Monday, March 5, 2007

Pause: FOX news in bed with Planned Parenthood's agenda

Just when you thought things couldn't get worse, now FOX news is in bed with the Planned Parenthood. Surprised? Ha! Their new campaign "Pause" promotes the not-so-safe sex agenda telling teens to "pause" and decide whether they want to be sexually involved.

At first glance, this website seems like it could be effective in encouraging teens to consider the long-term side effects of sexual activity, and they even say so: "Consider how your relationships reflect and influence who you are and how you feel." Not so bad. One should always consider the effects of an action. And in thinking about sex, you should consider whether it's love or use, the likelihood of getting STDs or a crisis pregnancy, how it feels to be used or get your heart broken, whether you are married and ready for a family, if you'd like to deal with the aftermath and regret of an abortion, and so on. But, those realities are not what the Pause campaign is all about.

The next thing that they ask you to pause and think about is not sexual self control and respect for the other, BUT "Choose a place that's relaxed and comfortable before you get intimate (that means before you take your clothes off!)." After that, they begin to stress the importance of talking about sex with your partner before doing it. PAUSE! If you are already "relaxed and comfortable" in the heat of the moment, that's not the time to decide whether you want to have sex or not. That's the time when clothes start flying, and you're NOT going to be stopping to discuss things like a crisis pregnancy, whether you actually love or even care for the person, or what STDs the other and yourself are carrying.

"Protection." That's the next piece of advice. If sex is so great, why do we need to be protected from it? Well, if we really want to be protected, we need to know whether the products they're offering us (condoms and Pills) are going to work. Let's look at the condom first. We like to call it a condumb-- a CON-job for DUMB people. In preventing pregnancy, it only has a 86% success rate. That means with typical use, one out of seven couples can expect a pregnancy within a year. That doesn't sound so safe and protected from a crisis pregnancy. (By the way, a child is always the GOOD thing that comes from a sexual relationship, not a threat or a enemy.)

Furthermore, the CDC has shown that there is no evidence that condoms provide any protection from six of the top eight STDs including HPV, Chlamydia and Herpes, which happen to be the top 3 STDs in the world. That doesn't sound like protection to me. That sounds like a conspiracy.

Is Pause willing to tell this truth? No, on the other hand, they say "No condom, no sex" should be the battle cry of anyone who wants to have "vaginal or anal sex."

The Pill. Singlehandedly, this little drug has lead to the demise of women's health and the objectification of women by making us women sexually available to the guys whenever they want their kicks with us. The list of side effects is so long it's almost laughable: heart attack, liver problems, dizziness, dry eyes, depression, and weight gain, to name a few. Most significantly among them is the increased risk in breast cancer.

Study after study shows that this Pill is a carcinogenic, yet society continues to shove it down women's throats. That's just sick.

Furthermore, the Pill treats women like we are naturally diseased because of our ability to conceive and bear a child, as if that's a curse to our womanhood. Isn't it ironic that there is no Pill for a man to take? No, women are the ones whose bodies are seen as so bad in society.

Well, let's look more at the Pause website. They constantly stress the importance of "talking about sex" in order to make you ready to do it. But, their advice hardly adds up.

"Talking about sex can help build trust and respect between you and your partner." Nevermind marriage and commitment, just talk about having sex together, FOX news tells teens. Will that help teens to know how to build lasting relationships that will make them truly happy in the long run? No, not really. If teens begin to think the only reason to communicate is to "establish sexual boundaries together," then they are not going to know how to truly love one another.

There's more bad news where that came from, but I'm sick of ranting. Let's start a counter cultural message, like, say CHASTITY! Now, that's a message that is really about respect for yourself and others as well as health in your body, soul, mind and relationships.

So much for the reliability of FOX news.


  1. awesome stuff Mary, great work.

  2. Pause is nothing more than a hip advertising campaign for abstinence. If youre going to attack someone, dont make it Rupert Murdoch. He is firmly entrenched on your side.

  3. Adam-- thanks for the comment, but the first thing the Pause website says under relationships is "to find a relaxed and comfortable place before you get intimate (that is take your clothes off!)" Doesn't sound like a plug for abstience to me! If it was, they'd say, "avoid that relaxed and comfy place where it's easy to get intimate."