K-Mart selling but running from abstinence?

I'm not crazy for signage on any girl's butt. If my daughter were still the age to be attracted to backside messaging, I'd nix the purchase. It draws the young male eye to the wrong place.

But if a teen queen insists on wearing such advertisement I'd rather it be something along the lines of, "Look but don't touch." Even that is a bit dichotomous, attracting a young voyeur to a hot spot only to tell him to go away.

At any rate, K-Mart apparently considers abstinence a fad, a good thing. So it is currently marketing "True Love Waits" on jogging pants:

slide 1 true love waits.JPG

slide 1 true love waits (2).JPG Who could argue that? The abstinence-phobic crowd, of course, you know, the ones bragging they are pro-"choice."

Why scoff at virginity? Simply, they fear the truth, that virginity is the only solution to STDs, pregnancy, and abortion, even while they're busy marketing failed counterfeits.

Blogged Jessica on Feministing.com:

Aw, sh**. Kmart is selling abstinence-gear for juniors....

I also think it's no coincidence that on the same page they carry "Life is sweet" pants. I have no idea if the pants are in any way connected to the True Love Waits organization, but I'm disturbed nonetheless.

Interesting Freudian connection there.

Commented adylinguist:

This is completely wrong. K-Mart has no right endorsing this kind of overzealous belief that unfairly hands back the whore/virgin dichotomy to young girls.

What?

And baphomet plans to counsel her fictitious (of course) daughter to have premarital sex:

I could not possibly care less if someone* chooses to wait until marriage....

*Exception would be my daughter. Her I would encourage not to wait because I think sexual compatibility is important to a relationship, and I would encourage her to find out if she and potential partner are compatible before they need lawyers to split.

Sigh... K-Mart, fearing the aforementioned, denied, denied, denied, reported The Buzz:

A spokeswoman for Sears Holdings Corp., which owns Kmart, told The Buzz the pants have absolutely nothing to do with taking any kind of position, either way, on abstinence. "It was not associated with any group or any cause," said Amy Dimond. "It was just a graphic put on the pants."

Piper & Blue, Kmart's private label brand, designed the sweatpants as part of its summer collection that hit stores in late April.

Although the pants were not designed to make a statement, Dimond admitted that "there may be some (customers) who made the (abstinence association), but it was not the intention."

Oh, come on.

[HT: proofreader Angela]


Comments:

"True Love Waits"

Ain't it the truth.

Posted by: carder at June 10, 2008 6:22 PM


We have officially become a country of morons (can I say that?). People are protesting the sale of these sweatpants?

Posted by: Janet at June 10, 2008 6:25 PM


Despite K-Mart's wimpy lack of willingness to
defend their marketing decision, this is one
trend I pray catches on.

The lewd messages on young women's derrieres
really raise my blood pressure.

Posted by: lesforlife at June 10, 2008 6:41 PM


I like em.

Posted by: Carla at June 10, 2008 6:44 PM


Meh. Abstinence is great and everything if it works for you. Personally, my first time wasn't that enjoyable, so I'm kinda glad it wasn't with my husband so I could avoid a negative association with sex when it came to him, and we did get to find out that we were sexually compatible before it ended up being a problem. (and I will be telling my daughter all of that when it becomes appropriate to do so) I definitely wouldn't encourage my daughter to have multiple sexual relationships-that's just ridiculous and kind of disgusting-but I'd also encourage her to tell me if she did decide to start a physical relationship with someone (if she were old enough, and I thought that the other party was suitable, of course) to tell me so that I could help keep her as safe as possible.


Within the context of the pants, I've seen MUCH worse things on pants, not that I'd let my daughter broadcast messages on her butt, that's tacky and trashy in my opinion. So it's good, but not great. Kind of like finding a dollar bill, but picking it up to find dog poop on the back.

Posted by: xalisae at June 10, 2008 6:48 PM


I don't like anything on the back of the pants AT ALL.
But I do like the True Love Waits on the front side for the girls.
Now how about something geared to the male of the species?

"This is completely wrong. K-Mart has no right endorsing this kind of overzealous belief that unfairly hands back the whore/virgin dichotomy to young girls."

Overzealous? By whose definition?
Ah, they were the ones that brought up the whore/virgin thing. Could this be some residual association adylinguist still retains? And I wonder why......

Posted by: Patricia at June 10, 2008 7:21 PM


I don't understand why some people are so offended by the abstinence movement.

Are some so zealous about their perverse sexuality that the idea of complete strangers embracing abstinence bothers them?? It's beyond my realm of understanding.

I also don't understand the school of thought that says: "K-Mart has not right to endorse this.."

This is America. K-Mart can endorse whatever and whoever they want to endorse.

Posted by: Ryan at June 10, 2008 7:34 PM


Even that is a bit dichotomous, attracting a young voyeur to a hot spot only to tell him to go away.

It's not just dichotomous, it's creepy.

I mean, put the same message on a T-shirt, and I'd still find it obnoxious (if you have sex before marriage, it's not true love?), but at least it wouldn't come across as quite so obsessed with girls' sexuality.

Dimond admitted that "there may be some (customers) who made the (abstinence association), but it was not the intention."

That's just silly. "It was just a graphic put on the pants! We taped a bunch of letters to the wall and threw darts at them! Heck, we're just amazed they came out as English words!"

Sheesh.

Posted by: Jen R at June 10, 2008 7:44 PM


OK, I suppose they could be referring to this:
http://www.lyrics007.com/Radiohead%20Lyrics/True%20Love%20Waits%20Lyrics.html

but in that case I would still have to vote for "creepy".

Posted by: Jen R at June 10, 2008 7:49 PM


True love does wait... until both partners are ready...

Does it wait until marriage? Well, 95% of the country doesn't think so, and I don't think trashy sweatpants will change that.

Posted by: Amanda at June 10, 2008 7:56 PM


True love does wait... until both partners are ready...

Does it wait until marriage? Well, 95% of the country doesn't think so...

Matthew 7:13-15 (NIV)

13"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Posted by: JLM at June 10, 2008 8:10 PM


I think sweats with letters on the rear are really tacky, but I might go buy several of the other ones just to support the idea behind them (no pun intended).

Posted by: Janet at June 10, 2008 8:24 PM


good one Janet! :-D

Posted by: Patricia at June 10, 2008 8:35 PM


And I misread the post on the other thread, and it quit letting me post there again.

it's za ("a" as is sounded in "apple) li (like "lick") say (just like it looks)

although I'm growing fond of the nickname "x"

:P

Posted by: xalisae at June 10, 2008 9:21 PM


I don't buy clothes at k-mart I by them at Savers. One time I was shopping with friends and some guy handed me a brochure that said "free gift" and when I opened it up it was all about joining some religion and getting saved. I said, "I didn't think they called it Savers for that reason!"

Anyway, I had a shirt I borrowed from my roommate that said "S**k It" on the front. I would wear it under a sweatshirt, and when a guy said something rude to me I would say, "I'm getting hot!" and take the sweatshirt off. Ta da!

Posted by: Jess at June 10, 2008 9:56 PM


Jen R., LOVE your darts explanation!

Yeah, I'm a fan neither of abstinence only nor of letterbuttpants, but I don't really give a flying rat's lower intestine if Kmart wants to sell these.

Posted by: Rosie at June 10, 2008 10:01 PM


So many people are offended by the abstinence movement because not many are abstaining.

Sex was created by God for marriage between a man and woman only.

Despite what Laura thinks, God is grieved when people have sex outside of this sacred covenant.

It does seem as this country has lost its way. It's very, very sad.

Posted by: HisMan at June 10, 2008 10:05 PM


"That's just silly. "It was just a graphic put on the pants! We taped a bunch of letters to the wall and threw darts at them! Heck, we're just amazed they came out as English words!"

Half the time I just amazed the words that come out of my mouth are English.

Posted by: Jess at June 10, 2008 10:09 PM


"Despite what Laura thinks, God is grieved when people have sex outside of this sacred covenant."

Yeah cause marriage today is sooo sacred. I don't get the deal with the whole virginity thing. What if you're raped? What about that?

But if you want to wait that's fine. It's your body do what ever you want with it (as long as it doesn't involve me).

Posted by: Jess at June 10, 2008 10:13 PM


Jess, half the time, mine aren't. ;)

Posted by: Jen R at June 10, 2008 10:14 PM


Blessinz of teh Ceiling Cat be apwn yu, srsly.

http://www.lolcatbible.com/index.php?title=Main_Page

Posted by: Jess at June 10, 2008 10:18 PM


Are people offended when girls wear shirts with writing on them and the writing on the shirt happens to fall on the chest area? You know, cause it calls attention to the chest area. Cause guys aren't ALREADY looking there.

To be honest, I wear a lot of sweats with writing on the butt, but I don't think it calls any more attention to my behind than it normally would. When I see people with writing on the butt of their pants, I'm honestly not paying attention to their butt as I'm trying to read what the hell their pants say. Lol, but that's just me.

What about jeans with sequins or designs on the pants pocket in the butt area? THAT calls attention to the butt too.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 10, 2008 10:24 PM


the whore/virgin dichotomy to young girls.

Would a feminist blogger tell me what a 'whore' is? Because I don't think the word exists for them anymore.

Posted by: Cranky Catholic at June 10, 2008 10:34 PM


A whore is someone who has sex for money. Or I guess other stuff. Like maybe jewelry. So I guess if you exchange sex for marriage then you're a whore. Like, if you marry me I'll have sex with you. i think marriage deserves more then that, a lifelong committed partnership, like many people on this board have and promote.

So if I had sex with you for fifty dollars I'm a whore (I won't have sex with you for anything, oh unless we fall in love and decide to have some kids).

Posted by: Jess at June 10, 2008 10:41 PM


"Condoms are totally unsafe, you wouldn't put a plastic bag over your Grandmothers head would you?"

Posted by: Jess at June 10, 2008 10:43 PM


If you believe it is better to wait then don't buy into the commercialization of your daughters by sexualizing her to promote an abstinence message. Thinking oxymoron.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 10, 2008 10:55 PM


That's right, True Love Waits. But in the meantime look at my daughter's bum.

Posted by: Cranky Catholic at June 10, 2008 11:01 PM


So I guess if you exchange sex for marriage then you're a whore.
Posted by: Jess at June 10, 2008 10:41 PM

Jess, you are right that marriage is about that long-term commitment you were speaking of. So in that respect abstinence till marriage isn't about "whoring" yourself as abride at all. The sex isn't an exchange for marriage. From the beginning marriage was about a couple publicly acknowledging they have found "that" somebody who you would like to start a family with.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 10, 2008 11:10 PM


Being offended by abstinence? That's silly. You know what? I've decided to be offended that you didn't wear a brown shirt today. Harumf.

Posted by: xalisae at June 10, 2008 11:14 PM


But ts, for some people, one of the criteria for someone they'd like to start a family with is whether or not that person is going to be able to provide them with a fulfilling, sustainable physical relationship. I think knowing that about someone I intend to marry is very important, especially since that's going to be the last person in my lifetime to enjoy that aspect of my life with me.

Posted by: xalisae at June 10, 2008 11:23 PM


xalisae: 11:23 PMBut ts, for some people, one of the criteria for someone they'd like to start a family with is whether or not that person is going to be able to provide them with a fulfilling, sustainable physical relationship. I think knowing that about someone I intend to marry is very important, especially since that's going to be the last person in my lifetime to enjoy that aspect of my life with me.

Just a thought... The physical relationship has a way of working out with couples who are abstinent before marriage. As love grows, intimacy grows. There are no guarantees either. What if your husband has an accident and is paralyzed, or gets seriously ill? Then what?

Posted by: Janet at June 10, 2008 11:41 PM


"But ts, for some people, one of the criteria for someone they'd like to start a family with is whether or not that person is going to be able to provide them with a fulfilling, sustainable physical relationship."

Yea, try him out in bed first before making any commitmants.

we're doomed as a society.

Posted by: Jasper at June 10, 2008 11:51 PM


x,
I guess the commitment to raising family together means so much more to me then sexual compatibility. Besides , if you have that commitment to raising a family then it would have to be awesome joining together to try and make babies. I was really never concerned about sexual compatibility. I knew from her kiss that the intercourse would be awesome.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 10, 2008 11:54 PM


Jess, you are right that marriage is about that long-term commitment you were speaking of. So in that respect abstinence till marriage isn't about "whoring" yourself as abride at all. The sex isn't an exchange for marriage. From the beginning marriage was about a couple publicly acknowledging they have found "that" somebody who you would like to start a family with.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 10, 2008 11:10 PM
.................................................

From what beginning truthie? Marriages were historicaly arranged and ony necessary for the wealthy being all about money, power merging, political alliances and what not.
Found that somebody? Oh please! Marriages didn't 'begin' during the Victorian era although romanticism over marriage seems to have.

Posted by: Sally at June 11, 2008 12:00 AM


From what beginning truthie? Yes Sally, from the beginning of time.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 11, 2008 12:17 AM


x "I definitely wouldn't encourage my daughter to have multiple sexual relationships-that's just ridiculous and kind of disgusting"

well why not? you're all for finding a sexually compatiable partner. Give me a break.

