Sorry, Milano will discuss polarizing issues, ranging from healthcare to immigration and racism, with influential figures like #MeToo founder Tarana Burke and presidential candidate Joe Biden. Milano, who hopes listeners are inspired to use their own voices and take action, hasn’t hesitated to take a stand. "The decision to do a podcast seemed like a natural extension of who I am. The concept is to tackle social, cultural and political issues through unapologetic conversations,” Milano said. Aside from her new podcast, Milano stars on Netflix’s “Insatiable,” a series filmed in Georgia, where the anti-abortion “Heartbeat Bill” was passed. "I’m hopeful that Insatiable will pull production from Georgia in Season 3. If they don’t, I can’t go back to the show.” | Photo: @britt.spencer * * * * #alyssamilano #sorrynotsorry #podcast #activist #activism #immigration #racism #healthcare #metoo #joebiden #netflix #insatiable #influence #social #issues #politics #political #heartbeatbill

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Milano further explained that the bills being passed are “ridiculous” given that abortion after six weeks becomes a crime when women usually “don’t know they’re pregnant before eight weeks.” 

Generally, everyone is pro-life, and having an abortion is not something people want to do in their lifetime, yet some circumstances place women in situations where abortion is their best option.

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New op-ed on #sexstrike. Link in bio.

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“Just because there are women that don’t believe in abortion doesn’t take away someone else’s right,” added the actress.

Earlier this year, Milano’s tweet also gained attention and backlash after she compared the MAGA hat to the Ku Klux Klan’s white headpiece.

“The red MAGA hat is the new white hood. Without white boys being able to empathize with other people, humanity will continue to destroy itself,” read her tweet.

Supporters President Trump immediately replied to the tweet, calling the actress out and suggesting she apologize, yet Milano carried on with her life.

 
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