Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Scary, but shockingly true tales of life in Middle America

I am a graduate student at Western Illinois University, which is a delightful school. This morning, while in the computer lab, I overheard a conversation between an administrator and a student.

The conversation went like this (I am not making this up, I promise):
Admin: I'm disappointed in Wal Mart's decision to prohibit their pharmacists from refusing to fill birth control prescriptions.
Student: It is so stupid. If a person doesn't believe in something, then they shouldn't be forced to do something they disagree with.
Admin: Like give out birth control (voice dripping with disdain)
Student: I guess it all boils down to money. Them pills are expensive (I kid you not, this college-educated person actually said "them pills").

I tried my hardest not to throw up or punch the wall. What in the hell is wrong with these people????! They were both male, which would help to explain their ridiculous point of view. Since they don't have the ability to become pregnant with an unwanted child, it is easier for them to be anti-birth control.

I would have expected this conversation to occur in the following places:
the 1950s
Afghanistan during the Taliban's regime
Oral Roberts University
among Catholic priests at the Vatican

Not in a blue state!!!!!! Not among educated people!!!!!!

Yes, kids, it is true. The midwest is a frightening place. It is best to avoid it at all costs (unless you want to see what people who voted for George Bush look like).

1 comment:

captain court said...

Since WalMart seems to be on this "advocacy" bandwagon ... I think they should offer free HIV testing to the public. They could set up pretezel demos from their food court while people wait in line to be tested.