And you thought Oprah
tore James Frey a new one on her show? Last night, Rachel Maddow
invited Richard Cohen, the controversial (and unlicensed) psychotherapist who claims to have counseled thousands of men and women out of being gay
, on her show. In his book Coming Out Straight
, Cohen argues that there are psychological underpinnings to homosexual attraction—he says he was gay because he was “trying to experience the unobtained bond with my dad that never happened”—and that by coming to terms with what’s behind the attraction, you can become straight. After all, he did it! He’s been married for 27 years and has three kids! Although he admits in part two of the segment
that for some of those years, he was still doing dudes.
Maddow, who’s a lesbian, obviously took issue with his argument and critiqued it point by point, especially since some of his quotes suggest gay folks are out to recruit children. But even more than that, she was furious about how Cohen’s work has been interpreted in Uganda. Keep reading »
Is there anyone out there who is not embroiled in a sex scandal? Rod Jetton, a 42-year-old Republican and the former Speaker of the Missouri House of Representatives, has gotten himself in some legal trouble over his sexual exploits. A woman is claiming that he drugged her and then beat her up during sex, and he has been charged with a felony. Here’s the gist of what the woman claims happened: Jetton came over to her place on Nov. 15 with two bottles of wine in hand for a night of wild sex—they’d agreed beforehand to use the safe word “green balloons” if either of them was feeling uncomfortable. Things started out tame. He poured her a glass in the kitchen and then sat down with her to watch a football game. She noticed herself feeling hazy and felt like she was nodding off. Next thing she knew, she was on the floor and Jetton was allegedly choking her. She says he then hit her so hard she lost consciousness. He apparently stayed over and was all tender to her in the morning. “You should have said green balloons,” she quotes him as saying. Ugh. [TPM Muckraker] Keep reading »
How cool! A straight woman named Jamie Frevele is auctioning off her right to marry on eBay after New York State voted not to grant homosexual couples the right to gay marriage. Of course, a person can’t actually transfer a right on eBay, but all the money Frevele does earn off her eBay auction will go to The Point Foundation, which provides financial support, mentoring and leadership training to students who are marginalized by their sexual orientation. Says her eBay listing:
I will write you up a fancy, wonderful, articulate proclamation handing over my right to get married. I have no official documentation because this is something I was born with since I was born heterosexual. Unfortunately, this is only a symbolic gesture…Your bid, on the other hand, is real, and the donation you make to an organization that supports those who have been treated as second-class citizens will be well worth it.
You’ve got four days left to bid—and hey, now might be a good time to do your holiday charity donation! [eBay] Keep reading »
The House of Representatives’ version of the health care reform bill contained the Stupak-Pitts Amendment (explained in full here) to make sure health insurance doesn’t cover abortion.
Today, the Senate began their own campaign for a similar amendment, when Senators Bill Nelson (D-NE), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and others introduced an amendment to its version of the health care reform bill. Just like Stupak-Pitts, the Nelson-Hatch amendment will restrict federal subsidies for health insurance from being used for private health insurance plans that cover abortion. Keep reading »
Sarah Palin’s still mad about the whole “Trig is not her son” conspiracy. She knows what came out of her vagina on American soil! If she runs for prez in 2012 (please let Carrie Prejean be her running mate), she said she would “reverse that and use the same type of thinking on the other one.” By “reverse” I think she means “get revenge,” by “the other one” I think she means Obama, and by “type of thinking” I think she means conspiracy theories. I.e. she’s not so sure that Obama was born on American soil. Keep reading »
My boyfriend, who always votes for the third party candidate, says that the only difference between Democrats and Republicans is their price tag. He’s forever explaining to strangers that Republicans would never get caught with only $90K worth of bribe money in their freezers. And maybe he’s right? Democrat Sheila Dixon, the first female mayor of Baltimore, has been convicted of fraudulent misappropriation. She stole $630 worth of gift cards intended for the poor. Apparently, she solicited the cards from a wealthy developer and then instead of donating them, bought stuff for herself. That’s great, Sheila. Now I’ll never shut my guy up. Couldn’t you just have had an affair? Or at least switched party affiliations before pushing the self-destruct button? [Newser] Keep reading »