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1 wrenchwench  Oct 3, 2014 8:28:39am

In February I almost paged a blog post by Douchehat because I felt it showed more clearly than usual the fact that anti-abortion attitudes are based primarily in the desire to control woman, not in the desire to protect embryos and fetuses. But, like Douchehat himself, I lost all enthusiasm when I got too close. He’s just so disgusting.

He’s trying to explain why he can be opposed to abortion without being opposed to contraception:


But with abortion something very different, even radically different, is going on. Instead of a form of risk-mitigation that works best in a cooperative, stable relationship, you have a procedure that works in any context (if a competent provider is available), that’s absolute in its effect, and that requires nothing from the male partner whatsoever. Instead of a practice that tacitly acknowledges that sex leads to babies, you have a practice whose logic suggests that female choice, and only female choice, leads to babies, because until a woman makes the call no such being legally (and by implication, morally) exists. Instead of a way of managing fertility that implicates both parties, and potentially requires something of both, you have a right that one party exercises unilaterally and well after the fact. Instead of a practice that undercuts the strict connection between sex and childbearing, but still depends on an ethic of responsibility for its effectiveness, you have a procedure that neither suggests an ethic nor depends on one - and whose availability may disincentivize the kind of ethical contraceptive use that Saletan, in particular, is intent on promoting.


I added the emphasis to show what seems to bug Douchehat, and so many like him, so much. WOMEN MAKING DECISIONS FOR THEMSELVES.

The horror.

By the way, I prefer to misspell his surname, but you’ve misspelled his first name. It only matters for search purposes.

Also, if you put ‘See also:’ on its own line, it will do that nifty auto-formatting thing which I can’t find an example of right now.

2 calochortus  Oct 3, 2014 10:38:51am

He seems confused. And somewhat incoherent.
I gather he didn’t end up in bed with this woman accidentally, and then he decided it wasn’t a good idea? And yet, he couldn’t figure out how to get out of the situation? Maybe he was hoping the woman would plead lack of contraception so he could bow out and claim he was being noble. Childish behavior.

3 socrets  Oct 3, 2014 1:46:29pm

Douthart is essentially a watered David Brooks.

4 Flying Squirrel Girl  Oct 3, 2014 2:41:23pm

Chunky Reese Witherspoon is my favorite Ben & Jerry’s Flavor! (h/t to Balloon Juice, IIRC)

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