The Next Front in the Republican War on Women: The War on Orgasms

Hmm, I’d have to say that if the hot new young Republican position is to oppose (female) orgasms, this is excellent news for Democrats.

A colleague at Allegheny notes that the talk taking the highly controversial pro-orgasm position — why wasn’t someone invited to give the opposing view!?!?!?!?!?! — didn’t actually take place in a “church”; it’s a former chapel that is used for all kinds of programming, secular and religious. But it’s beside the point; no matter what the setting, the fact that Fox and the Daily Fail seem to agree that college students hearing experts talk about sex is somehow problematic speaks for itself. Speaking of fail, William Jacobson’ auxiliary site “Reports on College For Wingnuts Who Find David Horowitz Too Measured and Highbrow” is all over this important story as well. I mean, first you have a discussion with college students about sex, and next thing you know they might find out that there are other condiments out there besides French’s mustard and Miracle Whip, and it will be anarchy. Won’t someone please THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

76 comments on this post.
  1. MAJeff:

    I love how Bill Donahue inserted himself into the situation. The world will be a better place when that putrescent blowhard is no longer in it.

  2. Jberardi:

    I love how Bill Donahue inserted himself into the situation.

    That’s what she, uhhhh… probably didn’t say.

  3. Scott Lemieux:

    Bill Donahue speaks for every Roman Catholic in America except for everyone but himself.

  4. MAJeff:

    Well, he make speak for Cardinal Dolan.

  5. Erik Loomis:

    That dijon mustard rant is really a classic of the genre.

  6. Scott Lemieux:

    Col. Mustard is very, very special. Although I feel he has not devoted sufficient attention to the question of whether Barack Obama drinks coffee like the elitist snob he is.

  7. c u n d gulag:

    The only thing Republican men know about female orgasms, is that they’ve never seen one in person.

    And one of the things that Republican women know about female orgasms, is that they’ve never had one with a Republican male.

  8. Andrew:

    http://catholicvote.org/discuss/index.php?p=43046

    Promote this link far and wide to get people to start questioning why the Catholic Church has so much influence as it does.

  9. djw:

    The original post (with all the insane updates) is great, but it’s the followup post–a thousand words of earnest speculation on What It All Means that the left blogosphere is freaking out about “dijongate”–that still leaves me completely in awe.

  10. Hogan:

    No, the pseudo-Augustinian blowhard is right. This open discussion of self-abuse on holy ground just cheapens and coarsens the sacred act of church sex between a priest and an altar boy,

  11. blowback:

    I think you misunderstand the average Daily Mail online reader here. Almost all British readers perusing this article would think “those wacky red neck conservative Americans upset that women should discuss orgasms”, remind him or herself that he/she is fucking glad that he/she does not have to put up with such batshit craziness and go back to reading about those dozy twats from TOWIE.

  12. Murc:

    Er… people wonder why the Catholic Church has influence?

    It’s a hierarchical organization that has, at least nominally, the largest single religious denomination in the country as members. It’s rich. A lot of said members, nominal or not, think very fondly of it.

    Not a giant mystery.

  13. FMguru:

    Reminds me of this: “The sex instinct will be eradicated…We shall abolish the orgasm. Our neurologists are at work upon it now.”

  14. wjts:

    It’s an internet cliche at this point, but that particular post is some serious Captain Queeg shit.

  15. efgoldman:

    And Mahoney. Also too.

  16. gocart mozart:

    I would just like to go on record as supporting more female orgasms especially amongst college women and please let me know if there is any assistance I can provide. I feel it is what Marx and Alinsky would have wanted.

  17. The Dark Avenger:

    He sticks his, un, ‘nose’ in all sorts of places.

    To most of the rest of the world, California is strange enough all by itself.

    But throw in an avant-garde artist and a dollop of wine, and man, you’ve got trouble.

    “Artists. California. Alcohol. That’s a bad mix,” says William Donohue, president of the 350,000-member Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

    Donohue was reacting to a controversial exhibit in the splashy new Copia wine museum in Napa that has a set of figurines depicting the pope, nuns, Santa Claus and others defecating.

    The exhibit, by Spanish artist Antoni Miralda, also shows Fidel Castro, a photographer and a detective who may be Sherlock Holmes, among others, defecating. It is part of a larger exhibition called “Active Ingredients” that runs through April 22.

    It is, the exhibit’s defenders say, merely a symbolic representation of part of the cycle of life — in this case the fertilization of the Earth.

    The practice of putting defecating people in Nativity scenes is a popular, and centuries-old, tradition in Spain’s Catalonia region, where Miralda is a heralded artist.

