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Why Sex Matters in the 2012 U.S. Presidential Election

There it is.  All debates are complete, and there’s 2 weeks remaining until Election Day here within the United States.  Between all the rhetoric and attacks and question dodging there seems to be no question that neither candidate is quite getting all the information he wants to divulge in a clear and concise manner.  What, then, is a responsible, sex-positive individual to do?  Look to the platforms of the two major parties, of course!  Follow me as we explore then in more detail.

Republican Platform

Courtesy of Marci A. Hamilton at the website Verdict, we are given a detailed breakdown of the GOP Platform in all it’s religious and discriminatory nature.  In a very small nutshell, the official party platform prohibits the following:

  • Teaching any form of sexual education other than abstinence
  • Funding Planned Parenthood
  • Allowing Roe v Wade to stand
  • Contraceptive measures
  • Embryonic Stem Cell research
  • Abortion under any terms, even at the expense of the life or well being of the mother
  • Rights for LGBT individuals to marry or adopt

Scared yet?  I certainly am.   Under the official party platform, from which policy is supposed to be shaped, women cannot choose to prevent impregnation nor do anything to prevent carrying to term.  Her right to choose her own reproductive safety is eliminated completely.  It’s as best they can do to repeal the entire women’s rights movement short of repealing the right to vote.


Democratic Platform

Also courtesy of Marci A. Hamilton at Verdict, a detailed breakdown of the Democratic Party Platform is provided.  It makes the following assertions:

  • Support for the Equal Rights Amendment
  • Enforcement of Title IX (which grants equal opportunities in extracurricular activities for boys and girls — including sports — in all public school systems, to extend to public colleges and universities)
  • Support for ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
  • A woman’s right to make her own reproductive choices
  • Expanding protections and opportunities for women and girls around the world
  • The continued support of family planning services and organizations
  • The support for marriage equality and support of the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples

It’s like night and day, right?  The Democrats are progressively seeking equal treatment of not only women but also all the members oft the LGBTQ community under law.  Under Law!  With accompanying penalties for those who willfully violate that law!  How awesome is that?


The distinction between the two parties is clear.  The GOP wants a repressive, religious-right controlled government that is puritanical and restrictive (despite the calls for smaller government oversight of personal freedoms) in everything related to sex. The platform also calls for an aggressive enforcement of anti-pornography laws.  This, of course, despite the fact that the states with the highest paid consumption of pornographic material are Republican-majority states.  Way to give it to your constituency!

The Democrats, however, actively push to assert equal treatment of everybody.   Isn’t that exactly what’s espoused in the founding documents of this country?  All are created equal, right?  Red, Yellow, Black, White, Male, Female, Other, Gay, Straight, Bi, Trans, Queer; it doesn’t matter to the Democrats, we’re all human and all deserve to be treated as such.  That’s more than sex-positive, that’s human-positive!

That’s a position I can get behind.


Stay SINful, friends.

10 responses

  1. Great post. This is a big part of why we vote Democrat. This is also, I’m sorry to say, why we have come to view in a new light many of our friends who vote Republican and who support conservative causes. This is a democracy and the people have the right to vote as they see fit. But I refuse to let my daughter grow up in a society that views her as unequal because she is female. I refuse to allow her to be victimized, then blamed for it. I refuse to stand by while she is denied equal pay, a political voice, and basic rights including healthcare. I feel the same way about every woman, and every LGBTQ individual out there similarly victimized.

    October 23, 2012 at 4:12 am

    • Josh

      This sums up my views on it as well. Having a daughter to think about means I will probably never vote for a GOP candidate unless the alternative is a loon.

      October 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

      • Yeah… Princess is 7, and there’s some early signs that Tank isn’t quite vanilla hetero-normative even at the age of 6, and I’ll fight like a cornered wolverine before I let anybody tell them they’re not worthy of the same treatment a straight WASP man enjoys.

        Stay SINful
        Mr. AP

        October 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    • Exactly. I grew up in Central Alabama, where prejudice and bigotry was barely hidden if at all by members of the community and I never understood the premise of it. I had friends who were hurt by it to a greater degree than the relatively tame teasing I suffered for “being different.” I don’t want any of my children to suffer that, for any reason, and I just cannot shake the growing fear that the current GOP directorship want to bring that kind of isolationism and separatism to a greater scale than we’ve seen since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s.

      Stay SINful
      Mr. AP

      October 23, 2012 at 8:58 pm

  2. mypersonalthinkingspot

    That about sums it up, very awesome info to have all in one spot though. Incredible that Romney still is getting as many votes as of at the moment….

    October 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    • I try to be helpful. Also, yeah, Romney scares me.

      Stay SINful
      Mr. AP

      October 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm

  3. lil

    But we don’t actually need abortion because conception from rape is an act of God! That’s what I heard this morning anyways…They seem to have deserted the stance that a woman’s body can refuse to conceive in cases of “legitimate rape.”
    Very scary.
    Wonder, if somebody raped Romney, would it be legitimate?

    October 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

    • I find myself agreeing with Bill Maher that the GOP has become The Mental Patient Party. Goodness, I hope they lose a great deal next week. I don’t know what I’ll do with myself if they gain more power.

      Stay SINful
      Mr. AP

      October 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

  4. Great post.
    Though I find the two parties to be almost exactly the same on many issues, the way they approach civil rights and personal freedoms are as different as night and day.

    October 24, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    • Indeed they are. There’s a great many things that need to be fixed, but I find it ironic that the GOP and the Tea Party call for “smaller government, more personal freedom!” yet seem to be the ones who want to strip personal freedom and choice whenever possible.

      Stay SINful
      Mr. AP

      October 27, 2012 at 9:16 pm

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