Quotes of the day

“A friend of mine, whose father is also a conservative politician, used to joke it would be easier for her be a lesbian because then there would be no risk of getting pregnant and having a resulting scandal.

I have always found this joke incredibly sad—for both of us. Because the GOP continues to struggle with open communication about serious issues most people deal with rationally, and on a regular basis. Unless we learn how to integrate that kind of discussion, our party will continue its descent into irrelevance. We live in a big world, one where you can contract a life-long STD, have an unplanned pregnancy, or get date-raped, just to name a few of the dangerous results of having sex. We should prepare our kids for it, realistically. Then they might be more apt to make the right choices when they live in it themselves. Bottom line: honesty isn’t a liberal or conservative issue. It’s a human one. The sooner we realize that, the better off we’ll be.”

“Valerie White, executive director of the Sexual Freedom Legal Defense and Education Fund, a legal-defense fund for people with alternative sexual expression in Sharon, Massachusetts, says she believes that triads are actually a great way to raise a family. ‘Years ago, children didn’t get raised in dyads, they got raised with grandparents and aunts and uncles—it was much looser and more village-like,’ says White. ‘I think a lot more people are finding that polyamory is a way to recapture that kind of support.’ For a year, Loving More’s Trask and her then-husband were both involved with another woman, who was a part of the family. Trask’s three children knew all about it. ‘I’m totally out,’ says Trask.”

Jazz Shaw Jun 22, 2021 6:01 PM ET