- Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell pays to abstain (Photo: Associated Press)
This is a blog about sex and gender in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and everywhere. Let's get to it.
Fox 5 discovers the Virginia wage gender gap: Ladies make less. The Richmond Times-Dispatch examines the Virginia death row gender gap: Ladies aren't executed much. And Dinah Fannon Kinser closes the Virginia Supreme Court chief justice gender gap: As the first-ever woman to assume the seat, C-Ville deems her "one for the ladies."
Some attendees of a gay-friendly Lynchburg, Va. ministry fear Liberty University's wrath. A weekend robocall targeting gay Ward One council member Jim Graham accused him of "paying to take a life" after loaning a staffer money to pay for his girlfriend's abortion.
Saturday, Craigslist blocked access to its "adult services" section, announcing that it had been "censored" by the feds. Local creeps are apparently still utilizing the website for other purposes. Also Saturday morning, D.C. police made ten prostitution-related arrests on 14th Street NW in Columbia Heights. "All but one of the arrests were on the street and involved Johns," 3D Commander Jacob Kishter said in an e-mail. And volunteers are organizing what they hope to be "the largest anti-human trafficking event in DC history."
Closer to home: An eight-grade U.S. history teacher at Prince George's County's Drew-Freeman Middle School was suspended after presenting a lesson from the Southern Poverty Law Center on the origins of derogatory terms for men [PDF]. The terms discussed included "sissy," "wuss," "bastard" and "pussy-whipped."
On the final term, the lesson reads: "The term insults the man but also reflects on conventional definitions of women as enjoined to hold their tongues and control their inclinations to dominate." An informal survey of area men I know reveals that the eighth grade is an optimal time to address the term, after which men pretty much stop caring about their friends hanging out with their girlfriends sometimes.
In other no-sex-in-the-schools news: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell rejects comprehensive sex education funds in favor of paying for abstinence. Concerned Women for America is concerned that some people are concerned by this.