Posted by: Jasper at June 11, 2008 12:23 AM


Janet:
Well, if you have faith it will "just work itself out", then more power to you, and I hope it does. But don't fault me for wanting to know for certain that it will.
And, just like I would like to know my husband will do his best to help support our family, the sex-thing factors in, too. If anything ever happened (knock on wood, it won't) and he wasn't able to support us anymore, we'd adjust and I'd do my best to pick up slack because I love him for more than just being a bread-winner. Same goes for the sex deal. Just because someone takes a sexual factor into consideration in their relationship (most people do...) does not mean their relationship is ALL about sex, and hinges on that.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 12:36 AM


Because, from a medical standpoint, due to the risk involved (risk of pregnancy included), sex outside of a permanent, committed and exclusive relationship, sex does indeed have its dangers, and you're just being stupid if you think I wouldn't tell her that, too. It's a "risk vs. reward" kinda thing.

Oh, and thanks for taking such an insulting tone, by the way. :D

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 12:48 AM


x, You don't need to have sex to find out. Kiss him and if his pants bulge then you have a winner. The whole problem with your method is that you could become pregnant while "testing" different men. That is going to be a much more life changing event then less acrobatic during sex ever could.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 11, 2008 12:49 AM


Well, ts, I guess it's just that I see marriage (and equivalents to it, because not everyone can or thinks they should get married) as more than just a committment to bring kids into the world and raise them. I see it like a house. Love is the foundation, I guess sex and entering into other life-changing relationships/contracts together to make a single life for yourselves out of two would be like the walls, and kids would be the roof (or an equivalent for child-free people, even though to me there just is no equal to having kids, but I guess that's just some peoples' prerogative). For the house to stay effective, you have to make sure every part stays in the proper condition.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 1:01 AM


Umm...I'm sorry...but there's a lot more to it than just giving a guy an erection, fella. And for my sake and yours, I'm gonna leave it at that.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 1:05 AM


I highly doubt Jessica from Feministing would ever "slum it" and shop at K-Mart. I can't be the only person disgusted with the snobby elitist "Sex and the City"-esque vibe emenating from that blog.

Posted by: pro-life atheist at June 11, 2008 1:06 AM


Yeah, you could get pregnant. That's part of the reason I stress overlapping methods of contraception and std protection so much. If you look at the numbers, most women seeking abortions were using some form of contraception. But they also said that it either failed, or they used it improperly. If you use the pill, and a condom, and maybe even a diaphram, the chances of something unexpected happening are ridiculously slim. But even if the unthinkable did happen, I don't think we'd react so harshly to an unplanned child. My husband's parents were only together for a very short while, and never married, and things worked out fine.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 1:15 AM


Yeah, you could get pregnant. That's part of the reason I stress overlapping methods of contraception and std protection so much. If you look at the numbers, most women seeking abortions were using some form of contraception. But they also said that it either failed, or they used it improperly. If you use the pill, and a condom, and maybe even a diaphram, the chances of something unexpected happening are ridiculously slim. But even if the unthinkable did happen, I don't think we'd react so harshly to an unplanned child. My husband's parents were only together for a very short while, and never married, and things worked out fine.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 1:16 AM


X: Well, if you have faith it will "just work itself out", then more power to you, and I hope it does. But don't fault me for wanting to know for certain that it will.

I was just stating my opinion, asking a question. Sorry if I offended you.

Oh, and thanks for taking such an insulting tone, by the way. :D

Are you directing that to me? Again, see above answer.

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 1:19 AM


Well, I'm going to bed. My son has gotten his first ear infection, so he's been extra cranky today, and then my band leader called and told me we were having practice for a little while tonight, so I'm pooped between caring for my screaming son and screaming my own brains out into a mic.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 1:24 AM


Sally: 12:00 AM: From what beginning truthie? Marriages were historicaly arranged and ony necessary for the wealthy being all about money, power merging, political alliances and what not.
Found that somebody? Oh please! Marriages didn't 'begin' during the Victorian era although romanticism over marriage seems to have.

Really?

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 1:25 AM


Good nite x.
Zzzzzzzzz....

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 1:27 AM


Nononono! That wasn't to you, Janet, I'm sorry. I really meant what I said, no sarcasm implied. I really do respect your beliefs about sex and marriage. I understand that the way in which someone is going to handle that issue is intensely personal, and I do believe abstinence to be a viable option, just as I like my way for me, personally. If my daughter decides to abstain once she hits that age, I'll be tickled pink, and I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for it to work out for her. That statement was for Jasper.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 1:32 AM


x: 6:48: I definitely wouldn't encourage my daughter to have multiple sexual relationships-that's just ridiculous and kind of disgusting-but I'd also encourage her to tell me if she did decide to start a physical relationship with someone (if she were old enough, and I thought that the other party was suitable, of course) to tell me so that I could help keep her as safe as possible.

How old is old enough? If she's old enough to have sex, she shouldn't need your permission, IMO. If she gets pregnant, are you going to help her raise the baby as well?

When I was a teen, my Mom made it very clear that if I ever got pregnant, she was NOT going to help raise that child. Of course, abortion wasn't an option so I knew I'd be on my own. My Mom was smart. Talk about good motivation for abstinence!

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 1:35 AM


OK, x, thanks!

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 1:36 AM


(this is also why I don't agree with sex ed. in schools. I'm sure you wouldn't want me teaching your kids what to think about sex, just like I might not like the reverse, no offense.) but goodnight for real now.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 1:37 AM


x: I hope your son is feeling better. Try to get some sleep tonight!
Are you a singer in a band? Cool! I'm signing off. Catch you later, as in tomorrow!

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 1:40 AM


X,

(this is also why I don't agree with sex ed. in schools.

Hear, Hear!!!!

I've been saying that forever! It's not the governments place to teach my kids the ins and outs of sexual activities.

Biology lessons? Fine. How to/ Not to sex classes...No way!

Posted by: mk at June 11, 2008 6:44 AM


When I was a teen, my Mom made it very clear that if I ever got pregnant, she was NOT going to help raise that child. Of course, abortion wasn't an option so I knew I'd be on my own. My Mom was smart. Talk about good motivation for abstinence!

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 1:35 AM

I agree with this. I've made the same abundantly clear to my girls as well. If you have a baby outside of marriage, I won't be raising your child for you.

I recently met a nice man who has a 19 year old daughter who just had a baby. She's keeping the baby. She's not in school at this time due to having to care for her baby. I completely disagree with this family's decision. IMO, this girl should not have kept the baby as she is too young and the baby deserves the chance to be raised with a mother AND a father. AS far as I know, the father of the baby is nowhere in the picture.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 7:13 AM


Patricia, my husband's mother was 17 when she had him. His father wasn't really that involved with him for a good portion of his life. His mother had help raising him from her mother, but by no means was he raised FOR her. I was raised in a traditional family (my parents got married because they wanted to have me, mom conceived me 2 months after their wedding) and I have to admit that I had a really bad attitude about situations like my husband's family background. But after seeing how he turned out, and looking around his family and seeing how happy they all are, and what a loving environment they have, and eventually being put temporarily in my own non-traditional family situation, I've realized they're not wrong, just different. You're a Christian, right? Familiar with the quote "Judge not, lest ye be judged."? Aren't you an unmarried mother of four?

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 7:57 AM


And about my daughter and "old enough", about 18, 19. When she is able to and ready to start being considered an adult. Although, I will voice objections to her choice of mate if I have them. (for instance, if she's 18 or 19, and brings home a 25 or 30 year old, we're probably going to have some problems) And yeah, if she was 18 or 19, and things went south with her relationship, and there was a baby involved, I'm sure I'd HELP her (not raise the baby for her). Although I'd never tell her that before hand, because I think that might foster a permissive attitude.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 8:06 AM


Oh, and I am the lead singer of a recently-formed rock band called Ashlock. We're actually working on an anti-abortion song right now. :)

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 8:10 AM


I'm not a Christian. I'm not sure if what the bible says is true (I started having my doubts when I read the part of the serpent's curse about snakes and females not getting along. I've always loved snakes, and vice-versa), but I spent about two years of my life reading the bible every day. Some things it said I really liked. The life of Jesus was a perfect example of how to live, and I would like to be such a good person one day.
However, many of the people I happen to meet who claim to be "true believers" sure don't act very Christ-like, and I think it would behoove you to keep in mind that that is exactly what the word "Christian" means.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 8:22 AM


Oh, and I am the lead singer of a recently-formed rock band called Ashlock. We're actually working on an anti-abortion song right now. :)

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 8:10 AM
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I read that "Arshlock," and I was sitting here howling! (Although that would make a great name for a band...)

Posted by: Laura at June 11, 2008 8:37 AM


I always get a kick out of non-Christians telling Christians that they're not acting Christian. They love to lecture Christians on how they should act, all the while having no standards for themselves. So they can always throw the "hypocrite" card around.

Posted by: Jasper at June 11, 2008 8:44 AM


I'll bring it up at the next band meeting. :P

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 8:44 AM


If the shoe fits...

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 8:45 AM


And let's be honest here...You don't mean "no standards", you mean "not Jasper's standards". Believe it or not, there is a difference. Also, I heard some scientists did some studies or something, and they unfortunately found out that you are, in fact, NOT the center of the universe. Sorry.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 8:52 AM


You have a point. It's not "no standards", it's your own standards, whatever they may be that day. See how you come off?

Hope your son is feeling better.

Posted by: Jasper at June 11, 2008 8:55 AM


No, actually, I don't. YOU are the one here who seems to think that my standards are somehow negotiable or non-existant just because my world view does not sync up with yours. Sorry if my lock-step is out of time, but I've been a few places and done a few things since the church, my parents, and my teachers bestowed me with the most narrow world-view EVAR. Just because I don't have your same convictions does not mean that my convictions are somehow less strong.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 9:01 AM


and he is, thank you. when i went to check on him this morning, he was playing with his toes, and looked up at me with a great big smile. now that his fever has broken, he's so much better. i genuinely thank you for your concern, and wish you well in turn. :)

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 9:06 AM


"She's keeping the baby. She's not in school at this time due to having to care for her baby. I completely disagree with this family's decision. IMO, this girl should not have kept the baby as she is too young and the baby deserves the chance to be raised with a mother AND a father. AS far as I know, the father of the baby is nowhere in the picture. "
-Patricia

Wow Patricia! She "shouldn't have kept the baby"?

The true pro abort in you comes out! Because we already know you don't think anyone with fame or money should have adopted her, and you don't think her parents should have taken care of her either!

Where exactly in "the picture" is your mentally ill ex husband who left you with 4 kids? Should you not be able to keep YOUR babies, they NEED a mother and a father right? And what would you tell a girl who's boyfriend left her and was considering an abortion? You're going to tell her she's not good enough to parent? Come on...

Good lord, I think you're one of the most horribly judgemental and hypocritical people I have EVER encountered, in real life or cyber space.

Posted by: Amanda at June 11, 2008 9:12 AM


I find it kind of funny though that it seems you'd like to fault me simply for being able to accept that sometimes bad things happen, and usually a situation is not as bad as it seems when it is happening. My daughter gets punished when she does something wrong, but I'm not going to banish her forever because she spilled the juice. She's actually very well-behaved, and I there are many people who compliment her in such a way on a regular basis.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 9:19 AM


Amen, Amanda.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 9:23 AM


X:
Glad to hear your son is feeling better!
Could you please address your posts to a specific person when there are many people commenting? Otherwise, it gets confusing! Thanks.

Amanda,
There's nothing wrong with adoption. If suggested in a kind and loving way, it just might be the best option for some young girls.

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 9:28 AM


Jasper's quote of the day:

Ten sets of twins have been born at St. Mark's Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT, over the course of a week, including four sets within a 21-hour period.

Of the 59 babies at the hospital on Thursday of last week, 20 were twins.

Dr. Gary Dilby, director of maternal-fetal medicine at the hospital, says he has no idea why there were so many twins this week.

Typically twins make up about 1% of deliveries in the U.S. At St. Mark's, that means two or three sets a month. But 10?

One St. Mark's doctor joked it was like being on Noah's Ark: "They keep coming, two by two."

~ FoxNews.com, June 9

Lol. So many blessings! Imagine the birthday parties they could have together. :)

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 9:42 AM


What's really funny, getting back to the original topic, is that without the little catalog blurb, what we would be discussing is the ambiguity of the pant's message. "True love waits" on pants butt, sure could be construed as "True love waits-for you, right here inside these pants."
public relations #1 - be clear on the message.

And since it's on the rear, we aren't talking only procreative sex now are we?

Posted by: phylosopher at June 11, 2008 9:47 AM


"There's nothing wrong with adoption. If suggested in a kind and loving way, it just might be the best option for some young girls. "

There is NOTHING wrong with adoption. But there IS something wrong with telling someone they SHOULD put their child up for adoption just because their cirumstances don't meet Patricia's ideal (even though she doesn't meet her own ideal)

Patricia doesn't think single people, gay people, or famous people should get to adopt children. AND now she says a teen mom is not capable of parenting? Well guess what. Plenty of single moms, single YOUNG moms, do a DAMN good job of raising their children. I take stupidity like that VERY personally because I had a whole class of teengage moms who CHOSE to keep their children and raise them. AND THEY DID THEY BEST THEY COULD. Many of them sacrificed everything to become the best mom they could be.

HOW DARE anyone make assumptions about their ability to parent? HOW DARE someone say "she shouldn't have kept the baby".

Should Elizabeth have given Gabriella up for adoption Patricia? She was young, she's single. And she's a strong, capable, wonderful mother.

