Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tried to address the issue of alcohol consumption by pregnant women. But the new guidelines were controversial: they advised all women of childbearing age who were not on birth control to avoid alcohol, citing the increased risk of unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, and even violence and injury.
The Twittersphere was quick to accuse the guidelines of being offensive and perpetuating rape culture.
The CDC tries to warn of alcohol abuse by pregnant women, accidentally repeats rape culture: https://t.co/DLq1rTJEsE
— Megatherium (@_noujoum) February 7, 2016
Dear women: don't forget, your bodies are mere baby factories so please act accordingly https://t.co/67Q3eN3aw3
— 🇧🇧🇹🇹🇺🇸👨👩👧👦🐕🌉 Ed (@eparillon) February 3, 2016
Feminist and food artist Katie Stephens saw the new warnings and was equally outraged.
“I know it’s easy to dismiss the outrage as a bunch of women who just want to get drunk, but it’s more insidious than that,” Stephens told the Daily Dot. “It’s the government reducing women to either pre-pregnant or pregnant, and that has serious ramifications—especially when women’s rights are under attack already.”
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So Stephens decided to channel her fury into a hilarious creation: a guide that matches a woman’s choice of birth control to the perfect alcoholic pairing. She posted the chart to her Instagram.