First off, I think I was thinking about Abortion with my earlier post. I'm a little hazy on this issue myself for reasons that I'll explain quickly.
quantumcat42 wrote:Do you maintain that any moral opposition to birth control is necessarily misogynistic?
I don't think that all such opposition would be like this in theory, but as Daruic said, birth control is something that has more of an impact on womens' lives than on mens' lives and in that regard I can see that as being at least unintentionally misogynistic. I can sort of see what is meant by the 'Sex is for procreation and procreation only' attitude, but I still find this issue confusing as hell as I do see contraceptives as being a tool for avoiding making a baby every time you fuck and haven't really considered them as a source of controversy before.
That being said, I am still a little surprised at the blanket accusations of misogyny since I'd assume that the 'no sex except for procreation' rule would apply to both sexes equally or something like that. Then again, it might also be partially fuelled by a continuation of the 'virgin vs. whore' attitude that sort of sprang up way back when Christianity was becoming a major religion and its followers were beginning to equate the 'physical' aspects of human existence (sex, food, drink, dedication) as being inherently sinful or something like that; it seems as though this attitude effects women for the most part, and could also be tied into the strange belief that a man has no choice but to respond to his sexual urges whenever they occur (utter bullshit, by the way) as well as a number of other olden-timey attitudes about sex that I'm not going to get into at this juncture. On that note, maybe part of the reason as to why people would hold the 'no sex except for procreation' rule is because sex is seen as being optional (unlike other physical needs of the body) and those who believe in it figure that anyone can hold off on sex via willpower as a result of that. Hence, those who are sexually active could be viewed more harshly for doing something they should be able to resist, and if that gets mixed up with the 'virgin/whore' thing from earlier, then it could be misogynistic in some way or another...
...Maybe misogynistic is too harsh of a word in this case, but its the only one I can think of that would fit in this case since it literally means a 'hatred of women' or something like that.
...Yeah, I don't even know what's up with Rush, if only because I don't get to listen to his show firsthand that much at all. From what I do know, however, the language he uses is so completely 'extreme' that it's hard not
to see him as being this ginormous asshole. I don't know if he's serious about some of the crap that he's said in the past or if he's just trying to get a reaction, but it is hard to respect him when he makes comments like the ones he made in this case.