Culture wars – sex

How Patriarchal, Christian Backlash Politics Have Only Become More Vicious Salon.com By Arthur Goldwag, Posted on AlterNet.org, October 28, 2012

The feminist battle of the story in the wake of the Isla Vista massacre by Rebecca Solnit, by TomDispatch, posted on CommonDreams.org June 2, 2014

Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control — And Why We’ll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now By Sara Robinson, AlterNet, February 15, 2012… …the mass availability of nearly 100% effective contraception. Until [birth control] came along, anatomy really was destiny — and all of the world’s societies were organized around that central fact.…For the first time in human history, new technologies made fertility a conscious choice for an ever-growing number of the planet’s females. And that, in turn, changed everything else.…That one fact, that one technological shift, is now rocking the foundations of every culture on the planet…It may well prove to the be the one breakthrough most responsible for the survival of the human race, and the future viability of the planet. But perhaps most critically for us right now: mass-produced, affordable, reliable contraception has shredded the ages-old social contracts between men and women, and is forcing us all (willing or not) into wholesale re-negotiations on a raft of new ones …

America’s White Male Problem By Frank Schaeffer, AlterNet, January 4, 2013 — The American political process is being hijacked by a reckless, whining dangerous gang of psychologically damaged white men who are far-right ideologues. I used to be one of them. It’s time to tell the truth about our white male problem…the continuous attempt by the white far-right in Congress to shut down the government rather than work with our black president has a lot to do with racism… This has less to do with politics and more to do with the fear and mental illness that grips a willfully ignorant minority of white males. But the mainstream media is talking about everything but the underlying racial, cultural and mental health issues afflicting the white male minority of far-right congressmen holding us all hostage…The fear is of a world in which white (mostly) evangelical Republicans lose power… forever. …The mainstream media doesn’t have the courage to say it…The truth of the matter is that there is a subculture of frightened white Republicans who see their own government as a threat…The real problem we face is racism, bigotry and willful ignorance in the face of our changing demographics, spiritual beliefs and the challenge that postmodern thought poses to people stuck in Bronze Age thinking. These haters are a minority in the South, but they have  – through gerrymandering — given the whole South a black eye. The millions of tolerant Southern white men, women and all the rest of us wherever we’re from need to rise up and condemn this charade.

No Country for Old Mores, The Opinion Pages, New York Times, FEB. 26, 2014  Arizona’s…crusade to use religious liberty as means of codifying discrimination against people for their sexual identities, once again places conservatives on the wrong side of history and further marginalizes an intolerance-obsessed party during an inclusion-oriented era…History doesn’t look kindly on those who stand against equality. Yet, that’s where conservatives have chosen to stand…The tide has turnedOur views of such things, especially among conservatives, remain rooted in religion and long-expired puritanical constructs of sexual behavior…

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