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This whole article and almost every comment are ridiculous. The ability to control fertility, to decide whether and when to have children, has a great impact on women's participation in the economy. It's very difficult to hold a job when you have a pregnancy every year. And yes, I recognize that abortion is controversial, but how anyone in this day and age can say contraception is controversial is beyond me. Most American Catholics don't even follow the church's teaching on contraception. And, uh, access to contraception prevents abortions because it prevents unwanted pregnancies. So it's a win for people on both sides of the abortion issue.
No, women want to control their sexuality, not have men control it. We feminists are not against sex, but we want to control the terms on which we have it, and decide whether we want children as a result.
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Diversity and Catatonic Schizophrenia

Proud Lib Wrote: Sep 28, 2012 6:38 PM
Stupid column--Mike seems bitter that white Christian heterosexual men have to share their sandbox. Now, I'm a liberal, but I will grant that people sometimes get carried away with identity politics, and I hope someday we can get beyond them, but the reason identity politics came to be was that so many people were excluded because of their race, gender, religion, etc. Also, as far as discrimination based on protected categories (to be linguistically correct, it should say protected characteristics), this actually protects everyone. If you can't discriminate based on race, you can't discriminate against people for being black, but you also can't discriminate against them for being white.
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The Ghosts of Jimmy Carter

Proud Lib Wrote: Sep 24, 2012 1:50 PM
Jimmy Carter is indeed a good and decent man. He also got the hostages home from Iran alive. And it's no wonder he has so little good to say about some of his successors, especially Reagan, given his slander of Carter.
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Romney and the Rapist

Proud Lib Wrote: Aug 28, 2012 1:17 PM
Key sentence: She DECIDED to give the baby up for adoption. (Emphasis mine.) Her decision, no one else's.
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The Politicization of Violence

Proud Lib Wrote: Aug 22, 2012 7:55 PM
The Family Research Council has done far more than merely take President Obama's previous position on same-sex marriage. That alone, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, would not be sufficient to get it labeled as a hate group. Among other things, FRC has conflated homosexuality and pedophilia and called for the criminalization of homosexuality. See here: http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/splc-family-research-council-license-to-kill-claim-outrageous
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Why Gay Is Not the New Black

Proud Lib Wrote: May 23, 2012 8:35 AM
Well, when you went to get your marriage license, you didn't have to submit proof of premarital chastity. So your argument has nothing to do with the laws governing marriage.
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Why Gay Is Not the New Black

Proud Lib Wrote: May 23, 2012 8:34 AM
Gay couples can have a ceremony, but as far as the law's concerned in most states, they're nothing more than roommates. So they have none of the legal rights and protections that come with marriage.
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Why Gay Is Not the New Black

Proud Lib Wrote: May 23, 2012 8:06 AM
And I can remember, growing up in a small, conservative town in the 1960s, people used "the children" as an argument against interracial marriage. People thought those poor little mixed-race kids would either be innately all messed up (they wouldn't know which race to identify with!) or, at the very least, shunned by society. Of course, there was a better argument to be made--that society should change and accept those kids, and that any two consenting adults who love each other should be able to marry.
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Why Gay Is Not the New Black

Proud Lib Wrote: May 23, 2012 8:01 AM
You know what, religion can be changed, but we allow for interfaith marriages (in civil law; I know some religious bodies won't solemnize them, as is their right, just as religious bodies have the right not to solemnize same-sex marriages or others they disagree with). So the idea that sexual orientation can be changed doesn't justify discrimination. And as far as the "born gay" argument, I believe some people are. And some people are completely gay, some completely straight, others somewhere in between. But no matter what, we should live and let live. Also, while two dads or two moms are not the SAME as a mom and a dad, in most cases they're just as good, and in some cases even better.
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Gay Marriage: Culture War or Ambush?

Proud Lib Wrote: May 23, 2012 7:45 AM
Allowing same-sex couples to marry will in no way interfere with the ability of opposite-sex couples to marry. Heterosexual marriage is not in danger.
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