America’s Next Bill Clinton!


I got a job offer from a pro-choice organization.

Bam! There you have it, baby! Forgive me for gloating, but I think I just shut some doubters up about my ability to sustain myself after I get out of the Army.

My parents, the Army and conservative “friends” have been worried – how will I survive after the Army? Here’s how: you get a job offer without even having to submit a resume. People remember me and see my work and ability and skills and drive and passion and intelligence!

To be sure, I’d already had a low-paying intership offer up in DC. But today, after a few days of being in contact with a prominent pro-choice organization to volunteer for them, and after conversations with them, I’ve been offered a job in the public relations/strategic communications department for this organization …this pays well enough, and it allows to continue my passion, stay in the DC/NoVA area and still finish school. That’s how you build a political career!

A few months ago, the Army offered me $25,000 to re-enlist …and pushed me to sign the paperwork as the “window was closing” on that bonus. I declined. Although I’ve not officially accepted this job, as I am exploring other possibilities, I can officially tell the Army to take their $25,000 and shove it.

This should shut my parents the hell up, too. Although I am sure someone is going to come along and tell me that I will be making my living killing babies. :0)

I get to work in an area of interest, something I am passionate about and I get paid for it? This is not work – it’s pure pleasure – with a condom, of course – as one of my jobs will be to promote contraception vs. abstinence!



It’s just sex …

Reading one of the Campus Progress web logs this morning, I ran across an interesting statistic – that just about or more than 50 percent of college students are “still virgins.” My question: why do we care? Why is it that, as a society, we treat losing one’s virginity as sort of a rite of passage in which a new person is born and the old, less mature person is gone? It’s to say, as if, a person’s accomplishment in life is based on whether or not that person has engaged in sex. With rite-of-passage teen movies like “American Pie” being a part of the popular culture, it seems the message we’re sending teens is: your worth and dignity is based on whether you’ve “done it.” Yet, they also get messages from the Christian-right about remain “pure” and “untouched” until marriage. The result is a clash of culture, in which, on one hand, the message is about the importance of having sex. On the other hand, the message is about “saving” oneself until marriage. What’s a kid to do, really, in that situation? If virginity is so special, how come the majority of us aren’t even in touch with the person to whom we “lost” it? The truth is when it comes to virginity, there is nothing lost, and nothing gained.

Besides, what’s the exact definition of a virgin anyhow? One who’s pure in both thoughts and mind? One who’s never orgasmed? One who’s never had intercourse? One who’s had intercourse but never orgasm? Does oral sex count? What about priest sex? It’s all confusing, really — yet we’re still obsessed with the idea of virginity.

The fact of the matter is that there are more important things to worry about in one’s lifelong accomplishment than sex and “virginity.” We see movies like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” but we don’t see movies like, “The 40-Year-Old Bum Who Hasn’t Done a Damned Thing to Make the World Better.”

Sometimes, I wonder why. Why can’t we just teach kids, from both the left and the right that sex is something amazing and wonderful that should only be had with responsibility, respect and readiness? Isn’t that a much better message than: if you aren’t having sex, you’re a loser or if you’re having sex, you’re a slut?

Wouldn’t it make the whole abstinence education debate much easier to digest? Wouldn’t it make birth control much more easily gotten? Wouldn’t it strike down patriarchy and society’s ideal of a family at its root? It certainly would. Just by changing our personal outlooks on virginity and sex, we can certainly make move the world in the right political direction.

Second point: why does society put such a strong emphasis on the act of sex? It is, after all, only sex. I don’t mean to sound like a frat boy here, but sex is just an act. It’s neither holy nor God’s gift. It’s neither divine nor special. It’s purely biological, just like any other activity that we engage in as humans. Sure, sex is certainly not making love, but it’s got a quality of its own. Just like going for a walk, having dinner or spending the afternoon with someone, sex is just an act. It only becomes special when the person with whom we are sharing it is special. Other than that, sex is just – sex. Why make things any complicated than life already is? To be sure, one should always be monogamous in a relationship, but let’s not treat sex anymore special than just a kiss. A kiss, after all, without any emotions put into it, is just a kiss.

 Kind of funny, too, how “virginity” never seems to be an issue discussed when it comes to the LGBT community. I guess to the right, “virginity” is only important when baby-making is involved.