By Annie-Rose Strasser on Jun 24, 2013 at 10:45 am
Cassi Creek: The first time I encountered the diagnosis “TDTF” I ran through my years long list of medical, surgical, and laboratory acronyms, trying to correlate it into the list. Finally I gave up and asked the OB/Gyn who had written it to expand it for me. She was charting an H&P for an admission, a 19 year old miltipara , delivering child number four with no insurance, no job, no husband and little idea of why she might be interested in a visit to planned parenthood. The OB/Gyn said, sadly; “Too dumb to fuck! If only it were true.”
Unfortunately, the situation is not at all uncommon. As a nation, we demand that birth control information be suppressed and unfunded while insisting that unwanted pregnancies be carried to term. It is as if poor women and poorly educated women are being punished by the religious fundamentalist controlled Congress for daring to ignore laws and traditions that viewed women as property rather than as people. The religious right does all it can to prevent sexual education in schools at where it might be somewhat effective; choosing instead, to layer on yet another coat of abstinence only sermons, trying to cover up a problem that has existed since the first humans discovered that touching each other’s anatomy could be pleasurable.
But we demand that the poorly educated and/or mentally disabled carry accidental and unwanted pregnancies to full term, at which time, the fundamentalists declare them a drag upon society and do everything in their power to disenfranchise such infants and the families that they are borne into.
“Too dumb to fuck?” If only it were true. We could put a lot of elected representatives into that caucus now that Michelle Bachmann is resigning. If someone could only explain why so damned many of them come from Texas.