Rosie Perez says abstinence ed is “insane”


Just one more reason why I love me some Rosie.
From Geraldo Rivera’s Geraldo at Large:

Rivera: “But many are unsatisfied with the pace of progress. Even as world leaders gathered at the United Nations Wednesday to find new ways to tackle the epidemic the actress Rosie Perez led AIDS activists at a rally outside.”
Rosie Perez: “I’m disappointed in our leadership here in the United States. Yes the United States is giving a lot of money for the, for the fight against AIDS but to push a program of abstinence is just insane. It, it doesn’t work. We have to be realistic and we have to do even more than what’s being done.”

(Swoon.)

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  • honeycakes

    hurrah!

  • sodajunkie

    How ridiculous. It doesn’t work, because no one willingly teaches it.

  • Durga_is_my_homey

    Could she be more awesome?
    Caught the last of her interview on Leno last night.

  • http://olebluetheheretic.blogspot.com Ole Blue

    Lets face it, people love sex and silly traditions will not keep people from having sex

  • Jessica

    “no one willingly teaches it.”
    I guess those millions a year must be going to imaginary programs then? People teach that shit alright–it just doesn’t work because it uses scare tactics, spreads misinformation and lies, and is willfully ignorant of reality.

  • Fitz

    “but to push a program of abstinence is just insane.�
    But it’s worked for so long.

  • sodajunkie

    “I guess those millions a year must be going to imaginary programs then? People teach that shit alright–it just doesn’t work because it uses scare tactics, spreads misinformation and lies, and is willfully ignorant of reality.”
    Oh Jessica, the real misinformation is what your website is founded on. The real misinformation is that abortion, popping pills and condoms are all good, safe methods of birth control.
    I guess all those millions of abortions are the result of the millions spent on abstinece programs each year.

  • Fitz

    The ABC program in Uganda works well.
    Abstinence, fidelity and reinforcing other traditional sexual norms have a common sense, obvious, and effective place in reducing AIDS transmissions.

  • sodajunkie

    “The ABC program in Uganda works well.
    Abstinence, fidelity and reinforcing other traditional sexual norms have a common sense, obvious, and effective place in reducing AIDS transmissions.”

    Fitz, I couldn’t agree more.

  • Ashley

    A(BC) working well in Uganda – really?
    Not lately. Since 2003, the rate for new infections has almost doubled.
    See:
    “Number of New HIV Cases in Uganda Increasing, AIDS Commission Official Says,” Kaiser Report, May 22, 2006, http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=37396
    See also:
    Human Rights Watch, ”
    The Less They Know, the Better: Abstinence-Only HIV/AIDS Programs in Uganda,” 2005, http://hrw.org/reports/2005/uganda0305/index.htm
    And anyway, the much talked about decrease in prev. rates which was the primary “proof” for Uganda’s ABC success story was always controversial and hotly debated by the experts.
    See:
    J. Parkhurst, “The Ugandan Success Story? Evidence and Claims of HIV-1 Prevention,” Lancet, 2002.

  • kgsavoie

    Thanks Ashley– I had bookmarked the inane comments to which you are responding for a scalding reality-check but you beat me to it & beautifully! Add forced marriages, institutionalzed rape, and ubiquitous sex slavery into the mix, and you see that ABC is nothing but slow US-backed genocide.

  • sodajunkie

    Thanks girls, you are proving my point!
    And, call me crazy, but I don’t think that forced marriages, institutionalzed rape and sex slavery are part of the guidelines.
    But, low and behold, maybe the “C” part of this is the cuprit! We all know how effective condom use has been in the fight against AIDS. Looks as if it has increased it between 2003-2005 in Uganda.
    Abstinence and Being faithful might be the only tried and true way of stopping the spread of AIDS. Sorry Trojan Man.
    Gee, maybe the abstinece program really is the only solution…eh, Jessica?

  • msol11

    Rosie Perez is still alive?

  • EJ

    Abstinence where?
    You are aware that many women contract AIDS from their husbands, right? Should women not screw their husbands, under any circumstances? I can see that position going over nicely with the male conservatives.
    You conservatives are so narrowminded. You hear AIDS and assume that everyone involved is a 70’s hippy stereotype that screws anything that moves, and it must therefore be their fault. The AIDS problem in Africa has NOTHING to do with teenagers and back seats of cars. Abstinence is not the answer because it does not apply.

  • Fitz

    If we truly want to be “realistic� and objective, we should look to Uganda, the only African nation that has substantially curbed the rate of AIDS infection. Through an intense abstinence-based campaign, Uganda managed to reduce the infection rate from 29 percent to 4 percent in just ten years.
    Compare Uganda’s success with the dismal failure of the two most condom-flooded African nations, Botswana and South Africa. South Africa has been inundated with condoms and its rate of AIDS infection continues to soar at 22 percent of the entire population. Botswana’s situation is even worse, with 37 percent of the adult population infected by AIDS. Professor Norman Hearst, of the University of California at San Francisco, notes that in Botswana condom sales rose from one million in 1993 to 3 million in 2001, while HIV infection among urban pregnant women rose from 27 percent to 45 percent. In Cameroon, as well, condom sales rose from 6 million to 15 million, while HIV prevalence rose from 3 percent to 9 percent.
    Moreover, despite critics’ accusations that Catholic moral teaching is the cause of Africa’s woes, the facts demonstrate the contrary. The World Health Organization puts the figure for HIV infection in Swaziland at 42.6 percent of the population, where only 5 percent of the population is Catholic. Similarly, in Botswana, where 37 percent of the adult population is HIV infected, only 4 percent of the population is Catholic. Compare this to Uganda, where 43 percent of the population is Catholic, and the number of HIV-infected adults has dropped to only 4 percent.
    Its seems to me that the cultural imperialism is a sexual revolutionized west that cannot philosophically promote restraint between consenting adults to any degree. While countries like Uganda enjoy success with condom usage being one part of a multi faceted approach that understands human sexuality within their larger culture.

  • EJ

    Read before posting.
    Ashley already pointed out that Uganda ISN’T “working”.

  • kgsavoie

    Let me spell it out: Forced marriages, sexual slavery, and rape are the facts on the ground in many of the countries currently being inundated with US-funded Christian propoganda about “abstinence and fidelity”. Abstinence and fidelity are beside the point when there is no female sexual agency. And no, sexual slavery, etc. are not part of “ABC”– which is why it’s doomed to fail, because, like its proponents, it steadfastly ignores reality in its dogged allegience to an obsolete ideology.

  • sojourn

    Fitz,
    In many societies forced marriages are part of the traditional sexual norms that you are defending.
    (Thank you kgsavoie for your comments. ) And no there exists no factual data to show that abtinance only prevention works.

  • sojourn

    Sodajunkie,
    For your information birth control pills and condoms are very safe methods of contraception. Especially if we teach kids to use them properly. According to Planned Parenthood some 40% of students surveyed do not use condoms correctly. If used properly condoms have 1-2% failure rate. Birth control pills have less than 1% failure rate. If you were listening in math class you should be able to figure out that if combined the failure rate is 1 to 2 in 10000. How safer than that can you get?