Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Lots of respect

With the unblushing Lady Liberty looking on from the corner of the page, NARAL Pro-Choice America declares, "Throw your hands up and say it loud: Screw Abstinence!!"

This is the press release I have sitting on my desk. What a confusing message. On one hand, Lady Liberty is sitting as the American symbol of freedom and protection while the people in Washington state are being jolted with a Howard Dean-ish scream to "screw abstinence." What does one have to do with the other? Perhaps only that everyone is free to make choices regarding their sexual health. True, but are all choices good?

This event-from-another-planet is being marketed as the "Screw Abstinence Party." The invitation tells the invitee to, "Let them know you keep it real when it comes to your sexual health and decision making." It goes on to feature specific aspects including, "Toys in Babeland: Seattle's sleaze-free, sex positive purveyors of adult toys offer tips on sexy safer sex." It's clearly billed as an event for 21-and-over, but is also designed to support comprehensive sex education in public schools -- for high school students and younger.

Yeah, this is nonoffensive and not pushing a moral agenda.

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