The Rapey Right, Sex Illiteracy, Trans H8

Recent sex health news in the United States

House Republicans to Redefine Rape
Lately, a large body of powerful people–most of which are men–have been trying to narrow down of the definition of “rape” (and you thought the guy next door with the crazy hair was creepy). From Mother Jones:

Rape is only really rape if it involves force. So says the new House Republican majority as it now moves to change abortion law.

For years, federal laws restricting the use of government funds to pay for abortions have included exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. (Another exemption covers pregnancies that could endanger the life of the woman.) But the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill with 173 mostly Republican co-sponsors that House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has dubbed a top priority in the new Congress, contains a provision that would rewrite the rules to limit drastically the definition of rape and incest in these cases.

With this legislation, which was introduced last week by Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), Republicans propose that the rape exemption be limited to “forcible rape.” This would rule out federal assistance for abortions in many rape cases, including instances of statutory rape, many of which are non-forcible.

Let’s look beyond the “political party” shit. I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, Communist, or IDontGiveAFuckist–does this not seem primitive and barbaric? Have we moved forward at all since the early 1900s? Why must our social and human needs always come second to politics, money, and corporate interests? The good news is, in response to pressures from political activist groups (ye-ah!!), Republicans have initiated corrective measures. Thanks for doing the right thing.

Sex Educators Notice That Adults Are Clueless About Sex Too
It’s like a virus that is passed socially, generation by generation, from parents to their children. Perpetuated by a nation in which 2/3 of the states reject comprehensive sex health education, the trend of being completely clueless about sex is not only worrisome, it’s sad. With the same belief, some badass sex toy reps have taken it upon themselves to use sex toys as an aid to exchange information about sexuality and healthy reproduction. This movement of researchers and educators to bring sex health education to light in new ways is a gentle reminder of how fearful we have become with our bodies, our sexuality, and feeling pleasure.

NoShitNews: Study finds transgender people are discriminated against

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) made history with the 1st nationwide study about the experiences of people who do not conform to our gender boxes. They found that profound forces of discrimination exist in nearly every dimension of life for transfolk. In their intersectional approach, the research also indicates that: “No dumbasses, racism isn’t dead either”.

Here are some examples of the findings:
♦Respondents were nearly four times more likely to live in extreme poverty, with household income of less than $10,000.
♦Respondents were twice as likely to be unemployed compared to the population as a whole. Half of those surveyed reported experiencing harassment or other mistreatment in the workplace, and one in four were fired because of their gender identity or expression.
♦While discrimination was pervasive for the entire sample, it was particularly pronounced for people of color.
♦Housing discrimination was also common. 19% reported being refused a home or apartment and 11% reported being evicted because of their gender identity or expression.
♦An astonishing 41% of respondents reported attempting suicide, compared to only 1.6% of the general population.
♦19% reported being refused health care due to bias against transgender or gender-nonconforming people, with this figure even higher for respondents of color.
♦Harassment by law enforcement was reported by 22% of respondents and nearly half were uncomfortable seeking police assistance.
♦Over 78% reported feeling more comfortable at work and their performance improving after transitioning, despite the same levels of harassment in the workplace.

17 thoughts on “The Rapey Right, Sex Illiteracy, Trans H8

  1. I’m a drug and alcohol counsellor and I am not sure of the statistics in the U.S.A. but I know that in Australia people who identify as part of the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender) community, either openly or anonymously in australia are, on a whole, 4 to 5 times more likely to be a drug user and 2 to 3 times more likely to be a poly-(multiple)drug user, with people often sighting social pressures and harrasment as a major cause of use. I wanted you to be aware of this statistic as it is directly related to the public stigma you often talk about on your show and on here. And the more drug use that people have, the more drug overdoses and drug related deaths there are.

  2. Both of my most recent girlfriends were victims of drug rape. And it breaks my heart because I see the way its still effects them, many years later.

