Wednesday, December 13, 2006

It's not ignorance, it's misogyny

BinkyBoy at 43rd State Blues found this appalling piece of drivel at Adam Graham's eponymous blog, and with all due respect to Binky, I don't think it's ignorance that's at play here. Graham:
Race and abortion are two issues where the left would rather dance around and hurl names rather than address the legitimate issues. What I find sad is that abortion is their best answer to what ails women.
Graham's mostly just recycled the disingenous talking points pushed by the "feminists" for life, but I thought it might be instructive to take a look at what's going on here.

If you're not familiar, Graham is a conservative blogger from Southern Idaho whose biggest interests seem to be equestrian (moral high horse) in nature. One thing we have in common is that we think it's a problem when a woman must make a choice and finds that abortion is her best optinon. No argument there. Where Graham gallops away from reality is with the idea that "the left" isn't interested in helping women beyond helping them obtain abortions.

What are ways in which Graham is working to expand the options of women in bad situations? Does he support access to birth control? Of course not. Is he concerned about the wage gap? Not that my searching can find. What about other workplace issues that hurt women disproportionately, like discrimination and maternity leave? Crickets. Does he offer a single idea to expand options that women can pursue without the permission of men?

I don't have to tell you that things look different at feministing.com.

All Graham can offer is one less option, and increased dependence on men.

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