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October 10, 2006

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Liz Neville

As the Church Lady would have said: "Well, isn't that SPECIAL".

She's right that we are all animals, but she gives short shrift to the idea that we are anything more than animals, specifically that we are spiritual beings as well, capable of more than the instinct toward "breeding" (and what a nice way to phrase it).

Well, she is only 21.


Lucie

I just read the article today and had to shake my head over Ms. Johansson's quote on how she's tested for HIV twice a year: "It's part of being a decent human, to be tested for STDs. It's just disgusting behavior when people don't. It's so irresponsible."

While I agree that people who are sexually active outside marriage need to be responsible about STD testing, I couldn't help thinking about how much more "decent" it is - in my old-fashioned opinion! - to not engage in behavior that would necessitate such testing in the first place. I also couldn't help wondering what Ms. Johansson would do if one day her test came back positive. Would her concept of decency be satisfied by telling her potential sex partners of her status and using condoms? I don't know, but while we're on the subject, I imagine that for many, that would be enough. Witness the TV adds for Valtrex, a herpes drug, which features "users" saying how knowing that they're "reducing" (not eliminating!) the chance of spreading their disease gives them peace of mind. It has always seemed to me that the majority of people today would rather keep having sex at almost any cost than eliminate the risk of infecting another.

Not long ago I heard someone on TV say that by the time I'm 50, fifty percent of my age group will be infected with herpes. I have no idea if this statistic is correct, but after I picked my jaw up off the floor, I was immediately reminded of why it's not such a bad thing to be a middle-aged virgin, after all.

Emily

don't know what this means:

"I went through periods of time when I was, ah, single. But when I'm in a relationship, I'm in a relationship."

wendy

Someone else e-mailed me the same question. To me it pretty clearly signals that she wants people to know she *was* promiscuous before she was in a relationship, and that this was important to her. It's almost like she's trying to wiggle her way out of the relationship. It could be insecurity or it could be as Liz says, just that she's young.

Reminds me of the funniest question I ever got from a Baby Boomer when I spoke at Berkeley: "Do you think you'll change your mind about this when you're older?"

No real way to answer this question. I just said, "Well, if I thought I was going to, then I guess I would just change my mind right now, wouldn't I?"

Alexandra Foley

Hilarious! I feel like I just came back from another planet. "Oh the indecency of those who don't get tested!" Such a victorian prudery tone to it, in my opinion.

I also love the part about how she gets tested 2xs a year and yet, "There does seem to be a mistaken belief out there that I am sexually available somehow." Also how she is torn between sounding too slutty and too virginal ..."- which is not to say that I'm not open-minded about sex," You can't really have it both ways.

This is too bad, though. I think she is adorable and I love her love of 1940s fashion. If she could single-handedly bring that back then maybe I can forgive her the rest. Maybe.

ErinP

Boy, monogamy sounds like such drudgery coming from Scarlett! A total "bummer" to any teenage girls who may be fans and taking her teaching to heart...

But Scarlett's on to something here - she's reflecting a trend in our society whether it's in the form of divorce, cohabitation, unwed motherhood - it's a world where you've got to check your man's cell phone to see if he's cheating
on you, take an HIV test and hope for the best, use DNA testing to chase down (who you suspect is) your child's father...

It's a "survival of the fittest" kind of "love", you notice that?

Ken

She's right that we are all animals, but she gives short shrift to the idea that we are anything more than animals...

One of the (long & extensive) footnotes in Professor Tolkien's famous essay "On Fairy Stories" claims the paradigm shift happened when "Man is an animal" became "Man is ONLY an animal". And that's when everything started going sour. (Cue "Bad Touch" by Bloodhound Gang...)

(I do not have a copy of Prof. Tolkien's essay in front of me, so I can't cite it exactly.)

Brian Gillin

"Is she haunted by her Vanity Fair cover?"

We must be careful not to equate nudity with sex all the time. There is such a thing in appreciation of the human form; unfortunately, all too often people immediately think of sex when they see the human (male or female) form. Just one more piece of evidence of our sex-saturated society.

"'Do you think you'll change your mind about this when you're older?'

No real way to answer this question. I just said, 'Well, if I thought I was going to, then I guess I would just change my mind right now, wouldn't I?'"

How true. It's like people saying, "You know what? You always think you're RIGHT." Well, duh. If you thought you were wrong about something, you'd simply start holding a different opinion about it.

Victoria

Actions speak louder than words. she can say she's not promiscuous , but the way she dresses says the opposite.

Breanne

"Actions speak louder than words. she can say she's not promiscuous , but the way she dresses says the opposite."

I believe the only "action" that speaks to promiscuity is actual promiscuity, not fashion. Fashion steers some to make the quick judgement of one's morals, social class, wealth, sexual preferences, etc. Doesn't anyone follow that old adage, "You can't judge a book by its cover?" Just as I would never suppose a modestly dressed person is "frigid" or "boring" one should not be so quick to judge one promiscuously dressed as "slutty" or "morally loose".

I think if the resources of this site are to encourage anything it should be to learn yourself and be true to who are, not what the media or friends or parents or society, or this site want you to be. I see some of that, but not enough. It's time to stop labeling ourselves and others.

David Porta

RISE ABOVE

"I do think on some basic level we are animals, and by instinct we kind of breed accordingly," she says.

Animals. Instinct. Human nature.

Humphrey Bogart played Mr. Allnut, the drunken riverboat pilot.
Katharine Hepburn played Rose, the prim missionary.

Charlie Allnut:
A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it's only human nature.

Rose Sayer:
Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.

The African Queen (1951)
Director: John Huston
Writers: C.S. Forester (novel); James Agee (screen adaptation)

melissa

i think she feels the need to state publicly that she is not promiscuous because of the various roles she plays or the way she portrays herself in movies.

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