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Twice this week, I have had teenagers bring me stuff they thought was inappropriate for kids to check that I knew about them. And I had to explain both times that they were perfectly fine for the ages they were intended for, and that many people did not find them offensive. Meanwhile, I'm mentally thinking that isn't this the age where they should be rooting for more nudity?

One was a 13-year-old girl who thought It's Perfectly Normal shouldn't be in the children's room (it's a sex ed book for children, hand-drawn, cartoonish pictures). Then, a 14-year-old boy going through a stack of manga the YA librarian had brought in, and exclaiming that many shouldn't be available to teenagers be cause people were nekkid! Again, not photographs, hand-drawn, in B&W.

I despair for healthy attitudes toward sex in the future.
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My favorite response to the Times article about the anti-contraception movement:
For all the talk about the "culture of life" and poetic pontifications on matrimonial sex, this looks like thinly veiled misogyny to me. Now, if the same parties who put forth such a strong rationale for limiting (women's) access to contraceptives started to clamor for legislative protection for pharmacists who refused to fill Viagra prescriptions for male clients who will not certify that they will use the drug only in the context of connubial, procreative sex, one might begin to take their philosophical/moral/ethical concerns seriously.

Kyle Brown, M.D.
Iowa City

What a brilliant idea. All the sane pharmacists who work with the ones who refuse to dispense contraception should try it.


Aug. 13th, 2004 02:10 pm
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morally deficient
Threat rating: Medium. Your total lack of decent
family values makes you dangerous, but we can
count on some right wing nutter blowing you up
if you become too high profile.

What threat to the Bush administration are you?
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So I had a friend and her friend visit this weekend, and we did some of the touristy stuff in NYC. Unfortunately, it was mega-hazy all weekend, so we did not do the Statue of the Empire State Building. But the day I joined them (Friday, I had to work Saturday), we spent several hours at the natural history museum.

For some reason, it surprised us that the people in the human evolution section were quite obviously anatomically correct. I guess we're just too used to being "shielded" from the unpleasant fact that MEN HAVE PENISES! and WOMEN HAVE NIPPLES! (No one seems to feel the need to shield from the full breast, just the nipples). It's a sad world where people are shielded from knowing about their own bodies. I mean, in sex ed I remember being taught all the internal anatomy, but we never saw an external picture of anything - what kind of sex ed is that? Sorry, pet peeve.

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