Bitching Brew

Monday, October 31, 2005

Knock knock. Who's there? Erotophobics. Bugger off.

There are millions of idiots in this world. Possibly billions, but I'll give the poor and uneducated the benefit of the doubt. One of the most striking examples of buffoonery is the fetid claim that contraception is a bad thing. It crops up now and then in various guises.

Here we go again. Britain's NHS has pointed out that if more women used long-term forms of contraception (e.g. injections), as opposed to the pill or condoms, then the unplanned pregnancy rate would drop like a stone. Very true. People forget sometimes. They get drunk. They're inept. Etcetera. Injections and implants aren't a panacea though - they have associated negatives as well. It's up to women to weigh the pros and cons, and decide what to do with their own bodies.

But this is the juicy part: conservatives are displeased by this revelation. They don't want more or better contraception; they want less of it! Let's be frank: it's not health they're concerned about, it's "promiscuity". They don't like sex, these frigid folks. It's dirty and sinful. Mmmm. So dirty that they don't want to talk about it, read about it, hear about it, or think about it. I wonder whether they do it...?
So the body is a temple, huh? Well I've got news for you kiddo - people go into temples. And if they don't, they must be pretty shit temples by any measure. (The analogy holds both ways, see?)

Anyway, they're terrified that individuals might feel freer and safer having sex. Ergo, there might be more frequent sex. So they want the health service to spend its money promoting abstinence rather than contraception. (They also want a theocracy.) Wow. These crackpots will have a fit if ever STDs are eliminated. And one could call pregnancy a particularly nasty STD... :P

The London Times carried a good article by Minette Marrin rebutting this kind of rubbish. The opening sentence points out, quite correctly, that:

In the entire history of the world, the greatest freedom women have been given — greater than equal legal status, greater than property rights, greater than the vote — is safe, reliable contraception.

Think about it - it's true and you know it. But there have always been those among us who don't like the idea of freedom for women. Or freedom itself. Sadly, this stinking cohort includes many women among its ranks. That topic deserves a treatment of its own, but suffice it to say that the oppressed often grow up with the logic imposed on them by their oppressor. It's the perverse grandfather of Stockholm Syndrome. (Someone had a similar thought to me on that score.)


I wrote a post somewhat related to this a few weeks back. It was about right-wingers allegedly freaking out over a cancer vaccine. Yes. Seriously. Turns out the allegations were true to a point. For instance, Bridget Maher of the Family Research Council was worried that "giving the HPV vaccine to young women could be potentially harmful, because they may see it as a licence to engage in premarital sex." Thankfully, they've had to moderate their initial stance.

Coming next to a hell near you: radical groups advocate mandatory mastectomy and FGM in an effort to reduce the prevalence of sex. I do despair of humanity sometimes. Those that haven't joined me in the "reality-based community", that is.

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