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Rick Santorum: A Ladies’ Man, MacGyver Style?

Santorum Focuses on Reaching Out to Women; Adviser Says They Are a ‘MacGyver Campaign’

The title of that article made me spit out my chamomile tea and then stare at it quizzically. We all know that Santorum has alienated a lot of women because of his extreme views on abortion and birth control. But MacGyver? What does have to do with reaching out to women? Are they trying to fashion a campaign out of a Wonderbra® and a tube of Great Lash®?

The author asserts that he reached out to women by what he said in his, “I lost, but I’m still delusionally hopeful” speech. He spoke of his mother:

“She was someone who did get a job in the 1930s and was a nurse, and worked full time. She continued to work through my childhood years,” Santorum said to the crowd that was heavy on families with young children. “She balanced time working different schedules. A professional who made more money than her husband.”

The argument is that this was a way to appease women who he may have offended with his comments about women in the workplace.

The notable comment was a quote from his book, It Takes a Family:

“The radical feminists succeeded in undermining the traditional family and convincing women that professional accomplishments are the key to happiness”

So how does he defend himself? By throwing his wife under the bus, saying that she wrote that part. Real nice. I shouldn’t be surprised considering he said that women shouldn’t serve in combat, “but he’s happy to have his wife jump on a grenade for him.” And they say chivalry is dead.

Aside from his (or his wife’s) distaste for working women, the huge divide comes from those radical views on contraception and abortion.

Contraception:

“a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

So the Pill makes you slutty. Um, OK.

Abortion:

“Well, you can make the argument that if she doesn’t have this baby, if she kills her child, that that, too, could ruin her life. And this is not an easy choice, I understand that. As horrible as the way that that son or daughter and son was created, it still is her child. And whether she has that child or she doesn’t, it will always be her child, and she will always know that. And so to embrace her and to love her and to support her and get her through this very difficult time, I’ve always, you know, I believe and I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you. As you know, we have to, in lots of different aspects of our life we have horrible things happen. I can’t think of anything more horrible, but nevertheless, we have to make the best out of a bad situation and I would make the argument that that is making the best.”

He’s made numerous
comments on abortion
. That one, regarding rape, is the one I think of most. Sounds awfully like Sharron Angle’s nice comment on how having a baby conceived of rape is “making lemonade out of lemons.”

I’m sorry, but the God I believe in and worship would understand if a rape victim decided to have an abortion. My God wouldn’t expect the woman to carry her rapist’s spawn for 9 months and endure the pain of labor and childbirth. My God would understand if she didn’t want the baby to have DNA that’s half rapist.

Anyway, beliefs like these are the reasons why he’s trying to reach over oceans to women. We know that Santorum and those like him would send us women back to the back alleys or throwing ourselves down flights of stairs to induce miscarriages.

He’ll never reach the other side of the ocean with those views, even if he built a boat out of Tampax® and pantyhose.


Not Bringing Sexy Back

US Teens, Young Adults ‘Doing It’ Less, Study Says

That’s good news. When I was a sub, I saw the results of teens “doing it.” I subbed for an 8th grade class. One of the gals showed me a picture. “That’s my baby,” she said. She blew kisses at the picture. The baby looked about a year old. Keep in mind that 8th grade girls are around 13 years old. In a freshman (~ 14 y/o) English class, I gave detention to a girl who was talking too much. “Oh hell no. I have to pick up my baby” was her response. What do you say to that? Nothing. She has to pick up her baby.

When I read the article, my first question was “why?” Theories are probably more abundant than the number of teens and young adults doing it. Some say it’s the awareness of STDs. Others say the abstinence education is working. One of the theories is that they’re just too busy – school, homework, sports, hobbies, volunteer work. Sounds like an adult reason not to have sex.

My personal belief is that education caused the drop. The article cites comprehensive sexual education, which includes abstinence as well as contraception and safer sex practices. I think TV shows may have played a role. 16 and Pregnant and Teen Moms are very popular reality shows on MTV. There was even a special on abortion, No Easy Decision . I’ve caught some of the shows. They don’t sugar coat the impact of pregnancy on the lives of both the girl the boy. If I were a teen, some of the episodes would make me think twice about having a baby at all.

I believe abstinence-only education is unrealistic. On a biological level, sex is a strong, basic drive – propogation of the species. The desire is difficult to ignore because it’s natural. Keep your legs closed and Keep your pants on is not enough.

This would be my sex education spiel:

Sex is a big deal, with real consequences, both physical and emotional. Waiting would be the best because you don’t know if you can handle it. What if you do it with your boyfriend or girlfriend and then they dump you? Or it just doesn’t work out. It can be devastating because there is an emotional connection. You can avoid it by not “going there.”

If you do not wait, you might not be able to avoid the possible emotional consequences, but you can avoid the physical consequences. You don’t want to get pregnant or get an STD. Condoms, birth control pills. Being responsible is the key.

And you know, you don’t have to deal with all that by keeping your legs closed/keeping your pants on. :-)


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