Let’s talk about Ron Paul. Ron Paul is the Kucinich of the right. He is a strange, elfin little man who says many things that are out of the mainstream of political discourse. Occasionally, he stumbles upon an essential truth and for that he is valuable. Then he goes on tv and, when asked if he would support a family member receiving emergency contraception or an abortion after a rape, he says this:
“If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen.”
I’ll give you a moment to pick up the tiny pieces of exploded head that are littering your computer keyboard right now.
I’m not going to rehash the politics of abortion and why Paul is out of line for denying the choice to be pregnancy-free for women who were denied the choice to refuse sex. Nor am I going to berate him, a gynecologist, for not knowing about the fancy new-fangled technology of oral emergency contraception. Instead, I am going to make this blanket statement: the only thing men should be allowed to discuss within the topic of rape is developing programs to teach other men that rape is criminal. The thesis statement for such a program should be “If you are even a little unsure that your partner wants to engage in sexual activity with you, you should go home and masturbate.”
Next we have some sub-group of the conservative American Family Association calling themselves One Million Moms (which is way too close to the name of this blog and makes me annoyed because it’s all about me) who is mad at JC Penney for hiring Ellen DeGeneres as a spokesperson. They seem to think that Ellen fans are a weird fringe minority and not representative of the wholesome, non-gay families who really shop at JC Penney.
I’d like to take an informal poll here. Who would you rather have a beer with? Ellen DeGeneres or some uptight right-winger who thinks Ellen is a big old pervert? Yeah. Me too. And I’m going to keep shopping at JC Penney because their maternity jeans fit me well. So there. And I should also DVR Ellen.
Finally, Rick “Frothy Mix” Santorum won three primaries last night. WTF?