Isn't that the VERY thing pro choicers say that makes you upset? When people ASSUME they know what the better option is for someone based on their circumstances rather than their willingness to be parents?

Regardless of age, income, marital status, etc - if a woman WANTS her child, NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE should be telling her she shouldn't have kept her baby.

Posted by: Amanda at June 11, 2008 9:51 AM


So Patricia, I got pregnant at 19, had my daughter at 20, am a single parent, and my parents are helping me out while I go to school and get my nursing degree. They are IN NO WAY raising my daughter for me. They are HELPING me keep my daughter in a loving environment where she is WELL taken care of by me. You think they're wrong? Or should I have just handed my kid off to strangers because there's NO GUY in my picture? So much for female empowerment. My mom even said if I didn't want to be a mom she would adopt my daughter and I wouldn't have to be a mom at such a young age. She loves her family THAT much that she wouldn't let her first grandchild be raised by strangers. That's real love.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 10:01 AM


While you may disagree with Patricia, it is her opinion. Peace. :)

I once counseled my sister and sister in law to abort. God forgive me. They were both 19. They made the choice to have and raise their sons and I am so thankful they did!! They both had parents willing to support and help them make it through.

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 10:06 AM


and Gabriella will grow up knowing she can do ANYTHING on her own if she sets her mind to it.

I wish I'd known you when I was teaching my class Elizabeth... a lot of the girls wanted to be nurses or nurses aids. Hearing it was possible from you probably would have meant a lot more than hearing it from me, since I didn't go through what they were going through.


=)

Posted by: Amanda at June 11, 2008 10:07 AM


Haha, Amanda, you SO beat me to that one!

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 10:08 AM


Elizabeth, Wow, your Mom is a saint! How blessed you are!

Amanda: Isn't that the VERY thing pro choicers say that makes you upset? When people ASSUME they know what the better option is for someone based on their circumstances rather than their willingness to be parents?

Regardless of age, income, marital status, etc - if a woman WANTS her child, NO ONE, and I mean NO ONE should be telling her she shouldn't have kept her baby.

I totally appreciate the fact that you know so many girls who have kept their babies. It's an awesome act of love. Personally, what makes ME me most upset is someone who want to abort their baby when there are at least two other options to consider.
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On another note, this is supposed to be an open forum where people should all be allowed to respectfully voice their opinions without being insulted. The tone lately at Jill's has been really negative, IMO. What's with all the personal insults? It's getting old, really fast.

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 10:13 AM


Carla: Peace be with YOU! ; )

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 10:17 AM


Carla,

I have no problem suggesting adoption to people who aren't sure yet what they want to do. But to somebody who has already decided they CAN do this, I would never think of saying they CAN'T and suggest they give their kid away to strangers. And, as a parent, I would do everything to help my daughter keep her baby (if that situation ever came up).

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 10:17 AM


Janet, I know, my mom rocks basically! But I didn't want her to raise my baby, I wanted to be her mom!

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 10:21 AM


Janet,

I didn't personally insult, Patricia. But I do find it offensive to suggest that because people are doing things differently than you, that they are WRONG. If the girl Patricia was speaking of is not going to school because she is taking care of that baby, the girl's parents are obviously NOT taking care of that baby for her. Monetarily, they may be helping her take care of the baby. But which would you prefer? Her own parents help her, or your tax dollars? I think we wouldn't need as many government programs if more families banded together in such a way. We aren't all blessed with as wonderful families, but those who are should be commended, not condemned.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 10:28 AM


I hear you Elizabeth. I really wonder what I would do if faced with that situation as well. After mucho prayer my husband and I would come up with something and show love and compassion to our children and our future grandchildren.

Is your advice any different for a pregnant 14 year old versus a 19 year old?

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 10:43 AM


Carla,

Well it depends on many external factors like family support, not just age.

If the girl has a good family, I'm sure they would suggest her giving the child up for adoption or offer to help her. Obviously, the kind of help would be different between a 14 and 19-year old since 14-year olds still have to complete high school as well. Not many 19-year olds still have to finish high school, and it's less complicated to raise a baby around a college class schedule than a high-school class schedule. I don't know how many high schools offer online classes, but that would be pretty cool if they did.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 10:49 AM


Elizabeth:

I have always said that if my daughter got pregnant we (my wife and I) would help her raise the baby.

At the same time we raised her to respect her virginity in the hope that she wouldn't cross the line. So far it's worked.

Killing a baby for a mistake is never justified as if were some type of punishment from God.

Tell your parents what good people they are.

Posted by: HisMan at June 11, 2008 10:50 AM


"Is your advice any different for a pregnant 14 year old versus a 19 year old? "

I think it totally depends on her parents/ general support system.

I had two 14 year olds in my course. One of them was going to raise her baby with the help of her mom, the other one was going to sign over parental rights to her parents (she had TWINS two days after her 15th birthday! I came to visit her in the hospital and got to hold them, it was awesome - and her parents were absolutely thrilled).

Both of them were Hispanic, and adoption outside of the family is very frowned upon in their culture. They were both enrolled at the school for pregnant teens, so they will still be able to graduate from HS.

Posted by: Amanda at June 11, 2008 10:53 AM


Thank you, HisMan..I tell them that frequently. :)

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 10:55 AM


I just have a very hard time wrapping my brain around a 14 year old Mommy. It saddens me.

I consider a 19 year old an adult. Although I would be disappointed for a time that my children did not save sex for marriage as we are teaching them to, LET ME AT THAT SWEET BAYBAY!! God can turn so many situations into blessings. You, Elizabeth are a testimony to that. :)

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 11:02 AM


Amanda,
You are a very passionate person. I love that about you. You are intelligent and I learn a lot from you.
Please try to respectfully disagree with others. Maybe Patricia has her reasons for believing as she does. So do you. I wanna hear them without the personal attacks.

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 11:06 AM


Carla,

Obviously I know what you're saying, and there isn't anyone else here I'd have anything that negative to say about.

But Patricia has shown me a total lack of respect over and over and over again. She has insulted my relationship with my boyfriend, she has insulted my family, and she has insulted me, Laura, X, and others. All while blaming everyone except herself. HisMan can be insulting at times, but he always admits it and owns it, so I respect that. Patricia has said some horrible, NASTY things to and about so many people on here and elsewhere, and has never apologized. I just can't respect that.

Posted by: Amanda at June 11, 2008 11:13 AM


Jess,
I deleted your comment. You know why.

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 11:26 AM


Amanda,
When I first came here I was treated pretty rudely. I vowed never to give as good as I get and to take a higher road. It is not easy and I know what you are saying about defending yourself, your family, your boyfriend, your life, basically. It is a given someone will ALWAYS disagree with us.
There are those on this site I refuse to engage with. There are also topics I won't comment on. I always ask myself if it's something I want to "get into", ya know?? Really, if I came on and said, "I hate blacks."(I don't)wow...would I be in for it, eh?
I am sorry that you have had the conversations you have with Patricia. I will be more aware and maybe we could both strive to find out her intent.

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 11:33 AM


Carla,

You're really rocking at this moderating gig!

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 11:38 AM


I thought it would get deleted : /

But seriously all she does is come on here and try and make people feel bad about themselves. It seems like she's just trying to push people into aborting.

We should be congratulating people who are able to take care of a child on their own while pursuing an education, career, etc.

Posted by: Jess at June 11, 2008 11:38 AM


And no one deleted any of the comments by pro-lifers about how I was a "cold calculating hard-ass" and such.

Posted by: Jess at June 11, 2008 11:40 AM


Carla - thank you =) I second what Elizabeth said.


Jess... being an optimist and such, I will say that something positive has come out of Patricia's insults to both of our relationships with our boyfriends. She said the same thing to you that she did to me, and both of us told our boyfriends, and both of them responded the same way... that they would, without a moments hesitation, stop having sex if thats what we wanted, and still be as committed, supportive, and wonderful as ever. Not that I had any doubt, but it still felt AWFULLY great to have him feel the need to grab my laptop and write what he wrote here. And I'm sure you felt the same.

Carla is right... and people who feel the need to stoop to such levels do so to project their own issues, so we shouldn't have taken it so personally. We both know in reality, it has nothing to do with either of us, or our fantastic boyfriends.

Posted by: Amanda at June 11, 2008 11:50 AM


Jess,
I am sorry I did not catch the comments directed at you. I got your back.
MMMMM...I believe Patricia is prolife. What you may see as her standing in judgment, might be something else. Let's ask her.

Elizabeth,
Moderator??!! Oh, I thought it was Momerator!! Same diff. :)

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 11:50 AM


Elizabeth 10:38:
I'm sorry, my comment wasn't directed towards you. :)
You are right, Carla is doing a great job as a moderator!

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 11:54 AM


Eh Amanda I'm thinking my boyfriend would be more of a fantastic "friend". I just got another job, busing in another restaurant and I'm thinking about asking to become a hostess at my other job. Since he works days and I work nights we don't see each other much anymore. I love my jobs though. The pay is good and I always come home with funny stories : )

"I am sorry I did not catch the comments directed at you."

It's ok Carla, you have actual kids so I don't expect you to spend every moment on this blog, lol. Luckily my baby sleeps all day : )

Posted by: Jess at June 11, 2008 11:59 AM


Ohhh Jess... well, somehow he and I survived through him having 2 jobs, getting his masters, being in a jazz band, and playing 3 sports.

It can be done. Even if for a while the majority of the time you spend together involves napping. =)

Posted by: Amanda at June 11, 2008 12:06 PM


Dear X: First of all congrats on your position as a lead singer! Did you take singing lessons in the past?
I did not judge this woman but I can judge the actions and this girl got pregnant her last year of high school. She IS 19. I really don't think she can offer what this child needs in the circumstances she is in at the moment. Her circumstances are less than ideal and her parents have gone through a divorce. The mother is now deceased.
I don't see the problem with adoption although I certainly do understand that this is a sacrifice for the mom. I happen to have 3 friends who got pregnant outside of marriage - one gave her baby away, the other two married. One marriage failed and the other is the soon to be mother of nine children. Of the three women, the girl who gave her baby up (and it was a very traumatic situation for her and BTW, the father offered to marry her) is the best off today. She was able to find a good family for her son which is something that IS possible today with adoption agencies.
However, there are so many of these children today the way I look at this situation is that this is yet ANOTHER child growing up without a father. I happen to think this is important.

It is because I am a single mother, that I know how hard it is. How will this young mother obtain an education? Who will look after him - her father has to work to support another teen living at home? It will literally take her years to get on her feet and become independent. Her chances for marriage are much worse now.

ANd Amanda if you'd actually taken the time to remember my circumstances, my husband is not mentally ill. And I am a grown adult with considerable education, work experience and some savings. I also have considerable experience raising my children before my ex left. In fact since I was doing it all before he left his presence made very little difference in work load. This young girl has none of these qualities to deal with her situation. She has a chance to give her child a starting chance in life.

Talking about judgemental.Just because I don't veiw the world the same as you Amanda. I happen to believe in traditional families with a mother and father being best for the children.

I have never insulted you Amanda. Maybe you should realize that you have some very sensitive spots. You seem to think that because someone disagrees with you that they are attacking you. This is not the case. Yet you are the one who has done EXACTLY this to me on this thread. I told you of a circumstance and what did you read into it:
I hate single moms
I am a proabort
I am judgemental
I am not Christian

Wow! Guess what, this is my opinion based on the situations of friends and my life experience. Try to lighten up and stop beating people to death just because they don't believe the same as you. And try to stop getting people banned just because they don't have the same opinions as you.

And Elizabeth I don't know your situation but I do know this situation and in my opinion the girl should have given the child up. That is MY OPINION. I have never told her or her father what I think since it's really none of my business. He is a friend and he never asked me. I am sure you are a terrific mother as are many single moms. However, I will not be counselling my girls to keep their babies should they become a teen mom.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 12:10 PM


Eh Amanda, that and we're just not that compatible. It was fun going on trips and stuff with him, but when it comes down to it if you try to change a person, you'll both end up miserable.

Of course we'll still be there for both our hamsters, we want to keep their fluffy little lives as stable as possible : )

Posted by: Jess at June 11, 2008 12:10 PM


"Her chances for marriage are much worse now."

Why? Her child is a part of her and if a man really loved her he would love her child too. And what if she doesn't want to get married? Not every woman does.

I wouldn't have a problem marrying a guy with kids. As long as the kids liked me and didn't see me as an intruder I would love them and they would be a part of my family, our family.

Posted by: Jess at June 11, 2008 12:17 PM


Jess, I agree with you totally, except that is NOT what happens.
I read a book on why men marry recently about marriage; and men in their twenties and thirties placed women with children (ie single moms) lowest on their list of desirable marriage partners. In fact, many men stated that they avoided such women. The feeling the men had was that these women were out to "catch" them and no man I know likes to be caught.
It is very sad but this is the way things are. However, you are like many women, you would have no problems marrying a man with kids. You know what? Neither would I! I already have 4. What's a few more into the pot! A single librarian friend of mine (no kids) married a man with 9 or 10 kids!

And you could go for counselling with your new husband and family to help everyone make the transition - that's how things are done today. I don't think the kids would look at you as an intruder, if handled properly. :-D

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 12:27 PM


*eyeroll*

I'm trying to get you banned. LOL. PLEASE.

