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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gayle Ruzicka is Bogus


SALT LAKE CITY — A conservative action group in Utah says the online petition urging Gov. Gary Herbert to veto an abstinence-only sex education bill is "bogus."
Utah Eagle Forum president Gayle Ruzicka says she has several problems with the petition hosted by signon.org, but one of the most pressing is credibility. She believes it's too easy to make up a name and sign the petition...
Many people speaking out against HB363 say it amounts to a step backward in the state, pointing to ignorance among teens who become pregnant. A recent survey found 25 percent of younger teen moms in Utah thought either they or their partner was sterile; half thought they couldn't get pregnant when they conceived.
The petition Ruzicka calls "bogus" has over 37,000 signatures as of noon on Tuesday.


I just can't believe that Gayle Ruzicka exists. I've never seen her. I've also never seen her online. She's never appeared in my Twitter feed. I haven't seen her post a single Facebook status update. I remember looking for Gayle on Friendster and being out of luck. Right after Tom and I became friends on MySpace I tried to find Gayle and was curiously unsuccessful. No user named GayleRuzicka has ever accepted my many attempts to play a Words With Friends game. Frankly, if she's not on the Internet, there's a high possibility that Gayle Rizicka is a figment of someone's terrible imagination, conjured like all dastardly opinionated bogeymen to scare innocent children and logical people.

I vaguely remember Gayle from when I was in high school. She was the topic of discussion even then, but I have just gotten to the point where I think she doesn't exist. I mean, it's been twenty years since I was in high school and I have never actually seen her. Yet, her spectre still haunts me after all this time, as my longest-running recurring nightmare of Kruegerian proportions.

And if I have to tell the honest truth, what kind of name is Gayle Ruzicka? It sounds made up. People don't have names like that. People have names like Rasmussen. Tayler. Olson. Fielding-Smith. People don't actually walk around and tell people their name is "Ruzicka", do they? Just doesn't sound plausible. Try again, "Gayle."

When I called Governor Herbert's office at 801-538-1000 and put my name down as opposing the fartingly stupid HB363, no one named "Gayle" answered the phone. I asked the Governor to veto the bill, and I think he'd better, because people are really, really, pissed about this one.

This is supposed to be a picture of a "Gayle Ruzicka":


Oh, come now, that can't be real. That has to be some sort of Faceoff challenge winner as dressed by Project Runway Allstars reject Mila.

I mean, we can't possibly think that this bitter old person who doesn't have a child in public school has the right to tell 90% of Utahns that they're bogus, right? Surely you're joking.

This is all a colossal joke, right? YOU GOT ME, "EAGLE FORUM"! LOLOL!

LOL!!

16 comments:

Kalli said...

I'm embarrassed to live in this state for the simple fact that this bill even made it through the house in the first place.

KIDS KNOW WHAT SEX IS, THEY DON'T KNOW HOW IT WORKS OR WHAT IT DOES, OR WHAT IT CAN CAUSE (you know, babies, std's, emotional warfare)

Let's teach them.

Cardine said...

Thanks for posting about this. I signed the petition, and I'm not sure I would have known about it any other way.

Azúcar said...

Do more than sign the petition, Cardine, call the Governor at 801-538-1000. And keep calling. And don't stop.

~j. said...

I called. *high five*

Carolina Nightingale said...

I am so astonished when folks think that this is a good idea...they are obviously folks who have no children in public schools. I would be wiling to bet that almost ALL of the education our young people get about sex is during these formative years... then they think they know it all and have other things, like work and college, to study. This is the foundation--not for them having sex as high schoolers or middle schoolers, but a foundation for their sexual LIVES in adulthood. I cannot think of anyone who doesn't need to know, for example, that oral cold sores can be transferred genitally, since in the past decade or so doctors are finding that the genital herpes virus, and the oral one (cold sores) are so closely related that they happily live wherever they want. In a country where one in four adults have oral cold sores, how can that not be important information... even if you and your future spouse remain virgins until marriage, as ideally occurs. And in a community where we teach repentance, should we also not teach just "Don't" but give good reasons WHY NOT? Laws like this are so stupid. Yes, ideally all parents are giving intelligent information in their own homes... I do....but many are not. Many just say "yeah, don't." (my favorite birth control for young people? Let them watch a live birth. It's beautiful, messy, powerful, amazing, and very, very REAL, unlike all the media messages on sex and babies out there. We had a adorable "shadow" HS student who was shadowing out first labor ...and since mine progressed quickly,for the delivery as well. I always like to think that girl thought twice before not using a condom forever after...It was a powerful experience for her.. she sent us birthday cards for our little one for the next few years) :-) Heather B

Hilary said...

