GOP’s Purity Warriors Carpetbaggers Leave High Teen Pregnancy & HIV Result Behind

The Resistance Reports

March 19, 2017

“Until Trump’s election, the Christian right’s culture wars were stalled. Over the preceding three decades America’s sex culture was transformed, girls and women had (increasingly) the power to say either “yes” or “no” to a sexual encounter. Now, the White House will be occupied by a man who reportedly engaged in two-dozen unwanted sexual assaults on women

America’s sexual culture had changed.  The Guttmacher Institute found that premarital sex was engaged in by two-thirds of American women and teen girls.  It also reported that over the last quarter century, between 1991 and 2014, the teen birth rate fell 61 percent, from 61.8 births to 24.2 births for every 1,000 adolescent females.  It also reports that between 2008 and 2011 the abortion rate among females aged 15–44 years fell 13 percent, declining to its lowest level since the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.  In 2011, the abortion rate was 16.9 per 1,000 women, well below the 1981 peak of 29.3 per 1,000; in 1973 it was 16.3 per 1,000.  Guttmacher argues that the fall in the abortion rate was due to more – and younger – women being smarter being more self-confident about sex because of sex-ed courses and the use birth control methods, most notably intrauterine devices (IUDs), not abstinence campaigns.

As the nation’s sexual culture evolved over the last couple of decades, die-hard anti-abortion advocates pressed on. They became a powerful force at the local and state levels, driven by mean-spirited vengeance, desperate because their influence was waning.  With Trump’s victory, Mike Pence as VP and Republican control of both Houses of Congress, a new round of the culture wars will be launched and the South will likely be a major battleground.

Throughout this period, valiant purity warriors fought on.  Religious stalwarts in Montgomery, AL, Oak Grove, KY, Peoria, IL, and other localities regularly host “purity balls,” annual galas at which fathers escort their virginal daughters to celebrate chastity.  (Such “balls” would not seem out-of-place among patriarchal- and orthodox-religious groups.)  In addition, the Liberty Counsel, of Orlando, FL, promotes “Christian religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, and the traditional family,” and organizes an annual national Day of Purity for teenagers.  Who knows, a Trump administration – along with a Christian Congress — might require purity balls be held in all schools,” wrote David Rosen is the author of Sex, Sin & Subversion:  The Transformation of 1950s New York’s Forbidden into America’s New Normal (Skyhorse, 2015).  He can be reached at drosennyc@verizon.net; check out www.DavidRosenWrites.com.

The Sexual Revolution, also known as a time of Sexual Liberation, was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the Western world from the 1960s to the 1980s.[1] Sexual liberation included increased acceptance of sex outside of traditional heterosexual, monogamous relationships (primarily marriage).[2] The normalization of contraception and the pill, public nudity, pornography, premarital sex, homosexuality and alternative forms of sexuality, and the legalization of abortion all followed.[3][4]

The Result?

The South region is facing some serious challenge involved teen birth rate. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that, nationally, teen births are at their lowest level in more than 60 years.  Most representative were New Hampshire (13.8 per 100,000), Vermont (16.3), Connecticut (15.1) and Massachusetts (14.1) have the lowest rates of teen births.

Sadly, teen birthrates in 2012 were highest in Arkansas (45.7), Mississippi (46.1), New Mexico (47.1), Oklahoma (47.3), Texas (44.4) and West Virginia (44.1).  Other Bible Belt states have still alarmingly high teen birth rates, including Alabama (39.2), Georgia (33.8), Kentucky (41.5), Louisiana (43.1), South Carolina (36.3) and Tennessee (38.5).

More troubling, the CDC finds, “At least one clear trend emerges among Southern states, the concentration of HIV infections tend to be higher.”

The Sexual Revolution, also known as a time of Sexual Liberation, was a social movement that challenged traditional codes of behavior related to sexuality and interpersonal relationships throughout the Western world from the 1960s to the 1980s.[1] Sexual liberation included increased acceptance of sex outside of traditional heterosexual, monogamous relationships (primarily marriage).[2] The normalization of contraception and the pill, public nudity, pornography, premarital sex, homosexuality and alternative forms of sexuality, and the legalization of abortion all followed.[3][4]

The term “sexual revolution” has been used at least since the late 1920s.[5] Some early commentators believed the sexual revolution of 1960–1980 was in fact the second such revolution in America; they believe that the first revolution was during the Roaring Twenties after World War I and it included writers such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edna Saint Vincent Millay, and Ernest Hemingway. However, the age of changes in perception and practices of sexuality that developed from around 1960 was to reach mainstream, middle-class, even middle-aged America as well as most of western Europe. It brought about profound shifts in the attitudes to women’s sexuality, homosexuality, pre-marital sexuality and the freedom of sexual expression. Psychologists and scientists such as Wilhelm Reich and Alfred Kinsey influenced the revolution, as well as literature and films, and the social movements of the period, including the counterculture movement, the women’s movement, and the gay rights movement.[6] The counterculture contributed to the awareness of radical cultural change that was the social matrix of the sexual revolution.[6]

In 1969, Blue Movie, directed by Andy Warhol, was the first adult erotic film depicting explicit sex to receive wide theatrical release in the United States.[7][8][9] The film was a seminal film in the Golden Age of Porn and helped inaugurate the “porno chic“,[10][11] phenomenon in modern American culture. During this time, porn was being publicly discussed by celebrities, and taken seriously by critics. According to Warhol, Blue Movie was a major influence in the making of Last Tango in Paris, an internationally controversial erotic drama film, starring Marlon Brando, and released a few years after Blue Movie was made.[8] In 1970, Mona, the second adult erotic film, after Blue Movie, depicting explicit sex that received a wide theatrical release in the United States, was shown. Following mentions by Johnny Carson on his popular TV show, and Bob Hope on TV as well,[11] the adult film Deep Throat achieved major box office success, despite being rudimentary by mainstream standards. In 1973, the far-more-accomplished, but still low budget adult film, The Devil in Miss Jones, was the seventh most successful film of the year, and was well received by major media, including a favorable review by film critic Roger Ebert.[12] Shortly thereafter, other adult films followed, continuing the Golden Age of Porn begun with Blue Movie. Later, in 1976, The Opening of Misty Beethoven, based on the play Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw (and its derivative, My Fair Lady), and directed by Radley Metzger, was released theatrically and is considered, by award-winning author Toni Bentley, the “crown jewel” of the Golden Age of Porn.[13][14]

By the mid-1970s and through the 1980s, newly won sexual freedoms were being exploited by big businesses looking to capitalize on an increasingly permissive society, with the advent of public and hardcore pornography.[15] Historian David Allyn argues that the sexual revolution was a time of “coming-out”: about premarital sex, masturbation, erotic fantasies, pornography use, and sexuality.[1]

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