Wingnut: Sex Ed Creates More Democrats

Marjorie Holsten is one of the people from what is now a small cottage industry attacking the Common Core education standards and she has a highly amusing and idiotic theory about why liberals support sex education — because it creates people who vote Democratic.

The only reason schools would teach sex-ed, Holsten explains, is that educators are playing the long game in trying to increase the number of Democratic voters: “People say to me, why would they teach such awful things to our children? If you go deep down and you connect those dots, you see that when children are desensitized to sexual things, that affects their ability at a later date to bond with a spouse. And so if you have somebody who can’t bond, they’re not going to have a stable marriage. When you have unstable, broken households, how do they vote? Democrat. So this has a very evil underlying intent.”

People from unstable, broken households vote Democratic? You mean like…oh, this is just off the top of my head…Ronald Reagan, who was married twice? Rudy Giuliani, who is twice-divorced? Four-times married Rush Limbaugh? Thrice-married Newt Gingrich? We could add Bob Barr, Henry Hyde and any number of others to the list. The states with the highest divorce rates — that is “unstable, broken households” — are the states most likely to vote Republican. Claim falsified.

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  • http://howlandbolton.com richardelguru

    It does explain why Republicans are so against sex education.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Well Iha dsex educationinhigh schooland I don’t vote Democratic.

    Of course, that could be because I’m not a US citizen. 😉

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Dammit. That’s :

    Well, I had sex education in high school and I don’t vote Democratic.

    Mind you, *if* I lived in the USA I probably would vote Democratic so maybe they’re onto something .. Naaah.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Still whatever they’re smoking it’s obviously strong. I’d almost what some – except for the obvious bad effects it has on them.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    what? “want” has become “what” there? What? Did not want. Typo.

  • colnago80

    Not to forget Florida Attorney General Pam Biondi from posts the other day who has been married and divorced twice and is currently shacked up with potential husband #3.

    http://goo.gl/qfmZiJ

  • Alverant

    Didn’t you do a post recently about some GOP candidate or state senator in Florida who’s on her third marriage while claiming that allowing equal marriage is going to destroy that “sacred institution”?

  • zippythepinhead

    Actually sex ed teaches how to avoid pregnancy and STDs, so sex ed would lead to fewer, but better educated Democrats, while lack of sex ed would lead to more syphilitic addled Republicans … whoa, that explains a lot.

  • smrnda

    I don’t get how a Christian conservative is whining about kids being ‘desensitized’ to sexual things. I thought these people wanted people to be celibate before marriage. That’s sort of hard to do unless somehow, sex stops being some incredible, magical thing so ‘desensitizing’ people to sex would seem to be the way to go.

    People desensitized to sex are probably going to have better marriages. They’ll be getting married a bit later, after having thought it through. Instead of getting married at 18 so they can avoid the sin of premarital heavy petting.

  • eric

    “People say to me, why would they teach such awful things to our children?

    Forget the democrat bashing and just pity her. She thinks sex is an awful thing.

  • Synfandel

    If you go deep down and you connect those dots, you see that when children are desensitized to sexual things…

    Desensitized? I thought the constant drone from the right was that sex education made kids horny and took away their self-control. Sounds like sensitization to me.

    …that affects their ability at a later date to bond with a spouse.

    Well, that’s true, but not the way Ms Holsten thinks. Sex education helps make for a healthy sex life, which is important for the long-term health of sexual relationships and marriages.

  • Synfandel

    *Snicker* “…go deep down…” *Giggle*

  • Ellie

    Yes, indeed. I’m quite sure that Rudy Giuliani’s children were not “desensitized to sexual things” at all, when he was keeping his mistress in Gracie Mansion. Because…IOKIYAR.

  • wscott

    The thing is if facts were actually important to these people (ha!) they should be arguing in the opposite direction.

