Monday, July 12, 2004

Let's see, how about, "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal," yeah, that's good. Now, "that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are . . ." Hmm, where is my John Locke? Oh here it is. This needs a little tweaking. How about "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Premarital Sex." Perfect.
U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee, the only member of Congress to attend the week-long meeting, accused the Bush administration of using ideology, not science, to dictate policy.

She said the U.S. AIDS initiative required that one third of all HIV prevention funding go to "abstinence until marriage" programmes.

"In an age where five million people are newly infected each year and women and girls too often do not have the choice to abstain, an abstinence until marriage programme is not only irresponsible, it's really inhumane," Lee said.

"Abstaining from sex is oftentimes not a choice, and therefore their only hope in preventing HIV infection is the use of condoms," she added.
OK, what in the hell is Lee saying? If girls have no choice re abstaining from premarital sex, we're basically talking about rape and prostitution here. So Lee suggests we promote the use of condoms by rapists and johns as our #1 AIDS/HIV policy? Does nobody get HIV outside these boundaries (note that Lee says womens' "only hope" is condoms)? Or is there some other force compelling unmarried women and girls toward sexual intercourse, a force so powerful as to be unstoppable?

4 Comments:

At 3:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Christian-world would have extinguished itself many centuries ago if it had lived up to its ascetic ideal of abstinence.

Why the spiritual descendants of the Bishop of Hyppo want to impose this drastic regime on everyone else, when they have nearly two-thousand years of evidence that it hasn't worked for them is beyond me.

 
At 4:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

more important to this website, what the hell are you saying general ?
stick to the economic analysis, its your comparative advantage.
we can get that kind of bullshit from de Long's site thank you very much.

 
At 10:36 PM, Blogger paperwight said...

This is NOT your best work, by a long shot.

First of all, the strategy that I understand is used in Subsaharan Africa is A, B, C.

Abstain
Be Faithful
Condoms if you don't do A or B or aren't sure your partner has.

Second, you completely miss the boat on the relative power that young women have in Subsaharan Africa. They MAY be able to talk a man (their husband, a rapist, a john, a sugar daddy who feeds them) into using a condom. The probably can't talk him into not having sex with them, and they can't be sure that he's not sleeping with someone else.

Last, in what world do you think people EVER stopped having sex? Seriously. Abstinence before marriage may have been a viable model for the majority when people married at 14 and died at 30, but even then, men didn't abstain from liaisons outside of marriage. Now, it's simply impossible to ask that everyone stop having sex except with just one person for their entire life. It's clearly preferable, but it ignores fundamental facts about humans.

 
At 10:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orthodox Marxism meets Orthodox Catholicism . . . quite a combo.

Especially given the Pope's reputed role in wiping Soviet communism off the face of the earth.

In many patriarchal societies in places like Africa, where of course AIDS is threatening the very foundation of those societies, many married men refuse to use condoms. Sexual abuse is tolerated. Even married women in those societies (let alone single women and girls) may have little, if any, choice about abstaining from sex or insisting that their husbands/partners/abusers use condoms. So Rep. Lee's complaint is a valid one.

I would expect someone with the General's supposed social conscience to understand that.

Now, General, you don't buy the Vatican's disinfo campaign about the ineffectiveness of condoms, do you?

Seriously, you need to try thinking for yourself, rather than have Uncle Charlie and the Holy Papa do all your thinking for you.

 

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