The faction of American politics that likes to refer to themselves as “pro-life” approach life with some questionable ethics, and nowhere is that more visible than the debate over Planned Parenthood. And often times, this “debate” puts the employees of Planned Parenthood on the front lines.
And one such employee brought the pain to a critic of the organization on his Tumblr account with a fully awesome rant about what the organization really does for young adults and teens who need help navigating the nature of sexuality.
The American view of sex has been slowly changing, from the “straight-laced” bullshit of the Puritans to the present. That “straight-laced” BS never really left us, though, and it’s alive and well in the anti-abortion movement, who use opposition to abortion as a means to control female sexuality.
Planned Parenthood does much more than provide abortion services — very few of their services are abortion-related — and most of them are oriented towards sex education. Planned Parenthood employee Damien — a self-described “opinionated, big brother, mentor” — illustrated that recently on his Tumblr blog when he relayed a story about a teen who’s aunt brought him in:
Today a 16-year-old boy was brought into the clinic by his aunt to ‘have the talk’ because his school didn’t teach sex ED and his mother wouldn’t talk to him about sex. She spent 40 bucks so he could get tested for the first time. I spent an hour talking to this young boy about sex. I got to have the sex talk with him. I showed him how to properly use a condom and protect himself and his partners. We talked about STDs and pregnancy prevention. We even talked about pubic grooming and ways to avoid razor burn. This poor boy has never had someone talk to him about anything related to the changes his body is going through. And then we spent 20 minutes talking about consent and how important it is.
Growing up I never, ever had someone talk to me about consent and its importance. I even had sex ED in school! This shit is important ya’ll.
Very much so. I think that educating about consent and what consent is will save people a lot of heartache, and teaching that sex is perfectly okay, a part of life, and not the end all and be all of existence will save a lot of mental trauma and psychological scarring in the future.
Of course, this doesn’t sit well with everyone, and there’s always that one jackass. In this case, that one jackass was a commentator who linked to the post with the reply, “It is the parents’ duty to have ‘the talk’ with their kids, not a government funded organization that murders babies.”
Damien proceeded to take him down a few pegs, in the most glorious way possible:
First of all f*cktruck: I am not a government employee. My wages are not paid by the government. Second: zero babies have ever been murdered in a planned parenthood. I didn’t say a god damn word about abortion but you had to get your f*cking tighty whiteys in a bunch because an organization that you know nothing about is doing good things for millions of people and you hate it. Shut your face up about shit you don’t understand you f*cking dump truck.
His “interlocutor” fired back with the usual anti-choice garbage: “abortion is murder” and “innocent human being,” etc. You know the drill — the sort of epistemological certainty that opens the door to consequences even more catastrophic than merely assuming something:
Abortion is murder, just because they’re in the womb doesn’t change the fact you’re killing an innocent human being. As I said, it’s not a faceless organization’s job to provide sex ed while simultaneously killing unborn children.
You’ll note that the “interlocutor” never acknowledged they were wrong about Planned Parenthood being a government agency; they jumped right into the anti-choice talking points, and Damien proceeded to school the troll for it:
Listen up kiddo: Abortion isn’t murder. Murder is illegal. Abortion is not illegal. IE abortion is not murder. As I said (and we’ll go with what I said as not total bullshit because it’s obvious you have absolutely no real knowledge when it comes to sex or reproduction and i think we can thank your parents for that) this young man had a single mother that didn’t feel comfortable talking to him about sex. So i did it. I provided medically accurate and up to date information unlike so many parents today.
And by the way, planned parenthood isn’t some shadowy faceless organization. For example, this is my face. The face i made while reading your stupid ass response.
Can I get an amen?
Feature image via Tumblr.com