    Study after study shows more & better sex ed leads to lower teen pregnancy rates, and the effect is even more pronounced among the poor and minorities…who tend to vote Democratic. So if anything, more sex ed leads to fewer Democratic voters

    She thinks sex is an awful thing.

    Aaaand that’s really the root of it: sex is fundamentally dirtynastysinfulbad except when it’s between married hetero couples expressly for the purpose of making babies. On my more cynical days, I sometimes think 90% of the religious right’s agenda flows from this one twisted “value.”

  • dmcclean

    The states with the highest divorce rates — that is “unstable, broken households” — are the states most likely to vote Republican. Claim falsified.

    Actually that’s an ecological fallacy.

    I suspect that if one were to gather individual-level statistics that one wouldn’t find much correlation with political orientation, but I don’t really know, and I don’t know where to look to see if the research has been done.

  • http://Reallyawakeguy.blogspot.com somnus

    I think what creates more Democratic voters is raving insanity like this, which convinces people who’d otherwise be looking at other parties to vote for Democrats solely because the risk of more of these nutters gaining office seems too great otherwise.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    You’re right, Ed. She’s being ridiculous. They aren’t “playing the long game” with sex-ed. At most, sex-ed will create more babies for Big Abortion. Their real demographic “long game” to make Democrat party voters rests on the Illegals. Why do you think they’re spending so much time not passing Immigration Reform, and why is “president” Obama only kicking out record numbers of illegals? Exactly! They’re courting the Illegal vote!

  • steve oberski

    Oh Ed, you’ve read Marjorie Holsten completely wrong.

    She’s just a very principled person who is completely opposed to using the public school system to indoctrinate children into any non rational and non evidence based belief system.

  • raven

    The states with the highest divorce rates — that is “unstable, broken households” — are the states most likely to vote Republican. Claim falsified.

    Actually that’s an ecological fallacy.

    Probably not.

    Fundie xians have the highest divorce rate. Atheists the lowest.

    And the GOP/Tea Party is just the fundie’s political arm.

  • abb3w

    People who have been divorced seem significantly more likely to self-identify and/or vote as third party. Ruling out third-party folk, among the remainder the divorcees are a few percent more likely than non-divorcees to have voted for Obama over McCain, but I’m not sure it’s statistically significant.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    raven “Fundie xians have the highest divorce rate. Atheists the lowest.”

    To be fair, that’s because all the atheists live in sin.

  • AsqJames

    …that (sex ed) affects their ability at a later date to bond with a spouse. And so if you have somebody who can’t bond, they’re not going to have a stable marriage.

    Those opposed to sex education in schools often seem to imagine it’s all about the physical act or acts and how to do them. Somebody should tell them this scene from Monty Python’s Meaning of Life really was a parody! While I accept that everyone is different and there is much rich variety within the mechanics of sexual activity, I’m sure the basics (the “common core” as it were) could be dispensed with in fairly short order if that’s all it involved.

    As I understand it though, comprehensive sex education programs include teaching about what makes good relationships overall – respect, communication, trust, consent, etc. These topics are equally applicable both inside and outside the bedroom. And let’s face it: as much as (most of us) enjoy the physical act, even the randiest of us spend far more time with our partners not doing it than doing it. This is especially the case in marriages or other serious, long-term relationships where you’re more likely to be co-habiting.

    This side of the curriculum never seems to surface in the minds of the puritans, but if it did they might have to acknowledge its utility in helping young people choose better partners for themselves and build stronger long-term relationships with them.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    I’m so not looking forward to informing my wife of 32 years that because we had sex education as children, we now can’t bond and our household is unstable and broken. She’ll be so disappointed.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Fair Dinkum. Some of you Americans have got kangaroos loose in the top paddock.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    I was skimmin’ headers and I read that as:

    “Wingnut: Sexy Ed Creates More Democrats”

    I had just finished reading the post and comments about the Irish home for GODLESS preggo slutz and my mind was just locked into that.

    I’ve never created any republicans OR democrats; you’re all welcome.