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Conservatives' Big Hypocrisy: Turning Women Candidates (Who Are Anti-Sex and Anti-Woman) into Sex Symbols

The conservative right is happy for 'sexy' female candidates so long as they don't demand abortion rights, maternity leave, equal pay and equal sexual pleasure.

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The question that neither Reed nor most commentators discussing the “new” Republican woman have asked is why this “new” woman has stronger appeal among men than woman? Part of the answer may be found in the message of the pro-sex advocates within the Christian right. In her 2008 book, “Sex in Crisis,” Dagmar Herzog offers invaluable insight into how this strand of the evangelical movement seeks to subvert the dominant secular sex culture to reaffirm patriarchal values.

These advocates seek to harness the tools of the secular sex to fortify traditional marriage. While insisting on abstinence and opposing masturbation among non-married people, almost nothing is off-limits when sex serves Jesus in marriage.

Their efforts include sex advice columns and marriage counseling services. Some encourage women to wear revealing clothing and provocative lingerie, to use of sex toys and body ointments. Some even promote sexual foreplay and oral and anal sex as well as spanking and light S&M play. For these advocates, the woman is charged with the task of sexualizing themselves so that they can please and empower their husband.

For the Christian right, and one can assume for the Tea Party movement as well, the role of sex, like that of the “sexy sisters” in politics, is to help restore old-style masculinity to marriage and the nation. Post-modern society has made traditional masculinity a vestigial social organ.

Men are not what they were a generation ago, let alone at the time of Jesus. Good husbands and fathers contribute (with the wife) to the family income and also cook, diaper their kids and have emotional lives. Modern history has made the man of the family an equal to the woman, not the king of his castle.

The Tea Party movement, like the Christian right, champions the “sexy sisters” as a may to restore the old-fashioned man on his long-lost throne. So long as women do not demand abortion rights, maternity leave, equal pay and equal sexual pleasure, they are welcomed into the movement. God forbid they should demand more.

David Rosen is the author of Sex Scandals America: Politics & the Ritual of Public Shaming (Key, 2009). He can be reached at drosen@ix.netcom.com.

 
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