What We Missed

Turns out women making more money and being more educated than their male partners isn’t all bad. Shocking!
Nebraska lawmakers seek to ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
A great response from Nate, after reading about the discrimination transgender athletes face on college teams.: “Many times while I struggled to figure out my gender identity, the only thing I had that was certain, was the fact that I was an athlete. I was a basketball player, I wore my sweats to class, I am tall so I already stood out and when I started to question my gender identity, I dug in my heels and reiterated time and time again that I was an athlete. It was all I had and I clung to it like a security blanket. In fact, I STILL cling to it.”
South Carolina’s lieutenant governor, Andre Bauer showed his true colors when he compared people on government assistance to stray, breeding animals: “My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed! You’re facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don’t think too much further than that.” Disgusting.

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4 Comments

  1. Sex Toy James
    Posted January 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    It is good to hear that some couples can handle the woman being the bread winner. In a recent special in the economist they mentioned having children and child care issues as a big reason that women get knocked off of their career tracks. So I was thinking that if more women had a more domestic partner at home then that might not be the case so often.
    This got me wondering whether women more often look for someone who’s a better provider, and the more successful they are, do they look for someone even more successful than themselves? Should they instead be looking for someone more capable of taking a couple years off to raise their kids if they’re going to go the corporate success route?
    I personally wouldn’t have a problem being with someone who earns more than me. However, how attractive is a dude who earns less than you and is on a track where he’ll never have your earning power?

  2. Broggly
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Efficiency and progress
    Are ours once more…

  3. theology_nerd
    Posted January 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Permalink

    So Nebraska lawmakers are thinking of banning non-medically necessary abortions after 20 weeks? Um, I’m thinking “good!” While I am morally opposed to abortion in most cases, I don’t want to make first-trimester abortions illegal, but at 5 months? That’s more than halfway through the pregnancy! If you’ve been pregnant for that long and haven’t done anything about it, I’d say that you’ve implicitly made the choice to carry the child to term. What’s more, babies have been known to survive as early as 20 weeks, so I’d say that once the fetus is viable, there is no longer a right to end said viability (unless it’s to save the woman’s life.)

  4. makomk
    Posted January 28, 2010 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Of course, this change isn’t going to be easy for all involved. (Notice the inversion of gender roles. If the mother is the one who works and only sees her children sporadically, while the father stays at home and looks after them, does it really make sense for her to still get custody by default?
    Also spot the gender-flipped variants of classic father’s rights arguments(!): she had to work and have him stay home because she earned more, he’s the less fit parent because he can’t earn as much money, she got back in time to read bedside stories, etc. They’re as bullshit as they always have been, but much easier to buy into. On the other hand, the third example is actually a bona-fide instance of hating working mothers.)

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