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Video- Bill O'Reilly Claims Peer Pressure, Not Contraceptives, Will Prevent Teen Pregnancy


That is up there with the stupidest things I've ever heard. Via.


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


double standard men women

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.


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


Video- Fox's Nina Easton wants to "celebrate" teen pregnancy


Tell ya what Neeners, you go first and throw a party to "celebrate" your 13 y/o's forced birth event and just drop us a note about what a festive time it was. We'll wait. Via.


Teen births at historic lows, but conservative states tend to see higher rates


Gee, whatever would cause this to happen? Via U.S. News and World Report:

The teenage birth rate declined 9 percent between 2009 and 2010, hitting an all-time low, according to new data released by the National Center for Health Statistics.

Here's a hint: It's something conservatives don't want women to have access to:

Fewer babies were born to teenagers in 2010 than in any year since the peak of World War II. Laura Lindberg, of the Guttmacher Institute, which studies reproductive health, says better sex education and more widespread contraceptive use have contributed to the decline.

So it's not only a War on Women, it's a War on Successful Birth Control. And Education. And Privacy.

It's about control.

As it turns out, the southern states have way higher numbers of teen pregnancies and births than New England does. What?

Why, those New England elitist snobs!

The birth rate is higher in typically more socially conservative states where it may be harder to obtain hormonal birth control, but Linberg says economics and educational attainment plays a role in those states as well.

That would be the same kind of hormonal birth control that the GOP is trying their darndest to ban. Because, see, while most of us would like to move forward in time, conservatives go all giddy at the thought of going sdrawkcab.

Of course, facts and statistics like these don't matter to them, but allowing their version of government to intrude on the rights of others, does. Welcome to