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Confronting Rick Santorum & His Obsession with Sex

Filed By Guest Blogger | October 28, 2011 9:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: GOP presidential candidates, Jim Toevs, Jimmy Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, Rick Santorum

Editors' Note: Guest blogger Jim Toevs co-founded the International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. In 1992, Jim was the Democratic nominee for Congress against then-closeted Arizona Congressman Jim Kolbe. He resides in Alamos, Sonora, Mexico.

Every time he appears in a public forum, former U. S. Senator and current Republican Presidential candidate, Rick Santorum, santorumpipe.jpgneeds to be confronted about his obsession with sex. Santorum has made his views on sex an issue with his headline grabbing pronouncements on everything from being "willing to die" to stop same-sex marriage, to opposing birth control and abortion under any circumstances.

Santorum's views on sex are not only weird, they are dangerous. His "willing to die" statement opposing same-sex marriage provides just the kind of justification some right wing nut needs to begin committing violence against people who support marriage equality, family planning, and a woman's right to choose.

I don't pretent to know what is in Rick Santorum's mind and heart, but he is a stereotypical example of the old adage, "Me thinks he doth protest too much." Santorum's obsession with sex is neither rational nor normal. When he speaks on the subject of sex, his eyes betray an intensity on the subject similar to that of a sex-crazed revival preacher. (Elmer Gantry, Jim Haggard, and Jimmy Swaggart come to mind.)

According to Santorum's tortured thinking, sex is only about procreation. Even the use of birth control opens the door to all kinds of sexual activity this his God never intended, and all of this evil sex is taking the USA to hell in a handbasket. WOW! One can only imagine what his twisted mind thinks of the almost universal sexual practice of masturbation, which has been going on since man first discovered his ability to pleasure himself with his hand.

So what do those of us in the sexual freedom movement have to learn from the likes of Rick Santorum? We have come a long way and we still have a long way to go.

There is a political principle which states, "the action is in the reaction." (Witness the rise of overt racism with the election of a black man as President of the United States.) The more progress the sexual freedom movement makes, the more violent the reaction from those who are threatened by it.

Our job is to continue to confront the opposition and to out closet cases who are victims of their own "closet sickness." If there are men out there who can shed some light on Santorum's obsession with sex, now is the time to do so. Santorum may be "willing to die" to stop same-sex marriage, but that is no reason why innocent people should die at the hands of someone who uses Santorum's theatrics as justification for their own violent actions.

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Kathy Padilla | October 28, 2011 9:50 AM

Rick has made very firm statements about not approving of ANY non-procreative sex; including hetero contraception. Given that his wife is 51 - and 51 one is the average age of the beginning of menopause - I look forward to Rick's announcement of his entering celibacy. People should really start asking him if he practices what he preaches during interviews - or doesn't practice in this case.

Thanks for that information, Kathy. Yeah, if Santorum is going to be consistent, once his wife enters menopause, his sex life comes to an end. Of course, Conservative Republicans are noted for their inconsistency whenever it suits them whenever their own behavior departs from their pronouncements.

Obsession is a sure sign that he has something to hide. He needs to be followed around without anything illegal stalking to see if he can be caught in a compromising position. Perhaps sending his picture to every gay bar in the country would help along with making sure that the bar manager has a cheap camera to keep behind the bar. But I don't think we have to worry about him being the Republican nominee, although that might actually be a good thing. The more repulsive the Republican, the easier time Obama will have winning a second term. And if the teaparties can be portrayed as being as obnoxious as Santorum, maybe that second term will return the House where it belongs. Liberals don't seem to be very good at attack politics. We need them to become so.

Cruise over to

The Ruth Institution, an arm of Focus on the Family, has contributors that are very assertive in their anti contraception campaign. Their articles typically omit the FULL story in their reporting. Especially when it comes to communities of color here in the US or regarding the HIV/AIDS or contraception efforts in Africa. They sometimes use the old saw that contraception in these areas is really a conspiracy to eliminate black babies and that Planned Parenthood is carrying out Margaret Sanger's plot in eugenics.

I'm new to the site, only been reading their articles and comment threads for a few months.
But it's definitively working at fear mongering about hormonal contraceptives.
The Personhood campaign and ballot initiative making contraception and abortions illegal to obtain is another means of seeing the motive behind the movement.
This essentially concentrates on WOMEN, their privacy and access to adequate sexual and childbearing health care.
I haven't heard that condoms will be banned or illegal to obtain, but I'd be interested to see if such a thing starts becoming the focus as well.
That part of the country still has laws on the books that make sex toys illegal.

Seriously, it really isn't about common sense, but old fashioned, 19th century hysteria about sex.
As if the means of contraception, sexual health and family planning aren't HEALTHY and NECESSARY...but as if celibacy and abstinence is the ONLY alternative. Especially for gay people who DON'T accidentally, or spontaneously have children they don't want or can't afford.

We know this line of thought is becoming more common among the right wing, but what can and are we doing to counter it? Why isn't the media covering this scary stuff? Why is it that people won't take on this extreme ideology and show the world?

I think this gets ignored by mainstream media because most media people find it so wacko that it is difficult to take seriously. Although this crazy stuff is indeed disgusting, I don't see it likely that it is going to take over the world.

The presidency ... maybe, if people base their votes on the economy and ignore batshittery like this. But the world ... no.

P.S. I think Rick Santorum is obsessed about sex because he can't stop googling himself. You know, his grandmother was right: if he doesn't stop googling himself, eventually he will go blind.

Rachel Bellum | October 30, 2011 2:51 AM

I agree AJ, I believe most people see this kind of talk as just another politician spouting meaningless santorum. I'm not saying it is meaningless but I think that's how most people see it.