Rock The Vote Says Teen Abstinence, Transphobia Will Win Health Care Reform
Posted by Amanda Hess on Dec. 22, 2009, at 9:00 am
A new initiative from youth voting campaign Rock the Vote is encouraging young people to “hold out for health care” by refusing to have sex with people who don’t support health care reform. In a strange turn of events, I’m with FOX News on this one: This sucks.
Rock the Vote, an organization which works to “engage and build the political power of young people,” is currently collecting signatures for the celebrity-endorsed petition to “hold out for health care.”
“We pledge ourselves to the health and liberty of young Americans and to government for the people … and to never fucking you if you are against us,” the video announces. “We will vote against you, work against you, and once again, just in case you forgot, never ever, never ever, never ever, never ever fuck you.”
The strategy strikes me as counter-intuitive. After all, what do Republicans hate even more than public health care? Young people having premarital sex! If I were a Republican, I would love this Rock the Vote campaign. It reads like a conservative porn script: No health care, plus a bunch of young hot chicks sexily announcing that they’re not going to give it up!
But I’m not a Republican, so I find a few aspects of this Rock the Vote campaign unsettling that have nothing to do with the young people admitting to F-wording each other. First, Rock the Vote President Heather Smith told FOX News that the fucking-withholding petition aims to remind the youth of America that “they have a stake and a say” in the debate over health care. Huh. I thought young people had a stake in the health care debate because they’re human beings with a civil right to engage in our country’s political process. But I guess it’s actually because they’re hot and like to fuck. Second, the unsettling sexual stereotypes: According to Rock the Vote, women are sexy teases; men are insatiable buffoons. Finally, this line, meant to to ward off a skeezy Tea Party guy who wants to fuck our hot liberal heroine: ”I’m on my period. I don’t have a vagina.” Would you like some transphobia with your abstinence?