Best of luck Patricia. I have no ill will towards you. In fact, thank you, for providing an opportunity for my boyfriend to affirm his feelings for me. But I'm going to follow Carla's advice, take the high road, and just stop reading your posts.

Posted by: Amanda at June 11, 2008 12:35 PM


That's fine Amanda. I wish you peace and I am glad that your BFF cares for you!

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 12:40 PM


I think its funny that bush invokes war in the same breath as he invoke Christ. Like soldiers murdering people (combatants are still people) is not a sin. At least with abortion its just a fetus. Preborn is not yet born, ergo not a person. "preborn" sounds more like a marketing tactic than it does a scientific fact, like pre-cooked bacon.

Posted by: Yo La Tango. at June 11, 2008 1:16 PM


Thank you Yo La Tango for equating "preborn" children with pre-cooked bacon.
:-(

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 1:17 PM


Jess,
The book was "Why men marry some women and not others". It was very insightful especially for myself, an older woman who would like to remarry.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 1:20 PM


I don't need a book to lecture me on true love.

Posted by: Jess at June 11, 2008 1:26 PM


Jill,

But if a teen queen insists on wearing such advertisement I'd rather it be something along the lines of, "Look but don't touch." Even that is a bit dichotomous, attracting a young voyeur to a hot spot only to tell him to go away.

What? You want to encourage guys to ogle girls?

I'm sorry, but with all the street harassment and utter disrespect going on for women these days, the last thing I want to see girls wearing is a sign that says "LOOK AT MY BREASTS/BUTT/ETC."

I spent all of yesterday helping on a film project and one guy wouldn't stop trying to look down my shirt. And I wasn't even wearing anything with lettering at all. Fortunately, my boyfriend got pissed and gave him a bit of a talking to.

I can't stand that you want to send a message to guys that girls are just objects to be looked at. You're playing DIRECTLY into the virgin/whore dichotomy. Girls should dress like sluts and stay virgins, right?

I'm so sickened by this. Ugh.

Posted by: Edyt at June 11, 2008 1:31 PM


It wasn't a lecture on love - it was written by a man who saw many women friends devastated over relationships that didn't work out. He wondered why, since the women obviously had a very different perception of the relationship than the man did. They were blind-sided so to speak. So he and colleagues set up exit-interviews with couples coming out of marriage license offices in the USA. Some went for initial interviews but thousands came for interviews and focus groups.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 1:31 PM


Talking about judgemental.Just because I don't veiw the world the same as you Amanda. I happen to believe in traditional families with a mother and father being best for the children.

I am sure you are a terrific mother as are many single moms. However, I will not be counselling my girls to keep their babies should they become a teen mom.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 12:10 PM
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If you believe that strongly, why don't you arrange to have your children adopted by a married couple.

Don't you want to do what's best for your children? Or does your sage advice just apply to everyone but you?

Posted by: Laura at June 11, 2008 1:40 PM


Patricia,

How will this young mother obtain an education? Who will look after him - her father has to work to support another teen living at home? It will literally take her years to get on her feet and become independent. Her chances for marriage are much worse now.

You know, these are many of the reasons that women choose to abort don't you?

It will probably take ME years to be fully independent financially.

I didn't decide to have, keep, and raise my daughter based on whether or not sometime in the future A MAN would decide to marry me or not. If that is one of your reasons for counselling your daughters against keeping their kids, YOUR GRANDKIDS, I find that VERY sad. Many women abort for this very same reason you know. "What man is going to want me with a kid?" Who CARES?! I don't know about anybody else, but I don't need a man to validate my existence as a human being who has MUCH to offer this world. I've got a lot going for me without a man, so if some man comes along who sees that, good for him and me, if not, oh well.

Now while I know you aren't advocating for abortion or anything, you are IN FACT, trying to say these girls/women couldn't possibly come through these circumstances and STILL be a good parent. This is exactly what pro-aborts do. It's hard, yeah, but so are a lot of things in life. Nobody promised that everything would be sunshine and rainbows. That's not a reason to NOT TRY.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 1:49 PM


"Many women abort for this very same reason you know. "What man is going to want me with a kid?" Who CARES?!"

AMEN to that sister!

Posted by: Jess at June 11, 2008 2:12 PM


Seriously though, Jess..the kind of man who isn't going to want me because I have a kid is EXACTLY the kind of man I DON'T want in my life.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 2:14 PM


Elizabeth,

I love that you have that opinion. I feel the same way about things like respecting my body and my goals. If he wants to dump me for not wanting to have sex with him, then he's not worth it. If he wants to force me to be a stay-at-home mom rather than have a career, he's not worth it. If he doesn't believe in compromise, he's not worth it.

I wish all women held high standards. I bet a lot of men would drop that twisted ideals for a "hot young virgin women with no kids who will do whatever he wants (including sex, but just with him) at the drop of a hat."

Posted by: Edyt at June 11, 2008 2:21 PM


And like I said Elizabeth, if he really loves you, he'll love your daughter because she's a part of you and your life and you're a part of her. Just see it as weeding out all the losers : )

Posted by: Jess at June 11, 2008 2:26 PM


See, Edyt..I really have my mom to thank for that, though. She's a really smart lady and I suppose that's why her and my dad's marriage has been so long and stable. Before they got married, my mom told my dad that she would work up until she had a baby and then she wanted to be a stay-at-home mom. If he didn't want that in a wife/mother, he could go find someone else. So there was no confusion about what was going to happen when my mom got pregnant and had a baby. She worked for the first couple of years of their marriage in the city, and then got pregnant, and stopped working when she was about 5 months pregnant (when she was almost mugged in the city of Chicago which is where she worked) I'm sure if she had said she wanted to have kids but still wanted to work, and he didn't want that, she would have told him to hit the road as well. That's just the kind of woman she is and that's who she raised me to be. :)

I have no problem with compromise, but it works both ways. If you aren't going to be with me because of something as shallow as sex or you think I'm trying to "catch" you because I have a kid (which I would never do because that's a totally stupid idea), you can go pound sand.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 2:34 PM


Pound sand? Haha, what does that mean?

Posted by: Edyt at June 11, 2008 2:36 PM


To be honest, I don't really know...my mom always says it. I think it sort of means the same thing as "You can hit the road then if you don't like it." At least that's what I think it means. hehe.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 2:46 PM


Why scoff at virginity?

Because as a society, we have moved on from the 19th century idea that virginity matters.

Posted by: reality at June 11, 2008 2:51 PM


Jess,

I do see it that way, and am very thankful that she can do that for me!

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 2:52 PM


I use expression 3:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pound+sand

Posted by: Laura at June 11, 2008 2:56 PM


Lol, Laura, that's awesome!

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 3:01 PM


I have not moved on from God's idea that virginity matters. I could care less what "society" thinks.

Not moving on. Virginity matters.

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 3:06 PM


Now while I know you aren't advocating for abortion or anything, you are IN FACT, trying to say these girls/women couldn't possibly come through these circumstances and STILL be a good parent.

No Elizabeth. What I am saying is that this is not the best circumstance for the child. What is best for the child? That is what should be the consideration here. I happen to think that what is best for the children is that there be a father and a mother. A teen mom can make a good choice through adoption. It would seem however, that the women on this thread support a girl of 15 and over keeping her baby. I do not share this opinion.

This is a hard message for a society which regularly sees single women having deciding to have a baby without every intending to have a father present. I know of 2 such situations personally.

Obviously, there are thousands of women who overcome their difficult circumstances but sometimes at a very high price and the children are often the ones who suffer that price. It is not that the mothers were not good mothers - on the contrary they were extraordinary mothers! It was the absence of a male role model that was the problem.
I think this is one of the greatest disservices the feminist movement has done to Western society: to denigrate the role and importance of a father both for girls and boys. A mother can be many things to her son, but she cannot be a father.

I would not counsel my daughters to give up their baby because it might restrict their chances of marriage but I WOULD counsel them to seriously consider adoption due to other factors mainly that it is NOT the best situation for the child for all the reasons I've outlined above.

And Elizabeth, I agree with you. The man you marry should love your daughter too. All I was trying to point out to Jess was that many men do not view single parenthood in the same way that we women do.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 3:13 PM


Carla: I agree virginity does matter and apparently ALOT of teens are of the same opinion. Maybe not the majority, but many are deciding to wait for that special guy and who consider themselves a "gift" to their future spouse. I think it shows maturity and good self esteem.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 3:17 PM


I have not moved on from God's idea that virginity matters. I could care less what "society" thinks.

Not moving on. Virginity matters.
Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 3:06 PM

many muslims agree with you (not that there's anything wrong with that)

http://www.slate.com/id/2193353/?from=rss

Posted by: Hal at June 11, 2008 3:20 PM


What I am saying is that this is not the best circumstance for the child.

I would agree, but does that mean you should give your child up for adoption? Will that mean that will ensure them the best circumstances always?

I happen to think that what is best for the children is that there be a father and a mother.

Yeah, but you can't make someone want to be a good father. I think what you should insert to that sentence would be a GOOD father and a GOOD mother. Just because one has a father does not mean they will be successful. BAD fathers do more harm to children than NO father at all.

I had no control over my daughter's father abandoning us. What I could control was the kind of parent that I was, and the kind of environment I raised my child in. I wouldn't let her be raised by strangers, and I am doing the best that I possibly can for her. That is what is best for my child.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 3:29 PM


Elizabeth:
My point was that I believe that a child should grow up with a mother and a father. By adopting a child out the teen mother is giving her child a chance they might not have otherwise.Obviously, we have not control over what kind of father the adoptive father will be. But, at least in Canada, the birth mother has considerable say in who adopts her child. She can line up her ducks, so to speak, in a favourable manner.

And I am sorry that Gabriella's father abandoned you and her. (Nasty) I can relate, believe me!

My concern is that there are millions of kids growing up like this. In other words, you (and I) are not isolated incidents (unfortunately - you know what I mean by that!). It is not good for mothers, children, fathers and families. It is not good for society.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 3:36 PM


Edyt said 1:31: What? You want to encourage guys to ogle girls? I'm sorry, but with all the street harassment and utter disrespect going on for women these days, the last thing I want to see girls wearing is a sign that says "LOOK AT MY BREASTS/BUTT/ETC."I spent all of yesterday helping on a film project and one guy wouldn't stop trying to look down my shirt. And I wasn't even wearing anything with lettering at all. Fortunately, my boyfriend got pissed and gave him a bit of a talking to. I can't stand that you want to send a message to guys that girls are just objects to be looked at. You're playing DIRECTLY into the virgin/whore dichotomy. Girls should dress like sluts and stay virgins, right? I'm so sickened by this. Ugh.

Jill isn't approving of either purchase.Read the first paragraph - she says "I'd nix the purchase." Next she states the second slogan would basically be the lesser of two evils, STILL THAT BOTH slogans are "attracting a young voyeur to a hot spot only to tell him to go away." (Not good.)

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 3:37 PM


I know..I am reading this book, "Come on, People!" by Bill Cosby. It has an emphasis on the lack of fathers in children's lives, mainly African-American fathers and their children. It's really very interesting and talks a lot about this. They talk more about getting the fathers involved rather than adoption, which I think is the way to change society's view of father roles. I think all men should read it, because a lot of it is very insightful.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 3:41 PM


http://www.slate.com/id/2193353/?from=rss
Posted by: Hal at June 11, 2008 3:20 PM

Sex, Lies, and Virginity Restoration
THE CASE FOR DOCTOR-ASSISTED CHASTITY FRAUD.
By William Saletan

Wow Hal, That's crazy. Doctors accused of fraudulent behavior?
Never happens!! (sarcasm alert)


Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 3:50 PM


Do you remember Cosby's show on TV? I enjoy this show very much.

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 3:53 PM


Elizabeth: 3:41: I know..I am reading this book, "Come on, People!" by Bill Cosby. It has an emphasis on the lack of fathers in children's lives, mainly African-American fathers and their children.

That sounds like a great book. I checked it out on Amazon, it's about $12.00 in paperback. Maybe it should be required reading in sex-ed classes. Do they talk about family life in those classes?

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 3:56 PM


I have not moved on from God's idea that virginity matters. I could care less what "society" thinks.

Not moving on. Virginity matters.

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 3:06 PM

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The bible says and has said a lot of things. Some of those things changed (like the idea of which animals are and are not acceptable to eat, see Leviticus chapter 11 in the old testament and Acts chapter 10 in the new) because times changed, and society changed.

Do you also believe the myriad scriptural references which place women as being inferior to men?

1 Corinthians 11:3
But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.

1 Corinthians 14:34-36
Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience as also saith the law. And if they will learn any thing, let them ask their husbands at home: for it is a shame for women to speak in the church.

Ephesians 5:22-24
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.

Colossians 3:18
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

1 Timothy 2:11-15
Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing.

1 Peter 3:1
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands.

Do you believe that a woman who is raped by a man should be made to marry that man and he should compensate her father? It says that in the good book too.

I sure don't, and I think if women had more respect for themselves, independent of what a man wants for or of them, this world would be a better place. Women wouldn't care when a lover or father urged them to abort their child (which is one of the TOP REASONS women cite when they go in to get their abortions, by the way).

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 3:56 PM


Jill isn't approving of either purchase.Read the first paragraph - she says "I'd nix the purchase." Next she states the second slogan would basically be the lesser of two evils, STILL THAT BOTH slogans are "attracting a young voyeur to a hot spot only to tell him to go away." (Not good.)

