An interesting look at the “Hook-up Generation.” This article is somewhat confused in the fact that it acknowledges that female sexual liberation is positive but I think it’s also a bit too alarmist. I don’t believe that casual hookups prevent people from being able to make meaningful connections later on. I think that the quotes from the young people she interviewed are very informative in that they have had the experience of the casual hook-up and realized that it’s not necessarily what they want and that they understand that relationships can be more than that and much more fulfilling. I’d rather have youth learn that lesson and “get it out of their systems” before entering a committed relationship than entering into a committed relationship too soon and eventually cheating because they didn’t have those experiences and felt like they were missing out.
I’m not watching the videos, I’m not looking at the pictures, and I’m certainly not going to click on the stories about Gaddafi wearing a wig. We are better than this. We are more human than this. Yes, he was a cruel and awful dictator who greatly oppressed his people and I’m glad he’s not in power any more but it makes me sick when people celebrate the death of other people. No matter how awful a person is, we should be human enough not to rejoice in bloodshed. Just because he was heartless doesn’t mean we need to be as well.
“For society and religion, controlling your sex life is the ultimate influence — if you can be made to feel guilty about your body, and bad about sharing it naturally with another person, then your body as well as your mind are enslaved.”—
Rex Oso, The Secret (Sex) Life of a Middle-Aged Married Man
I thought the President’s comments were heartfelt and wonderful but they left me feeling sad that thousands of Americans die every day, thousands of individuals who have touched their communities, who leave behind loved ones, who leave behind perhaps more modest legacies, but ones that are valued nonetheless. These individuals’ deaths are not marked by media coverage, tweets, and webpages. They pass silently into the night. Perhaps we do not mourn the anonymous because it would break our hearts too often and too deeply to recover. Perhaps we do not mourn them because we cannot extend that much of ourselves. Today I am thinking about Steve Jobs’ family and the families of all the other unknown individuals who died today.
Want to know how the GOP and other extremists are trying to roll back your right to make decisions concerning your body and your health? Read these articles. All of them. And then go to Planned Parenthood’s website and make a big fat donation.