One of the classic images from evolutionary theory is of two males smashing each other up to compete for the chance to fertilize a female. Scientists have spent over a century studying this kind of male competition, but new discoveries reveal that competition between females is just as important.
As I woke up this morning, I realized that Jesus Christ, living as a human being, had a penis. (And, presumably, testicles.)
Even if He was perfectly chaste throughout His life, I wonder what impact that penis and presumable sex-drive had on His ministry and mission. Do we see any indications in His words about sexuality? Or is it just ignored?
So, yeah, I’m thinking of Jebus’s dong today.
Feel free to contribute.
Now, as some background, out there in the stupider parts of the Internet, there are dudes who think of themselves as ‘alpha males.’ My experience with these fellows is that they tend to be ignorant, status-anxious and undersocialized; they tend to mask their various panic attacks about race, gender and sexuality by maintaining those panic attacks are in fact a sign of their superiority. They disdain those who are comfortable with a world in which diversity is respected and encouraged — especially those who are men — and call them ‘beta’ or ‘gamma’ males and/or describe them as ‘rabbits’ or some other species which they presume to be frightened or prey.
With that in mind, for those of us who are comfortable with diversity, who try not to be racist, or sexist, or homophobic, who don’t see the world as an apocalyptic zero-sum battle to the death between ourselves and whomever we try to hide our confused fear of by considering them as lesser beings, who aren’t in fact appallingly ignorant bigoted shitballs every single waking hour of the day, may I present to you an avatar — an icon, if you will, of who we are and how we choose to live our lives:
EDITED TO ADD: Yes, Gamma Rabbit, who likes people as they are, fears no one no matter how they live their lives, and who is comfortable with himself and his own personal values of kindness, tolerance and diversity. Sure, there are some who look down on him and his ways, but you know what? Gamma Rabbit knows that those people are kooky, silly, wacky racist sexist homophobic dipshits, and aside from looking forward to the day when they might pull their heads out and join the rest of the human race, lets them alone to do their own thing. Because Gamma Rabbit has other, better people and things to think about.
Just because a woman is a nun doesn’t mean she is immune to sexual violence or possible impregnation, or STD transmittal.. She can get breast and ovarian cancer. She needs the same health care other women need. She is very aware of the issues surrounding women, not only because of her work, but because she, herself, is a women.
This interview from NPR shows the sanity and humanity of the Women Religious:
… .”We would question, however, any policy that is more pro-fetus than actually pro-life. If the rights of the unborn trump all of the rights of all of those who are already born, that is a distortion, too — if there’s such an emphasis on that. However, we have sisters who work in right-to-life issues. We also have many, many ministries that support life. We dedicate to our lives to those on the margins of society, many of whom are considered throwaway people: the impaired, the chronically mentally ill, the elderly, the incarcerated, to the people on death row. We have strongly spoken out against the death penalty, against war, hunger. All of those are right-to-life issues. There’s so much being said about abortion that is often phrased in such extreme and such polarizing terms that to choose not to enter into a debate that is so widely covered by other sectors of the Catholic Church — and we have been giving voice to other issues that are less covered but are equally as important.”
On the criticism from the Vatican regarding human sexuality
“We have been, in good faith, raising concerns about some of the church’s teachings on sexuality. The problem being that the teaching and interpretation of the faith can’t remain static and really needs to be reformulated, rethought in light of the world we live in. And new questions and new realities [need to be addressed] as they arise. And if those issues become points of conflict, it’s because Women Religious stand in very close proximity to people at the margins, to people with very painful, difficult situations in their lives. That is our gift to the church. Our gift to the church is to be with those who have been made poorer, with those on the margins. Questions there are much less black and white because human realities are much less black and white. That’s where we spend our days.”
We need to hear from the men, too.
For every single woman who’s ever had an abortion, there’s a man somewhere in the story. For every woman who was able to delay motherhood until a better moment, or improve her existing kids’ chances by not enlarging her brood, or end a pregnancy that was doomed to end in tragedy and pain, there’s also a man out there who is not a father today — or is a better father to the kids he has — because a woman he was involved with had the means to make this decision.
Forty years of feminism notwithstanding, the reality in American politics and culture is that our national discussion around this issue won’t materially change until men understand just how invested they are in this issue — and then stand up with us to insist that our reproductive rights be protected and preserved.
Condoms: The science
The Vatican has published a document which says condoms have holes in them, allowing HIV - the virus that causes AIDS - to pass through.
The document, called Family Values versus Safe Sex, is a detailed and passionately argued defence of the Church’s position on condoms.
Its author, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, serves as the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family and is known for his hard line stance against contraception.
It goes so far as to suggest that condoms may even be one of the main reasons for the spread of HIV/AIDS.
The document claims that so-called safe sex using condoms is like playing “Russian Roulette.”
“Leading people to think they are fully protected…” the document says, “is to lead many to their death.”
Vatican opposition to birth control is a time-hallowed moral teaching, but in this document the Cardinal has called science to its aid. His document has 87 footnotes.
Panorama has investigated the topic to find the truth.
Some people have been making the case that the abortion wars were never about “life” from the beginning. It was a very specific marketing decision to pit adorable innocent babies against selfish, immoral bitches who spawned them. But it was always about the sex. And now they are emboldened to make their real argument.
Alvaré and her cohorts might seem absurd — after all, having sex isn’t like jumping out of an airplane — but in conservative circles, both academic and political, her views are given currency. She contends that what she calls “sexuality-ism” — essentially, sexual freedom — is “the most pronounced opponent of religious freedom right now.” But, she adds, with both honesty and portent: “Who is the biggest opponent of sexuality-ism? It’s us.”
Read the whole thing. It’s actually quite bracing. The years of fighting against being portrayed as heartless baby killers has demoralized many feminists and made them forget what these people really care about. It’s a testament to the power of the propaganda —- and women’s primal understanding of and sensitivity toward their role in human reproduction —- that this has worked so well in spite of the obvious hypocrisy. After all, these are the same people who believe that there should be no food, shelter, health or education guarantee for actual children, which should give the game away.
Alvaré takes this idea that the government is interfering in Catholic affairs and piles on the completely fallacious argument that the government aims to harm women by promoting sexual promiscuity with contraceptives that don’t even work anyway. On the latter point, she echoes the falsehoods promoted by her former employer, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The bible and the Christian Church are still, as Elizabeth Cady Stanton realized more than 100 years ago, the major stumbling blocks to women’s emanicipation.
With the defeat by a narrow 51-48 margin a week ago of the Blunt Amendment to override President Obama’s contraception mandate in the Senate, it’s currently Women 1, Orthodoxy 0. But the Catholic Church, joined by Protestant fundamentalists and evangelicals who are increasingly siding with that church against birth control, has promised not to give up. The House version has more than 200 sponsors. It’s going to take vigilance to defeat the latter-day Comstockians playing political football with women’s rights and lives. Once more the assault against women’s rights has taken center stage as the most significant state/church battle of our time.