Thursday, May 15, 2008

Are You Effing Kidding Me?

The Daily Show on why Obama lost West Virginia. The comments from voters leave me speechless, and that's pretty darn hard to do.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC Endorses Obama

Breaking news!!! I was so excited to hear - or read, actually, since I got the announcement via text message - that NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed Obama for president. In an email announcement, NARAL President Nancy Keenan said, “I believe that Sen. Obama is the leader who can unify our country behind commonsense ways to prevent unintended pregnancy.” She explained that they made the announcement today to end McCain’s “free ride on the issue of choice,” adding that “we cannot let one more day go by without comparing Sen. Obama’s fully pro-choice record to Sen. McCain’s anti-choice record.” You can read more about their endorsement in their press release.

Though Obama’s record on choice isn’t that different from Hillary’s, I support Obama as a pro-choice candidate because of his rhetoric. When he said Roe v. Wade is “a matter of equal rights for women,” I practically jumped out of my seat, because that is exactly what I believe - that women will never truly be equal until society believes in their ability to making their own decisions. As a candidate that not only understands this concept but expresses it publicly, Obama definitely deserves NARAL’s endorsement.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Lois Capps Rocks My World

*Cross posted on Choice Words

It’s always nice to be reminded that my Congressional Representative, Lois Capps, is pretty awesome. One of her latest acts of awesomeness is testifying before the Oversight Committee during the
Abstinence-Only Education hearings.

She talked about her time as a school nurse, her experience working with a program for teen mothers continuing at their own high school, and her participation in curriculum review panels for sex-ed in Santa Barbara.

One fact she cited was that half of high school students have had sex, and over 60% of high school seniors have had sex. Given this, she said it is irresponsible if not dangerous to withhold information on sexual health to kids who are already sexually active and may already be parents.

She also cited a study that showed students exposed to an abstinence-only curriculum showed no change in sexual behavior, and compared to the control group were less likely to feel they have a right to refuse to have sex with someone. That’s right. Our nation’s abstinence-only curriculums teach kids — probably just the girls — that they don’t have a right to refuse sex. The fact that nationally approved curriculums are spreading rape myths makes me want to scream.

Another thing that makes me want to scream? That the testimony in-favor of abstinence-only education is often something like: the science on this issue does not match the morals of my family. Hmm, here’s a simple answer: teach your morals in your home and keep them out of our nation’s schools!

Really, is it so much to ask for the abstinence-only crowd to yield to the vast majority of Americans who favor comprehensive sex-ed and just teach their kids about their family’s morals at home? It’s not like comprehensive sex-ed is anti-abstinence – in fact most curriculums stress abstinence as the best way to avoid STIs (thought it only works as long as you’re abstinent!).

So here is a video of Lois Capps testifying that comprehensive sex-ed is the way to go. It’s a bit hard to hear, but totally worth watching. Also, click here to see other people testify, including* sex-ed rock star Shelby Knox, and if you haven’t seen The Education of Shelby Knox see it ASAP because it’s just that good.

*Actually, the Shelby Knox video doesn’t work, but can be seen here.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Thought of the Day

It always makes me laugh when companies use sex to sell things that are anything but sexy. Take the latest Tylenol commercial - all the people in bed are naked and showing some skin. Given, I have nothing against sleeping in then nude, but in a Tylenol commercial? Really?

Monday, May 5, 2008

Quick hit: Missing Pretty White Girl Syndrome

Thanks to my DVR, I just caught up on my Daily Show watching. While talking about the Rev. Wright media frenzy, Jon Stewart made a short but potent reference to another ridiculous media phenomenon:

"Rev. Wright is dominating cable news like a missing white girl."

Sad but true my friend. Sad but true.