Periodical Political Post *46

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D.C.'s Catholic Church blames the Gays for abandoning its Foster Care Program After threatening to end its adoption and homeless services programs in Washington D.C. if the City Council approved gay marriage there, the catholic church’s charities unit is indeed dismantling its foster care program because they fear the city might somehow "force" the church to officiate gay unions and recognize same-sex partners of employees. However, maybe this has turned out for the best. The children, their families, and even the program’s semployees have found a new home — at the National Center for Children and Families, which is not affiliated with any religious institution. Which means these children will still have the services they very much need, without the intervention of a church that abandoned them to uphold discrimination and seeing how church institutions have sexually & physically abused thousands of kids it might be for the better.

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Smoking is Gay. For Real.

It looks like the Onion has more influence on the real world than they might prefer to think. Their satire video about a teen health campaign that compares smoking to being gay triggered a discussion about what comedy is allowed to say when it comes to minorities. The French, who aren’t exactly squeamish when it comes to sex or racy content in advertising, are already a step ahead. A controversy has erupted over an ad that some feel has gone a step too far: it doesn’t just evoke oral sex, but actually simulates it. And these salacious images are targeting young people in what is actually a laudable campaign — trying to stop them from smoking.

The ads are meant to link smoking to submission and have a caption that reads: “Smoking means being a slave to tobacco”

The campaign of the Droits des Non-Fumeurs (Non-Smokers’ Rights) association features male and female adolescents kneeling at the waist of a businessman with a cigarette in their mouth.. Queer activists are concerned the ads could rehash prejudices and clichés against gays; an organisation for rape victims says “the campaign trivialises sexual abuse – worse, it implies guilt on the part of the abused”. France’s conservative minister for families, Nadine Morano, said she would take measures to get the advert banned on grounds of “public offense to decency”.

Tobacco is the number one cause of avoidable deaths as well as of cancer in France, according to the health ministry. Half of French students over 14 have tried smoking at some point. While Droits des Non-Fumeurs argues that young smokers tend to ignore adverts focusing on health, other activists were doubtful about the effectiveness of the provocative posters.

What do you think, are these ads too much or just enough?

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Porn?

The last time I posted a nifty video here there evolved a discussion in the comments whether there should be porn on milkboys or not. I never wanted milkboys to become one of the countless porn-only blogs and therefore I never posted more than one of these videos every two or three months. On the other hand I do think that both sex and porn are good and healthy parts of our lives and that is regardless of the age of the viewer.

Over the last 20 years our society became more and more hysterical about how seeing people having sex might harm kids and teenagers and in further consequence our life in general became more prudish. Even teenagers from 1900 would laugh about how kids nowadays wear two swimsuits instead of just hopping into the water naked – not even to mention how keeping away every information about sex from teens also prevents them to learn about sexually transmitted diseases, birth control and other things even more important than the fact that no kid should be ashamed for her or his naked body.

When I started the very first incarnation of milkboys a few years ago I was a minor myself and neither back then nor nowadays I can come up with a single reason why & how pornographic content would be capable to harm anyone — quite the opposite. That’s why I didn’t mind to throw some sexy content into the mix of this blog every now and then.  But I’d like to hear your opinion on this nonetheless so please feel free to vote in the poll below and/or leave a comment. Thanks :)

  

No more Skirts in UK Schools?

The British Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said making skirts part of a compulsory uniform could breach the rights of female-to-male transsexuals.. In official guidelines published ahead of the Equality Bill, which comes into force this autumn, the watchdog says that "requiring pupils to wear gender-specific clothes is potentially unlawful". It goes on to state that "pupils born female with gender dysphoria experienced great discomfort being forced to wear stereotypical girls’ clothes – for example a skirt." The EHRC, which can force public bodies to comply with equality law, said schools are obliged to be "proactive" in ensuring there is no discrimination against transsexual pupils. More details at the Telegraph.

No more Skirts in UK Schools? // Xag
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