Monday, November 20, 2006

This is what Susan B. Anthony fought for?

(Sorry, but it's time for a rant . . .)

I don't think SBA had any intention of fighting on behalf of folks like Scarlett Johansson (who? I didn't know either) who are now proclaiming their right to open their legs whenever and for whomever they wish. And men have similarly gotten the message that any woman, anytime, anywhere is fair game. Commitment, marriage, and restraint are overrated, and marriage is just an inconvenient patriarchal construct anyway. God just ordained it for marriage because He's such a killjoy.

Ah, sex without consequences. That attitude is fostered by Johansson in this piece, which looks more like PR than an actual news article:

"We are supposed to be liberated in America but if our President had his way, we wouldn't be educated about sex at all. Every woman would have six children and we wouldn't be able to have abortions."
This article also makes this laughable claim:
A staunch Christian, Bush is vehemently anti-abortion and is seeking to have the operation made illegal in all US states. During his time as Governor of Texas, Bush overhauled the state's sex education system and high school students were taught abstinence was the only way to protect themselves from sexually transmitted diseases (STD).
Frankly, I wish Bush did half the things the extreme left accused him of doing. If he's trying to get rid of abortion, he sure isn't working very hard at it. He's not really a conservative, but that's another post.

I give Johansson props for saying what many are thinking: When it comes to choosing between responsible social conduct through abstinence (read: REPRESSION!) and sleeping around like a prostitute who would at least get paid for it, the latter is much more fun, and thus that's more important. After all, monogamy isn't natural. And those who espouse waiting are "unrealistic." Only because the Johanssons of the world won't try it!

But don't you worry: she gets HIV-tested twice a year. How considerate.

Johansson strikes me as young, attractive, immature, and (sadly) having bought into this typical Hollywood social elitist mentality.

And she's like Waffle House: open all night. Don't you wish your kids were like that?


Stuart Rodgers said...
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Xander Jones said...

I can't agree with you more. The problem is that community is missing from today's world. Public education has done little to instill the correct ethics and morals needed to get by in the world. More over, the media has lambasted everyone with a feeling of guilt and shame in doing what is right. And then, when people do stray off the path, they are celebrated for it in articles and given kudos

sharnina said...

Well, I don't disagree with you on some points but I must take issue with some of the things you state about Scarlett Johannsen. First, no where in that article does it say she opens her legs for anybody and everybody. And to compare her to a protistute based on her opinions about sexual responsibility is... well, irresponsible. From what I've seen of her she seems to be a fairly modest young woman - always well dressed and declines to talk about personal, intimate details of her life unlike some older actresses I've seen on talk shows - Farrah Fawcett and Sharon Stone come to mind.

The truth is that there really is a middle ground here. She is right that it's not realistic to teach kids the only way to avoid sexually transmitted disease is by abstinence. Been there, done that. They should be taught that the only 100% sure way is abstinence but failing that, they need to be taught about responsible sexual habits like the use of condoms along with other types of birth control.

As Christians it is our responsibility to teach our children to abstain and that sex is a special gift from God to be shared only in the bounds of marriage. But the reality is that lots of kids and adults are not Christians and if they don't believe what the Bible says then we can't make them. And I would want them to practice safe sex it that's what they are going to do.

Scarlett Johannsen is actually a very popular actress and lots of girls look to her as a role model. You probably don't know who she is because she isn't always in the news with some story about some guy she's dating or has been with. I have only ever seen her in the news or talk show circuit when she is promoting a movie. She may not be what we would want but I can tell you that after having raised a daughter, I would rather have her look to this young woman than to some of the other skanks that she thinks are so wonderful and cool.

JMHO. ;-)

Cygnus said...

You know I love ya, Shari, but we'll have to agree to disagree here. Statements like this:

They should be taught that the only 100% sure way is abstinence but failing that, they need to be taught about responsible sexual habits like the use of condoms along with other types of birth control.

are part of the reason why nearly 4 out of 10 births are now out of wedlock. Imagine if we felt that way about underage drinking! (Oh, that's right: we do.)

The more I read about Johansson, the less I think my characterization of her is off the mark at all. I think she's yet another skank.

And I haven't even discussed her political views yet. ;-)

sharnina said...

Nine words, Cyg

There, but for the grace of God go I.

Okay, a few more words than that.

When you've been a woman in the situations I've been in and you've raised a daughter in these times you know that not everything is as black and white as you would like it to be. It just isn't.

Abstinence is and should be the only method of preventing disease and pregnancy outside of marriage. But the reality is that my daughter is out there having sex no matter all that I have taught her. And you can bet that I want her to use condoms and take birth control. If she is going to make this choice then I want her to be as protected as she can be.

I'm sure that if you had a daughter and she was acting contrary to everything that you had taught her all her life, you would want her to take precautions to protect herself from pregnancy and disease. I know you would.

Cygnus said...

Well, mi'lady, I certainly have not walked a mile in your moccasins, to be sure. I understand now that you're coming at this from more of a realist perspective with your RL experiences to boot, while I'm being Joe Idealist.

But you do know that there's no such thing as a 100%-effective contraceptive . . . except for abstinence.

sharnina said...

Of course I know that. And I've stated several times that I know that. But I guess what I'm saying is that I can't convince my daughter otherwise so I would rather that she at least be 95% protected than not protected at all. That's the reality of the world we live in today. Not saying it's right, but there you have it.

SeasonedRefinement said...

I've spoken with Shari enough to know that her heart is exactly where every good mother's heart is: in the right place.

When you have children, there is a bond of the eternal that is established. That bond demands that we provide the best for our children - and the specific definition of "best" isn't really a formula. The will of the child develops, and they in turn become adults and masters of their own destinies. Generally, we strive to give our kids the tools to build a life that is filled with peace, contentment, health, wholeness, confidence, and an existence surrounded by those who love them unconditionally. That takes a lot of sacrifice, and when we've done all the we know to do, we give them the same freedom we've all been given: the freedom to choose how their lives will be lived.

Sometimes those lives never stray far from the path that was laid out before them, and sometimes they do. And when they do, mothers spend alot of time hoping that their young adult children are not making mistakes that will permanently complicate their lives. Where Shari's daughter's decisions will take her is something we cannot foresee, but there is every reason to believe that this story is far from over. In the meantime, she needs to be as safe as humanly possible.