A Good Old Fashioned Capitalist Debate

I agree with Sarah. “End AIDS with your c(RED)it card” marketing campaign is dirty.

Selling products with an added “bonus” of social change is nothing more than money in the bank for the companies peddling their trinkets. It simply creates a false warm fuzzy that the pennies reserved for change will in fact change something. It solves nothing. It changes nothing. Manufacturing a desire for social change is nothing new. It’s comparable to the oil soaked ducks being saved by Dawn dish soap.

Some argue that any money gathered is worth the risk of bloating the megacorps profit margins. It’s trickle up philanthropy.

Can we access a database that shows where and how the money is spent? Is there a place to check in once in a while and assess that, in fact, our purchase has saved a life? Maybe that’s the next level of marketing?

Irony Watch


Yes. There is a government sponsored site called GirlPower.gov.

Constance Consequences, or Connie if you’re nasty, warns about the evils of alcohol, cigarettes and club drugs.

There is also a section on the precocious body, “When it’s all done, you’ll be a woman, which is very exciting!” Passive puberty is so empowering.

Feeling like you’ll never measure up to runway models? Acknowledgment that standards of beauty set by the media “aren’t real and can be dangerous” is interesting but that’s where the advice ends. GirlPower.gov doesn’t recommend any action to transgress this “danger”.

What kind of “power” is that?

Diamond Anniversary

Happy 75th Anniversary to the tampon!

On November 19th, 1931 (only one month after Thomas Edison died) either Dr. Earle C. Haas or Dr. Philip Harville submitted a patent for an “invisible” device that once inserted into a woman’s body, collected her menstrual blood. A little device called a tampon.

Whoever submitted the patent did so with the explicit notion that women should not have to touch themselves while inserting said devise. Despite its initial association with destroying women’s lives (rupturing sacred hymens did not help its initial sales), tampons were considered a convenient revolution. It wasn’t until the 1960’s that the general public shed the illogical belief that a tampon was synonymous with a dildo.

With menstruation becoming obsolete will the tampon remain revolutionary?

Anti-Choice Perspective

“Polls before the vote showed the ban [in South Dakota] would have been approved easily had it included exceptions for rape or incest, though pro-life advocates don’t support aborting babies for those reasons.”

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There can be no compromise with an ideology that does not recognize rape and incest as violations of personhood. To sanction choice in this matter is not an option.

Their line has been drawn.

Appropriating feminist discourse of empowerment and autonomy can no longer be tolerated. Pregnancy crisis centers need to exposed as fraud. “Abstinence only” as state sanctioned policy needs to be delegated to an absurd 20th century notion. They are not “babies.”

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” – Emma Goldman

Keep Your Legs Crossed

The newly revised Department of Health and Human Services “Abstinence Only” message will soon apply to unmarried adults up to age 29. This means millions of federal dollars are up for grabs in social programs advocating that abstinence is the only method of [non]sexual activity for mature adults in non-married relationships.

According to Wade Horn, Assistant Secretary of HHS, “The message is ‘It’s better to wait until you’re married to bear or father children. The only 100% effective way of getting there is abstinence.” Horn said the revision will target the post-teen angst crowd because “more unmarried women in that age group are having children.” Implying that the burden of responsibility lie squarely on the actions of women. Teaching the chaste life will be difficult in a culture dedicated to instant gratification, hypersexualization, and hypocritical morality.

The message of “better wait until you’re married” translates into a paternal ideology of unprecedented proportions. Despite the overwhelming evidence that over 90% of the population by age 29 have had sexual intercourse, the state will preach that by not doing anything (pre-walking down the aisle of course) lives will be improved. Certainly not a new strategy in the current administration’s paralyzing stay-the-course philosophy.

Rumor has it the HHS is working with Hollywood on a prequel to the 40-year old virgin.

Sexual Discourse

Sexual IQ

Americans are sexual illiterates.

“The vows of abstinence break far more easily than latex condoms,” said Joycelyn Elders.

Condoms

A recently released study proves women’s sexual freedom is universally restricted.

A Year’s Supply

Allowing women to have a year’s supply of birth control may reduce unwanted pregnancies.