Friday, May 06, 2005

"what the fuck, texas?" #5

Two stories today, both related to Texas law.

The first is by far the more infuriating, but perhaps not as WTF as the other: Texas Legislature bans gay couples from adopting.

It was tacked on to another bill because the sponsors feared it would not pass on its own. Oh, I love activist representatives! Text of the bill is here (PDF).

And then, a bill passed in the state House Tuesday proposing that schools be allowed to monitor the "sexiness" of cheerleading routines.

I'm just picturing how this will go down, if it passes through the Senate, which it is not expected to do. Would they have a bunch of old crusty Reps standing on the sideline of the field and mumbling about how those nubile teenage girls doing that particular booty shake gave them a fatty hard-on?

Of course the issue of sexualizing and objectifying women, especially young women, is important and deserving of debate. Oh, maybe we should take the time to discuss elements of media influence and positive body image with our girls instead of telling them to walk around draped in bedspreads with buckets on their heads?

Wait, everyone knows men can't keep their dicks in their pants, so I guess it's the vagina's fault. As per usual.

(Thanks to Chris for the link)