Overcoming the problems living in today's society as well as becoming an elite athlete? I am in awe of individuals like this and the advert for the 2012 London paralympics is an excellent promotion. Superheros indeed.
Such nonsense has been spouted over the past couple of weeks about rape and its consequences that I have actually had to wait until I have semi calmed down before posting. Firs we have Tod Akin, who seems to have doomed his political career with this particular interview.
The problem was the phrase "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
"Legitimate" rape? I will get back to the level of doubt that seems to persist in some peoples minds over what rape actually is and get onto the next bit. The "female body" has no ability to detect whether consent has been given for any sexual act and no ability to prevent pregnancy. In fact, the whole of the female reproductive system is geared to ensure pregnancy occurs at the highest frequency possible. There is no excuse for the apparent the lack of basic education into human reproduction. That any American male could have such a poor understanding of biology is appalling, let alone an individual contending to be a senator. Not only that, but this individual then has the audacity to work towards legislation that limits a woman's choice about her own body and whether she can have an abortion or not. The Renegade Raging Grannies put it quite well :)
In addition to all of the Tod Akin debate (he apologised and claimed he "used the wrong words"), there were other gems from public officials. The President of Ecuador defended Julian Assange against his rape allegations by making the claim that a man who share a bed with a woman cannot be accused of rape (news article link). Yet again, a woman's right to determine what happens to her body is undermined.
Individuals get to make decisions about their bodies, NO ONE ELSE. Whether we are talking about consensual sexual relationships, body modification, medical procedures, euthanasia etc., the person whose body is under discussion gets to make the decision. I think there may be some flexibility only if the individual is not mentally capable of making that decision, and where that line is drawn is another issue. But aside from that, our bodies are our own. Each of us gets to choose what we do with them, who may touch them and when. Politicians do not get that choice. Sexual partners do not get that choice (unless we have consented to it). Religious leaders do not get that choice. It is ours to make. NO ONE HAS MORE RIGHT TO OUR BODIES THAN WE DO. To all of those wanting to take these choices from us..... FUCK OFF.
Sitting here watching the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics, the phrase "inspiring" a generation keeps coming up. I think that the Olympics have not inspired a generation, but have inspired many people across a range of generations. In a culture where we tend to downplay our achievements and be particularly self-deprecating, it is wonderful to see and be caught up in a celebration of achievement such as we have seen in the past couple of weeks. I am not particularly interested in watching sport, preferring to do it myself. I was skeptical about the Olympics and what it would bring. But, like many others, I have been fascinated and drawn into the spirit of the event. It has not just been the younger generations, the future sports men and women who have been inspired. I think individuals for all ages have been affected. I hope that in the aftermath that sport centers and clubs around the country will welcome all ages.
Participating in sport has helped me gain back self-confidence that I lost for a while. It toned my body and improved my physical and metal health. It can be hard as an adult to find venues where you can engage in enjoyable sports. Going to the gym and pounding a treadmill is not for everyone. One thing the Olympics and the extensive coverage has revealed is a range of sports that some might not have realized were available (I didn't know about handball for example). I would like to get involved in some other sports and hope that the opportunities will be there for everyone. :) With rising levels of obesity in the country, I think it is a chance for the country to do something about the general health of the nation. Let's use this momentum and make a difference.
Skeptical kinkster musing on whatever takes my fancy!