"Is there a word for a promiscuous boy that compares with 'slut'?" "Alas, that word is 'stud'."

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Another Los Angeles Times letters to the editor, because our voices matter:

Re "A birth control double standard," Opinion, May 20

Bravo to Meg Waite Clayton's articulate Op-Ed regarding society's double standard for male and female sexuality, and the Obama administration's consequent restriction of access to emergency contraception. As an adolescent medicine specialist, I have seen the punishing results of stigmatizing girls' sexual expression firsthand, having cared for 12- and 13-year-old mothers. Conversely, I have seen many patients who greatly benefited from using Plan B, the so-called morning-after pill.

President Obama and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius' efforts to bar easy access to an extremely safe, effective medication with negligible side effects (much safer than, say, a bottle of Tylenol) reflects society's mistrustful, punitive attitude toward young women and its shameful disregard for scientific expertise.

Putting our collective heads in the sand will not stop young people from having sex. But nurturing and supporting their resourcefulness, resiliency and proactiveness can prevent a life-altering, unplanned event. Plan B should be available without restriction to all youths, regardless of gender or age.

Claudia Borzutzky

Los Angeles

The writer, a medical doctor, is an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at USC.

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Clayton asks, "Is there a word for a promiscuous boy that compares with 'slut'?"

There is such a word, one that's widely considered to be the masculine complement to the designation "slut." It's also a monosyllable, and it has three of the four letters that appear in "slut." Alas, that word is "stud."

As long as the boys themselves, men in general and, indeed, many of the girls who sleep with these guys think along these lines, the double standard that Clayton laments will continue to reign supreme.

Bruce Burroughs

Sherman Oaks

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  • http://twitter.com/Aqua_Buddah Jason Rowe

    The historical double-standard, men v. women, is spot-on, necessary and valid; It's a damn good thing we don't live in "history." If we lived in the days of snake-oil salesmen, non-pasteurized foods, and cholera, discouraging female promiscuity would be necessary. To be an unmarried mother was a free ticket to a home for unwed mothers, as you'd never be able to feed and clothe yourselves (no one would give you a job. Period). Women would have a dozen kids by their late 20's/early 30's, and often die in childbirth.

    Well we don't live in the Victorian "good" ol' days; We live NOW. Well, MOST of us live NOW, the GOP still lives in the 1890's.

    There is no excuse, beyond political cowardice, for forcing minors to undergo an invasive procedure to end pregnancy, when swallowing some medicine can prevent the pregnancy in the first place.

    Holding the PBO White House to Progressive core beliefs are the minimum we should demand from the President, his cabinet, and his broader agenda; This falls ENTIRELY within that core.

    Shame on Scy Sibelius, and shame on PBO; This is an affront to equality, decency, and simple common-sense.

  • mrsgunka

    I would say, Mr and Mrs Tawd Palin personify those two words. "Have you seen Todd?" We have certainly seen her parade around in her Belmonts, tight advertising T-shirts, her strappy=cloven sandles, Wonder Woman bracelet and short, short skirts looking like a street Hooker. What an example for her unmarried daughters...who never used birth control but sure made her famous for saying she birthed the child with DS to get votes. (gotta catch my breath) Too bad she didn't know about birth control before she got married. Not every pregnant teenage girl has a grifter for a mother and can pay them big bucks for fancy houses! Being an un-wed mother doesn't work that way for most teenagers.