I feel a blog post coming on....

Marie said...

Carolina hits on something that I've been thinking that I don't hear thrown out there much when trying to convince the Gayle Ruzickas of the world to back down: sex ed is important, period. Whether or not teens are having sex, they will probably need this knowledge (even about STDs and birth control) at some point in their life, even if they and their spouse wait until marriage to have sex and both are faithful thereafter. And very few parents, even if they are some of the rare brave ones who are really open with their kids on this topic, know everything important there is to know about sex. It's like saying "chemistry should be taught in the home." Most kids' parents can probably teach them a little about acids and bases that they remember from college or that they've gleaned from their own experiences with household chemicals, but if you rely on them for your chemistry education you'll be left with huge holes in your knowledge. And heck, even if you never get to have sex in your life (please, God, don't make me one of those!) education about human sexuality is just good to have. For its own sake. With Mormon doctrine putting such an emphasis on the eternal significance of the human body and on the importance of all kinds of knowledge and teaching that sex is not inherently sinful, you'd think this would be a no-brainer in Utah, even among the extreMo element that is our state legislature.

Hilary said...

http://hillyut.blogspot.com/2012/03/condoms.html

There, it's out. :)

stacey said...

One of my co-workers, who supports this bill, and I got into it about this the other day. He said government should butt out and that it's up to the parents to teach their kids. WHAT ABOUT THE PARENTS WHO DON'T?! What about the kids who have no clue what a condom is? Have no clue about ovulating and HOW a baby is made? What then? Where were their parents? There is NO way to assume that every parent is capable AND willing to teach their child. Just because you are teaching kids about sex doesn't mean they're going to become wild sex fiends. It's about preparing them for life. STDs are real. Teen pregnancy is real. Our kids need to know it exists and be able to be taught about it and ask questions abut it. This whole thing makes me so annoyed.

TheOneTrueSue said...

Ok, that settles it. All of you who commented need to become my IRL besties, because EXACTLY.

Fantastic post Carina. FANTASTIC.

Sharon said...

Fartingly stupid... can't stop laughing. Seriously good post. Now I have to go back and finish reading what you wrote after fartingly stupid.

acte gratuit said...

Just to take a different tack here...

With absolutely zero sex education from either my parents OR my school, I never EVER assumed I, or any boy I kissed, was sterile. And I knew, that sex could equal pregnancy. And I knew what a condom was.
(I FIGURED THIS OUT WITH NO FORMAL EDUCATION!)

If these girls are truly that ignorant, they need far more help than just state-sponsored sex-ed.
Talk about fartingly stupid.

(And actually, I don't believe they're that naive. I believe teens who get caught doing stupid things, make up stupid excuses.)

C. Jane said...

C. I met Gayle Ruzicka once. But not in London and not when I was 19. There are perks to my lifestyle. Anyway, so glad it was vetoed.

C. Jane said...

Also, we invited the Eagle Forum to guest speak at one of my Social Theories classes in college. My professor (a liberal from Chicago) went to town on them. It was fireworks. Best show on earth.

Why am I telling you this?

sherie said...

The first talk my mom had with me about sex was when I was already pregnant at age 22! I think more parents don't talk about it than do. Thank heavens this stupid bill was vetoed.

Sharon Murphy said...

Ha HA. My last name is Rasmussen!!!! Anyway, sweet Gayle lives in my daughters ward, and yes she does exist. However she did not do well at the GOP caucus --she did not get elected!!!! My daughter tells me she never mentions politics at church. When I went to church with my daughter, she told me not to even look in the same direction where Gayle was sitting. I think she was afraid that I would shoot her daggers ro something. The poor woman looks really tired and could use a facelift.