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There is a lot of buzz going on right now about Rick Santorum and his crazy politics, especially since in Iowa he took a close second place after Mitt Romney. I think that if there was a theme song for him it would be the same as whatever song plays in the back of your head when you read The Scarlet Letter or at least the parts with shame.

It has been a while since I read The Scarlet Letter, so let me refresh: it’s a fictional romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne from back in the day (1850). The story starts during 1642 in a Puritan village near Boston. A young woman, Hester Prynne, has been led from the town prison with her infant daughter in her arms, and on the breast of her gown “a rag of scarlet cloth” that “assumed the shape of a letter.” It is the uppercase letter “A.” The Scarlet Letter “A” represents the act of adultery that she has committed and it is to be a symbol of her sin—a badge of shame—for all to see. (Thanks to Wikipedia for the recap).

Rick Santorum is anti- all-contraception and anti-sex unless it’s for pro-creation.

So, what happens? People want to do it. There’s no stopping people from wanting to have sex. But if it’s a crime? Well, no one is making sex a crime- yet. But contraception might be, which changes the whole game.

First: All the work done in the past thirty some years promoting condom use to prevent diseases like HIV will be out the window because in Rick Santorum’s World Of Shame, condoms are illegal. If you get an STD or HIV, in Rick Santorum’s World of Shame, you shouldn’t be having sex anyway, so it’s your fault.

Second: If there is no contraception or at least no legal contraception and no easy access to it, women who do not want to be pregnant will end up pregnant. Women will be the ones wearing the scarlet letter “A” on their shirts.

All contraception methods, other than the use of a condom, are applied by the female. Why is that? Other than the condom, the contraceptive methods made are made for the woman’s body because even though it takes two people to make a baby, ultimately it is her body who will carry the baby. It has been argued for years that men should have to take more responsibility for contraception, but no one meant like Rick Santorum is trying to do.

It looks like Rick Santorum’s World of Shame is taking away sex from everyone, but really it is taking away more choice from women because it is saying no one should have sex, but if she does, everyone will know when she’s put in a pumpkin shell and a baby pops out. Hester Pryne in The Scarlet Letter doesn’t reveal who her baby’s daddy is. She protects him. But he doesn’t stand up and say he is either. He lets her be humiliated wearing the red A in front of everyone.

Over 24 million children in the U.S., live apart from their biological fathers, according to 2009 U.S. Census Bureau data — that’s 1 in 3 children. Want to see those numbers rise- elect Rick Santorum. No offense men, but not all y’all are gonna step up for what you both considered to be a one-night-stand.

The extreme right wing is trying to re-classify contraception as abortion. Let’s be real, that’s not what it is.

If Rick Santorum is elected, I predict scarlet A necklaces and earrings becoming trendy.