August 02, 2005

Womyn Rant Redux

Okay, what sort of brain trust thought this up? Seriously. I mean, I know that NARAL is not what you'd call a "middle-of-the-road" organization, but hello? They couldn't have done a better job of making themselves look like dumbass idiots if they'd hired Karl Rove to do their fundraising planning for them. "Screw Abstinence?" Why, because you can always get those inconvenient fetuses vacu-sucked right out of your uterus if they show up? Because STDs are so reliably prevented by condoms--NOT? Because you're a vapid poseur who thinks that a "clever" event title won't in any way mar your attempt to disassociate the "right to abortion" from the idea that women use abortion not as a "tragic last resort" but as invasive, bloody birth control? Stupid cows. Here's a gun. Your foot is that large thing below you on the ground. Good luck with that.

Crap like that is almost enough to make me side with Sheila Jeffreys. Well, no, not really. I've never been down with the whole "I'm a political lesbian all sex is rape ohmigod PATRIARCHY DIE DIE genderless society uber alles" crap, because I am proudly prejudiced against reality-challenged nonsense. And I'll pause here while Hublet sighs in relief.

However, I am fascinated by the ways in which extremely militant feminists often intersect with right wing attitudes toward sexuality--condemning porn and sexual libertarianism. Of course, their arguments come from the opposite extremes of the political spectrum, but in a broad sense they are all about the same thing--the dirty little secret that by sexually saturating our society we may be doing more harm than good.

Read the Jeffries article. Yes, you'll roll your eyes so hard that they might fall out of your head, but it's still interesting.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at August 2, 2005 10:36 AM

Sigh (of relief re: second paragraph).

Sigh (of vexation re: subject of first paragraph).

Back to paragraph two: let's not forget the woman, in a graduate class we shared, who wanted to replace the word "seminal" with "ovacular."

Posted by: Husband of BAW at August 2, 2005 02:09 PM

I proposed ``Sex is Overrated'' tee-shirts for teens who want to look cool. You can have your shirt and eat it too.

Posted by: Ron Hardin at August 2, 2005 04:07 PM

I think blaming men for a lot of that stuff is silly. I doubt any man I know finds a woman more attractive because she's drawn on the edges of her eyelids, put black goop on her eyelashes, then plucked her eyebrows out and penciled them back in. Yet there are women who do this religiously. They do it for their own darn selves. We won’t talk about the sexual act they should forgo if eyeliner is toxic.

Posted by: Joel at August 2, 2005 05:29 PM

A newspaper column that responds nicely to both the extreme right wing and left wing attitudes about sex in our culture was written by David Brooks in the NY Times and called "Public Hedonism and Private Restraint." (sorry, you now have to pay to get it on NYT Archives). He contrasted the apparent "coolness" among teens of talking about sex and watching MTV and talking like rap stars with statistics showing rates of teen sex, teen pregnancy, abortions, etc. have been consistently going down for a while.

The wisest thing anyone ever said to me when my daughter was born was not to worry, because children are pretty tough to break. The radical left and rightists who worry overly much about pop culture would do well to remember that the same may be true about teenagers.

Posted by: Poppleton at August 3, 2005 02:48 PM