Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Parade of the sexist continues, now with racial goodness

Wichita Eagle | 02/08/2006 | Who has the power?:
She also testified that race can determine who has the power in an intimate relationship.

Simon Heller, a lawyer for the Center for Reproductive Rights, representing the health care professionals, asked Shadigian to explain why race matters in this case. No previous witness has discussed race as a element of whether someone under 16 can consent to having sex.

"If you have two 15-year-olds, and one is a black male, and one is a white female, some people have a very different posture of the power between the two than if it's the other way around," [Elizabeth] Shadigian said.

"Historically, black slave women were subjected to sexual advances by their white slave owners, so there's a definite power differential in that case," Shadigian continued.

When a girl's body is penetrated, Shadigian said, she ceases to become a participant.
There's so much wrong with this, it's astounding. Girls are not participants in sex, black people (or only women?) can't give consent. Who is this lunatic? Well, she testified before Congress in favor of the breast cancer abortion link. She claimed that there's evidence of an increased risk of breast cancer from abortion, when large sample studies have found no relationship between the two. The National Cancer Institutes reviewed the available data, as did the American Cancer Society and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and all found no evidence of that link. The NCI concluded that it was "well established" that "Induced abortion is not associated with an increase in breast cancer risk."

So we're not dealing with someone in the mainstream of her field.

On previous days, Attorney General Phill "two ells, dammit" Kline admitted he wasn't sure whether penetration is involved when a girl gives a boy oral sex, and had to think twice before granting his approval for teenagers to French kiss while lying on top of one another.

And yesterday, a witness testified that sex does more harm to boys than girls, that birth control pills are bad for teenaged girls to have while condoms are OK for teenaged boys to have, and that the prevalence of pregnancy among teenagers is a good reason to keep them from having abortions. Forcing them to give birth teaches them a lesson, y'see.

Oh, and remember that the witness was coached by someone that the Attorney General paid $150,000, and the witness changed his opinion because of that coaching.

The case is about whether social workers and medical professionals must be forced to report any evidence of sexual contact to the state Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services. SRS currently doesn't want reports of sexual activity that does not amount to abuse, and screens out reports of consensual sex between minors to avoid overwhelming its staff.

Phill Kline is determined that everyone must be reported, regardless of whether experts think it's worth while, or whether SRS wants to hear about it.