So, rather than promote a different, actually POSITIVE message, like "I respect my body" or something similar (I had a favorite shirt in high school that read: "I think, therefore I'm single.") she would endorse a lesser evil?

I'm sorry, but that makes no sense to me. T-shirt slogans aren't like politicians. You can actually make and sell positive messages, and not settle for the lesser of two evils.

Posted by: Edyt at June 11, 2008 3:57 PM


Yeah, I remember it. I really liked it too, and his book is really good too.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 3:58 PM


Dear X,
I am stating what I believe to be true for raising my children. Virginity matters.
You are barking up the wrong tree.

I have gone around and around with the Scripture quoting out of context on this site.

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 4:05 PM


Patricia 3:53:Do you remember Cosby's show on TV? I enjoy this show very much.

Cosby was great! I loved Claire and Cleo. What characters!
Look what I just found. (One day left!)

Cosby To Sell Off His Sweaters

From wenn.com | See recent WENN news
29 May 2008 6:57 AM, PDT

Bill Cosby is selling off his famous sweaters for charity.

The U.S. comedian has teamed up with auction management agency Auction Cause to offer his legendary winterwear to fans via an upcoming eBay.com online auction.

Cosby wore the multi-coloured sweaters on episodes of The Cosby Show, which ran from 1984 to 1992. The proceeds from the auction will benefit the Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation charity.

The Cosby sweaters will be sold at eBay Giving Works, eBay's dedicated program for charity listings, from 2 June to 12 June.

The Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation is a non-profit educational organisation established by the Cosby family in 1997 following the murder of Ennis Cosby, Bill's son.

The funnyman's daughter, Evin, inspired her parents to auction off the famous TV jumpers after coming across them in a closet.

She says, "My mother and father were going through a storage closet, and I happened to be there and pounced on these sweaters.

"I told them that the price of what some of these sweaters might sell for could make a big difference in the lives of thousands of children."

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 4:07 PM


Janet,

I am not finished with it yet..I in fact just started it and am only about 40 pages in, but I really like it already! I will let you know more once I read a little bit further. But it talks about the importance of fathers A LOT, and the guy who co-authored it with Cosby is a developmental psychologist, so I'm sure he's examined how fathers play a role in the development of children.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 4:09 PM


But that's just one of my reasons I'm kind of disenfranchised by religion, and feel that the value of virginity is over-estimated by many of a religious inclination. If you want to and do adhere, and to everything letter-for-letter, that's ok too, I just don't personally. That's the great thing about America (and other civilized countries), everyone is granted the right to believe as they will. :)

The guitarist and band-leader of our band is REEEAAAAaaaaallly, REALLY, really Christian (and he's not just one that says he is and acts totally judgemental and rude and sins when no one is looking, so I know they're out there and not everyone who practices is a hyprocrite), and he's one of my best friends in this world, and is like a brother to me. We just don't agree all the time about everything, and he's trying to convert me. XD


And, because someone asked earlier, I've been singing in front of huge crowds since 2nd grade, and always been in choir or something every year I've been in school. I changed my major one semester of college because they paid me a full scholarship to sing in their concert chorale (best-of-the-best, you had to do an extra try-out to make it there from their choir), and I recieved voice lessons that semester too.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 4:09 PM


Dear X,
I am stating what I believe to be true for raising my children. Virginity matters.
You are barking up the wrong tree.

I have gone around and around with the Scripture quoting out of context on this site.

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 4:05 PM

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I never said that that is not a valid belief system to raise one's children-as a matter of fact, quite the contrary. I just want everyone to keep in mind that there are many, and believe it or not, many different kinds actually do work, and a lot depends on the type of child it is to begin with, and other POV's should not be vilified, and everyone has their own, most often very highly justified and researched, reasons for the way they feel.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 4:14 PM


Cool Xalise! My eldest daughter is a soprano voice. She always talks about head voice and chest voice but I can't tell the difference. My daughter started singing lessons in high school and now takes privately. She won't be any great singer but she likes it very much and that's what's important.

Wasn't the son on Cosby's show Theo? He was always getting into trouble or some difficulty and I liked how the father mentored him!

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 4:19 PM


So why all of the Scripture references??? Questions about rape etc.?
I guess I didn't get your point.

Either you take the Bible as the infallible word of the Living God or you don't. I do. I will not pick apart every Old Testament verse about eating pork or the wife is subservient to the husband. I am no theologian. I am a Christ follower. Did you know that before you commented?

Saving oneself for marriage. I know. I know. I know. Preposterous!!!!

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 4:21 PM


I think he was dyslexic, Patricia.

X,

That's cool that you sing. I was a musical theatre major in college before I had my baby and decided to go into nursing. Singing is a lot of fun!

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 4:22 PM


Cool Xalise! My eldest daughter is a soprano voice. She always talks about head voice and chest voice but I can't tell the difference. My daughter started singing lessons in high school and now takes privately. She won't be any great singer but she likes it very much and that's what's important.

Wasn't the son on Cosby's show Theo? He was always getting into trouble or some difficulty and I liked how the father mentored him!

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 4:19 PM

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That's awesome. I hope she does well with it if she ever decides that she wants to explore that avenue. Head voice is more nasal-y and heavy, and usually undesired in chorus singers. Chest voice is more airy and light, and what the directors look for in choir singers. Most music you hear on the radio though will come from the back of the throat, and is kind of a combination. I was a Soprano II when in school, but I prefer singing within Alto ranges usually, as that's where most of my favorite genres of music are centered. Nothing quite like singing a beautiful multi-part latin mass, though. There was a year that I wanted basketball as an elective instead of choir, but my parents wouldn't let me. -.-

I'm pretty sure Theo was based on his actual son, who was killed in a robery, or some other random act of violence. Cosby is such a good father, and just and righteous person, every time I think of his loss, I am so very saddened. Many within the black community criticize him because they don't like what he has to say (the truth hurts, as they say), but he speaks from experience. Someone else's failing as a parent cost him his success.

But I think that a primary reason fathers tend to be a necessity is that many women have a hard time enforcing punishments, but everyone should keep in mind that some mothers are more than able to pick up the slack, and have no qualms with spanking a little butt, when the need arises. (As a mother in a military family, my husband is gone for more than a year, roughly every-other year, so I HAVE to pick up slack. You all, please, I'm really not trying to be offensive, but you all REALLY need to try and keep in mind that there are MANY different circumstances that make for what would for all intents and purposes, a single mother)

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 4:37 PM


Saving oneself for marriage. I know. I know. I know. Preposterous!!!!

Posted by: Carla at June 11, 2008 4:21 PM

The problem is virginity doesn't sell anything - no BC pills, no condoms, no abortions, no RU-486 pills, no antibiotics and antivirals for those STD's, no lawyers fees,.....

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 4:37 PM


"So why all of the Scripture references??? Questions about rape etc.?
I guess I didn't get your point."

Because some of what the bible actually says is closely related to the society of the time as it related to Christianity. At the time that the bible shifted from strictly kosher to accepting of other cultural foods, a great number of gentiles rather than jewish converts were entering the fold. It was a societal thing. Also, I believe that a lot of rules in the bible were put there for the safety of followers. Back then, things like shellfish and pork could be dangerous due to a lack of refridgeration and unsafe food handling practices were common. STDs were less common, and you'll also note that sexual rules of the old testament were in fact more permissive. Now we have a more common use of devices like condoms. So, although it might be easy to discount what secularists say and take a "society vs. religion"/"evil vs. good" sort of mentality, society and the bible are and have been connected in the past. Who knows, maybe the next prophet is out there just waiting for his or her vision to tell us that viginity ISN'T as important as it once was, and women ARE equal?

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 4:52 PM


But all this has just been a huge tangent. I believe that them endorsing abstinence is great (I'm REALLY, REALLY, REALLY!! tired of seeing girls walk around wearing crap with stuff like "Sexy" or what have you stenciled on their butts or breasts. You're sexy? Great. I'm sure your boyfriend or husband or whatever wants to know all about that. I DO NOT, NOR COULD I CARE LESS. Do you have a brain? I'd like to know that, because then you might actually get my order right, or know how to find the bar code on my book so you can ring it up properly without taking 20 minutes to call the manager over. /rant ), but I think there would be a better way to do that than these pants.


THERE.

Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 5:00 PM


Carla,

YOU ROCK!

X,

I love that last post.

Posted by: mk at June 11, 2008 5:17 PM


Xalise:But I think that a primary reason fathers tend to be a necessity is that many women have a hard time enforcing punishments,...

You have NO idea just how understated that is! It's not so much enforcing "punishments" as it is enforcing the family rules. And "doing" things with them that are very active - like snowmobiling in -35C weather (I really just want to sit by the fire and read).

My daughter told me she has trouble going from chest voice to head voice. Her head voice is beautiful and very clear. She sang "Defying gravity" this year at our local festival but it wasn't really very good for her. It wasn't really in her range. She's more like "Wouldn't it be loverly" from My Fair Lady!

Posted by: Patricia at June 11, 2008 5:26 PM


And "doing" things with them that are very active - like snowmobiling in -35C weather (I really just want to sit by the fire and read).

eek, I have a mom and a dad..and we were never allowed to do this. I don't think I'd let any of my kids do it either, father or not. Too dangerous, sorry. But I get the general point you're making here.

Posted by: Elizabeth (Gabriella's Momma) at June 11, 2008 5:58 PM


"My point was that I believe that a child should grow up with a mother and a father. By adopting a child out the teen mother is giving her child a chance they might not have otherwise.Obviously, we have not control over what kind of father the adoptive father will be. But, at least in Canada, the birth mother has considerable say in who adopts her child. She can line up her ducks, so to speak, in a favourable manner."

Flaw in this argument, Patricia.

Girl who has exhibited bad judgement in her 1st choice of child's father, is now asked to pick two parents for said child.

Unless the divorce rate in Canada is a lot lower than the US, it's 50/50 that that child will go through life with a traditional intact family.

And as for finding someone to adopt - if the child is non-white, or in some way disabled - the chances are pretty high for a lifetime of foster care.

Posted by: Anonymous at June 11, 2008 6:08 PM


6:08 post = mine

Posted by: phylosopher at June 11, 2008 6:23 PM


Patricia: 4:19: Wasn't the son on Cosby's show Theo?

Yes, you are right, I was wrong, it's not Cleo!! (duh!)

Posted by: Janet at June 11, 2008 6:35 PM


From what beginning truthie? Yes Sally, from the beginning of time.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 11, 2008 12:17 AM

.....................................

Apparently time began the day you were born. And sorry about the truthie, I was IMing my sister Ruthie at the same time I was posting.

Posted by: Sally at June 11, 2008 8:23 PM


Umm...I'm sorry...but there's a lot more to it than just giving a guy an erection, fella. And for my sake and yours, I'm gonna leave it at that.
Posted by: xalisae at June 11, 2008 1:05 AM

Like what? I'm mean you are the one who says sex is like the walls of the house you build together with your spouse. As far as sex goes, what exactly is it you need from a man other than an erection?

Posted by: truthseeker at June 11, 2008 10:57 PM


From what beginning truthie? Yes Sally, from the beginning of time.
Posted by: truthseeker at June 11, 2008 12:17 AM
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Apparently time began the day you were born. And sorry about the truthie, I was IMing my sister Ruthie at the same time I was posting.
Posted by: Sally at June 11, 2008 8:23 PM

Sally, marriage has always been a man and woman joining together in public declaration of their commitment to each other, and most often including raising children together. What's not to get about that?

Posted by: truthseeker at June 11, 2008 11:07 PM


TS,

The historical inaccuracy, for one.

Posted by: Edyt at June 11, 2008 11:59 PM


Edyt, what historical inaccuracy?

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 12:09 AM


Go educate yourself on the history of marriage and then we'll have a discussion. I don't have the patience to explain basic human history to you.

Posted by: Edyt at June 12, 2008 12:48 AM


X- as a fellow singer, I think you got the head voice and the chest voice reversed! Head voice is the lighter one, and chest voice is the more forceful one- "belting".

Posted by: Erin at June 12, 2008 8:38 AM


Done like a seasoned pro-abort Edyt...Ha Ha Ha
I guess every time you post your ignorant "opinions" we should all just be obliged to take you at your word then.. *gag*

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 8:41 AM


Edyt, You appear immature and irrational when you jump in on somebody elses conversation with your opinions and no facts to back them up. I would advise you should take the time to slow down, contemplate your disagreements, and educate yourself rather than act then go through life ignorant. It took me all of 30 seconds to google "history of marriage" and here is what comes up as the purpose of historical marriage.

1) "Most ancient societies needed a secure environment for the perpetuation of the species"
Hmmm, sounds like they are talking about making babies and raising a family here Edyt.

2) "a system of rules to handle the granting of property rights"
Hmmm, sounds like said families should have publicly recognized shared property rights.

3) "and the protection of bloodlines."
Hmmmm again, I think what they mean by "bloodlines" is geneology which is all about "family history.

I guess that would make me historically accurate when I stated "marriage has always been a man and woman joining together in public declaration of their commitment to each other, and most often including raising children together."