  18. gocart mozart:

    Yes, the Catholic Church believes that masturbation is a sacred act and therefore requires the presence of at least on one altar boy whenever it is performed.

  19. Incontinentia Buttocks:

    He was just trying to recapture the glory of 2004, when the right convinced itself it had defeated John Kerry by criticizing his cheesesteak cheese choices.

  20. calling all toasters:

    Also, too, magical powers against vampires and demonic possession.

  21. RepubAnon:

    That’s terrible. I think we should instead examine the thoughts of honored American, US of A authors, such as Mark Twain:

    Protestant parents still keep a Bible handy in the house, so that the children can study it, and one of the first things the little boys and girls learn is to be righteous and holy and not piss against the wall. They study those passages more than they study any others, except those which incite to masturbation. Those they hunt out and study in private.
    Read more at http://quotes.dictionary.com/subject/masturbation?page=2#LBHgiypz8DqDm26j.99

  22. MikeJake:

    God made female orgasms, and God don’t make no junk.

  23. Edward Furey:

    There are any number of documented instances of Catholic chaplains using the hoods of jeeps as altars for celebrating Mass in combat zones. God only knows what else went on in those jeeps or who they were used to provide lifts to, other than The Troops.

  24. J.W. Hamner:

    Now, I get that Jesus thought that lusting after somebody was the same as having sex with them… which while a completely ludicrous thing to think… is at least an ethos I guess.

    But what’s wrong with masturbation per se? I mean if your a married Christian and your partner is on a business trip or on a deployment your not even allowed to masturbate while thinking of them?

    That’s mental.

  25. BobS:

    When haven’t Republicans opposed female orgasms?

  26. DocAmazing:

    You’re supposed to save it up for the Pon Farr.

  27. Colin Day:

    Is that like the Graham Chapman character watching the “Every Sperm Is Sacred” family in The Meaning of Life?

    here

  28. Crackity Jones:

    Ah Catholic school. Where I learned Natural Family Planning, and was bullied into going to pro-life protests, which I did my best to sabotage at the tender age of 15.

  29. DocAmazing:

    The power of demographics compels you!

  30. RhZ:

    Nobody should tell him about Finnish mustard, it would blow his mind (and taste buds).

    Man, I miss that stuff.

  31. D. Sidhe:

    This will make you sad:

    No, you’re not allowed to fantasize about your spouse. That’s still lust. (My priest used to call it “objectification”, as though the Church had any actual complaints about objectification as opposed to plain old lust.) Obviously, you’re not allowed to fantasize about anyboy else. And, no, I’m serious, if you’re not thinking of anyone else, then you’re lusting after yourself, which apparently is gay, again according to my priest when I was growing up. He had more than a few lust issues himself, but we’re discussing theology, not hypocrisy (and worse).

    Mental? Why yes, it is.

  32. joe from Lowell:

    It’s a university chapel, not St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

    They probably had to bump Rocky Horror for this.

  33. sharculese:

    This is an outrage. Our universities shouldn’t be wasting time and money teaching kids about sex.

    They should be learning that shit in middle/high school like in normal countries.

  34. Bill Murray:

    so Satan is responsible for my junk?

  35. Brautigan:

    I love how Bill Donahue inserted himself into the situation.

    I see what you did there.

  36. efgoldman:

    William Donohue, president of the 350,000-member Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

    Yeah, right. In his fondest masturbatory dreams, he can’t even rent a mailing list with that many names.

  37. efgoldman:

    Also, too, magical powers against vampires and demonic possession.

    Must be true. i live in Rhode Island, “the most Catholic state in the nation” (self-identified) and we haven’t had a vampire ore demonic possession as long as I’ve been here.

  38. efgoldman:

    Were you allowed to wear patent leather shoes?

  39. efgoldman:

    Hump Rocky Horror? What?!?

    Oh. Never mind.

  40. Rhino:

    Opposing orgasms is a change from just not caring if she has one…

  41. LeeEsq:

    Why would anybody who wants to have sex with a woman, want to have sex with a woman who doesn’t orgasm?

  42. sharculese:

    Because orgasming makes her a whore, duh.

  43. MikeJake:

    Oh, yeah. I mean, just look at it.

  44. MikeJake:

    I don’t want some woman getting her organisms on me.

  45. commie atheist:

    Donahue is just jealous because he hasn’t been able to take a good, solid shit in years.

  46. commie atheist:

    A great message? Dear Lord, spare us. Masturbation turns one in on oneself, makes others nothing more than objects of fantasy and denies their real personhood, turns one’s own sexuality into an object of pleasure rather than a gift to give to a spouse, coarsens one in real relationships, rejects the unitive nature of sex, and becomes addictive.

