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Rosie in the News #5

From College Humor, a series of faux-propaganda posters for the Hunger Games‘ fictional country, Panem, includes this one:

I dig it, don’t you? Hunger Games crossed the 250 million mark in ten days, which is record-breaking for anything other than a sequel (see below). Other records include “the highest non-sequel opening weekend ever, and the highest debut single day for a non-sequel ever, and the highest March opening ever, and the 5th highest opening day ever.”

So yeah… it’s dominating. And you know what’s pretty cool about that? It’s a movie about a girl. The top ten biggest opening weekends look like this:

1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 2 (Sequel)

2. The Dark Knight (Sequel)

3. The Hunger Games

4. Spider Man 3 (Sequel)

5. Twilight: New Moon (Sequel)

6. Twilight: Breaking Dawn 1 (Sequel)

7. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (Sequel)

8. Iron Man 2 (Sequel)

9. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 (Sequel)

10. Shrek the Third (Sequel)

I suppose we have to own Twilight as lady-driven, but Katniss is pretty much in a class all her own on this list. Yeah, we’ve got Hermione, but other than that, this list is decidedly lacking in female awesomeness. Scarlett Johansson in a catsuit for 45 seconds in Iron Man 2 doesn’t really count.

Related Post: The entire Rosie in the News collection.

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Fundamentals

Did you see that nutso video from the American Life League about the machinations of Planned Parenthood? Their bottom line is that, much like drug dealers want to create drug addicts to drum up business, Planned Parenthood is trying to create sex addicts to increase “sales” of contraception and abortion. Planned Parenthood even has its own gateway drug to lure in the unsuspecting youth: masturbation.

It’s preposterous on many rational levels, but rationality has never been a strong suit of these folks. This video is so far off the rails that I can’t even be offended, only amused. When it’s all over and the condom-rolling, Pride dancing, and funny sex illustrations have run their course, I’m left feeling like this man (and who he represents) is living in an entirely different universe than I am.

The problem is, we are never going to agree, and there is no compromise to be had. Our fundamental difference boils down to this:

In my universe, sex is mostly good.

In his universe, sex is mostly bad.

In my universe, we celebrate the fact that in the course of history, people have found this huge wide array of ways to find pleasure. We say, go out and seek them as you see fit, but treat yourself and your partners with dignity and respect.

In his universe, we condemn the fact that people have found all of these non-heterosexual, non-monogamous, non-marital, non-reproductive ways to find pleasure. They say, it doesn’t matter what you want, stop that nonsense and do only this one particular thing that doesn’t offend my delicate sensibilities.

In my universe, we should regulate people’s sexual behavior as little as possible, and only in ways that are absolutely essential to public safety (i.e. prohibiting rape, child pornography, etc.)

In his universe, we should regulate people’s sexual behavior as much as possible, limiting them to a very specific act that subjugates pleasure in favor of reproductive duty.

In my universe, “condom,” “oral sex”, “clitoris,” and “homosexual” are just words. They describe acts, objects, and body parts. They are not evil or wrong or bad. They are also not inherently good. They are just words.

In his universe, “condom,” “oral sex,” “clitoris,” and “homosexual” are the roots of all evil. Even “pleasure” is a dirty word, and not in the fun way.

These are fundamentally different world views, and I don’t have much faith, if any, that they will ever be reconciled through persuasion or compromise. Secession? Might just be the best bet.

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Girl Scouts

This has been making the Facebook rounds, and I can’t help but giggle:

Apparently, this is meant to discourage parents from enrolling their daughters in the greatest cookie selling scheme of all time. If I had known this was how they rolled, I might not have pitched such a fit in first grade when my mom tried to sign me up. To this day, I don’t know why I was so repelled by the sash-wearers, but I was, and my mom still counts it as one of my worst temper tantrums.

My favorite part of this “warning” is a toss-up between “gay role models” (EGADS! COULD THERE BE SUCH A THING?), the use of “new age” (What does that even mean? Patchouli and Kenny G?), and the opposition to “good” and “information-based” sex education. Obviously, we would much prefer the “bad” and “crackpot-based” sex ed for our kids.

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Related Post: What kind of obscenities are we talking about, anyway?

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