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Christopher Hitchens exalts blow jobs

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Amanda spots an alarming article by Christopher Hitchens in Vanity Fair--" As American As Apple Pie."

Apparently, Hitch hates our troops...

Stay with me. I've been doing the hard thinking for you. The three-letter "job," with its can-do implications, also makes the term especially American. Perhaps forgotten as the London of Jack the Ripper receded into the past, the idea of an oral swiftie was re-exported to Europe and far beyond by a massive arrival of American soldiers. For these hearty guys, as many a French and English and German and Italian madam has testified, the blowjob was the beau ideal. It was a good and simple idea in itself. It was valued—not always correctly—as an insurance against the pox. And—this is my speculation—it put the occupied and the allied populations in their place. "You do some work for a change, sister. I've had a hard time getting here."

He's also got it out for Albanians and Appalachians (who, last I checked, were Americans, which would seem to undermine Hitch's thesis, but who needs logic when you can deal in offensive ethnic and sexual stereotypes):

There is another thinkable reason why this ancient form of lovemaking lost its association with the dubious and the low and became an American handshake and ideal. The United States is par excellence the country of beautiful dentistry. As one who was stretched on the grim rack of British "National Health" practice, with its gray-and-yellow fangs, its steely-wire "braces," its dark and crumbly fillings, and its shriveled and bleeding gums, I can remember barely daring to smile when I first set foot in the New World. Whereas when any sweet American girl smiled at me, I was at once bewitched and slain by the warm, moist cave of her mouth, lined with faultless white teeth and immaculate pink gums and organized around a tenderly coiled yet innocent tongue. Good grief! What else was there to think about? In order to stay respectable here, I shall just say that it's not always so enticing when the young ladies of Albania (say) shoot you a cheeky grin that puts you in mind of Deliverance.

It's enough make an American girl long for the orthodontic equivalent of a burqua. Echidne suggests that blinders for Hitch would be a fairer solution.

[Pandagon, Echidne of the Snakes]

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Lindsay Beyerstein a New York writer blogging at Majikthise.