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 9:08 AM


Erin, look for CDs of operatic performances featuring infra-bass Josef Greindl and/or lyric soprano Irmgard Seefried. I have learned more about vocal technique from listening these two than from any other singers. Especially the performance of DIE ZAUBERFLOTE, the 1949 Salzburg performance conducted by Furtwangler. The sound quality is not great by today's standards but the singing is better than any you can hear today.

Posted by: SoMG at June 12, 2008 10:18 AM


Thanks, SoMG! I'll look it up. I love opera.

Posted by: Erin at June 12, 2008 10:22 AM


Hi, Truthseeker. While your googled definitions might be accurate in one sense, they neglect to take into account that women often did not have the power to control the decision that led to marriages. It renders your claim that "marriage has always been a man and woman joining together in public declaration of their commitment to each other, and most often including raising children together" fallacious, when you consider that a woman was not given a choice but to commit to a man, and to bear his children. A man most often only committed to the legal status of owning his wife and daughters as property. The whole "commitment" portion you talk about is essentially crap when history is actually considered, and what it entailed for women.


1) "Most ancient societies needed a secure environment for the perpetuation of the species"
Hmmm, sounds like they are talking about making babies and raising a family here Edyt.

Right, but again, to the point that it was never about "commitment" but about political and family maneuvers to arrange marriages and transfer women as bargaining chips/property to produce heirs for men. Making babies was part of a woman's job, not something she wanted to do as part of a commitment. Raising a family was a woman's job, and a decision that was often made for her by her father and then husband.

2) "a system of rules to handle the granting of property rights"
Hmmm, sounds like said families should have publicly recognized shared property rights.

Correct, but property only passed from man to man, father to son, up until this century or so for many societies. Again, nothing about commitment, just the benefits that men retained by arranging marriages to those who would bear the male children to which property would be conferred.

3) "and the protection of bloodlines."
Hmmmm again, I think what they mean by "bloodlines" is geneology which is all about "family history."

Sure, men in all societies wanted their bloodlines to continue, and putting women in a legal status (marriage) that essentially requires them to bear children (as property of their husbands) pretty much guaranteed that bloodlines would continue.


These ancient societies never took commitment into account...marriages were arranged to the benefit of men and for the guarantee that women would produce children as property of their husbands. There can be no commitment in which one of the people supposedly "committing" to the relationship is viewed as property for the exclusive use of her partner.

So your definition, when paired up with history's account of marriage, leaves somethign to be desired. I would hope it's more of a modern-day definition, wherein both parties are able to legally consent to a marriage that is not arranged. They DO willingly commit to one another. But for most of history, your definition is completely wrong.

The only real problem with your definition that I personally have is that a marriage most often includes "raising children together". If a marriage exclusively means that a couple will raise kids, then marriage vows should today include passages about the partners agreeing to have and raise children. They don't. Marriage vows today are only covenants between two persons to eachother, and not to guarantee to eachother that children are a definite intended result.

Posted by: Lyssie at June 12, 2008 10:57 AM


Erin, be sure to get the 1949 live performance from Salzburg, NOT the later studio recording which also features Furtwangler and Greindl and Seefried but which is inferior (Furtwangler was always better live).

The good one features Walther Ludwig as Tamino and Karl Schmitt-Walter as Papageno. The not-so-good one features Anton Dermota and Erich Kunz.

The good one (1949) also features outstanding celebrity singers in small roles. Gertrude Grob-Prandl, the mighty Wagner-soprano who "owned" the role of Brunhilde during the 1940s plays one of the Three Ladies. Hermann Uhde, the baritone who later became famous as the Dutchman and often played Donner to Hans Hotter's Wotan at Bayreuth (and was also Hotter's understudy for the role of Wotan) plays one of the Two Armed Men who sing in parallel octaves in the second-act finale ("Der, welcher wandelt diese Strasse voll Beschwerden...") and the other Armed Man is tenor Ernst Haeflinger, who later became world-famous playing Tamino, Belmonte, and Florestan.

I really can't say enough good things about this performance. It's DIE ZAUBERFLOTE as it ought to be. Even the spoken parts are awesome.

http://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Die-Zauberfl%C3%B6te-Wolfgang-Amadeus/dp/B000BLI5EG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1213287567&sr=8-1

Posted by: SoMG at June 12, 2008 11:25 AM


Edyt, You appear immature and irrational when you jump in on somebody elses conversation with your opinions and no facts to back them up.

LOL! It's cute that you say that, TS, considering only a few days ago you made some BS comment about how 80 percent of women change their minds about abortion once they see an ultrasound. Both myself and SoMG asked for some actual statistics on that, and you VANISHED! It was amazing.

I would advise you should take the time to slow down, contemplate your disagreements, and educate yourself rather than act then go through life ignorant.

Ahahahaha. You're the one who's embarrassing yourself by making marriage seem like it was declaration of commitment when MANY TIMES the woman had NO CHOICE in who she would marry!

Here you go...

HISTORY OF MARRIAGE IN WESTERN CIVILIZATION


Marriage, as we know it in our Western civilization today, has a long history with roots in several very different ancient cultures, of which the Roman, Hebrew, and Germanic are the most important. Western marriage has further been shaped by the doctrines and policies of the medieval Christian church, the demands of the Protestant Reformation, and the social impact of the Industrial Revolution.


When we look at the marriage customs of our ancestors, we discover several striking facts. For example, for the most of Western history, marriage was not a mere personal matter concerning only husband and wife, but rather the business of their two families which brought them together. Most marriages, therefore, were arranged.

Moreover, the wife usually had much fewer rights than her husband and was expected to be subservient to him. To a considerable extent, marriage was also an economic arrangement. There was little room for romantic love, and even simple affection was not considered essential. Procreation and cooperation were the main marital duties.

On the other hand, it may surprise many modern couples to learn that in earlier times divorce was often easily granted. Here again, men usually had the advantage when they could simply dismiss their wives, but in many instances women could also sue for divorce. In ancient Rome couples could even divorce each other by mutual agreement, a possibility that has not yet returned to all European countries. Another notable historical fact is the nearly universal stress on the necessity of marriage and the resulting pressure on single persons to get married. This pressure was partially lifted only under the influence of Christianity which, at least for some time, found a special virtue in celibacy. Christian doctrines have, of course, also had their effects on marriage itself, and some of these will be discussed below.


Marriage in Ancient Greece and Rome


In ancient Greece marriage was seen as a fundamental social institution. Indeed, the great lawgiver Solon once contemplated making marriage compulsory, and in Athens under Pericles bachelors were excluded from certain important public positions. Sparta, while encouraging sexual relationships between men, nevertheless insisted on their marrying and producing children. Single and childless men were treated with scorn.


However, while marriage was deemed important, it was usually treated as a practical matter without much romantic significance. A father arranged the most advantageous marriage for his son and then had a contract signed before witnesses. Shortly thereafter a wedding celebration was held and the young couple (who might never have met before) was escorted to bed. All marriages were monogamous. As a rule, the bridegroom was in his thirties and the bride was a teenager. In addition to this disparity in ages there also existed an inequality in education and political rights. Women were considered inferior to men and remained confined to the home. Their main function as wives was to produce children and to manage the household while their husbands tended to public affairs. For their erotic needs, men often turned to prostitutes and concubines. As Demosthenes, the orator, explained it: "We have prostitutes for our pleasure, concubines for our health, and wives to bear us lawful offspring." Many men also cultivated intense emotional and sexual relationships with male adolescents (paiderastia). The legal inequality of the sexes was further reflected in the divorce regulations. It was always easier for a husband to divorce his wife than vice versa. However, since a divorced woman could take her dowry back with her, men normally asked for a divorce only in cases of female adultery and infertility.


The marriage laws and customs of ancient Rome are not easily summarized, because they were rather varied and underwent significant changes in the course of time. Still, without simplifying the issue too much, one may say that marriage and divorce were always personal, civil agreements between the participants and did not need the stamp of governmental or religious approval. Early in Roman history, a husband had considerable power over his wife and children, whom he could punish, sell, or even kill as he saw fit. However, eventually women came to enjoy a better legal position and gained more and more control over their lives and property. Thus, in imperial times husband and wife approached marriage as equals. Yet it seems that there was also a decline in marriage and birth rates, since the emperor Augustus found it necessary to pass drastic laws compelling people to marry and penalizing those who remained single. There were several forms of marriage, the first of which (by usus) involved no ceremony at all. It was established simply by the couple's living together for one year. Divorce was just as informal. A more formal kind of marriage (by coemptio) began with a ceremony in front of witnesses and was also dissolved with a ceremony. Members of the upper classes usually preferred an elaborate ceremony and thus married by confarreatio in front of ten witnesses and a priest. In the case of a divorce, another great ceremony was required. However, all three forms of marriage and divorce were equally valid. All marriages were monogamous. Both men and women usually entered their first marriage in their late teens.


While the Romans tolerated prostitution and concubinage, and had no qualms about homosexual relationships, their marriage laws were remarkably fair to women and thus greatly contributed to their emancipation.


Marriage in Ancient Israel


As we can learn from the Bible, the ancient Israelites had a patriarchal family structure. The status of women was low—they were regarded as the property of their fathers or husbands and could do nothing without their consent. The main purpose of marriage was procreation and the perpetuation of a man's name. Every healthy person was expected to marry. Single men and women were despised. A man could have several wives and concubines. (Jacob married two sisters, Leah and Rachel, and Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines.) Divorce was not encouraged, but permitted if a man found some "uncleanness" in his wife. In such a case, he simply wrote her a bill of divorce and sent her out of his house (Deuteronomy 24:1). However, it was virtually impossible for a wife to divorce her husband.


The Bible indicates that the marriage laws and customs of Israel changed somewhat in the course of time. Thus, divorces were increasingly frowned upon, and there was a general trend toward monogamy. Another change concerned the so-called levirate (i.e., the man's obligatory marriage to his brother's widow). This kind of marriage was at times required (Deuteronomy 25:5) and at other times prohibited (Leviticus 20:21). This change was probably related to changing economic conditions.


It was usually the patriarch who selected a bride for his son and who paid a "bride price" to her father. The acceptance of this bride price constituted a legally binding betrothal, which was followed by some wedding celebration when the bride took up residence with her new family. Both males and females married in their early teens, shortly after puberty. Theoretically, therefore, neither sex was subjected to any lengthy period of sexual frustration. Still, because of an unquestioned sexual double standard, men had a far greater opportunity for sexual fulfillment than women.


Marriage in Medieval Europe


The rise of Christianity produced a profound change in European marriage laws and customs, although this change came about only gradually. The first Christian emperors were more or less content with the traditional Roman law. However, under varying political and religious pressures, they alternately broadened and restricted the divorce regulations. They also repealed older laws which had penalized the unmarried and childless, since the new Christian asceticism favored virginity and sexual abstinence over marriage. In most other respects they resisted change. Marriage and divorce continued to be civil and private matters.


In the following centuries, however, marriage came more and more under the influence of the church. Compared to Rome, the newly Christianized countries of Northern Europe had rather barbaric marriage customs and treated women little better than domestic slaves. In Germanic law, for example, marriage was essentially a business deal between the bridegroom and the bride's father ("sale marriage"). The symbol of a successful "bride sale" was the ring (a form of down payment) which was given to the bride herself. Acceptance of the ring constituted betrothal. The full payment of the "bride price" was made on delivery, i.e., when the actual wedding took place. (Since then, the ring has acquired many other symbolic meanings and, indeed, is still used in our modern marriage ceremonies.) The civilizing influence of the church soon refined these primitive customs. According to Roman law and Christian belief, marriage could be built only on the free consent of both partners, and this doctrine was bound to raise the status of women. Furthermore, theologians increasingly found a religious significance in marriage and eventually even included it among the sacraments. This also endowed a formerly rather prosaic arrangement with a new dignity.


Unfortunately, at the same time the church created two new problems: It abolished divorce by declaring marriage to be insoluble (except by death) and greatly increased the number of marriage prohibitions. Now there were three basic impediments to marriage: "consanguinity", "affinity", and "spiritual affinity". Consanguinity (i.e., relationship by blood) was interpreted very broadly up to the 6th or even 7th degree. This meant that nobody could marry anyone more closely related than a third cousin. Affinity referred to a mysterious closeness between the two families of husband and wife. Since the latter were seen as having become "one flesh", all relatives on both sides also became related to each other, a circumstance which made marriage between any of them impossible. Spiritual affinity was said to exist between godparents and godchildren with their families.


As a result of these new regulations, the influence of the church on marriage was greatly strengthened. Very often extensive clerical investigations were necessary to prove or disprove the existence of impediments. For example, marriages that had been entered in ignorance or defiance of such impediments were considered null and void. In these cases the church was therefore willing to pronounce an "annulment". Since divorce was no longer permitted, an annulment was the only way of dissolving a marriage, and thus many married couples who had tired of each other sooner or later conveniently discovered some previously overlooked marriage impediment. The church also began to post so-called banns before each wedding, inviting anyone with knowledge of an impediment to come forward. The growing church involvement in marriage could further be seen in the development of a special religious wedding ceremony. In the first Christian centuries marriage had been a strictly private arrangement. As late as the 10th century, the essential part of the wedding itself took place outside the church door. It was not until the 12th century that a priest became part of the wedding ceremony, and not until the 13th century that he actually took charge of the proceedings. Nevertheless, it remained understood that, even as a sacrament, marriage sprang from the free consent of the two partners, and that therefore neither the parents nor the priest nor the government could affect its validity. It thus became possible for couples to get married secretly if they could not obtain anyone else's approval. It also became possible for very young children to be married, if their parents could coax the necessary consent out of them. Especially aristocratic families often took advantage of this possibility when they found a politically advantageous match for their little sons or daughters. On the average, however, males married in their mid-twenties, and females in their early teens (i.e., soon after their first menstruation).


