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Thursday, 12 April 2012

the best form of flattery

"The Tennessee Senate just days ago passed their alternative to the much lampooned 'Don’t Say Gay' bill that would classify holding hands as a 'gateway sexual activity' in their new 'family life education curriculum.' The bill also includes specific provisions that allow parents to sue teachers if they deviate from the specified curriculum.
     For the past few years Tennessee has been the subject of nationwide ire for its attempts to pass an infamous 'Don’t Say Gay' bill, that would have prohibited the mentioning of anything about homosexuality by teachers or students. In a new family life instructions bill, holding hands and kissing could be considered gateways to sex. [...]"
— David Badash, The New Civil Rights Movement

"The rules, which apply to all public places, include a ban on all forms of nudity, playing music loudly and dancing, exchange of kisses between men and women -- and even on unmarried couples holding hands. Any breach of the guidelines, by nationals or expatriates, carries a possible prison penalty, the paper said."

"So not only is hand-holding a gateway to sexytimes, but the Tennessee State Senate, having exhausted all other possible things to give a damn about in their state, is making darn sure that your teacher can't demonstrate hand-holding in the classroom, while saying 'see? Don't do this.' Also out: winking, wearing short sleeves, any shoes not issued by the U.S. Army, and giving other children those horrible, chalky Valentine's Day candies with vapid little sayings on them. I don't know how many of our nation's children have gotten laid as a result of exchanging those wretched, inedible things, but that's not a risk good conservative Republicans can be taking anymore."
— Hunter, Daily Kos

"[...] anything that propagates sex and is full of music, wine, lobster, nail polish, firecrackers, statues, sewing catalogs [...]"

"Obviously, Gotto and Johnson don't remember what it's like to be teenagers, because just about anything at that age feels like sexual contact. Hell, reading this legislation and remembering how fucking hot Tim Boblitt looked in his football uniform, I'm not sure it'd be legal for teachers to encourage young straight women to go to football games. The definition of gateway sexual activity is so vague it's hard to tell if we can even allow young people to sit together on school buses. What if their thighs touch? Their hands brush together? Their heads bonk into each other as they cross railroad tracks?"
— Betsy Phillips, Nashville Scene

"In their ideal world, women are covered from head to toe, only learn how to cook and clean to take care of their husbands, and rarely venture outside the home. [...]
     'These people want to destroy society and the best way of doing that is by destroying education,' said Nur Waheed, holding the hand of his four-year-old granddaughter outside a butcher’s shop."
Reuters (via The Express Tribune)

"One Taliban list of prohibitions included: pork, pig, pig oil, anything made from human hair, satellite dishes, cinematography, and equipment that produces the joy of music, pool tables, chess, masks, alcohol, tapes, computers, VCRs, television, anything that propagates sex and is full of music, wine, lobster, nail polish, firecrackers, statues, sewing catalogs, pictures, Christmas cards. They also got rid of employment, education, and sports for all women, dancing, clapping during sports events, kite flying, and characterizations of living things, no matter if they were drawings, paintings, photographs, stuffed animals, or dolls. Men had to have a fist size beard at the bottom of their chin. Conversely, they had to wear their head hair short. Men had to wear a head covering."

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