Today Planned Parenthood supporters and opponents spoke out on Twitter with the hashtag #SexEd. The tweetfest was organized by the anti-abortion organization, Live Action, to denounce the Lurid! Disgusting! Immoral! Dangerous! advice given by Planned Parenthood counselers to a young woman who pretended to have honest questions for them about BDSM. She filmed the clinic workers – without their knowledge – answering the questions openly and honestly. Live Action calls this “undercover investigation.” I call bullshit. The film that Live Action is so very proud of can be seen on YouTube.
The video incorporates a short segment from Laci Green vlogging cheerfully and openly about BDSM and then shows short, heavily clipped footage from a number of different clinic workers speaking about bondage, sadism and masochism with the “undercover investigator.” And today over at #SexEd, Planned Parenthood opponents were up in fucking arms because professionals who are trusted to offer open and shame-free advice about sex were “caught on tape” offering open and shame-free advice on kink – a type of sexual expression.
So outrage. Very kink-shaming. WOW. As supporters of Planned Parenthood, alternative sexuality and sexual health were quick to point out, if you think that consensual BDSM is the same as non-consensual torture, then you clearly don’t have any idea what BDSM or consent is about. At all. Sadomasochism between consenting people? Go for it. Have fun. Be aware of the risks, practice safer kink. Talk about it and ask questions about it, because as Kelz McBelz points out:
Other notable twitter responses to the anti-kink claptrap (ooo…”claptrap” – that sounds kinky!):
Live Action’s “breaking expose” and the resulting #SexEd hoopla is another big case of “la la la – I can’t hear youuuuuuu!” from Planned Parenthood opponents. Instead of listening to gazillions of people who benefit from Planned Parenthood’s services and who are living happier and healthier lives because of the health care that they receive there, they insist that Planned Parenthood does no good and has a secret agenda to morally bankrupt us all and to promote sex so they can sell more abortions and birth control.
Live Action continues to send dishonest undercover reporters inside clinics to ask leading questions, record the answers to those questions, and then edit the footage in an attempt to make it look like PP workers are doing something wrong. Because if we don’t talk about sex – if we limit access to sexual health information and keep sex mysterious – then we can promote the idea that sex is something that only , married people, bad girls and boisterous (but ultimately good-hearted) boys and men do. And then sex and pregnancy and dirty sex diseases won’t happen – at least not to good girls. La la la la la!