    See, I don’t get this. You’d think that if they really wanted people to stay celibate before marriage, they would ENCOURAGE masturbation as a way of releasing sexual tension, and avoiding the temptation of pre-marital sex. And that list of reasons for not doing it make a compelling case for fucking someone whenever you get the urge, whether married or not.

    (Of course, anyone who’s actually masturbated know that’s all bullshit – you can become addicted to anything that brings you pleasure, and masturbating certainly doesn’t prevent you from also pleasing a partner. Apparently the author is unfamiliar with the concept of mutual masturbation.)

  47. commie atheist:

    Even better:

    If you are Catholic you reject masturbation as a grave offense against the gift of sexuality (CCC 2352), one of the greatest gifts given us by God, to enflesh the union of the spouses in Holy Matrimony and bring forth new life.

    I’m going to find a way to use “enflesh” in everyday conversation.

  48. Sly:

    But we must stop female orgasms, because they might lead to dancing!

  49. commie atheist:

    At least it doesn’t look like some unholy marriage of play-doh and bacon, as conceived by H.R. Geiger.

  50. Erik Loomis:

    A Methodist I see.

  51. commie atheist:

    Yes, the same church that only allows women to serve in subsidiary positions, and denies them any autonomy over their reproductive cycles, is concerned about “objectification.” Not to mention that their main icon is a symbolic representation of someone being tortured to death on two pieces of wood – certainly no objectification there.

  52. sharculese:

    The Catholic Church is one of the most evil institutions on the planet.

  53. rea:

    Everyone Poops.

  54. commie atheist:

    “One of”? Trying hard to think of one that’s worse.

  55. blowback:

    They do know that Grey Poupon is manufactured in Connecticut?

  56. blowback:

    You should try Colman’s mustard powder (don’t bother with the premixed mustard) mixed with an equal quantity of cold water (it must be cold water) and left to stand for ten minutes before consumption. Not safe for anyone with coronary heart disease particularly if you slap it on as you would French’s.

  57. herr doktor bimler:

    The “power against vampires” is more legal than ‘magical’. Lesser vampires don’t want to mess with the Big Guy by poaching his property.

  58. herr doktor bimler:

    you’re not allowed to fantasize about anyboy else

    D.Sidhe has the best typos.

  59. herr doktor bimler:

    It wasn’t me. Someone else broke the italics.

  60. Ken:

    Let me try turning off the italics as a public service:

  61. Ken:

    Didn’t work. Oh well.

  62. efgoldman:

    Made one of my posts retroactively italic. It wasn’t that way when I left it here.
    Maybe it goes with the script error they haven’t fixed yet.

  63. The Dark Avenger:

    Test

  64. The Dark Avenger:

    Test Test

  65. Origami Isopod:

    Even Batman!

  66. Origami Isopod:

    Because bitch might get the idea that she’s entitled to pleasure, instead of existing to service her lord and master.

  67. commie atheist:

    Mama, we’re all latin now.

  68. N__B:

    When you hack an em dash in half, your keyboard is covered with two pieces of en flesh.

  69. Dave:

    Mmm… Bacon!

  70. Dave:

    Oh please. I’ll grant you it’s in the top ten on the long-term historical record, but are you really going to put its current state up against the Nazi Party or the NKVD?

  71. cpinva:

    i think donahue got a tad carried away with his zeros. more like a 350 member group. another, increasingly desperate, effort to get some attention, beyond his poor dog.

  72. The Dark Avenger:

    Lots of California Native Americans died in the missions run by the RCC, I suppose they don’t count because they weren’t Europeans killed by other Europeans.

  73. D. Sidhe:

    Catholic counting: 1, 3, everyone who’s ever been baptized… (In Donohue’s case, everyone who’s ever been to his website.)

    Never mind that nearly everybody is baptized as an infant, and that it would be more reasonable to count only those who have been confirmed (baptism: my parents affirm my religion, confirmation: I affirm it) though given the young age at which it happens and the extreme pressure to be confirmed, it’s still problematic. But again, Catholicism, like many conservative religions, tends to be iffy on “consent”.

  74. Another Halocene Human:

    Isn’t it funny how RI, teh most catolick state, has still not taking JPII and Benedict’s statements to heart about poverty and justice? RI has the lowest min wage in New England (except maybe NH), and basically lags on everything, including the regressiveness of its tax policy. You know when you cross the border into RI because it suddenly looks like a shithole. Having those heirs and heiresses comes at a cost–a devastated economy, rampant poverty, and all the social ills that breeds.

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