Parting Shot: A Rant

January 15, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More

The obsession the Right has had for lo these many years with people’s sexuality has received a final “gift” from the Bush Administration.

This is like grade school stuff.  It’s classic “If we don’t tell them about it, they won’t want it” thinking.

Many on the Right feel everyone should have the freedom to own weapons.  They think, implicitly, everyone is capable of proper usage of guns and that just because a certain number of individuals clearly intend to use them to the detriment of others, that that is no excuse to keep them out of the hands of everyone else.  They are supportive of education in proper use of firearms.

So why the different attitude toward sex?

I expect this question never to be answered in such a way as to be persuasive to those who think sex is something that ought to be left in the gutter and in the closet, who think that teenagers ought not be told about it in the vain hope that they won’t use it, but I am so utterly and profoundly tired of this infantile crap.

So you’re squeamish and you react negatively to words like “penis” and “vagina” and the idea of the one sliding into the other sends shivers of revulsion down your spine.  But oddly enough you probably don’t have a problem with images of gunshot wounds or swords cleaving limbs from torsos.  You have no problem with the idea of strapping someone to a chair or table and applying pain in order to extract information.  You’ve got no problem with dumping toxic waste into rivers or landfills as long as you can live apart from it in the style and manner to which you’d like to be accustomed.  You have no problem prosecuting a president for a blow job but one who has ordered the slaughter of hundreds of thousands based on twisted and erroneous information is okay.

Here’s the trade off—I won’t call you a sociopath and try to enact legislation to require you to seek psychological counseling if you would just get out of people’s sex lives!

Do you have any idea how much misery, suffering, and pain the ignorance of matters sexual causes, globally, every day because you, whoever you are who thinks this kind of repression is somehow moral, can’t stand the idea of people making love outside the bounds of your narrow moral vision?

In certain countries, where marriage is the norm for 11, 12, or 13 year old girls, there is an unfortunate and horrible physiological syndrome these girls suffer if they become pregnant.  Because their bodies are capable of intercourse and they’re dropping eggs, pregnancy is not uncommon but because their bodies aren’t fully mature, this can cause a tear between the uterus and the bowel, which results in a constant leakage of waste fluid out of the bowel.  Over time, the condition festers, can often lead to plasmotoxosis and septisemia, probably an early death, but before that it causes these girls to begin to smell horribly.  They are then ostracized and cast out of their communities.  Before the absurdity of Abstinence Only informed our policies, American sponsored health organizations, like Planned Parenthood, were addressing that problem.  They couldn’t change the custom of early marriage but they could provide contraception and reliable education, and for a time they were making inroads in stopping this.  Bush’s people cut all that funding and now the problem is back in full.

Point  being, not all the services provided by these “evil advocates of irresponsible carnality” are for the purpose of allowing people to screw recreationally whenever they want—there are serious, serious health issues involved.

There are many such instances of unfortunate side-effects of sex which these policies have exacerbated and I am fucking sick and tired of it!

So along with Bush and his cronies, I would like all you sex-aversive morons to kindly leave as well.  Many of us do not share your revulsion.

Enjoy your parting shot while you can.

End of rant.

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Category: American Culture, Censorship, Civil Rights, Culture, Current Events, Health, ignorance, Medicine, Religion, Reproductive Rights, Sex

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Mark is a writer and musician living in the St. Louis area. He hit puberty at the peak of the Sixties and came of age just as it was all coming to a close with the end of the Vietnam War. He was annoyed when bellbottoms went out of style, but he got over it.

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  1. Erich Vieth says:

    Ideology over patient rights. That's the mantra of the Bush Administration. If this makes you angry, join me in taking action. Here a place to start: Listen to this short message by Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood.

    http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/hhsdec08_pporg?q

    Here's a more detailed version of the information: http://www.plannedparenthood.org/newsroom/press-r

    Truly, there is no need to simply be angry. Let's change this ghastly Bush rule. There's nothing wrong, for instance, with telling sexual assault victims that they CAN have access to emergency contraception.

    Let's undo the new Bush rule and tell the fundamentalists that their religion has no place in our government.

  2. Mindy says:

    Mark, you rock, plain and simple. Thank you for pointing this out. Thank you for making it clear. Thank you for outlining the utter absurdity of this mindset.

    Choosing abstinence is fine. I'm all for it; as the mother of a 13.5-yr.-old daughter, I hope that is her choice for the next several years. But adults who assume that because they teach only that to their children, said children will abstain obediently, are daft. Period.

    My guess is that in most teen pregnancy cases, parents did not, in fact, teach their children that having sex was OK. They did not suggest that their children go out and copulate. They probably did not even model such behavior. Sure, that all happens, but not for the majority.

    I, too, am sick of it, Mark. I cannot wait til this regime is a thing of the past.

  3. AnonaMiss says:

    Does anybody have a link to the full text of the new regulation? I'd search for it myself, but nobody seems to be giving its name in their articles either…

  4. Erich Vieth says:

    AnonaMiss:

    You can find the link to the actual wording at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Here's the relevant language and link:

    The Department of Health and Human Services controls billions of dollars in funding for medical institutions. The agency estimates that nearly 572,000 "health care entities" will be affected by its new policy for medical staff objecting to providing abortion care or information. To read the agency's statement on the finalized rule, go to <a href="http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-30134.pdf

    ” target=”_blank”>http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2008/pdf/E8-30134.pdf

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