Wednesday, July 11, 2007

The pathetic hypocricy of humanity

For some reason, the worst crimes of humanity (genocide, torture, rape, murder, unnecessary war) do not depress me the most. It's stories like this one from Reuters that make think humanity really needs to be wiped out and replaced by robots who have better brain design:
Many women who value the option of over-the-counter emergency contraceptive pills for themselves may worry that it's not a good idea for women in general, a small survey suggests.

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All of the women had used an Internet service to get emergency contraception pills, and when surveyed, nearly all said they would have used non-prescription pills had they been available.

Yet fewer than half said they fully supported making emergency contraception available over-the-counter to everyone.

Many other women supported the idea of non-prescription pills, but expressed reservations. Often, they worried that easier access to emergency birth control would encourage other women -- though not themselves -- to be promiscuous or have more unprotected sex.

(HT: Feministing) "I should have emergency contraception available, but you shouldn't because it will let you be a dirty slut." The war on sexual hypocrisy is going to be a long, hard slog. It seems like in the area of sex, people are enormously willing to have different standards for themselves than those they would impose on others. It's really pathetic and sad and indicative of some pretty messed up reality-warping ideas. Can't we just admit that we're sexual beings and proceed from there?

This isn't the first time I've ranted about the problem of exceptionalism.

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