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Thursday, October 15, 2009
Pro-life cupcakes? Sex writer Violet Blue is not a happy camper: Keep your morals off our cupcakes
I can imagine a nation where every woman has the right to choose, where kids aren't brainwashed with sweets about human sexuality, and where cupcakes don't fall into the wrong hands.

Cupcake girls like me, local cupcake event mastermind Ariel Waldman (organizer of worldwide phenomenon Cupcake Camp), and fellow sex writer Rachel Kramer Bussel (seen in the NYT for her insanely popular cupcake blog), we've got a big problem with this, see? We're sex-positive, all-inclusive and pro-choice. And if someone's not careful, they're gonna end up in a set of cement cupcake liners at the bottom of the Bay, if you know what I mean.

Waldman, who spends her cupcake energy bringing people together using the BarCamp model, has a bit more rational reaction than mine -- but she's no less offended by an organization battering up kids to fight against a woman's right to choose. She tells me, "I clicked on 'Need Cupcake Ideas?' and not only is the first picture of a cupcake with the words 'Thou Shall Not Murder' on it, but they say 'Ideas for high school kids: Bring the cupcakes to your homeroom or to your lunch table and hand them out. Then explain that for every two people in the room there is one person who was not allowed to have a birthday.'"

Despite what people may not want to admit, cupcakes seem to be yet again about sex. When I was first interviewed on Bussel's cupcake blog, I explained why they're so adorably sexy, make a perfect date treat and can be a powerful aphrodisiac. Pretty much the opposite of what CFL wants to bake and serve. There's just no way a hot little cake that melts in your mouth and is like foreplay to bake, is going to act as an anaphrodisiac, nor anything like a contraceptive. And a cupcake with "Abortion kills" written on it in red frosting, hot out of the oven (seen on CFL's Web site) might only work as a contraceptive -- if you hold it between your knees.[..]

Ariel Waldman concurs, saying, "Cupcakes are something you give to cheer someone up after an abortion. Cupcakes are a wonderful symbol for positive focus and I think part of being positive is about affirmation of diversity, not exclusion. It is so disturbing that they are wanting to use youth to promote negativity and recruit others; this is why Cupcakes For Life is abusing cupcakes as a symbol. They're using cupcakes with a dumbed down line of argument that is so negative. So, instead of using cupcakes to encourage happy conversation, they're just using it to push negative messages about murder."
Cupcakes for Life

Alexa swing by at 6:58 AM

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