Today it may be tempting to see medieval marriage in the light of certain lofty religious doctrines and the poetry of the troubadours. However, throughout most of the Middle Ages and for the greater part of the population marriage remained a practical, economic affair. Romantic love hardly had any place in it. Moreover, the social and legal status of women, while somewhat improved in some countries, continued to be very low.


Marriage in Modern Europe and America


The Protestant Reformation of the 16th century rejected the prevailing concept of marriage along with many other Catholic doctrines. Martin Luther declared marriage to be "a worldly thing . . . that belongs to the realm of government", and a similar opinion was expressed by Calvin. The English Puritans in the 17th century even passed an Act of Parliament asserting "marriage to be no sacrament" and soon thereafter made marriage purely secular. It was no longer to be performed by a minister, but by a justice of the peace. The Restoration abolished this law and reverted to the old system, but the Puritans brought their concept of marriage to America where it survived. Luther and other Protestants also reduced the number of marriage impediments. Affinity and spiritual affinity were no longer considered obstacles, and consanguinity was interpreted much more narrowly than before. Thus, even marriages between first cousins became possible.


The Catholic church, in response to the Protestant challenge, took its stand in the Council of Trent and, in 1563, confirmed its previous doctrines. Indeed, it now demanded that all marriages take place before a priest and two witnesses. Among other things, this virtually eliminated not only secret marriages, but also the formerly common informal marriages. These, similar to the old Roman marriages by usus, were based simply on mutual consent without formal ceremony. In England they came to be called "common law marriages", and since Henry VIII had broken with Rome, they continued to be permitted until 1753, when the Church of England was put in charge of all marriages (including those of Catholics, but excluding those of Quakers and Jews). This development did not affect the English colonies, however, and thus common law marriages remained possible in America. (As recently as 1970 they were still recognized in several states.)


In most of Europe marriages continued to require a religious ceremony until the French Revolution in 1792 introduced the compulsory civil marriage. Germany followed suit in the 19th century when Bismarck diminished the influence of the Catholic church. Eventually, marriage before some magistrate or government official became the only valid form of marriage in most of the Western world. Religious weddings were still permitted, but only after the civil ceremony had taken place.


Another contested issue was that of divorce. In opposition to Catholic doctrine, the Protestant Reformers did not believe that marriage was insoluble, but favored divorce under special circumstances. The Puritan John Milton in his Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce (1643) even advocated self-divorce without the involvement of either church or government. For him, marriage rested entirely on the full compatibility of both partners. Where mutual love was lacking, marriage was a sham and had to be dissolved. However, this philosophy was too far ahead of its time. The English Parliament began to grant some divorces, but the procedure was so cumbersome and expensive that few couples could take advantage of it.



UNCONVENTIONAL FORMS OF MARRIAGE IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICA


Marital experiments are nothing new. Especially the United States has an interesting history of attempts at marriage reform.


The Oneida Community


Founded by John Noyes in 1948, the Oneida colony in upstate New York cultivated a form of group marriage called "complex marriage" in which theoretically every woman was married to every man. The community also practiced "scientific breeding" in which potential parents were matched by committee for physical and mental health. The picture shows this special breed of children playing in front of their proud parents.


Mormon Polygamy


The members of the Mormon church were relentlessly persecuted, harassed, and ridiculed because of their polygamy. Finally, they were forced to abandon the practice. The picture is a satirical cartoon commenting on the death of Brigham Young in 1877. It shows twelve widows in the same marital bed mourning the death of their husband.


A more efficient divorce court was not established until the middle of the 19th century. In colonial America the Puritans permitted divorce in certain specific cases, but it remained prohibited in all Catholic countries until the French Revolution and the Napoleonic code introduced it to France. After Napoleon, divorce was abolished again by the restored monarchy, but it was reinstated by the Second Republic in 1884. Still, divorce remained impossible in Italy, Portugal, and Spain, until Italy finally legalized it in 1970.


Monogamy was and still is the only accepted form of marriage in both Catholic and Protestant countries, although Luther condoned polygyny in exceptional cases. (He "unofficially" permitted Landgrave Philip of Hesse to take two wives.) Nevertheless, such old biblical customs had become repugnant to most modern Christians, and when, in the 19th century, the Mormons revived the practice of polygyny in America, they were so relentlessly persecuted that they abandoned it.


The gradual emancipation of marriage and divorce laws from the control of the church resulted in greater individual freedom and further raised the status of women. The parents began to lose influence over the marital choices of their children, and romantic love became an important factor in marriage. Even so, for most couples until well into the 19th century marriage was still basically an economic arrangement. Moreover, the husband was usually the one who profited most, because he was the "head of the household" and controlled his wife's property. He also had many other rights denied to his wife and was favored by a moral double standard that allowed him considerable sexual license. Under the circumstances, women continued to press for further reforms, a process which even today has not yet fully reached its goal.


Perhaps if you'd spent more than 30 seconds googling, you would have come across this tidbit and learned something!

Posted by: Edyt at June 12, 2008 1:20 PM


Edyt, you are right: "Truthseeker" does not seek truth (that's why I almost always put his screen name in quotes); (s)he tries to make it up.

Can you cite a SINGLE instance in which "Truthseeker" has supported his/her opinion with documented facts, or changed his/her opinion in the face of documented facts?

Posted by: SoMG at June 12, 2008 1:48 PM


Hmmm.... a single instance? I'm sure there must be one... or two...

Eh, I don't get too worked up over it. When intelligent people are wrong, I make more of an effort. When TS says something dumb, I prefer to just sit back and laugh. :) Then I feel really smart and go through the day with an ego boost. It's like that extra multi-vitamin in your orange juice.

Posted by: Edyt at June 12, 2008 1:57 PM


Ahahahaha. You're the one who's embarrassing yourself by making marriage seem like it was declaration of commitment when MANY TIMES the woman had NO CHOICE in who she would marry!
Posted by: Edyt at June 12, 2008 1:57 PM

Nice research. If "length of post" you copied from the web proved you were right then you would be right. But if the content of what you posted is important then, well, it ALL supports my statement that marriage is a public declaration of commitment. Even back before womans suffrage the purpose was still a public acknowledgement of the legally binding commitment. SOMG, you uually at least try to look at things factually. Edyt seems to be basing her whole point on the fact that women did not always go into marriage willingly. Well GEEEEE, that still doesn't change the FACT that snce the beginning of time marriage as an institution was created by society to make a legally binding public declaration of the commitment between a man and woman, wether it was entered into willingly or not. DUH

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 3:21 PM


Can you cite a SINGLE instance in which "Truthseeker" has supported his/her opinion with documented facts, or changed his/her opinion in the face of documented facts?
Posted by: SoMG at June 12, 2008 1:48 PM

SOMG, can you point to a single instance where you had a differing opinion then mine and supported it with documented FACTS and i disagreed with those facts. Even though I think you are scum, I never let that stand in the way of listening to your side of an argument. How the hell can you and Edyt spend so much time beating your brains against the wall trying to refute such a simple FACT. To try and argue that historic marriages were not commitments because the women did not have free choice in entering into them is ridiculous. When I turned 16 I did not want to register for the draft but I had to because society imposed that commitment upon me regardless of wether I wanted to register or not. I guess you and Edyt would say I never entered a commitment to register for the draft even though I had registered????? To deny such simplistic, factual things is just illogical.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 3:45 PM


Edyt,
"marriage has always been a man and woman joining together in public declaration of their commitment to each other, and most often including raising children together"

Since when was freeedom of choice part of the definition of commitment. Sure, I am all for marriage where both parties enter into it consentually, but that doesn't mean commitment requires consent, just that commitments are "better" when both parties enter into them willingly. Throughout history commitments were, more often then not, forced upon people. So your statement that historic marriages were somehow not commitments because they were forced upon people is ridiculous.

You and your liberal minions like to change the definition of words to suit your fancy. Here are all the definitions of commitment. Lets try and communicate without changing the definitions of the words we use to communicate.

1 a: an act of committing to a charge or trust: as (1): a consignment to a penal or mental institution (2): an act of referring a matter to a legislative committee b: mittimus
2 a: an agreement or pledge to do something in the future; especially : an engagement to assume a financial obligation at a future date b: something pledged c: the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 3:57 PM


"Truthseeker", you wrote: "When I turned 16 I did not want to register for the draft but I had to because society imposed that commitment upon me regardless of wether I wanted to register or not. I guess you and Edyt would say I never entered a commitment to register for the draft even though I had registered????? "

In this case I do not consider your committment binding. I believe the institution called government is forbidden by higher moral law (freedom) to draft its citizens into the armed forces. I would not obey if I were drafted (hypothetical since I am past draft age); I would leave the country or go to prison (and do everything I could do to make it expensive for the government to keep me there.)

Posted by: SoMG at June 12, 2008 4:04 PM


That is good advice SoMG. The point I was making is that people often assume commitments grudgingly. For example in historic times women were forced into marriages. They could have said no but instead they frequently chose to enter into forced marriages and made commitments to their husbands rather then be killed or beaten.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 4:20 PM


When women are deciding wether or not to commit abortion, ultrasounds = choose life

http://www.jewishworldreview.com/michelle/malkin122800.asp

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 8:51 PM


Syndicated columnist Star Parker wrote on March 26 that, “[Crisis Pregnancy] Centers report that anywhere from 62% up to 95% of women who had intended to abort changed their minds after seeing the images.”

See entire article at:
http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=20027#continueA

Posted by: truthseeker at June 12, 2008 9:00 PM


SoMG: Erin, look for CDs of operatic performances featuring infra-bass Josef Greindl and/or lyric soprano Irmgard Seefried. I have learned more about vocal technique from listening these two than from any other singers. Especially the performance of DIE ZAUBERFLOTE, the 1949 Salzburg performance conducted by Furtwangler. The sound quality is not great by today's standards but the singing is better than any you can hear today.

Now that was an awesome post. I can't sing worth a crap, and don't even want people to sing "happy birthday" to me, but damn - that makes me want to hear those two sing.

Posted by: Doug at June 12, 2008 9:19 PM


*yawn* TS must have missed over the part about marriages made in secret! That throws the whole public declaration out the window, doesn't it?

Oh and polygamous marriages... so much for man and woman. More like man and harem.

Legally binding? Eh, not necessarily, depending on which society during which time period.

And my whole argument was not hinged solely on a woman's choice. It was but one facet, and then I decided to sit back and repost someone else's writings rather than write my own. And you are wrong on all counts.

What a sad little argument, like a butterfly going up in flames...

Posted by: Edyt at June 13, 2008 12:39 AM


Edyt, When looking at marriage in a historical persprective there is no denying that the overwhelming norm for marriage. The reasons for the public declaration and the circumstances surrounding the public declaration can change, but the FACT is marriage has always been a man and woman joining together in public declaration of their commitment to each other, and most often including raising children together. First you try and twist the definition of the word “commitment” as if that would somehow falsify such a simple truth. Next you make references to atypical marriages like "secret marriages" or "non-legal marriages” or “childless marriages” as if they could somehow refute the truth that “the norm for marriage has always been a man and woman joining together in public declaration of their commitment to each other, and most often including raising children together. You seek to use examples of idiosynchratic marriages to somehow disprove the existense of accepted marriage norms. That’s just not a rational way of thinking. Spouting atypical marriages does NOT disprove the historical norms of marriage. Edyt, you are the queen of idiosychrousy.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 13, 2008 3:22 AM


with spelling correction
Edyt, you are the queen of idiosynchrousy.

Posted by: ts at June 13, 2008 3:27 AM


"Truthseeker", Star Parker's article says "“[Crisis Pregnancy] Centers report that anywhere from 62% up to 95% of women who had intended to abort changed their minds after seeing the images.”

Isn't the flaw in this obvious? The women who walk into CPCs are a self-selecting group. If they didn't already have misgivings about their abortions, they wouldn't go in. Women who choose to go into a CPC are much more likely to be convinced to keep their pregnancies than the general population of abortion patients.

You cannot infer from the fact that 62%-95% of the women WHO WALKED INTO A CPC decided to keep their pregnancies after viewing sonograms (that's assuming you believe CPC's numbers which there's good reason to doubt--they are committed to right-to-life Christianity not to honest reporting of their data and if you read their mission statements and fundraising letters they are quite open about this) that 62%-95% of women seeking abortions generally would do the same.

Anyway, all these mandatory sonogram laws allow the women to opt out. My predictions for any state that passes such a law: most patients will choose not to view their sonograms, and the law will have no measurable effect on abortion rates. In my experience, almost all women who want abortions really want them and know exactly what they mean. The story of a woman choosing to grow her pregnancy and endure labor and delivery because she has a sonogram-induced conversion to right-to-life Christianity is a touching story but that's pretty much all it is. Most sonograms look like smears of light which you have to sort of imagine reflect parts of the pregnancy not like those beautiful 4-d super expensive ultrasonograms you see reproduced on right-to-life sites. Especially early in pregnancy when most abortions are done.

