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Bernie's Column: Global Warming May Lead to Sex -- for Money
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By Bernie Goldberg - Tuesday, April 30, 2013

You heard the old joke about how the New York Times would headline a story about a giant meteor heading toward earth with a deadly force that would cause massive worldwide devastation?

Killer Asteroid Heading Toward Earth

Women and Minorities at Risk

Or how about this one:

Global Warming May Turn Women into Hookers

Hang on to your hats, my friends, that one is real. Not the headline, I made it up. But that’s exactly what a bunch of liberal Democrats in Congress are saying.

According to The Hill, about a dozen Democrats in the House, led by Barbara Lee of California, have come up with a resolution calling on Congress to acknowledge that global warming (or climate change or whatever they’re calling it this week) will hurt women more than men and could drive poor women to “transactional sex” for their very survival.

Transactional sex is a nice way of saying prostitution.

Here’s how it would work according to Ms. Lee and the others: Global warming can lead to drought and drought can lead to reduced agricultural output which can lead to less food which can lead to hungry women selling sex for money or bartering sex for a sandwich.

The resolution, which hasn’t been taken up by the House yet says, "[F]ood insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage that put them at risk for HIV, STIs, unplanned pregnancy, and poor reproductive health."

The resolution also says that climate change could add "workload and stresses" on female farmers, who we’re told produce most of the food in developing countries.

I knew Mitt Romney and those Neanderthal conservatives were waging a war on women but I had no idea Mother Nature was in on the act.

But is anything really new here? Isn’t transactional sex the oldest profession? Why drag global warming into the discussion? Women – (some women, not all women, my PC Police friends who are patrolling this Web site) were turning tricks for money long before anybody ever heard of Al Gore and his global warming horror stories. Maybe we should all just chill. Sorry. I couldn’t resist.

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