Atlas Shrugged: The Mocking

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

American dead babies--bad. Iraqi dead babies--good.

Kathryn Jean Lopez is flogging dead babies again, this time using Father's Day as her excuse. She even quotes Shakespeare.

Blood and destruction shall be so in use
And dreadful objects so familiar
That mothers shall but smile when they behold
Their infants quarter’d with the hands of war

How dare she. Lopez routinely cheers on war and death, including the death of Iraq babies. Kathryn Jean Lopez is so intellectually bankrupt and slavishly beholden to authority that she can't recognize irony when it slaps her across the face and calls her stupid. So I'll do it instead. Kathryn Jean Lopez is far too stupid to be paid to advise and comment on society. She's an idiot, and anyone who has hired her for her tireless devotion to Bush and the pope is deliberately condescending to the conservative masses, thinking they're too stupid and obedient themselves to notice.

Lopez whimpers and moans about the poor, poor daddies-who-might-have-been, and castigates society for being "hostile to fatherhood." She quotes Kathleen Parker, who has added to the list of conservative tomes littering the landscape that declare our society is decadent and corrupt, while saying that any liberal who criticizes our country is a traitor.

Men legally have no voice when it comes to abortion, even though the child
is theirs to either love or disown. They can neither force a woman to carry a
baby to term — Hallelujah! — nor force her to have an abortion. Ibid., chorus.
Yet by law, men can be forced to become fathers against their will and held
financially responsible until the child reaches adulthood. Is that fair, or is
fairness mandated only when women are the beneficiaries?

Men legally have no voice when it comes to what a woman does with her body. Just as women legally have no voice when it comes to what a man does with his body. If a man doesn't want his partner to have an abortion, he can practice abstinence, like Lopez is always saying people should. If he decides to have intercourse without protection, he can't complain that he doesn't like his partner deciding what to do next. He already made his decision to have sex without protection; the next decision is hers. If he doesn't like it, he can make damn sure he never gets a woman pregnant.

Remember abstinence, Kathryn Jean? That biologically improbable plan you're always pushing? It's not just for women.


Anonymous said...

Wait...I'm's a bad thing that men can be "forced" to become fathers (because I'm sure they were "forced" to knock up a woman) because there aren't laws giving them a say in the matter? What's Lopez arguing? They should be allowed to make their wives/girlfriends have an abortion because they don't want to be a dad? Is she saying that it's a bad thing that men should be made to help pay for a baby they created?

Is that fair? Yes. And someone should tell Ms. Lopez that the beneficiary's aren't meant to be the women, but largely the children. Imagine the evil guvmint, making daddy pay so they don't starve. That's just astoundingly contradictory, even for someone like Lopez.

Susan of Texas said...

I think Lopez is partly peddling Parker's book (a big part of her job,it seems) and partly trying to advocate for men to be able to force women to give birth. I think Parker's just trying to punish the sluts who have sex, and use an argument she seems to think will convince feminists. It's so cute when a conservative tries to use logic.

You're right, it's confusing because they're trying to make multiple points, some of which possibly contradict each other.

Anonymous said...

What is it with conservative women and their obsession with "sluts," anyway? Doesn't Debbie Schlussel always carry on about the moral inferiority of the rest of us sex-loving whoretramps, too? It's one thing to have moral standards of your own, it's another to constantly harp on the habits and choices of others in regards to matters that don't have any bearing on your own life and aren't any of your business in the first place.

Susan of Texas said...

Maybe it's about controlling other people, and getting to talk about sex a lot. And I wouldn't be surprised if there were some personal traumas involved as well.