Thursday, December 21, 2006

Everybody’s Doing It

I had to laugh when I read the results of an exhaustive study on the sexual behavior of Americans. Can you believe it? 9 out of 10 Americans surveyed have engaged in premarital sex! It seems ludicrous that we would need to spend time and money to prove what most of us (9 out of 10 apparently) already know, but with the regressive Bush regime ramming abstinence only education down our throats, clearly spending the time and money was necessary.

I watched Tucker Carlson’s show on Wednesday and he led with a teaser on this story, asking the inane question, “What do these results tell us about our society?” I don’t know about you, but the first thing that occurred to me is that we apparently share this country with a bunch of hypocritical Christians. Speaking in round numbers, if approximately 90% of the American people consider themselves Christian, then at best, 80% of them are sinners in the eyes of their God. Forgive the rest of us for not wanting to legislate your particular brand of morality when you can’t even follow it yourselves.

I also heard Mr. Carlson on his show, pushing the meme that liberals hate abstinence education. We don’t hate abstinence education, what we hate is the head in the sand approach of “abstinence ONLY” education when dealing with our children. As a parent, I am all for teaching abstinence first to our teenagers, but ignoring the reality that they are hormonally charged little sex bandits is just plain stupid and we better arm them with as much information as we can about how to protect themselves if (or rather when) they do decide to have sex.

8 Comments:

Anonymous rkelly said...

"hormonally charged little sex bandits"

Wow, this is the best description of our human physical body experience during the highly formative years of our life and it doesn't stop with youth, either!

1:56 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

rkelly--I certainly hope it doesn't!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous david said...

I recall one famous economist described the typical obsessions of undergrads at Ivy League schools over the past 50 years to be "sex, alcohol, and athletics."

The dishonesty that comes with piousness is so unChristian. Mary didn't get pregnant by Joseph. And Jesus didn't go about casting the first stone. He was no Pastor Ted.

The uptight Born Agains are in denial. And that's why they have so many skeletons in their closets. Well, that's why they need closets.

It would help in Americans look to the French for some guidance in matters sexual. It's not as amoral as Tucker might think. Segolene Royal, who will likely become the next French president, has four children by her life partner. She's an atheist, but a big believer in family.

5:00 PM  
Blogger The (liberal)Girl Next Door said...

As am I, an atheist AND a big believer in family, hell, even in marriage. As far as I can tell, the difference between my belief in marriage and the fundamentalist view of marriage, is that I find it works for me yet have no need to dictate how marriage is defined or decide what it means to those who choose to join the institution. I'll be a happy advocate for marriage, fight to make sure that it's universally available and still admit that it isn't for everyone.

The desire for sex, on the other hand, appears to be the one thing we all have in common, whether we choose to admit it or not.

12:58 AM  
Blogger xenophon said...

Abstinence only programs symbolize the fact fact we cannot expect rational solutions to problems from the radical idealogues who have captured the Republican Party. No matter how many people die, or how much suffering is caused by their stubborn stupidity.

Bush administration funding towards HIV/AIDS education and prevention in Africa has been modified to spend two thirds of the money toward abstinence only which has thrown a monkey wrench into prevention efforts.

Abstinence only education efforts are being expanded to include unmarried people up to age 29 even though statistics clearly show that it is normal for 90% of that group to be sexually active.

Not only is the Republican Party made up of stupid people with stupid ideas, and policies, but experience has shown they are not even competent enough to make their stupid ideas work.

In recent years GOP members of the Washington State legislature lead by the late James West, tried to ban all information on sexually transmitted diseases and how to avoid contracting them, tried to make homosexual activity a felony, and sexual contact by teenagers a serious misdemeanor.

Next thing we know the party that gave us "illegal enemy combatants", (hapless civilians arrested in random sweeps), "terrorist enablers", (democrats), will probably add a new catagory of "hormonally charged little sex bandits" to the Military Commissions Act of 2006, and ship them all off to Guantanimo Bay.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous drm said...

It can be argued that marraige should never be mentioned in government regulations or laws made that grant rights, privileges, etc based on marital status. That is what the debate is about, government recoginizing something called "Marraige".

I would say why should government define or recognize government? I would be perfectly happy to get government out of all things regarding marraige, no laws, no tax breaks, etc, but obviously that is not the case.

Since we can all agree that government is in the business of "marraige", the simple question then becomes who defines the government definition of "marraige"? Pretty simple question. Since the definition of marraige drives public policy who, in our form of government, makes public policy? In my mind the answer is quite easy. Legislators elected by the people, are the individuals who make public policy and are thus the people who will define what marraige is.

Whatever your view is, if you believe in our form of government, then you should believe it is the legislative branch that should define marraige. If you do not like the definition then convince enough like minded individuals to vote in legislators who will define marraige to your liking. Pretty simple.

What I strongly disagree is the concept of the courts deciding they want to be legislators and dictating what public policies should be. Agreeing that unelected individuals should dictate public policy is a belief in a form of government that we do not have.

I have my view of what marraige is and I am sure many on this blog may have a different view but the way to resolve this issue is through the democratic process of elections and votes, not through mandates by unelected individuals.

3:09 PM  
Anonymous drm said...

oops...., the line " would say why should government define or recognize government? " should read " would say why should government define or recognize marraige?"

3:10 PM  
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