  3. It’s disgusting how hateful people can be. Just because people don’t fit into the box A or box B. I’m a straight male, so any of you haters can’t say “oh he’s one of them”. lol no im from the general public who are aware of this discrimination, and its truly sickening.

    Oh, and thank god rape’s definition remained intact. If not, God knows how many raped souls would suffer even more D’: . can you do a happier subject next, laciiiiiiiii? i know this is the real world but sometimes its nice to take a break and be silly :D :D

  4. I first heard about the “redefinition of rape” issue last week on The Daily Show. They, as usual, showed it to be as ridiculous as it sounds, but it was still a WTF moment. Glad to hear corrective measures are being taken. As always, Laci Green educates the world.

  5. Well, we have nuclear weapons now.

    While I don’t think the primary purpose was to redefine rape, I do think that a lot of people don’t really understand what rape is. There is the stereotypical image of rape, and people just don’t consider that a someone might use a different method to get “consent”.

    I don’t really understand the anti-abortion stance either, but meh. TF2 update out.

  6. All you have to do is watch an episode of Cops. Law enforcement knows that trans-gender people are way more likely to use drugs. They target them, because no one will cry out about it.

    I was seriously shocked to see that statutory rape was being taken off the list and was questioning date rape drug victims.

  7. Well what did you expect from America?

    We always like to brag that we’re the best country and that we’re the most free, everyone wants to be like us.

    And yet thats not entirely true. We’re scared of sexuality, we’re scared of different relationship options, such as not just monogamous, but love triangles, squares, circles – it can pretty much go on from their depending on the persons interest.

    When you look at countries like Japan, who, unless I’m wrong, have men dressed in bondage or tight fitting clothing and are gay, they aren’t really reprimanded for it. not even sexuality as expressed through their anime.

    It just makes me sad we try SO HARD to stay in the stoneage with our ideals, we no longer live with mammoths. It’s time for the old to die and the new to take charge and see where this goes.

    Because as cruel as it sounds, the old are just too stubborn with keeping the old ways – and I’d like to think we’re past the definition that “if she screams and no one hears her its not rape” definition. Especially when that was to help men in continuing rape rather then helping women.

    • A huge part of what you said is true. It’s kind of the older generation holding everyone back. However, having them die doesn’t exactly solve things when they teach their children the same “values” they believe. So it’s like a vicious cycle of narrow-minded people. The best bet is for people to inform others, like Laci’s doing and hope it reaches them.

      Anyway, awesome post once again! Can’t wait for the next vid :D

      • I don’t understand why the two of you feel you have to lay blame on a specific group of people (old people, in this case). Applying stereotypes to people and laying blame is not going to solve the problem. Lots of old folks would like to see much stiffer penalties for all kinds of rape, while a lot of young people agree with this kind of crap. Just look at the reply from Kristen, isn’t that a woman’s name? Why would a woman agree with this? By the way, I am 59 years old and I resent being placed into your stereotype of old people!

  8. i totally agree with the whole “rape is not rape without force” thing. it makes sense. and if that means that kids can’t abort their babies off a taxpayer’s money for having consensual sex with their teachers, well, good job america.

  9. Wow, way to go for being non-political. I come to a site about sex education and somehow it all ends up being a rant against Republicans in general. Since, you know, Republicans are all a bunch of sexual repressed men raised in a shaming religious society. Also, they’re all white. You should mention that along the lines somewhere. On the other hand, liberals all believe in women’s rights, access to government sponsored abortion, and are against rape in any size and form. Did you know that statistics show that all rape has been committed by Republicans? No joke. I guess that’s why they’re trying to change the laws. Gotta protect their own. Liberals, due to their morals and inherent goodness, have never been accused of rape and therefore feel they can protect women.
    Oh and the biggest liberal lie, in my opinion? That only liberals know what sexual liberation is. Yeah. Clearly, you know tons of Republicans. When writing about sex ed, stay on track. Politics makes you seem like a 23 year old girl who knows everything about anything. My first and last time coming to this blog.

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