All’s fair in sex and politics, especially when the two combine. Last night during the Iowa Republican party caucus, my friends and I couldn’t stop giggling on social media about all the uses of Rick Santorum’s name.

But one of them, “Faith,” had no idea what was so funny, which only made us laugh harder. I had to send her a link to the Urban Dictionary definition of the word, as made popular by sex columnist Dan Savage. (In short: it’s a byproduct of anal sex. Click through if you want the full definition.) [If I'd had time, I would have cued up the scene in Dawn of the Dead where Sarah Polley's character says that a cup of coffee looks like Santorum.]

That made me start to wonder: what if I’d been on a date last night with a dude who didn’t get my Santorum jokes? Part of me would be embarrassed that I just brought up anal sex, however obliquely, on a date, but part of me would wonder how politically and socially aware my date was if he missed this cultural reference. I’m about as apolitical as it gets, but I try to stay up to date on my sex-related vocabulary, and having to explain an innuendo to a dude you’re considering getting busy with would be a total buzzkill. What if he asked me to explain “hummer” next?

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