We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What's wrong with a little consensual bondage and sado-masochism? Or whatever? A little kink is fun, and everybody knows it. Bedroom games are good things. People are imaginative. As they used to say in Victorian days, "Just don't scare the horses."
For special kink, I will spend this weekend hunting strippers stripers off Block Island. Bleed the fish, cut a chunk out, a little wasabi, and eat the chunks raw at sea temperature with a slug of cold Pacifico. This will excite any normal girlfriend, I promise. Soy sauce interferes with the flavor imo.
If you are in the northeast USA, and not on the water this weekend, you have a bigger problem than Planned Parenthood can solve.
actual BDSM play rarely ends up with someone getting pregnant.
And I don't mean "kinky sex with handcuffs and blindfolds".
People who're actively engaged in the BDSM lifestyle aren't using it to "spice up the sex", but often as a replacement to sex (or at most as foreplay).
They're also smart enough to use things like condoms and contraceptives.
So you think that an organization that gets government money for medical ("woman's health") and pregnancy prevention counseling should be teaching how-tos for specific sexual practices? Normalizing stuff that used to be slightly edgy?
Frankly PP should get a dime of government money, and I've thought that for decades.
I don't think Powerline is getting "puritanical", that's you engaging in an adhominium attack. The position articulated in that post is one they've held as long as I've been aware of the site, and this is simply another piece of evidence that PP has an agenda that is not consistent with either conservative values or free market values.
Teaching children, especially children not legally able to consent to sex, how to engage in "kinky" activities is imprudent IF you wish those children to grow up with a healthy sense of boundaries and an understanding of reasonable sexual relationships.
What happens in "BDSM play} is a far cry from the furry handcuffs and velvet mask crap that "normal" couples might engage in to tell themselves that they are edgy and bad. "Normal" sex play doesn't involve brusies that take a week or so to heal. "Normal" sex play doesn't involve blood or needles, it doesn't leave permanent scars. Maybe the occasional hickey or bite mark.
I've known people at various depths in the BDSM scene (when you hang around Punks and Goths for 2 decades, well, there's a lot of crossover) and they aren't "normal" sexually.
William O. B'Livion