13 July 2014

Quote for the day -- what the righties really hate

"So why are conservatives fighting so hard to make contraception harder for women to obtain? Because they don't think people — young people, poor people, unmarried people, gay people — should be able to enjoy 'consequence-free sex.' Because it's sex that they hate — it's sex for pleasure that they hate — and they hate that kind of sex more than they hate abortion, teen moms, and welfare spending combined. Knowing that some people are having sex for pleasure without having their futures disrupted by an unplanned pregnancy or having their health compromised by a sexually transmitted infection or having to run a traumatizing gauntlet of shrieking 'sidewalk counselors' to get to an abortion clinic keeps them up at night."

Dan Savage


Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

That's the only logical explanation for being against birth control in this day and age.

The RCC does not allow its adherents to practice birth control for any reason, and calls the practice sinful. But 98% of Catholics, men and women, practice family planning. There are many fundamentalist Protestant and other religionists who view certain birth control medications and devices as abortifacients, even though the Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology refute those claims.

I think it's a combination of misogyny and sanctified idiocy that drives these mostly male authoritarians to keep women home and pregnant and to keep sexual pleasure and happiness in the realm of sinfulness.

Pardon me for my language, but f**k 'em all.

13 July, 2014 14:24  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

It's bizarre, but a lot of the focus of militant religion these days really does seem to come down to hatred of sex. And yes, in a patriarchal religion (which is pretty much all of them), hatred of sex means misogyny. Almost all the Islamist insanity about women stems from an obsessive concern that the very existence of women distracts men from "holiness" by making them think about sex.

13 July, 2014 14:49  
Blogger Scott McGreal said...

As well as hatred of sex specifically, I think conservatives hate pleasure more generally, hence their support for repressive drug policies.

13 July, 2014 18:45  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Scott: Good point, although they seem more obsessive about the sexual taboos, probably because they're actually in the holy books since they date back so far.

14 July, 2014 05:43  

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