November 21, 2006
Garbage In, Garbage Out

The Tacoma News Tribune reports today that Self Magazine has proclaimed Tacoma the "most sexually healthy" city for women among the U.S.'s 100 most populous. The TNT reports the ranking is based on low rates of sexually transmitted diseases, high rates of HIV testing, and broad availability in Tacoma and Washington state of birth control, sex education in schools, emergency contraception and abortion. Gee. Silly, silly me. Tina was right. Yet here I thought sexual health included not only freedom from disease, but low abortion rates; monogamy; enduring marriages; and also what might be termed private conjugal matters between partners.

The "most sexually healthy" moniker the TNT says Self bestows upon Tacoma must be spelled out in the news-stand version of the magazine's December issue. The online version of Self's "Healthiest Cities For Women" article makes no such declaration regarding Tacoma, and is focused on general health index measures for women including - but not limited to - sexual health. The Self article's Tacoma page does cite pluses for low STDs, abundant birth control and abortion opportunities, and lots of park space; but also notes high rates for rape, obesity and environmental toxicity. Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates are problematic as well, as county health nabob Federico Cruz-Uribe observes in the TNT piece.

A question for our Tacoma afficionados, as long as we're talking about L'Amour in Tacoma - as opposed to, say, abortion or condoms or middle school sex ed classes.

What's the most romantic spot in Tacoma?

C'mon now. There've got to be a few.

Posted by Matt Rosenberg at November 21, 2006 11:46 AM | Email This
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1. The bus stop immediately outside The News Tribune offices ... at least according to several eyewitnesses.

Posted by: jimg on November 21, 2006 12:51 PM
2. Those who got aborted in the Tacoma abortion clinics aren't feeling so healthy.

Posted by: Misty on November 21, 2006 12:52 PM
3. ..and a lot of those women who got said abortions may be "cured" of their pregnancies, but they are emotional messes for having bought into the lie that abortion is the fix for everything and it has no consequences and everything is hunky-dory. Just go online and read what they have to say, these women who've been through that. Far too many are a wreck and carry great sadness and despair for realizing what they've done. That's not very healthy.

Posted by: Michele on November 21, 2006 12:55 PM
4. We need to take those fellas from Self Magazine down to South Tacoma Way, Lakewood and Spanaway. Let them take a gander at the sexually healthy women plying their trade in the hourly rate motels and at Fox's.
Watching the barges come in on the Theo Foss Waterway from a safe vantage on the Hill Top has got to be more romantic than painting your girlfriend's name on a smelter chimney.

(And not to trash T-town too terribly, Old Town Tacoma and the Point Defiance neighborhoods are kind of nice)

Posted by: Reporterward on November 21, 2006 12:55 PM
5. Yess -- and Seattle is just sooo pure and holy -- hahaha

Posted by: Bill on November 21, 2006 01:00 PM
6. Federico Cruz-Uribe should know. He's been screwing Tacoma over for years.

Posted by: Vin on November 21, 2006 01:54 PM
7. sheeeyatt--
any magazine named "Self" is really projecting American values of community, selfless sacrifice and noble causes.

i wonder if these magazines were around in our parents' time. sure. think of yourself. screw the country, screw the community and your family. thus our 'progressive' society. "All About Me."

how about a challenge--Self editors actually go out and volunteer in a kid's hospital burn unit, disabled veterans hospital or sweep the streets or clean up graffitti. 'Self' my azz. more like 'Elf.' fictionial & small.

Posted by: jimmie-howya-doin on November 21, 2006 04:27 PM
8. We-ell, my brother got married this Summer at the Glass Museum, down by the Thea Foss waterway. That's a pretty romantic area.

I'm rather fond of the Grand Cinema as well, but romance isn't really about location, it's about the company. The food court in the Tacoma Mall can be romantic if you're spending time with someone you care about.

Posted by: Nathan Azinger on November 21, 2006 05:43 PM
9. Ah, yes-- more ponderous lecturing on female immorality, from males who (publicly) oppose any trace of female libertinism. Certain "men" always take it upon themselves to (publicly) instruct our helpless females on sexual morality. In private, it quickly becomes another matter: just ask Newt Gingrich's salaried lover, Bob Livingstone's kinky lobbyist, and the mothers of Dan Burton's and Strom Thurmond's illegimate children. (John Fund's hot mother-and-daughter action, culminating in an abortion for the latter, gets special mention.) For centuries, any mention of female sexual liberty has drawn censorious condemnation from (self-appointed, male) avatars of decency; pious hypocrisy on sex is THE enduring conservative family value. It's just about the only 'conservative idea' to have survived the nationwide immolation of our recent elections, so "bring it on!"

Posted by: Paddy Mac on November 21, 2006 10:17 PM
10. Abortion. Great. Drag out the dead horse and kick it some more.

Hot tip: Economic insecurity is the single largest cause for abortion.

Why is it that the country with the most liberal abortion rights also has the lowest rate of abortion? We're talking the Netherlands here.

Answer: Because they treat the whole problem. When women believe they can provide for their children, they're less likely to abort.

We either work for a more equitable society and care for people or we have a high abortion rate. We can't have both.

Anyone wanting to discuss morality can explain the morality of our laissez faire society driving women to abortion.

Posted by: zappini on November 22, 2006 07:28 AM
11. One on the News Tribune blogs has a scan of the print article, which is indeed headed "Most sexually healthy."
http://blogs.thenewstribune.com/gritcity?title=tacoma_sex&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

I find most Seattlites have no idea of the changes that have been occurring in Tacoma over the past 10 years. Nothing like the King County liberal elite condescendingly putting down average people based on 15 year-old data (yes, I'm making fun here). There are even WalMarts in Pierce County (though none in Tacoma proper), as well as half-million dollar condos in Hilltop (which would be an absurd million in Seattle).

Posted by: RGardner on November 22, 2006 11:01 PM
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