Laura Sessions Stepp, The Washington Post‘s most annoying lifestyle reporter, has a new book out about the evils of hooking up. “Your body is your property,” she warns girls, “Think about the first home you hope to own. You wouldn’t want someone to throw a rock through the front window, would you?” Hilarity ensues.
But of course we get this kind of thing rather frequently in our public policy, thanks to pro-abstinence politicians like John McCain. I understand that it’s difficult for politicians to stand up against this kind of thing even though it’s stupid — nobody wants to run as the candidate telling voters’ teenage kids they should have sex. But Atrios is right that politicians who want to foist this kind of thing on the public ought to get asked the question: Did McCain save it for his first marriage?