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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rick Santorum Wants My Sex Life To Be "Special"

That's thoughtful of him.

You can watch the whole 45 minute video, or just read the excerpt below, but here's what Rick Santorum said in an interview a few months ago with caffinatedthoughts.com:

One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about before is I think the dangers of contraception in this country, the whole sexual libertine idea...

Wait, what?  Did you just equate contraception use with being a sexual libertine?

It's not okay because it's a license to do things in the sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be. They're supposed to be within marriage, for purposes that are, yes, conjugal... but also procreative. 

That's the perfect way that a sexual union should happen. We take any part of that out, we diminish the act. And if you can take one part out that's not for purposes of procreation, that's not one of the reasons, then you diminish this very special bond between men and women, so why can't you take other parts of that out? And all of a sudden, it becomes deconstructed to the point where it's simply pleasure. And that's certainly a part of it--and it's an important part of it, don't get me wrong--but there's a lot of things we do for pleasure, and this is special, and it needs to be seen as special. Again, I know most presidents don't talk about those things, and maybe people don't want us to talk about those things, but I think it's important that you are who you are. I'm not running for preacher. 

I'm not running for pastor, but these are important public policy issues.

Oh, okay.  He not only is concerned about the specialness of my sex life, but it is, to him, a matter of "public policy".  Lovely.

And he's the champion of people who think that a mandate requiring health insurance is too invasive of personal liberty.

But pause to really reflect on what Santorum is implying here.  Hundreds of millions of adults have made decisions with regard to contraception use -- not only to deter unwanted pregnancies but also to deter STDs.  And now comes Rick who wants to control this behavior because it raises "important public policy issues".

I wish he -- and all those like him -- would get out of my bed.  And everybody elses' beds.

Ugh. I need a shower.

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