Sex, Sexual Drives, Sexual Intercourse, and
Earth Manifesto Insights
is natural. Sexy is alluring. The drive to have sex is one of the deepest
and most powerful of biological urges, right up there with the drive to
seem to have a nasty little feeling that sex is sinful. They are driven to impose their puritanical
perspectives on American society. Some of
them say that the only valid purpose for sex is to reproduce. Often they imply that sex without the goal of
having babies is a prurient and immoral act, rather than a healthy means of loving
and communicating, and being intimate in relationship. Social conservatives have a worldview that
says unmarried people should be chaste, and that gay people are subhuman
sinners who do not deserve civil rights. They also act as if they believe that men rightly have authority
over women, and that women should be subservient. Some claim that God tells them that they are right in these ideas,
and that they must force their narrow beliefs on society, and help pass laws to
intrude into people's private lives, and control the courts to make sure that
progressive ideas do not harm society.
result of this tyranny of conservatism is that women are repressed and denied
equality. They are deprived of the
freedom to choose to live their lives the way they want. Damn the domineering religious right wing for
"We easily perceive that the peoples furthest
from civilization are the ones where equality between man and woman are
furthest apart --- and we consider this one of the signs of savagery. But we
are so stupid that we can't see that we thus plainly admit that no civilization
can be perfect until exact equality between man and woman is included."
--- Mark Twain, Notebook,
men generally have strong sexual urges to have sex with women. This can be flattering, annoying, or even
threatening. The responsibility for a
woman becoming pregnant falls on two people -- a man and a woman -- but the
impact of being pregnant falls primarily on the female for the rest of her
life. For this reason, the woman must
always be given the right to choose whether to allow an embryo to develop
are generally more eager to "score", to have sex irresponsibly, and
to persuade women to allow them sexual favors, even if it requires pressuring
them mercilessly, or getting them intoxicated to take advantage of them. Sometimes men force themselves on females, or
rape them. It is unconscionable and unacceptable
for politicians to NOT strongly oppose sexual violence against women. Our societies must protect vulnerable women,
and give them generous rights rather than discriminating against them.
must be given the right to choose to use contraceptives to prevent unwanted
pregnancies; and if circumstances are
such that a woman wants to ensure that she does not get pregnant the day after
having sex, she should be guaranteed easy access to Plan B emergency contraception.
As a last resort, a woman must be
supported in making the emotionally difficult decision to safely choose to
terminate a pregnancy by having an abortion in the first trimester, no matter
what her reasons may be. Republican
opposition to these rights for women is misogynistic, cynical, unfair, and
is a charge leveled at girls and women who are not virgins. Our societies have a blatant double standard
in this regard: boys will be boys, we
say. Boys want to lose their virginity
by persuading a woman to give them permission to sexual advances; it is an exciting game for them, but it has
very serious potential consequences. The
female receptacle of these eager drives has a reputation of chastity to uphold,
and must often be cajoled into having sex. This double standard is perverse and unfair. Yet it permeates many of our laws. It is simply wrong, for instance, that our
social programs allow men easy access and subsidized use of erectile
dysfunction drugs like Viagra while opposing easy availability of
contraceptives to prevent sexually-transmitted diseases and unwanted
healthcare matters, disease prevention is almost always less expensive
and easier than dealing with the diseases and their consequences. Hundreds of thousands of people die every
year from lung cancer, for instance, but most of them would avoid getting lung
cancer if they understood and heeded the risks and causative impacts of
cigarette smoking. This is instructive.
We see that desires, compulsions, and
addictions lead to negative healthcare impacts, and that prevention is a much
better strategy than treatment after the fact.
prevention of pregnancy is a far better strategy than being forced to
deal with the emotional challenges of choosing to have an abortion, or with the
negative social consequences of forcing women to have unwanted children.
is one way to prevent pregnancy. When
abstinence fails, as it frequently does, contraception is another important
means to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases. Let's be frank and honest: sexual drives are natural and powerful, and
we live in times where sexual intercourse is not necessarily linked to
reproduction, so the sex act need not be morally regarded as being done only to
reproduce. Contraceptive methods have
moved beyond the rhythm method, folks -- and it is ethically wrong to try to
prevent contraceptives from being used to protect women from pregnancy and
sexually transmitted diseases.
a man's sperm fertilizes an egg, emergency contraception in the form of Plan B
is an important way to choose to prevent pregnancy. Such methods should be openly supported by society, and they
should be made easily available. There
are many reasons that a woman may want to choose Plan B. Men rape women, and seduce them with the help
of strong persuasion and intoxicants, and pressure them to have sex, and have
sexual intercourse with women who do not want to bear their children. As a final resort, women must be guaranteed
the right to have a safe, legal abortion.
that restrict women's reproductive rights must not be enacted or upheld. Judges must not be appointed to the Supreme
Court who are religious fundamentalists opposing women's freedom to control
their own bodies and destinies.
