Dear Dan Savage,



Dan, Dan, Dan, the advice you gave this week to OBGYN (the 18 year old girl with the anti-choice boyfriend) is really irresponsible, anti-choice, anti-woman and anti-man. I’m usually with you, but this week you blew it and I gotta tell you why.

I’m a pro-choice feminist and I myself do not agree with the boyfriend’s personal views on abortion. But for goodness sake Dan, he’s done the right thing and STOPPED HAVING SEX with this girl. How is that controlling and anti-choice? Because it’s his choice first? He’s being responsible by choosing not to gamble on the 99.7% effectiveness of birth control for 10 minutes of dickstasy vs. a lifetime of regret and sadness. His views are his views and it’s a battle he doesn’t want to fight. Fair enough – dick stays dry.

I do recognise that he could be refusing her sex as a strategy to pressure her into changing her views on abortion – if so, then he’s an idiot. We don’t know all the facts, but to paint him as a controlling, anti-choice boy is wrong. Despite even this variable, these two should not be doing the horizontal hoochie-coochie… Opposing views on abortion is a bad start to a young relationship and throw in your advice and you have a pot’o’trouble.

My brand of feminism doesn’t subscribe to the idea that it’s ok to misrepresent one’s views on abortion to obtain sex. How is that respectful to myself or my partner? Yes, I care about him. I care about the husband I sleep with, whether it’s my body or not, now, tomorrow and forever more. Ultimately, I have the power, so am I gonna use it responsibly or be an asshole? If OBGYN respects herself, her boyfriend and their relationship, she needs to respect her boyfriend’s views and break up with him. They’re not compatible.

“Whatever you tell him now, it will still be your body, and your choice then.”

Come on, that’s pretty gross Dan. Reminds me of a Meatloaf song, “let me sleep on it, baby baby let me sleep on it.”

Is that the world you want to create? Not me, I’d like to create a world where women make choices based on dignity, self-respect and compassion for herself and the other. I don’t want to live in a world where women blindly imitate the kinds of behaviour they’ve been railing against for generations, ie: lying to gain sexual pleasure. Let’s break the patterns and make our politics inclusive.

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South Park Leading the Revolt Against “Liberal Bias”?



Double whammy this morning, I’m feeling cross-eyed! First, I’m numb from the thought of Lynne, Condi and Laura gone wild with male strippers in some godforsaken place… yuck. Wouldn’t Condi’s face crack and fall off if she had a feeling? A longing in her loins I’m sure would pop her head right off. (see Laura Bush, Desperate Housewife) But great Mrs. President is happy to horse around with her public. Anything to ruffle the feathers of those stuffy evangelicals is fine with me – Pat Roberston needs a good stir. Unless however, this is another sinister Karl Rove tactic to bring the Bush clan closer to middle America… Bush has hit his lowest approval rating yet. No shit sherlock.

And then there’s this book, “South Park Conservatives: The Revolt against Liberal Media Bias“. The author, Brian C. Anderson “claims that ‘conservatives … are overthrowing the liberal media and political correctness,’ and at the vanguard of this revolution is South Park, which ‘has mocked — with scathing genius — hate-crime laws and sexual harassment policies, liberal celebrities, abortion-rights extremists, and other shibboleths of the Left.’”

You can read more about it at AlterNet.

What am I missing here? South Park makes fun of everything! The whole idea of “liberal bias” is so ridiculous. What, hate-crime laws are liberal bias? Fighting sexual harassment is a brain-child of the left? Violence at abortion clinics should be tolerated? Why does this idea of liberal bias pervade our culture yet no one talks about conservative bias, which is so much more apparent on a daily basis? It seems that when an issue is discussed in terms of secular humanism and not christianity, it’s labeled liberal bias.

Anyway, I think the idea behind this book is hilarious. Co-opting South Park to re-contextualise it as conservative. It is genius and I hope that across America, every evangelical and conservative runs out and rents/buys every season.

Some of my favourite episodes include “The Super Best Friends,” “The Passion of the Jew,” “A Ladder to Heaven” and who can forget “Cartman’s Mom is a Dirty Slut”? Yum, yum – it’s good ol’ wholesome family viewing.

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Tom Cruise. His lips are moving but…



“Jung was an editor for the Nazi papers during World War II.”

“Look at the experimentation the Nazis did with electric shock and drugging. Look at the drug methadone. That was originally called Adolophine. It was named after Adolf Hitler.”

From an interview with Entertainment Weekly. EW’s researchers have refuted both statements.

What an asshole.

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Farm up for the super-centenarians!



“It took humans 10,000 years to learn how to grow most of the crops we now take for granted. Along the way, we despoiled most of the land we worked, often turning verdant, natural ecozones into semi-arid deserts. Over 60% of the human population now lives vertically in cities. The time has arrived for us to learn how to grow our food that way, too. If we do not, then in just another 50 years, 3 billion people will surely go hungry, and the world will be a very unpleasant place in which to live.” – The Vertical Farm Project

Seems especially more critical to me if more and more of the population lives to their teens… the second set that is!

“He estimates the world’s population of super-centenarians at 250 and growing, in part because doctors, medicines and nutrition have prolonged what experts call the human health span — the period between birth and the cascade of medical problems that mark the end of life.” – Hitting the Big Eleven-O

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