I’m beginning to loose track of all the hysterically anti-woman-having-sex, anti-comprehensive sex-ed, and anti-contraception rhetoric we’ve heard from the Radical Rightwing, which is now being taught to young people in schools and has supplanted reason and science. Most of this rhetoric is outright contemptuous towards women’s sexuality, women’s reproductive rights, and the Queer Community–our three favorite scapegoats for all of society’s ills. Anyway, here’s more Rightwing zaniness in the sphere of sex-education (or lack thereof) via Feministing. And of course, it’s all directed towards young women who are solely to blame for STDs, teen pregnancy, and expenses. Never mind hormonal adolescent males as they are–as usual–absolved of any responsibility by the Rightwing for any of this.
Republicans don’t favor comprehensive sex ed for high school students, but apparently it’s a-OK by the time you’re a Capitol Hill staffer. That must be why Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma sponsored a “Star Wars”-themed STD slide show yesterday for young Congressional aides.
At the event, Coburn hypocritically advised staffers to use condoms. He has long been an anti-condom crusader.
Coburn’s STD presentation even contained a special message for the ladies. Apparently, it’s up to us alone to stop the spread of STDs:
“What would happen in this country if the young women would say no [to sex] until they’re 20?” [Coburn] asked. “Disease would go down, the pregnancy rate for unwed mothers would go down, the social costs for the next two generations would go down.”
What else can we learn from Coburn? The death penalty should be applied to abortion providers. Women with breast implants are healthier. And “rampant lesbianism” is ruining Oklahoma high schools. Plus, it’s a good idea to serve pizza to accompany a graphic STD slide show. Ewwww.
Um, copyright infringement anyone? Does George Lucas know about this? Darth Vader, my favorite villain of all time, would be very displeased with Coburn abusing the Dark Side of the Force for this kind of stupidity. And Vader’s sex-ed classes would probably be much more informative for young people. After he gets done choking them with his mental powers. But at least young people would learn something, unlike in Abstinence-Only courses.
So if all girls refrain from sexual activity until they’re in their twenties, boys and young men will have to a.) masturbate, b.) ask the twenty-something-year-old women to have sex with them, c.) refrain from anything sexual themselves, or d.) “experiment” with homosexuality…or find out that they were Gay to begin with anyway. But hey, it’s not boys’ and young men’s fault for STDs, teen pregnancy, sexual “promiscuity”, or the costs that come with it. Females’ are the sexual “gatekeepers”, so let’s just look in the mirror and blame ourselves (for the millionth time), ladies. Gotta love all those gender prescribed burdens we have…