I’ve always been morbidly fascinated with the American political right wing’s absolute fascination with all things sexual. They seem equally fixated and terrified with anything concerning sex or sexuality.
Case in point, three stories on the front page of this morning’s Huffington Post feed:
1. Mike Huckabee, Republican presidential nomination-seeker and former governor of Arkansas, said he would consider using federal troops to prevent women from getting (constitutionally-deemed legal) abortions. Consider how absolutely insane this proposition is. Firstly, imagine the first visual of federal reservists surrounding, at gun-point, a 19 year old pregnant woman trying to access an abortion clinic… great PR!! for Prez Huck. Secondly, 11,000 Americans are killed, and 85,000 injured each year by gun violence; natural disaster damage is at all-time highs and disaster response woefully inadequate – can’t we put our local troops and reservists to better use? And finally, and this may be the most important – these abortions are legal. Aren’t the Republicans the ones who are supposed to care about the Constitution?
2. A moral rights coalition has convinced Hanfords and Rite Aide – national grocery and pharmaceutical chains – to deem Cosmopolitan magazine to be pornography. As such, Cosmo will now be placed behind an opaque covering in the most out-of-reach section of the magazine rack, with Penthouse, Hustler and other ‘nudie mags’. I suspect this is a convert plot to get better retail display positioning for Guns and Ammo – a more morally appropriate publication, according to our friends at the family values coalition.
3. New stats are out on HPV vaccination rates. Once again, America legs behind almost all other developed countries with 40% of adolescent girls still not getting vaccinated. Apparently, the risk of cervical cancer is far preferable to a (completely unsubstantiated) risk of their daughters becoming more promiscuous. Important to note, a Canadian study, based on real data, showed conclusively that HPV vaccination had no impact whatsoever on teen promiscuity. But that’s just facts, evidence and data.
So… America continues.
To say they “Doth Protest Too Much” is too easy.