Victoria Woodhull, Conservatives, and Sex

 

victoria-woodhullThe Daily Shot here on Ricochet informed anyone who didn’t already know that Hillary Clinton isn’t making history. Victoria Woodhull was the first woman to be nominated for the presidency, albeit not by a major party. What caught my attention was the reminder of her platform back in 1872, which included the radical suggestion that women should have freedom from governmental interference in their choices on marriage, divorce, and bearing children. It is more than a little depressing to think that these matters are not necessarily settled to this day, given the partisan fascination with forcing governmental involvement in at least two out of three of those matters.

In my generally non-partisan neck of the woods, my general goal is to extricate the personal lives of individuals from the mire of governmental regulation. In other words, I am generally opposed to any laws which happen to invade anyone’s bedroom, and in that sense, Woodhull and I probably would have quite a bit in common. She is remembered today in the form of the Woodhull Freedom Foundation, which is dedicated to promoting sexual freedom. That organization may or may not be appreciated by many readers here, since its work includes encouraging comprehensive sex education in public schools, promoting rights of LGBT persons, and protecting the rights of sex workers. It also makes me odd person out around here, since I support the Woodhull Foundation’s work, and have been known to speak out in support of legalizing prostitution as well as radically increasing sex education in public schools.

That latter issue is one that has been bothering me more than a little lately, particularly in context with conservatives. Currently, I am working on a couple larger projects that involve sex education, and have been running a survey on the topic of what should be included in curricula for children from K-12. I’ve had no major problems getting people from the left side of the aisle to take a few moments to answer my handful of multiple answer checkbox questions. The right side of the aisle has been less than willing.

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Adams’ blog had an amusing Twitter interplay  http://blog.dilbert.com/post/148152679301/experience-is-overrated between Sadams and Kristol on the value of experience when judging political candidates. While I am normally a Kristol fan, I think Adams won this round, and makes some logical arguments on Trump’s ability to learn. Your thoughts? Preview Open

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Yesterday I heard a troubling analysis by a financial advisor concerning the economic implications of the new Democratic Platform. That prompted me to read this document. Today I provide a summary as a warning. Unless otherwise attributed, all quotes are from the 2016 Democratic Party Platform (DPP). Preview Open

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I read this afternoon an editorial in The Weekly Standard of 1 August (p. 7) that raised points that I think might interest my fellow Ricochevians. It is by Lee Smith and is found here: http://www.weeklystandard.com/who-lost-nato/article/2003435.  I hope that is available to non-subscribers.  Mr. Smith rehearses how President Obama and Secretary Kerry have abandoned our long-standing reliance upon Turkey […]

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Ricochet: Turning Guys Who Bug You Into Features

 

“I’m willing to believe that you’re human, or that I am. But I don’t see how both of us could be, and so persistently misunderstand each other.” Not a comfortable impasse to reach in an argument, and not the sort of impasse promising friendship rather than enmity. And yet, around here, it still does. Not always, but it can.

I remember saying the above to fellow Ricochet member @titustechera when we first were getting to know each other. Because the way we chose to first get to know each other was to have blazing rows. Every. Single. Flippin’. Time. It did not seem possible for one of us to comment on the other without provoking some sort of deep, even existential, dispute, which you’d think would be kind of hard to do on a website where members pay to join an online conversation with at least somewhat like-minded people. They were at least civil rows — constrained as we both were by the Code of Conduct. Nonetheless, that it was even possible for two people with anything in common to disagree so thoroughly courted absurdity. How could we?

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EDIT: It has been suggested that given I owe now on both fire and bugs, I should write about firebugs. Fireflies, maybe. Or pyromaniacs. So, Ricochetti: Have you ever been a pyromaniac, known one, or facilitated pyromania? In Girl Scouts, I used to teach small girls how to more effectively set things on fire. Little […]

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I joined my first group yesterday, My intention was to participate in conversation with other members on the topic of the group. It looks to me that that the only way to post is to upload a picture? In the group I joined there is mostly the initial joining posts and a few pictures posts. […]

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Maybe it’s not such a great idea to write Gary Johnson’s name in that blank space on conservatives’ hearts after all. From the Washington Examiner we have “Gary Johnson: ‘Religious freedom, as a category’ is ‘a black hole’”: Do you think New Mexico was right to fine the photographer for not photographing the gay wedding? […]

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AS HILLARY CLINTON puts together what she hopes will be a winning coalition in November, many progressives remain wary — but she has the war hawks firmly behind her. “I would say all Republican foreign policy professionals are anti-Trump,” leading neoconservative Robert Kagan told a group gathered around him, groupie-style, at a “foreign policy professionals […]

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Know what’s funny when you’re closing on a house? When, as you’re sitting in the land company office shuffling and signing papers, you ask the seller about a neighboring property and he tells a story that has the phrase Then one day in it. I was more amused than put off, and when at last […]

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Much lamentation in some Republican circles about how the Democrats have stolen the shining city on a hill, America is the greatest country in the world, narrative from  Republicans. “The Democratic convention was a convention of patriotism this year,” wrote Erick Erickson, a conservative radio host and blogger. “Democrats were for you. If you want to be […]

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Pope Francis has been a huge mistake: a morally-relativist socialist unable to associate Islam with the terror epidemic, who refuses to stand up publicly for his own oppressed flock against government cake-baking enforcers, who refuses to defend our values and culture, who demands we accommodate terrorists and invaders, who tells us to drop our guard […]

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In previous chess challenges by Saint Augustine, there have been people who had some interest in chess, but for whatever reason (didn’t want to pick a side, didn’t feel confident committing to moves in a group game, thought it might be life-consuming and soul-destroying, etc.) didn’t join in the fun. For you, J.D. Fitzpatrick and […]

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