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Monday, May 08, 2006

not to put too fine a point on it

for some reason whenever i see that line, hear that line, or even hear something remotely resembling "too fine a point", i can't help but hear the entire lyrics to "birdhouse in your soul." ...not to put too fine a point on it, say i'm the only bee in your bonnet, make a little birdhouse in your soul... admit it, it happens to you, too, right? i can't be the only one.
anyway, on this occasion, the context of this line was an article in the times about contraception, and the emerging battle against it. apparently, abortion is only the tip of the iceberg. crazy christians (because "fundamentalist" just doesn't begin to cover it) are now planning to roll us back to the times of abelard and heloise when sex -- even within marriage -- was frowned upon except for the sole purpose of procreation. because as we all know sex is the real problem with america today. hey, i whole-heartedly agree that contraception is not everything it's cracked up to be. women can still get pregnant, and some thoroughly unwelcome diseases can still make their way past nonoxynol-9. what i don't get is the conservative theory that if we discourage use of contraceptives and abortion by making them harder to get and harder to learn about, then young people are less likely to be promiscuous. perhaps these people have thoroughly forgotten their adolscent libidos, but from my recollection, many of my peers had a healthy fear of pregnancy and stds, but they were still willing to gamble it all on a few moments of pleasure. fortunately, most of my friends had had a good sex ed class before that time, so they knew enough to wear condoms, and most of them made it through without an unintended pregnancy or a life-threatening std.


Cartooniste said...

my favote moment in the al franken book "lies and the lying liars who tell them" is when he sends a letter soliciting conservative pundits to comment in an imaginary pro-abstinence film called "savin' it!" franken asks for them to publicly admit waiting to have sex until marriage... and none of them respond.


moosk said...

i'm convinced that it's all about projection... we hate most in others what we hate in ourselves... conservative pundits feel guilty about their own lustful thoughts and actions, so they try to make them illegal for everyone else.

same thing with homophobia... there was some study that showed that homophobic men had sexual responses to homoerotic videos where non-homophobic, heterosexual men did not.