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Conservatives Are Trying to Take Over The World

September 28, 2009

lady_tell_a_friendOnce in a while, on the Internet, you come across something that makes your skin crawl and automatically engages your gag reflex, and no I’m not talking about videos like “Two Girls One Cup”. 

No, what I’m taking about is a website that promotes ideas that are so incredibly biased, sexist and full of misinformation that it makes you wonder about the state of the world. 

That is exactly what happened to me when I came across the Sense and Sexuality website, which also hosts it’s own blog. The site in question market’s itself  as “all science, no spin”, but it is in fact sponsored by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute, which is an organization devoted to “preparing and promoting conservative women leaders”. Ok, so I’m not here to bash an entire political party, but simply to point out that a site and blog which were created to promote the ideas of a political organization cannot claim to be providing us information devoid of any “spin”.

All things considered, that is only one of the minor problems I have with this site. What really bugs the hell out of me are the so-called science based facts that it tries to promote. Let’s take a look, shall we:

Your cervix, the entrance to your uterus, has a vulnerable area one cell thick, called the transformation zone. It’s easy for HPV (the human papillomavirus, which can cause genital warts, and even cervical cancer) to settle in there. That’s why most teen girls are infected from one of their first sexual partners. By adulthood the transformation zone is replaced with a thicker, tougher surface. So it’s wise to delay sexual activity, or, if you’ve already started, to stop. 

Even though these infections are common, and usually disappear with time, learning you have one can be devastating. Natural reactions are shock, anger, and confusion. Who did I get this from, and when? Was he unfaithful? Who should I tell? And hardest of all: Who will want me now?

These concerns can affect your mood, concentration, and sleep. They can deal a serious blow to your self esteem. And to your GPA.

The HPV vaccine is a major achievement, but the protection it provides is limited. You are still vulnerable to other infections like herpes, chlamydia, HIV, and non-covered strains of HPV. And of course no vaccine prevents a broken heart.

Not only does this little fact tidbit completely ignore other means of protection like having you and your partner undergo tests before engaging in any kind of sexual activity, or the prevention benefits of using condoms, but it also plays to the easiest common denominator: fear. Of course confusion, fear and anger are common reactions to any medical diagnosis, it’s to be expected, but playing on those emotions to promote abstinence before marriage by saying things like “who will want me now” is just plain ugly. 

Intimate behavior floods your brain with a chemical that fuels attachment. Cuddling, kissing and sexual contact releases oxytocin, a hormone that announces: I’m with someone special now. Time to switch love on, and caution off  […]

When it comes to sex, oxytocin, like alcohol, turns red lights green. It plays a major role in what’s called “the biochemistry of attachment.” Because of it, you could develop feelings for a guy whose last intention is to bond with you. You might think of him all day, but he can’t remember your name.

I don’t even feel I need to actually produce an argument to prove how offending it is to have a doctor insinuate that oxytocin will make a women fall in love and throw caution to the wind, while the guy she’s fucking won’t even remember her name. 

Having more than five oral sex partners has been associated with throat cancer. Turns out that HPV can cause malignant tumors in the throat, just like it does in the cervix.

Again, using fear and the threat of promiscuity in women to discourage sexual activity before marriage, instead of talking about safer sex options: Hello, my name is condom and I can also be used to go down on a guy who’s cock may find its way down your throat. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 30% of all women will have had anal intercourse by the age of 24. Even with condoms, this behavior places them at increased risk of infection with HIV and other STDs. For example, the risk for HIV transmission during anal intercourse is at least 20 times higher than with vaginal intercourse.

The government website, http://www.fda.gov, provides no-nonsense advice about avoiding HIV: “Condoms provide some protection, but anal intercourse is simply too dangerous to practice.”

The rectum is an exit, not an entrance. Anal penetration is hazardous. Don’t do it.

Oh My God! I mean seriously! I find this last “fact” offensive on so many levels. Sure, their site is entirely devoted to heterosexual women, so it doesn’t exactly come as a surprise that they would blatantly discount any sexual activity that might be considered “queer”, but to fall back on the whole “the rectum is an exit, not a entrance” point of view is rife with subtle disdain towards a sexual act that brings many many people pleasure.

The author doesn’t leave the slightest room for discussion or for the mere mention of other perspectives and she constantly perpetuates the idea that men are innocent players in all STD discourse. I certainly don’t want to turn the tables and put the onus on men, but when she writes things like: “When he told you he’s “clean,” that’s probably what he believed”, all I can think about is ok, sure, that might be true, but how does that lead to women must abstain from sex, because that is the only way to prevent any of this from happening. If it’s true that most men aren’t aware of carrying the HPV virus, because that is not a test that is normally included in their STD screening, why not advocate for a more in-depth screening of both sexes as well as promoting the use of condoms as a means to protect yourself?

