Why Do Right-Wingers Hate Sex?

Why do right-wingers hate sex?

And why don’t they want the rest of us to get any?

Right-winger, Rick Santorum once warned that Satan was using sensuality to attack America.

And he disagrees with a Supreme Court decision okay-ing birth control. As columnist Maureen Dowd explains,

(Santorum) believes that America’s soul wounds include men and women having sex for reasons other than procreation, people involved in same-sex relationships, women using contraception… (He feels) contraception is “not O.K. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.”

Actually, those who lack contraception but don’t want pregnancy could still do anal and oral. Or, men could simply ejaculate on woman’s faces. So a lack of contraception may only encourage sodomy and other “perversities.”

And then there’s Santorum fan, Foster Friess, who insists:

Back in my day, they used Bayer Aspirin for contraception. The gals put it between their knees.

Or, conservative columnist Ross Douthat helpfully explains, “Monogamy, not chemicals or latex, is the main line of defense against unwanted pregnancies.”

So if a married couple only want two kids, how often should they have sex sans chemicals or latex?

Or how about this guy who responded to a post I wrote saying women should be able to follow their conscience on birth control, and not be bullied by Catholic Bishops:

Where’s the discussion of men’s responsibility to do what they can to control their own passions? Are men just dogs who cannot control themselves?

And does all this repression make the right-wing sex drive reemerge in creepy ways?

One bill sought to force women seeking abortions to undergo ultrasounds via vaginal probe. Democratic Delegate Lionell Spruill says this is tantamount to rape: inserting objects into vaginas without consent. Women’s advocates say the procedure is meant to shame women, which is similar to a motive of rapists: degrade the victim.

But why so anti-sex?

Are these just church-going folk who’ve been warned against sexuality their whole lives?

Some worry uncontrolled passions will harm the social fabric: children bearing children… unwanted babies. But that’s what contraception is for. As conservative columnist David Brooks admits, despite more sexually liberal attitudes, teen pregnancy rates are down, abortion is down, and crime is down. “There are problems with the social fabric,” he says, “but they no longer have to do with the sexual revolution.”

Others think right-wingers simply cling to clarity and order, and crave control (a common bent among extreme conservatives). And indeed, some may feel a sense of power in controlling women’s bodies. They may gain a sense of control by reigning in the flesh and wild sexuality of themselves and others.

And, they can gain a sense of clarity and structure by seeing women and men as different, each in their separate spheres with men on top and women below, barefoot, pregnant, and obeying men.

A rerun for the holidays.

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Posted on December 23, 2016, in sex and sexuality, sexism and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.

  1. Ignorant, sanctimonious pricks.

    Maybe also victims.

  2. Clutching on to the control over the so called “weaker sex” has been the mentality, which is one of the major driving forces behind such policies.

    • Conservatives seem to be more concerned with control than liberals are, and in a patriarchy the focus is on controlling women — Who in a patriarchy are often reduced to sex. So controlling their sexuality gives conservatives a sense of control, generally.

      They’d be better off empowering themselves instead of trying to control others in ways that end up not being satisfying in the long run, and even disempowering, like ending up with a bunch of kids they can’t even support!

  3. So if a married couple only want two kids, how often should they have sex sans chemicals or latex?- That’s the most important question.

  4. You’re doing such a great job with this blog! Hooray for happy, guilt-free sex!

  5. Nothing is less sexy than a right-winger.

  6. Apparently right wingers have better sex lives, so I guess the entire thesis of this article is misconceived.


    • Well I’m talking about political policy here, anti-sex political policy.

      Interestingly your link is the study of probably nonreligious people because this is Europe. The anti-sex people I’m talking about are religious conservatives in America. And they work hard to have anti-sex policy implemented.

      In addition, other research has found that the more religious person is, particularly fundamentalist religion-who are the same folks who try to implement anti-sex policy, the less they enjoy sex: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1388827/Atheists-better-sex-religious-followers-plagued-guilt.html

      • Then why didnt you label this article “why the religious hate sex” then we could have contemplated this completely different thesis?

        BTW, from what I hear, Thai hookers are very religious and have Buddhist shrines in their homes, wear Buddhist pendants etc

      • I’m looking at policy and this is conservative policy, whether or not those enforcing it are religious. Probably because the Republican Coalition is made up of 1) the rich, 2) cultural conservative and 3) religious conservatives.

        And while religious American conservatives tend to be anti-sex that’s not true of all religious people.

      • Oh come on, you cited one…. count em… one Roman Catholic politician, and then extrapolated that to right wing conservative politics. What if were to quote Jesse Jackson, candidate for Democratic presidential nomination in 1984, baptist minister, who called abortion murder, who slammed Roe v Wade in the 1977 National Right to Life Committee ?

        Now since you’ve made this big claim that it is “policy”, perhaps you’ll point us where in the Republican party policy platform they plan to outlaw contraception as an abomination?

      • Hmmm, A sample size of one? Did you read anything other than the first example I gave?

        The Republican Party has fought for years against women’s right to control their reproductive lives. They have fought against Planned Parenthood, several (Including George W. Bush administration) have fought against contraception, and even though The latter isn’t in the Republican platform, many GOP still fight against it. There was a huge brouhaha when Obamacare made contraception free. It turns out that free contraception really brings down the abortion rate and unwanted pregnancies. But right wingers would rather keep women from having contraception and then try to force them to not have an abortion, even though it doesn’t work, desperate girls and women still have them and end up dying.

        It’s no wonder that policy against contraception isn’t in the platform, they try to not be so public about it because there would be too big of an outcry. When George W. Bush was trying to outlaw various forms of contraception his spokesperson tried not to answer questions about it. Tried to prevaricate.

  7. Très sexy ! 😉

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