Saturday, 10 January 2009

In other Fuck The Pope news...

Vatican releases official statement saying that women's wee is unholy.

The president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, Pedro Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, said the pill "has for some years had devastating effects on the environment by releasing tonnes of hormones into nature" through female urine.

"We have sufficient evidence to state that a non-negligible cause of male infertility in the West is the environmental pollution caused by the pill," he said, without elaborating further.

Another day, another scare story designed to misinform the public about the dangers of oral contraception when the real problem here is that the forces of conservatism just don't dig female reproductive self-determination.

Let's set this straight: in every sip of tap water you imbibe very tiny traces of mood stabilisers, heart medication, hormones that are added to fast-food and packaged meat in significantly higher doses than the hormones left over from the contraceptive pill in waste, factory run-off, tranquilisers, fluorine, and hundreds of other chemicals – almost all of them in doses too small to make any medical difference. Oestrogens are present in drinking water from a host of sources, most notably from the by-products of plastics production, and studies have shown that most oestrogens in drinking water are natural – not the synthetic oestrogens present in oral contraception. Oestrogens and xeno-oestrogens in water are a by-product of: petro-chemicals such as car emissions, vaseline based skin creams, many common detergents, wax floor polish and paints; synthetic hormones and oestrogenic compounds found in meat, pesticides such as DDT,DDE which are still used all over the developing world, dieldrin, toxaphene, mirex, heptachlor and kepone as well as hundreds of other herbicides and pesticides, all of which have an ability to mimic natural oestrogen, polycarbonated plastics found in baby bottles and water jugs, cling wrap and polystyrene, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) used in the manufacture of electronic devices, and - minimally - from hormonal contraception in human waste.

Apparently, though, it's only the oestrogen from contraceptive pills which is evil, at least as far as the Pope is concerned. Even though the dilution still isn't enough to be an effective dose unless you were to drink, just for instance, the Thames.

Furthermore, contemporary causes of male infertility are infinite: traffic pollution, laptops, mobile phones, tight trousers and hot tubs, nappies, smoking, overeating, seafood, fast food and driving. In fact, being overweight actually increases levels of oestrogen in the bloodstream anyway, especially if you eat a lot of non-organic meat- meaning that if you've got moobs and want to shift them, back away from the cheesburger and stop pointing the finger at us self-sterilising ladies.

I don't see the Pope asking us to stop eating so much junk in order to protect some sacred ideation of male potency. I don't see that increasingly unfunny former Hitler Youth dresswearing cunt and his friends asking us all to wear looser trousers and stop smoking. Why would they, when they've already decided that by daring to decide for ourselves whether we want to have kids, we've symbolically castrated men?

Fuck you, Ratzinger, you terrible little cunt. The contraceptive pill is one of the most important inventions of the last three centuries, and doesn't damage the environment so much as the status quo. I'm not a Christian, but if I were I'd get down on my knees every night to thank your God for the long-awaited miracle of contraception. We have the right to determine when and if we conceive as far as is technologically plausible, and if that makes you want to clutch your balls, then go right ahead - just don't claim that there's any scientific basis for it.

In order to make this point more fully, and because I have not been able to find a picture of the contraceptive pill anywhere that does not feature an artfully blurred, anonymous feminine hand tentatively reaching for a blister pack, here I am nomming my tasty tasty oral contraceptives. Om nom nom (Graphics by the ever-lovely Twitch, who is also a fan of the No Babies For Us plan).

13 comments:

  1. Yup. This kind of stuff was all promised when Ratzinger's candidacy was being discussed before he got the job. In fact I'm mildly surprised we haven't had even more of it from the Catholic church since he took over. The rest of the world moves forward, little by little. The Vatican goes backwards in it's quest to return to the 16th century...

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  3. I wouldn't let the pope get to you so much.

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  4. Interesting how you pick on the catholic religion which commits fewer crimes against feminist dogma than does Islam. I trust youre next article will be 'Fuck Mohammed, the child molester and all his followers.'

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  5. Haha, love the post and the pic.

    I wonder what the Pope is going to come up with next. Let's have a competition on who can think up the funniest, wittiest thing.

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  6. Goran: Mohammed hasn't said anything new lately. The Catholic Church decided that after a genuine reformer, who (as he aged) was steadily reigned in by his conservative College of Cardinals, they wanted to elect the Red Pope. If you put the head of the Inquisition in front of your biggest microphone, he's going to piss people off, and they now have to deal with that until he's dead.

    Regarding Islam and its record on female liberation; apart from people who are practicing traditionalist Muslims, virtually no-one thinks the rantings of Mullahs are laws to live by. A huge number of people who are not practicing Catholics tend to take the Pope as a moral voice of authority. He's more dangerous to my culture than they are.

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  7. "virtually no-one thinks the rantings of Mullahs are laws to live by."

    The arch-bishop of canterbury?

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  8. Mark, I hate to say this on my own blog, but you are acting like a twat, and I'd like to thank everyone who has engaged with you for their patience.

    The ABC, for your information, thinks that Islam has some merit. That has almost no bearing on this argument, it merely means that he's a slightly more tolerant man than his predecessor. It should also be noted that the rantings of super-right-wing Mullahs have about as much relevance to the lives of ordinary Muslims as the Ku Klux Klan does to the lives of ordinary Christians.

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  9. Uh... a little harsh. At worst, i'm occasionally flippant - not really into twat territory. But I suppose it's all just a matter of opinion.

    The previous comment was one of the flippant ones, though pandering towards muslim sensibilities is increasingly becoming part of the political landscape in the UK. Perhaps it'd be sensible to not become too complacent.

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  10. "A huge number of people who are not practicing Catholics tend to take the Pope as a moral voice of authority."

    I've yet to meet any. I mean half the Catholics I know don't even take the Pope as an authority.

    "though pandering towards muslim sensibilities is increasingly becoming part of the political landscape in the UK."

    No it isn't, there's been a clear shift towards a more critical / hostile attitude to Islam over the past couple of years, anyway. At least that's my impression from reading the papers.

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  11. Why are you being so hard on the Pope?

    Is it because he is Jewish!

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  12. the pope can fuck off

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