are essentially in the middle of an extremely costly and highly divisive
religious war over the question of whether we should force unwilling pregnant
women into motherhood. Shall we honor
every pregnant woman's rights, needs, desires, and choices? Shall we prohibit them the option to choose
not to become a mother? Shall we allow
them access to safe, legal abortions?
religious war over abortion rights and the consequences of anti-choice
activities consume billions of dollars a year. Millions of unwanted pregnancies occur annually, with devastating
consequences for individuals, and for our social structure, and for our Earthly
anti-abortion war must end. We have a
multitude of problems that are far more pressing. The devastating consequences of our environmental ignorance and
arrogance are changing our world in ways we have yet to fully comprehend. We simply cannot afford to divert our
attention, our time, and our resources into
forcing unwilling women to bear unwanted children.
fundamentalism is the primary force opposing a woman's freedom to choose
whether or not to keep a fertilized embryo, however conceived, until it becomes
a viable fetus. Women should not be
treated as subordinate beings. They
were not created to be subservient to men's desires. Almost all of the holy books and sacred scriptures of the world's
nine major religions were written by men between 1,400 B.C. and 1,400 A.D. --
i.e., long ago, in ancient times. These
writings are interpreted today by people in religious establishments that are
overwhelmingly oriented towards worldviews that are male supremacist. Religious establishments are almost
invariably patriarchal, anti-egalitarian, anti-democratic, and obsessed with
male-authoritarian self-righteousness. If men got pregnant instead of women, you can bet that abortion
would be regarded as a sacrament, instead of a wrongful act!
anachronistic notion is that mankind must "be fruitful and multiply".
This Biblical idea reflects an outmoded
moral opinion, and a special interest of Churches in spawning more believers. It conflicts with the modern reality that
civilization does not need more people, and that rapidly growing human numbers
and rampant consumerism are overwhelming the natural world, threatening the
well-being of all life on Earth.
seek to provide explanation and guidance to mankind. They got in the moralizing business early on, and ever since then
religion has been used to manipulate people to exert power and influence over
invented God in their own human image, with uniquely human traits of
intelligence, love, jealousy, obsession with sin, judgmental wrath, envy, and
obedience. These are not fundamental
characteristics of the Universe.
know that our solar system and home planet were formed 10 billion years after
the Universe burst forth, and we know that Homo sapiens evolved as a species
more than four billion years later, in very recent geological time. This we know. All explanations of God in anthropocentric and anthropomorphic
terms that do not encompass these facts are simplistic and ignorant. They are desperate wishful thinking.
was an early stage in our quest for understanding. But we have progressed far beyond the rudimentary superstitious
explanations that are so naively postulated by religious dogma. All concepts of "God" that do not
encompass the unfathomable eons of existence prior to humanity's reign on Earth
are solipsistic and inadequate. And to
the extent that they are becoming harmful to the continued prosperity and
well-being of humankind, they must be rejected.
religious fundamentalism seems to be having an odd resurgence, making an
antediluvian power play, despite the obtuse absurdity of its mythological
assertions and its narrow-mindedness in denying fairer and truer
understandings. It is as if
conservatives believe that we can make the world a better place by sticking
their heads in the sand, turning back the clock to more unenlightened days and
contradicting scientific understandings and opposing progressive social change.
is as though True Believers really think that embracing Creationist ignorance
and reactionary social mores will make society better, rather than just
creating greater inequity, injustice, discrimination, poverty, social unrest,
and overpopulation. It is far more
probable that a better plan is to embrace progressive adaptation in dealing
with the accelerating pace of change that is unfolding with new technology,
evolving urban and population demographics, and changing social and
of the founding principles of our Constitutional Bill of Rights was the First
Amendment that spells out the freedom of religion. This is the freedom of citizens to believe whatever they want to
believe, but not the freedom to impose their beliefs on others. The First Amendment is not a right to deny
others the freedom to believe whatever they like. We cannot allow religious evangelists the power to impose their
anachronistic beliefs on our educational system and our society!
and understanding differ from belief, gospel, ideology, doctrine, and dogma in
that they are open to examining underlying evidence and more realistic and more
accurate perspectives. We should
embrace the authentic, not merely the orthodox!
Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove, and the scheming cabal of so-called
neo-conservatives use their cheerleader puppet George W. Bush to accomplish
their narrow, controlling, wrong-headed goals. "What, Me Worry?" says George Bush, figuratively; he disingenuously claims that God tells him
what to do, but we can trust that the voices he hears are not those of a divine
being. No, they are really
anthropocentric voices, ones that represent greed, power, domination, male
authoritarianism, deception, dishonest motivations, harsh intolerance, and
must transcend these retrogressive ideas of our leaders, and transform our
country into one with a more fair and forward-thinking future!