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Old 08-08-2008, 09:54 PM
threep threep is offline
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Default Re: Mickey and Edwards

You seem to have two points about why this is bad--puritanism and distraction. The second is made with extreme pomposity but has merit, even if I don't quite agree (though I'm sympathetic), but as to the first point, I have to defend the cause of sexual freedom from your co-opting of it.

He sold out sexual freedom to the idea that any deviation from heterosexual monogamy should be severely punished.
WHOA there. This is either blatantly disingenuous or else it is stupid. I am, for instance, pro-deviation. You want to be gay? Awesome. You want to try polygamy? Hey, kudos to you if you can make it work right without unacceptable costs to gender equality. And let's not forget swinging! You'll have an uphill battle overcoming pesky aspects of evolutionary psychology, but what's important is you have a family based on trust and love and blah blah blah. THESE are acceptable "deviations from heterosexual monogamy" for those of us who promote "sexual freedom."

Screwing over your life-partner is just screwing over your life partner. It's about betrayal, not kinkiness. Just because we understand that monogamy is one choice among many does not mean that the expectations and feelings of one spouse in a monogamous relationship is somehow invalidated. If the Edwardses had come out and said "yeah, we just swing that way, I told her all about it before, after, and during." I'd be behind them 150%--but I guess you'll just have to trust me on that.

He contributed to the puritanical debasement of American political life.
That is a very confused sentence.
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