May 23rd, 2006

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The American Taliban -- Going After Straight Rights

Like tharain, I *HAVE* to pass on this informational rant from Dan Savage. And I'm not putting it behind a cut, because it's IMPORTANT.

STRAIGHT RIGHTS UPDATE: I've been running around with my hair on fire trying to convince my straight readers that religious conservatives don't just hate homos. Their attacks on gay people, relationships, parents, and sex get all the press, but the American Taliban has an anti-straight-rights agenda too. As I wrote on March 23: "The GOP's message to straight Americans: If you have sex, we want it to fuck up your lives as much as possible. No birth control, no emergency contraception, no abortion services, no lifesaving vaccines. If you get pregnant, tough shit. You're going to have those babies, ladies, and you're going to make those child-support payments, gentlemen."

After raising the alarm for months back here in the sex ads, I was gratified to read Russell Shorto's brilliant cover story, "The War on Contraception," in the New York Times Magazine last weekend. To readers who think I'm being hysterical: So you don't think the religious right would seriously go after birth control? Fine, don't believe me. But maybe you'll believe Shorto when he lays out the American Taliban's plan to deny access to birth control—any and all types, folks, not just emergency contraception.

"In particular, and not to put too fine a point on it, they want to change the way Americans have sex," Shorto writes. "Contraception, by [their] logic, encourages sexual promiscuity, sexual deviance (like homosexuality), and a preoccupation with sex that is unhealthful even within marriage." Shorto quotes Judie Brown, president of the American Life League: "We see a direct connection between the practice of contraception and the practice of abortion. The mind-set that invites a couple to use contraception is an antichild mind-set.... We oppose all forms of contraception." And there's this from R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary: "I cannot imagine any development in human history, after the Fall, that has had a greater impact on human beings than the pill... Prior to it, every time a couple had sex, there was a good chance of pregnancy. Once that is removed, the entire horizon of the sexual act changes. I think there could be no question that the pill gave incredible license to everything from adultery and affairs to premarital sex and within marriage to a separation of the sex act and procreation."

I'll say it again, breeders: The American Taliban is not just opposed to straight premarital sex, with their abstinence education and hilariously ineffective virginity pledges, or gay sex, with their "ex-gay" campaigns and their anti-gay-marriage amendments. The American Taliban doesn't think married heterosexual couples should be able to use birth control. If you care about your own freedom—not just your right to have premarital sex, but your right to decide whether, when, and how many children you're going to have—you need to read "The War on Contraception." And don't comfort yourself with the notion that these are just some antisex religious wackos: The Bush administration not only listens to these wackos, it appoints them to important positions all over the federal government—and let's not even think about the members of the American Taliban that Bush has already appointed to lifetime positions in the federal judiciary.

This is some serious shit, breeders. You're being attacked. It's time to fight back.


Back in high school, one of my classes included a pretty detailed explanation and discussion of the left/right, liberal/converative thing, the major point to me being that conservatives want to return to an earlier, more stable/pure/better time, whereas liberals are more open to change, moving to the future, etc. So applying this political analysis to the anti-contraception crowd, like those quoted here, I guess they're aiming to bring America to a time somewhere after the Fall, but before the 20th century, when contraception became widespread? (It's been used since ancient times.) What the high holy F*CK is UP with these people?! Send them to the MOON! I don't want to live on the same planet as them.
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Dad Update - Good News

So I'm going home to my parents in MA for the holiday weekend. And here today I get this email from my oldest sister, Nancy. Hopefully this means I'm coming in time to be really useful!

Hi All -

It looks like Dad may come home this week. He sounds much stronger
every day, although he's still wheezing. The most dangerous thing is
that he'll get an antibiotic-resistant bacterial infection in his lungs
through the opening in his back. Mom's sterile technique is going to be
key. On the other hand, the best place to get an antibiotic-resistant
infection is in a hospital.

What she is going to need is a lot of sheets and washing, because Dad is
going to be in bed and is a loose eater and also has an oozy back. And
she's TIRED, because she hasn't been sleeping well and because spending
all day, every day in the hospital is just tiring.


I think I will go to IKEA Thursday and get Mom and Dad some nice sets of sheets. I have sheets from there that Caleb got me for my birthday last year and they're wonderfully sturdy. Other than that, I can help out by cleaning up around the house, doing yardwork, and of course just being there.
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Am, Am Not

10 Adjectives That Describe Me Well

- Talkative
- Flamboyant
- Eccentric
- Stubborn
- Tactful
- Funny
- Theatrical
- Loud
- Stylish
- Sloppy

10 Adjective That Are So NOT Me

- Quiet
- Sexy
- Slutty
- Flirty
- Impatient
- Violent
- Fluffy
- Mean
- Short
- Republican

Well... I say anyway.