This comment is from Birdie-El on the post “Why Can’t We Stop Policing Sex?“
We can’t stop policing sex because somehow, in 2012, it is the most taboo act in America. Just look at how we critique and rate movies. Gore is awesome, but any more than modest nudity is enough to earn a film an X-rating.
In their most extreme, respectively:
• The far left can’t stop policing sex because they find it threatening, subversive, and by most accounts, to be an act worse than many types of criminal violence. They view women as children incapable of making their own choices, who need to be protected from the big, bad men who all want to “hurt” them and who all think with their dicks.
• The far right can’t stop policing sex because they find the idea of anyone other than a member of a heterosexual cisgender married couple performing an act for reproduction purposes to be morally repugnant and a means of facilitating widespread societal decay. They view women as sluts incapable of controlling themselves unless every act of sex introduces the potential of pregnancy as “punishment,” and the GLBT community a group of disgusting brutes who spread disease and are one step away from pedophilia and bestiality at all times.
The greatest irony of all is, despite how much members of each extreme profess to hate each other, their views often coincide in lockstep. For example, Andrea Dworkin and Rick Santorum would be bedfellows, bosom buddies, allies in all but title and label on the question of porn. At their core, each side distrusts human beings so deeply that they want to strip us of any sexual agency whatsoever.
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