I'm writing to ask you to help me spread the word about an issue close to my heart.
I am a 23-year-old woman without medical insurance who relies on Planned Parenthood. They have done SO MUCH for me. They have provided me with birth control, annual Pap smears that I can actually afford, and emotional support that helped me get over an abusive relationship and sexual assault.
The US House of Representatives recently passed a bill that would cut all federal funding for Planned Parenthood. This isn't just an attack on American women. Planned Parenthood educates the entire community about sexual health and sexually transmitted infections. I know I don't need to preach to you. I plan to write to my senators about this, and I am encouraging everyone I know to do so. What I ask is that you mention this in your column as soon as possible.
My Body, My Choice
Done and done, MBMC.
We used to have a regular feature at Savage Love called "Straight Rights Watch." It lapsed when the Democrats took the House in 2006 and political attacks on the sexual freedoms of straight people decreased. But the GOP is back in charge of the House and state houses across the country, and attacks on the sexual freedoms of heterosexuals — attempts to ban abortion, restrict access to birth control, destroy Planned Parenthood (which doesn't just serve straight people), even make it legal to kill abortion providers (!!!) — are back, and so, sadly, is Straight Rights Watch.
Hello? Heterosexuals? Your legislators need to hear from you, and they need to hear from you now. And there's an easy way to make your voice heard: Go to www.istandwithplannedparenthood.org and add your name to an open letter to Congress, then swing over to www.plannedparenthood.org, click Donate, and give what you can.
I'm the type of guy who always has a lot to drink because I need to have the courage to hit on girls and also because I don't want to look like one of those assholes who stays sober so he can have the pick of the most wasted girls. However, when I do end up with a girl in my bed, I can't get it up. Tactfully saying, "Let's wait till the morning" is not much fun.
It Does Work, I Swear
Advice Seeker: "Dan, Dan! My dick doesn't work when I go like this."
Advice Columnist: "Don't go like that."
CONFIDENTIAL TO MADISON, WISCONSIN: I've never been prouder of my connection to Madison than I am right now — and, hey, don't let those lying bastards at Fox News get you down. To everyone else: Meet the people who are taking a stand at www.youtube.com/wethepeoplewisconsin.