Echidne: “Rick Santorum has the most open mind of the late twelfth century.” Feel the Santormentum!
I wish I were teaching the history of sexuality course this semester that I co-taught last semester. I would really love to hear about my students’ reactions to fact that birth control has suddenly become a major campaign issue both in the Republican nomination fight and perhaps even in Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
I think it might underscore the argument I made to them towards the end of the class last term that my college years in the late 1980s and early 1990s were in fact a freer time sexually from a feminist standpoint than many young women today enjoy. I might rightly be accused of letting nostalgia color my views here, but when I was in college, there was no question but 1) that we were sexually active if we wanted to be, and that this was seen as a positive and healthy aspect of life, 2) that we would use one or more forms of birth control, and 3) that abortion was a rational and responsible choice rather than a shameful one.