If It’s Held Together With Duct-tape, It’s Not Working.
Hey, Tennessee. Yeah, you, little guy. Can I have a word?
I see you’ve got some sex ed programs there. That’s nice. We want our kids to be able to make safe and informed decisions about their sexual health.
Oh, “abstinence only”? You say it’s the only way to keep kids from getting pregnant or passing STDs? That’s funny, your abstinence only program that’s been around for a while now hasn’t impacted the 26.7% of 10-19 year olds that were pregnant in 2010.
What’s that little guy? You got a plan? Okay, lay it on me.
What the-? Oh god, what is this? SB 3310 and it does what? It potentially bans hugging? Because it might lead to sexual behavior?
Hugs might also lead to friends. Should we ban human emotion?
Let’s get this straight. If you have to tack on an ad-hoc amendment that steps outside of actual sex education to put restrictions on behavior outside of the classroom, your program isn’t working.
Abstinence-Only education doesn’t work. Morals don’t play into it. The numbers speak for themselves.
The Oracles of Pennsylvania Avenue
This is a great story. To stand so strongly and gracefully behind your values is a lesson not easily swallowed by a generation of ‘instant-gratifiers’. I’m looking forward to sitting down and watching the whole series.
One sentence that disturbed me though was rather casually thrown in by the author:
I also discovered that nuclear waste (Depleted Uranium) from both the weapons industry and the nuclear power industry was being placed into armour-piercing weapons, and that the use of such weapons by the US military was suspected of having dramatically increased the number of horrific birth defects among Iraqi children.
Is this true? Dear Lord, what horrific warriors we are. Could this be considered chemical/nuclear warfare? Does it violate Geneva or any other law on appropriate wartime conduct?
Sex and Drugs (and women’s rights.)
Guys, I’ve tried to step back and just let the political drama of choosing the least lopsided peacock to play presidential candidate play out above my overworked head, but the recent legislation in Virginia broke this camel’s back.
Some of us might need a recap of this fantastic trip through Neverland the Republicans have cooked up, so here’s my version:
- Abortions are immoral and just plain bad. They should be illegal, and barring making them illegal, we should try to subtly persuade women to not get abortions. Idea: keep clinics which offer abortion services (even if they offer other important and at times life saving functions) from getting ANY MONEY.
- A rational individual may interpret this to mean, “Let’s pay more attention to family planning and so avoid these awkward situations,” but you’d be WRONG. Because family planning is tantamount to abortion. Contraception (by which I mean the form that women have control over, nobody is saying condoms are immoral) is evil because it blocks God’s will (even if it’s not your god.) And if we can’t storm teenager’s homes and re-lock the chastity belt ourselves, we’ll settle for making birth control as rare as street parking in Manhattan. Translation: If you have any inclination to not offer contraception coverage in your employee health care, that’s fine. As long as you provide funding for men’s completely vital treatments, such as Viagra or gonorrheal infections (which, wouldn’t you know would also be preventable with abstinence or God’s will.)
- So, according to the Republican vanguard, you’re perfectly logical choices are no sex (unless you’ve been sexually assault…actually no, if the choice to have sex has been taken away from you violently, you will still be denied the choice to bear a child as a result) or a family of Biblical proportions, we’ll have some odd looking families. Maybe single parent households, very young parents (or in some cases very old) and those who just aren’t financially stable to support a family. I guess we’ll have to up the ante on social services. WRONG AGAIN SILLY BADGER. Welfare is an unfair taxation on those of us who have made the right (God’s?) choices and worked hard for our future and the next Republican candidate will work to strip away any financial support for you and your new love child.
So, we can’t have birth control, we can’t have after-pregnacy health measures, we can’t even have after-birth/infancy/childhood support and it is women’s fault that the American Family is falling to pieces. What do you want from us? Miraculous de-conception?
Hey, rich-white-males, l’m going to let you in on a little secret: it takes two to tango (and to have sex) so if you keep targeting the rights that women hold without holding men equally accountable in the reproductive process (or better yet just leaving everyone alone) then somebody’s going to get wise and think you’re a bunch of sexist, chauvinist, power mongers that would love to see women subjugated.
*Whew. That was a long trip down memory lane guys. Makes me wonder why the war on religion is getting so much more airtime than the War on Women.
I talked with Nancy Pelosi about SOPA the other day, and she said that the experience with piracy is different for people in the movie industry. Maybe — I’m not a movie producer. But I do know that right now the entire content industry is facing massive systemic changes, and to claim that declining sales are because of piracy is so over the top. Any company that is providing great content online in a way that’s easy to use with a fair price has a booming business right now. The people who don’t are trying to fight that future.
So here we have this legislation, with all of these possible harms, to solve a problem that only exists in the minds of people who are afraid of the future. Why should the government be intervening on behalf of the people who aren’t getting with the program?