Tuesday salmagundi

• David Barton says that “decent people” should find homosexuality “absolutely reprehensible and disgusting.” I think decent people should find lying con-men like David Barton absolutely reprehensible and disgusting. Tomato, tomahto, I guess.

• Why, yes, the Family Research Council does, in fact, lie about everything.

• We need a quorum system for political primaries. Turnout for the Senate primaries in Massachusetts looks like it was around 10 percent. Yeah, I know, people who don’t vote don’t get to complain about the outcome, but is it really true, in any sense, that after an election with 10 percent turnout we can say “the people have spoken”?

It can’t be an impact crater, obviously. It must be a mud puddle left over from Noah’s flood.

• Jason Alexander is a mensch.

• Pregnancy discrimination: Want to keep your job, lady? Then get an abortion. Interesting that pro-choice feminists want legal protections for pregnant workers, but “pro-life” activists defend the right of corporations to create economic incentives for abortion.

• Would you be more or less likely to vote for Elizabeth Colbert Busch if I told you she was a Satanic baby-killer who killed babies for Satan?

Austerity increases debt and deficits. Who could have predicted? (Besides every non-hack economist since 1950.)

• Instant Karma comes to get “Girls Gone Wild” founder Joe Francis.

• Are they coming for your birth control? Yes, they are coming for your birth control.

• Speaking of hostility toward birth control … Hobby Lobby — the crafting supply retail chain that says Jesus would only offer health benefits to male employees — has some odd policies regarding shoplifting. Some very odd policies.

• Purity culture is rape culture. Purity culture is also slave culture:

In the Irish Republic, an estimated 10,000 girls were locked up in laundries run by the Catholic Church between 1922 and 1996, according to an inquiry report published in February. The report acknowledged that in addition to Ireland, laundries existed in Northern Ireland, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, Canada and the United States. While the majority were Catholic-operated, Protestant institutions also existed.

• Daniel Burke’s Religion News Service article on “the stressful life of preacher’s kids” might have been more insightful if he hadn’t accidentally transposed his main examples. Yes, Jay Bakker’s childhood was traumatic and difficult while Franklin Graham’s was nurturing and idyllic. But Jay Bakker is not an example of a PK who turned out bad, and Franklin Graham is really not an example of a PK who grew into a mature, decent adult.

• Religious tribalism is an enemy of love, but it can be harnessed for good by a shrewd panhandler.

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  • I think they don’t think in clear, logical x, therefore y ways. Most people don’t, especially about sex. And I think there are multiple things going on: controlling women and also controlling men. Imo, there are two ways to control people: hit their pocketbooks or hit their sexuality. Hitting their pocketbooks works for more people short-term, but more people can also see what’s going on, and it probably won’t work long-term. Hitting their sexuality, however, has worked for millennia.

    It’s not usually conscious on either side. There are some cult leaders who do it consciously; otherwise, people do what sort of “feels” right. And what feels right to a lot of people is the way it’s always been.

  • L E

    I wonder how Barton would react to a detailed and graphic description of the specifics of what heterosexual activity is. He strikes me as the type who would be uncomfortable with the squishy bits of sex full stop, and it probably doesn’t occur to him that most straight couples aren’t only doing it in the missionary position. I think he’d be surprised how much of the activity between two gay people and two straight people have in common (although in some cases props are required on both parts to achieve certain acts).

  • JustoneK

    it’s a pretty horrible conglomeration of things you’re accusing also:
    that we want to be martyrs, that contraception regulation is akin to gun/porn/alcohol regulation and not a healthcare issue, that bloggers don’t reflect actual policies in place, that we’re _less sane_ to tell you the reality that we live in directly does not jive with what you live in.

    I really shouldn’t try to speak for others of commentariat here, but I do have the ability to care about more than one injustice at a time. And I have seen that a society where women’s low-wage labor is driving the economy is intimately bound up with contraception blocks. Because the only thing better than low-wage labor is _free_ labor.

    You just can’t divorce the issue you bring up from the actuality of birth control control.

  • Random_Lurker

    The point is that certain people are indeed coming for your birth control- or at the very least, trying to do so. This much is indisputable since one scheme or another is in the national news at least once a week.

    The reason in pointing it out, in news or blogs like this one, is to inform people about it so they can fight against it, and ensure that it is, in fact, an epic fail. So far, it’s working. Far from being a reason to stop, it demonstrates why it’s important to continue.

    If only it was working for global warming and energy independence too. Sigh.

  • Carstonio

    True, except that the dandelion and rose cartoon purports to present a coherent philosophy about sex. So it’s fair to dissect it on those terms.

    If one side is supposed to be the anti-life equation, shouldn’t it depict Darkseid and Granny Goodness in an unholy union?