Posted by: SoMG at June 13, 2008 3:42 AM


Edyt,
Did you ever hear the saying, "can't see the forest through the trees"? That fits your mind to a "T". You have literary skills and are able to see things a word or sometimes a sentence at a time (those would be the trees), but you are often unable to conceptualize the true meaning of the book (the forest).

I first noticed this when we had a discussion about Jesus and the Miracle at the Wedding Feast in Cana. I will repost the summary for you here:

The other day you told me that if Jesus were alive today he would be at a bar getting drunk otherwise, why would he have changed the water into wine? And you stated your knowledge of he Bible and told me how you had read the entire Bible front to back several times over and also how you considered yourself to be a literary critic. Here was my response to you:
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Drunkards are people who put themselves in an "abnormal state" characterized by mental black-outs and lack of physical coordination. Putting yourself in this "state" makes you much less cable of serving others and actually makes you likely to unwittedly hurt others. Each time you get drunk and put yourself in this "state" you are losing your sensibilities and putting the Lord your God to the test. Jesus spoke out against doing this when the Devil was tempting him in the desert.

This is why your "literal" approach to the Bible is so lacking. Jesus didn't tell you specifically "do not get drunk" so you take that and twist it into meaning he did not teach against drunkenness.
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Edyt, You showed above average ability to read and recount certain details of particular events, but you seemed lacking in your ability to understand the concepts that tie all of those particular events together. At first I thought it was just a difficulty you had understanding Jesus. Now I am seeing you also have the same difficulty understanding the "big picture" in history of marriage too. You can pick out all these bits and pieces of atypical marriages and never really understand the "concepts" that remain fairly constant with historical marriage as a whole. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Your weakness just happens to be that you have difficulty conceptualizing the "truth" behind the passages that make up the book as a whole. And that is why you are so far from the truth in your understanding of the concepts and fundamental purposes of marriage that transcend throughout history.

Oh, and that thing about a butterfly going up in flames was a nice piece of prose. I can picture the butterfly surrounded by an aura of sparkling colors. Unlike you though, I wouldn't have conceptualized the butterfly actually burning up.
Just fluttering through a flickering candle flame.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 13, 2008 4:25 AM


Anyway, all these mandatory sonogram laws allow the women to opt out.
Posted by: SoMG at June 13, 2008 3:42 AM

SoMG, Does SC have an opt out? Shouldn't we be getting some good data on the effectiveness of ultrasounds at reducing the number of abortions from SC soon?

Posted by: truthseeker at June 13, 2008 4:51 AM


Well put Truthseeker.

Posted by: carder at June 13, 2008 6:29 AM


Try again with the spelling. Idiosyncrasy.

Edyt, When looking at marriage in a historical persprective there is no denying that the overwhelming norm for marriage.

No there isn't. It varies widely, depending on time and place.

The reasons for the public declaration and the circumstances surrounding the public declaration can change, but the FACT is marriage has always been a man and woman joining together in public declaration of their commitment to each other, and most often including raising children together.

No it hasn't, and here's where you get yourself into trouble. You like to use words like "always" which makes you sound like a buffoon who has no understanding of grammar, for one, and secondly, no understanding of the reality that history changes. Marriage has not always been the same. What you don't seem to understand is that when a woman cannot consent to a marriage, she never actually declares her commitment to her husband! In many marriages that was the case. There would be a ceremony in which the bride was given away to the man, but she would never express her consent.

First you try and twist the definition of the word “commitment” as if that would somehow falsify such a simple truth. Next you make references to atypical marriages like "secret marriages" or "non-legal marriages” or “childless marriages” as if they could somehow refute the truth that “the norm for marriage has always been a man and woman joining together in public declaration of their commitment to each other, and most often including raising children together.

I have done none of that. You're the one who is twisting between saying: ...marriage is about that long-term commitment you were speaking of. So in that respect abstinence till marriage isn't about "whoring" yourself as a bride at all. The sex isn't an exchange for marriage. From the beginning marriage was about a couple publicly acknowledging they have found "that" somebody who you would like to start a family with.

Notice what YOU said. From the beginning marriage was about a couple publicly acknowledging they have found "that" somebody who you would like to start a family with.

So far, I've proved you wrong on four counts:

1. From the beginning
2. Public acknowldeging
3. Found "that" somebody
4. Start a family

Which basically destroys your entire argument. You're the one who keeps twisting your statement around to read different things, such as "Oh, well marriage is NORMALLY this way..." instead of actually admitting that yes, you were wrong, and marriage has not always been one way or another.

You seek to use examples of idiosynchratic marriages to somehow disprove the existense of accepted marriage norms. That’s just not a rational way of thinking. Spouting atypical marriages does NOT disprove the historical norms of marriage. Edyt, you are the queen of idiosychrousy.

Are you sure you're using the word "idiosyncratic" properly? The point is, TS, marriage has changed over the last, oh, 3,000 years, at least, to mean different things to different people in different places. Polygamy, the Romans using wives as breeders and concubines for sexual pleasure, and so forth, were NOT atypical. They were quite common, and if you read your Bible you'd know that!

For a very long time, wives were synonymous with property. And as you may know (or may not) property doesn't get a choice whether to live with you or live without you. Therefore, it does not get to make a public declaration of commitment.

Posted by: Edyt at June 13, 2008 12:00 PM


TS,

There's a reason I debate the Bible in certain ways with certain people. You say my literal approach to the Bible is lacking, but others will say the Bible MUST be taken literally.

People say the Bible cannot be used as a weapon or to harm, enslave, dominate or kill others, but I have demonstrated in several places where those commandments are obvious. And to a person that would take the literal truth of the Bible, those passages are dangerous.

The difference between my understanding of the Bible and your understanding is that I have the ability to look outside of it for further understanding, including historical context. You may like to make it sound like I don't understand, but by doing so you acknowledge that not everyone can understand the Bible and if it falls into the wrong hands it is, indeed, a dangerous book with a lot of really bad ideas.

Now I am seeing you also have the same difficulty understanding the "big picture" in history of marriage too. You can pick out all these bits and pieces of atypical marriages and never really understand the "concepts" that remain fairly constant with historical marriage as a whole.

Denial does not change the fact that those marriages were not atypical at all.

We all have our strengths and weaknesses. Your weakness just happens to be that you have difficulty conceptualizing the "truth" behind the passages that make up the book as a whole. And that is why you are so far from the truth in your understanding of the concepts and fundamental purposes of marriage that transcend throughout history.

Have you ever read the book as a whole? Have you vast knowledge on the culture of that time?

Look, TS, I used to think the same way you do, but then I realized that preachers pick and choose passages to make a point. So do most Christians. In fact, the whole argument against homosexuality because of the Bible is a HUGE example of picking and choosing. You want to make the Bible your ideal, while ignoring what makes it fallible. Even going back to the historical documents themselves, many scholars have found that the resurrection was an addition to Mark's original writings.

I don't care if you want to believe only parts of the Bible, or purposefully misunderstand cultural references to suit your own gain, but that in no way reflects "truth." Same with the marriage circumstance. If you want to believe all those marriages were atypical, you're lying to yourself and others, and misrepresenting history.

Oh, and that thing about a butterfly going up in flames was a nice piece of prose.

Thanks, I used to write poetry.

Posted by: Edyt at June 13, 2008 12:15 PM


For a very long time, wives were synonymous with property. And as you may know (or may not) property doesn't get a choice whether to live with you or live without you. Therefore, it does not get to make a public declaration of commitment.
Posted by: Edyt at June 13, 2008 12:00 PM

Edyt, been there done that. Rememeber the whole changing definition of commitment disussion?Commitments do not require willing consent. For example in historic times women were often forced into marriages. They could have said no but instead they frequently chose to enter into forced marriages and made "commitments" to their husbands rather then be killed or beaten. You are beating a dead horse here with your commitment arguments.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 13, 2008 2:21 PM


So far, I've proved you wrong on four counts:
1. From the beginning
2. Public acknowldeging
3. Found "that" somebody
4. Start a family
Posted by: Edyt at June 13, 2008 12:00 PM

Again Edyt, you are resourceful in picking apart single words and refuting portions of a statement with idiosyncratic arguments. But from the beginning and throughout history the public acknowledgement and the legal and familial "concepts" have consistently been central to marriage.


Posted by: truthseeker at June 13, 2008 2:34 PM


I don't care if you want to believe only parts of the Bible, or purposefully misunderstand cultural references to suit your own gain, but that in no way reflects "truth."
Posted by: Edyt at June 13, 2008 12:15 PM

Edyt, Without geting into lengthy discussions about the truth in the Bible, let me just state that if you can seriously say that, based upon your reading of the scripture, that Jesus would be a drunk if he were alive to today, then you are just VOID of any conceptual understanding of The Book.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 13, 2008 2:45 PM


"Truthseeker", you are right, the South Carolina bill would force women to view their sonograms.

From http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/17741934/

"Some states make ultrasound images available to women before an abortion, but South Carolina would be alone in requiring women to view the pictures."

I think that's an outrage. The bill would mean that a woman who refused to view her sonograms would be forced by the state to grow her pregnancy and give birth to a baby she didn't want. It's probably also unconsititutional.

Posted by: SoMG at June 13, 2008 3:20 PM


Don't all sweatpants promote abstinence? Who wants to do it with someone who looks like a slob?

Posted by: ali at June 13, 2008 3:57 PM


I think that's an outrage. The bill would mean that a woman who refused to view her sonograms would be forced by the state to grow her pregnancy and give birth to a baby she didn't want. It's probably also unconsititutional.
Posted by: SoMG at June 13, 2008 3:20 PM

Why is that an outrage? She still has rthe choice but it will be a more educated choice. Education is good right? And we should soon have those accurate statistics about the effects ultrasounds have on a woman's decision to choose abortion, right?

Posted by: truthseeker at June 14, 2008 1:19 AM


Don't all sweatpants promote abstinence? Who wants to do it with someone who looks like a slob?
Posted by: ali at June 13, 2008 3:57 PM

ali, most men care a lot less about the glamour then they do about the tush.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 14, 2008 1:22 AM


the whole argument against homosexuality because of the Bible is a HUGE example of picking and choosing.
Posted by: Edyt at June 13, 2008 12:15 PM

Edyt, What passages in the Bible have you found that condone/affirm homosexuality?

Posted by: truthseeker at June 14, 2008 1:46 AM


Edyt: 12:15: There's a reason I debate the Bible in certain ways with certain people. You say my literal approach to the Bible is lacking, but others will say the Bible MUST be taken literally.

The Holy Bible is not a book to be played with for the sake of debate. It is God's Truth.

People say the Bible cannot be used as a weapon or to harm, enslave, dominate or kill others, but I have demonstrated in several places where those commandments are obvious. And to a person that would take the literal truth of the Bible, those passages are dangerous.

The Bible shouldn't be used as a weapon but obviously history shows it has been and is today. That doesn't mean it's right.

The difference between my understanding of the Bible and your understanding is that I have the ability to look outside of it for further understanding, including historical context. You may like to make it sound like I don't understand, but by doing so you acknowledge that not everyone can understand the Bible and if it falls into the wrong hands it is, indeed, a dangerous book with a lot of really bad ideas.

Calling the Bible a dangerous book is wrong on several levels. The people who interpret without the proper historical context may be wrong., the Bible is not.

When you debate the Bible different ways with different people, you are more likely to sound like you don't understand what you are talking about. Be straight with people and they'll know where you stand.

Posted by: Janet at June 14, 2008 2:29 AM


Again Edyt, you are resourceful in picking apart single words and refuting portions of a statement with idiosyncratic arguments. But from the beginning and throughout history the public acknowledgement and the legal and familial "concepts" have consistently been central to marriage.

Just admit you were wrong and get over it.

Edyt, Without geting into lengthy discussions about the truth in the Bible, let me just state that if you can seriously say that, based upon your reading of the scripture, that Jesus would be a drunk if he were alive to today, then you are just VOID of any conceptual understanding of The Book.

TS, I did not say Jesus would be a drunk. There are passages in the Bible in which people called him a drunkard. What I said is it would be likely he would drink, and probably with people you don't like, since he had a habit of associating with people who were considered bad at that time.

Posted by: Edyt at June 14, 2008 1:34 PM


Janet, no book is above criticism, particularly those without known authors.

Posted by: Edyt at June 14, 2008 1:35 PM


TS, I did not say Jesus would be a drunk. There are passages in the Bible in which people called him a drunkard. What I said is it would be likely he would drink, and probably with people you don't like, since he had a habit of associating with people who were considered bad at that time.
Posted by: Edyt at June 14, 2008 1:34 PM

Nice.... "Concept" about Jesus understood. He hung out with all kinds of sinners NOT because he partakes in the sins but to lead them to repentance and save them from their sins.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 15, 2008 1:10 AM


TS,

Do you believe your actions lead people to repentance? You seem to spend an awful lot of time on this site berating people.

Posted by: Edyt at June 15, 2008 3:47 PM


Edyt,
Perhaps berartion comes across more often in my posts with you because your past posts have so often berated God. Not until you cease to berate God can repentance come.

To answer your question; I have been able to bring people to repentance to some who have known God but lost their way. But it has been my experience that repentance is not possible for those who refuse to submit themselves to God. To deny God is to refuse repentance and to lose salvation.

Posted by: truthseeker at June 16, 2008 2:00 AM


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