"The View" host Joy Behar called on women to go on a sex strike to protest against a possible overturning of Roe v. Wade by the Supreme Court. The proposed act of defiance in support of abortion was widely panned on social media based on ruthless Twitter reactions.
"Women in the world have conducted sex strikes in history," Behar said during Wednesday's episode of "The View." "In 2003, a sex strike helped to end Liberia's brutal civil war, and the woman who started it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2009, Kenyan women enforced a sex ban until police political infighting ceased. Within one week, there was a stable government."
The audience applauded, and then the 79-year-old Behar stated, "We have more power than we think we do, and some of it could be in the bedroom. Just saying."
"The View" co-host Sara Haines chimed in, “And what a perfect weapon and method for the topic we're talking about."
Whoopi Goldberg added, "The other thing to remember is that this is not just about abortion, it covers so many things that you're not thinking about that wouldn't cross your mind because you think, 'Well, I thought that was the law.'"
Goldberg seemed to float a conspiracy theory that the 19th Amendment – which granted women the right to vote – is now threatened because Roe v. Wade could be potentially overturned.
"If you can get 50 years of law and toss it, you can toss away our right to vote," Goldberg hypothesized.
Goldberg also warned, "Men, this is going to come after you in some weird way too."
The idea of abstinence by the liberal hosts of "The View" was lampooned on Twitter – where numerous reactions were mocking the prospects of a sex strike in the name of abortion.
Donald Trump Jr. quipped, "I don’t think the ladies of the view participating in a ‘sex strike’ is going to have the effect that they intended. Just saying."
T.J. Moe – former NFL receiver and contributor to the "Fearless with Jason Whitlock" podcast on BlazeTV – remarked, "If the women on 'The View' go on a sex strike, but there is no one trying to have sex with them… did the sex strike actually happen?…If a tree falls in the woods…"
Radio host Erick Erickson explained, "You know, if y'all do go on a sex strike, you won't have to worry about abortions."
Republican congressional candidate Vernon Jones mocked, "Just heard news that feminists are planning a nationwide sex strike in response to the possible overturn of Roe v. Wade. The less of these folks we have reproducing, the better so THANK YOU."
Columnist Tim Young tweeted, "The hosts of 'The View' proposed a sex strike for abortion rights... They do realize that someone would actually want to have sex with them in order for them to 'go on strike' from doing it, right?"
Conservative commentator Jessica Taylor noted, "I never thought I’d see the day when the left would be arguing for abstinence."
Author Chad Felix Greene pointed out, "Feminists: 'STOP OBJECTIFYING WOMEN!!' Also Feminists: 'NO ABORTION NO SEX!! WE'RE ON A SEX STRIKE TO PUNISH MEN!!'"
Turning Point ambassador Isabella Riley wrote on Twitter, "I love when women say they are going on a 'sex strike' as a response to the Supreme Court overturning Roe... No one sexualizes women more than women themselves. I wonder why people don't take women seriously!"
Radio host Jimmy Failla jested, "Joy Behar says she’s going on a sex strike. And here I was thinking she wanted to punish men."
Comedian Kurt Metzger joked, "I’m just saying a Joy Behar sex strike is an odd threat. I'm always DRESSING her with my eyes! I imagine she's in a suit of armor under a full spacesuit."
In September 2021, Bette Midler called for a sex strike in retaliation to the Fetal Heartbeat Act being passed in Texas. For Midler, the threat was not taken seriously by many, and she was ridiculed.
In May 2019, activist Alyssa Milano proposed that women should withhold sexual activities from men in an act of rebellion against a pro-life bill in Georgia. Milano's proposal backfired epically as conservatives encouraged her to engage in a sex strike, and some progressives were upset with the messaging from the actress that was deemed to be not representative of feminism.