The following video may be hard to watch. Pat Buchanan is happy to say things many people wouldn’t. In fact, most people, I would guess, wouldn’t even let themselves consciously think like this. But we do know lots and lots of us have implicit racist biases, along with sexist ones and others. (We talk about them quite a bit on this blog.)
One consequence is that for a lot of people the best choice among people is a white person, particularly a white man. This video reminds us of what hidden views can underlie such choices..
The personae: Rachel Maddow, American TV liberal commentator; the first openly gay American to hold a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford, where she completed her D.Phil. Pat Buchanan: Very conservative American political commentator, many shows and appearances on TV and Radio.
I didn’t think I could still have ‘American-in-Britain’ culture shock. But it seems I can.
A National Health Service leaflet is advising school pupils that they have a “right” to an enjoyable sex life and that regular intercourse can be good for their cardiovascular health…
…Alongside the slogan “an orgasm a day keeps the doctor away”, it says: “Health promotion experts advocate five portions of fruit and veg a day and 30 minutes’ physical activity three times a week. What about sex or masturbation twice a week?”
By the way, British sex education is not quite as the existence of this leaflet would suggest. In my informal polling of about 100 students this year (it came up in discussion– really!), I found only one or two who’d even been told how to use a condom. And one of them had been taught it in a school which also featured a religious education class telling her that contraception was wrong.
Still… Just *try* to imagine any authority in the US putting out a leaflet like that. (Thanks, EB!)