PETER SPRIGG, a Family Research Council policy fellow who advises Montgomery County public schools on their sex ed curriculum, is encouraging gay kids to identify as straight in order to lower their risk of suicide. Because when gay kids identify as straight, only straight kids will kill themselves. Problem solved.
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AFTER THE JUMP: Baltimore midwife Kathy Carr and birth zealots; advice for witnesses of public sexual harassment; Bin Laden and the villains of pop culture:
KATHIE LEE GIFFORD talks consent and groping.
WHAT CAN MEN DO to combat public sexual harassment? "I was taking the red line home from work and witnessed a man talking to/hitting on a woman who was clearly uncomfortable not interested. The man stood quite close to her and persisted in talking to her loudly and calling her 'baby,' even while she ignored him and put on headphones. She looked uncomfortable, but she didn’t say anything," a witness writes to Holla Back DC. "I was standing a few feet from them on the train, and I wasn’t sure whether or not I should say anything. I could tell that the woman was uncomfortable, but I didn’t want to be a patronizing 'rescuer' or risk making it worse by getting involved, so I stayed silent." Chime in in the comments.
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ON KATHY CARR, the Baltimore midwife who pleaded guilty to child endangerment in the death of a baby: "in some corners of the home birth movement, a zealotry has set in. Doctors have become demonized and the belief that women's bodies were 'designed' for childbirth drifts into believing that because childbirth is 'natural,' it's not dangerous," Amanda Marcotte writes. "The ugly truth of the matter is that while childbirth is safe for many or even most, it's still very dangerous by most reasonable measures. Extremists in the home birth movement remind me of anti-vaccination zealots; they paint a picture of 'natural' medicine being superior to medical science without acknowledging the sky-high maternal and infant mortality rates of the era before medical science. The result is what happened in Carr's situation, where a breech birth led to an infant stuck in the birth canal for 20 minutes, leading to the baby's death."
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BIN LADEN and pop-culture villain-making: "I have to wonder how growing up in a world where that kind of villain seems real–seems beyond real, seems larger than life–has shaped the minds of the youth of America–and how it will continue to shape American culture (and pop culture)," writes Lux Alptraum. "Already, Arabic (or vaguely Arabic) characters have become a default villain in American cinema, the way Russians before them and Germans before them have; I’m curious to see what place bin Laden has in American pop culture ten or twenty years from now–when those scared little children turned jubilant college students are finally at the helm of culturemaking. Maybe al Qaeda will never replace the Nazis as the go to villain–but I suspect, given the impact bin Laden has already had on the minds of so many young Americans, that they might get close."