When did abstinence becomes the be all and end all of preventing sexually transmitted diseases and when did marriage become a safe guard against them in the first place? I’m sure their are plenty of married couples out there who keep giving each other the clap!

11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 28, 2009 7:45 pm

    This was an interesting, but frustrating, read. If they’re going to spout this pathetic bile, then fine – but it cuts both ways, fuckers. Blokes are susceptible to all the “dangers” of which you speak too.

    Honestly, when will these people look at the evidence. Rates of STDs and teen pregnancies are demonstrably higher in countries with conservative attitudes to sex than those that are liberal about it. Compare the UK to the Netherlands, for example.

    Alas. Just another tool of oppression from nosy, fascist pricks.

  2. September 28, 2009 8:29 pm

    What interests me is whether they truly believe what they are saying or is it just another way to promote their agenda. I’m sure, they would see a blog like this to be doing the exact same thing, in terms of promoting a biased point of view and maybe I am a little biased, but at least my biases come from ideas of freedom and equality. I have no objections to abstinence as a choice before marriage or before when you deem yourself mature enough to deal with the consequences of your decisions, but I just don’t understand why some people view it as the only choice possible. Sites like http://www.scarleteen.com actually gives teens good solid facts and support regarding whichever decision they undertake. Now, that is something I can stand behind!

  3. September 28, 2009 10:06 pm

    I’m not going to comb through the entirety of fda.gov, but I’m pretty certain that they don’t have any official opinion on whether the poopchute is an exit-only hole or not. But even if they did, it’s particularly offensive that this website is trying to claim that “science” has in some way informed their opinions on the matter.

    “The rectum is an exit, not an entrance.” This is an opinion, not a fact. Anal penetration isn’t without risk, particularly for whomever is on the bottom (which, let’s point out, could be either a woman or a man), but if you’re fucking someone without a condom, whether anally or vaginally, there’s *always* going to be a risk. So why make it an anal vs. vaginal debate at all? The point is that everyone should use condoms, not that one is much more dangerous than the other, especially since–scientifically speaking–it’s unclear as to how much more dangerous one is than the other.

  4. September 28, 2009 11:25 pm

    What really got to me was that not once through the site did they mention safe sex practices. All of the so-facts you can read on their site are meant to dissuade you from having sex. Abstinence seems to be the one way to prevent a) a broken heart b) your GPA from going down c) getting an STD, etc, etc.

  5. JonnyAlazka permalink
    September 29, 2009 3:00 pm

    Fuck the conservatives and fuck racists and fuck ignorant people the world over. Fuck em to hell and back!!

  6. September 29, 2009 3:06 pm

    Damn Jonny, so much anger. Do you need a hug?

  7. JonnyAlazka permalink
    September 29, 2009 4:19 pm

    Well, maybe fuck conservatives is a little over the top. There are probably some conservatives that are pretty good people, i say this because I have a loose understanding of what conservative even means. Ignorant people and racists though, fuck ’em.
    Doesn’t everyone need a hug when you really get right down to it? The answer is yes. So please remember to “hug ’em before you fuck ’em”.

  8. September 29, 2009 4:26 pm

    Hugs for everyone it is then. Just call 1-800-hug-olga.

  9. October 1, 2009 3:21 pm

    Here’s a link for ya, about a woman who tweeted her miscarriage while in a meeting: http://jezebel.com/5372156/a-reconsideration-of-penelope-trunk-the-miscarriage+tweeting-career-advisor

  10. October 1, 2009 3:42 pm

    Thanks for the link, I hadn’t heard of this. Personally, I don’t think it’s so outrageous to talk about personal issues on twitter or any other social networking platform. I’m not familiar with Penelope Trunk either, even though I did just give her blog a quick once over, but from what I can tell she’s very outspoken, clear and direct. The blog name brazen careerist suits her well. She is without shame and I think that’s a good thing. Women shouldn’t be ashamed to talk about having a miscarriage or wanting to get an abortion. It’s the idea that those subjects are hush-hush and should be kept quiet that reinforces the stigma attached to them in the first place. And as for her seemingly callous reaction to her own miscarriage, well it shouldn’t come as a surprise since she was planning on terminating the pregnancy in the first place.

  11. September 21, 2010 3:31 am

    no they not! may be you just paranoid

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