The Skyla IUD from Bayer is marketed to women who haven't had children. WSJ/SAUL POLAMO
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The beloved board game of Monopoly has been around since 1903 and, with that in mind, the game's creators Hasbro has decided to give the crowdsourcing generation a chance to discover the game by voting on new tokens for a "Token Madness" edition of the family favorite
Through the end of January, the general public is being invited to visit votemonopoly.com and weigh in on tokens to replace the iconic car, shoe, iron and all the rest in the limited edition version of the game.
One progressive blogger over at Slate has decided that this pursuit is hopelessly flawed because it doesn't provide the option to write-in a suggestion and she passionately believes that the next Monopoly token should be a form of birth control called a intrauterine device, better known by its acronym IUD.
"Having an IUD token in the game of Monopoly would solve several longstanding issues. It would emphasize that access to reliable birth control is an important factor that enables people to become real estate magnates in Atlantic City," writes blogger Heather Schwedel. "It’s hard to find the capital, time, and energy to buy up property when you or your partner is unexpectedly pregnant or raising a child, you know. Until now, Monopoly has consistently ignored birth control’s contributions to capitalist society."
Schwedel believes that children who play the game shouldn't be sheltered from knowing what an IUD is. "You should explain what an IUD is to the brood of children you will be forced to have in country with no birth control access, early and often!," she says, noting that "people are scared certain presidents will take our access to them away."
Further, she suggests — albeit jokingly — that each IUD token be sterile so that when Obamacare is repealed and birth control is no longer available, every "home in America would have a sleeper-cell device already in it, ready to be inserted into a uterus in need."
The panic that President-elect Donald Trump would restrict access to birth control reached a fever pitch in November after he was elected, with women making a run on birth control in response to fear he would cut funding to birth control providers.
Trump has indicated in the past that not only does he believe women should have access to birth control, they should not even require a prescription to obtain it.
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