Palin and Paliner

In Delaware, the Sarah model multiplies (but must never, ever masturbate):

Stepford

Well, maybe not coming.

Why are human religious and political movements so often energized by sexual regulation?

I’m asking a serious question.

For example, what makes a young conservative woman in America take up the discouragement of masturbation as a cause, or a 20-something woman in Egypt, against her secular parents’ wishes, announce at the dinner table that she has decided, of her own volition, to take up wearing the hijab? 

Any theories?

About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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7 Responses to Palin and Paliner

  1. andrewclunn says:

    Santi, read that article I sent you. Deals very much with this subject.

    • santitafarella says:

      Andrew,

      Cool. I will be sure to get to it this weekend. I took my kids for various vaccination boosters yesterday, so they have sore arms and are cranky, and I’ll be taking them with me as I do “Have a Meal with a Muslim Day” stuff today (radio interview at 10:30, mosque visit at 1:00, dinner at 5:00 with the imam). But when things slow down a bit tommorrow, I’ll have a look. I’ve been meaning to.

      —Santi

  2. Seems strange that red has become associated with conservatism. Of course it may be more populism, and maybe that is the key.

  3. concerned christian says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_states_and_blue_states
    Actually it was more a coincidence than any thing else!

  4. Cody Deitz says:

    Well, because masturbation is bad. Clearly. I don’t want hairy palms.

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