  • dpolicar

    Fair point.

  • How does Slacktivist keep getting these highly ignorant people who think
    they know stuff and think they can educate us on everything?

    -It’s the LB posts. They attract people of all political ideologies (except Christian conservatives).

  • Why would the Koch brothers support more regulation of birth control?

  • Honestly, I don’t think they’re imagining anything all that extreme. I think they’re imagining anal sex. I think that all that stuff about gender essentialism plays into things, but when you get right down to it, the necessary triggering element that makes these people such hateful, visceral homophobes is that the idea of anal sex squicks them out. When Barton says that we should find “these activities” to be “disgusting”, the thing he means, the exact thing, is “When I imagine anal sex, it freaks me out and I can not imagine anyone else not feeling the same way”

  • There are other forces at work besides controlling women. Namely, controlling other men. Most of the systems which have the effect of helping men control women weren’t actually set up by powerful men for the purpose of helping less-powerful men control less-powerful women. They were set up to help powerful men control less powerful men, whenever possible by throwing women under the bus.

  • Actually, I’m willing to bet a lot of them imagine promiscuous orgies with complete strangers more often than not, or else they wouldn’t keep repeating the tired old lie that homosexual men often have five to thirty lovers, etc, etc, etc.

  • Carstonio

    Not difficult to understand. In this era it would take a hell of a lot for South
    Carolina to elect a Democrat. Maybe if Sanford had gone on a killing spree.

  • Carstonio

    Again, that sounds plausible, but I don’t see how prohibiting ejaculation outside vaginas perpetuates control of less powerful men. In ancient societies, having many children equated to power.

  • Beroli

    If you honestly think we live in a country where people are encouraged
    by TPTB to eschew birth control and have large families, I don’t know
    what to say except that you are not living in reality.

    You could try providing the citations ze asked for, instead of just repeating, “I’m right because I’m right because I’m right.”

    You do have some reason to believe the claims you’re making, right? It isn’t “I’m right because I’m right because I’m right” inside your head as it is out here?

  • Beroli

    I get it’s hyperbole.

    It’s not hyperbole. If you want anyone to respond to these posts of yours with anything other than annoyance, take your nose out of the air and get over the idea that we all know you’re right, we’re just not admitting it for some reason.

  • I read about a pastor who was found dead, having autoerotically asphyxiated himself (ISTR that he was wearing a scuba suit and butt plug as well). Dan Savage noted that if this guy hadn’t been in the closet about his kinks, he could have found ways of satisfying them more safely.

  • aim2misbehave

    I bet one could have an entire fic-a-thon on a slash kinkmeme with the bizarre specifics that right-wingers like Barton might come up with…

  • The best part is when said homophobes then go on to have anal sex with their wives or girlfriends and then when questioned on the matter they go BUT THAT IS TOTES DIFFERENT SCOUT’S HONOR HONESTLY.

    (In short, “*My* buttsex is *special*.”)

    And I’ve lost count of the number of dumbasses who talk like men who have sex with men have no idea what a condom is.

  • Now it’s “better than wussy civilians”. I saw a piece in Gwynne Dyer’s War film series in which a grown man was reduced to tears at being threatened with “going back to being a civilian”.

  • Lori

    This is the same thing we’ve been hearing for years and years about the right to choose. Any time someone would point out threats to women’s right to safe, legal abortion services some more-rational-than-thou would pop up to throw around accusations of hysteria and loudly proclaim that Roe v Wade isn’t going away so why aren’t you focusing on Some Other Injustice.

    And now here we are in 2013 and Roe v Wade has indeed not gone away and yet there are parts of the country where it’s essentially a dead letter. For many women it’s all but impossible to get a safe, legal abortion.and more states are trying to make sure that their non-wealthy female residents can’t either. But it’s OK because if you’ve got enough money and enough flexibility in your life to travel then you can always go to a clinic in a less benighted neighboring state and middle class women have fairly easy access to Plan B. And as long as middle class women don’t have to be pregnant when they don’t want to be then everything is A-OK, amirite?

  • Alas, I have but one up-vote to give this.

  • Daniel

    I would very much like to see that, provided it was done in as matter-of-fact a way as possible. Preferably by someone with a clipboard in a white lab coat, detailing progressively more bizarre sexual practices, asking for a scale between “1- strongly agree” and “5- strongly disagree” to the following actions…
    Because if it’s done formally it’s much harder to just storm off in a rage or become righteously indignant.

  • Jenora Feuer

    You can make rosehip wine. My father did once. It winds up being a fairly sweet wine, mostly because there isn’t a lot of water in rosehips.

    My father only did it once because it was a lot of work for the amount of wine produced.