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from this week's Savage Love...
from this week's Savage Love...
Do you read Savage Love? Anyone on this site should. I love it......Dan tells it like it is with intelligence and humor. And I almost always learn something new. Anyway, I'd like to share something from this week's column:
STRAIGHT RIGHTS UPDATE
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. And if you get HPV and it leads to cervical cancer, well, that's too bad. Have a nice funeral, slut."
After raising the alarm for months back here in the sex ads section, I was intensely gratified to read Russell Shorto's brilliant cover story "The War on Contraception" in The New York Times Magazine last weekend. You don't think the religious right would seriously go after birth control? Fine, don't believe me. But believe Shorto when he lays out the American Taliban's plan to deny access to birth control–any and all types, 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," he continues, "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. So when a baby is conceived accidentally, the couple already have this negative attitude toward the child. Therefore seeking an abortion is a natural outcome. 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."
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 anti-sex religious wackos: The Bush administration listens to these wackos and appoints them to important positions all over the federal government. Let's not even think about the members of the American Taliban 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.