Assorted sexism-related links

I’ve written before about the idea that instead of a safety net to help the poor, we should get them married. In response to calls for more affordable child care and pay equity for women, Kathleen Parker proposes yep, women get married. Roy Edroso dismembers her argument at the link, pointing out that while Parker admits getting married won’t provide an unemployed single mother (or her spouse) with a job, “marriage creates a tiny economy fueled by a magical concoction of love, selflessness and permanent commitment that holds spirits aloft during tough times.” And it gives everyone a pony, I guess.
•I also wrote a while back about how criticism of homophobes, sexists, racists, is frequently met by complaints that we can’t have “a conversation” on these issues if people get criticized (but, of course, insulting women, gays or minorities is a perfectly reasonable conversational gambit). Now Megan McArdle asserts that calling someone sexist is a conversation-stopper: “accusing a specific person of sexism is now a very, very powerful weapon. And there is no such thing as a ‘conversation’ at gunpoint. You can have a conversation or you can have a forced confession. You cannot have both.”
And she has a point, because saying that the Republican Party and men’s rights activists are a sexist mass of sexism has so totally shut them up. Oh. Wait.
If you click through (it’s not a direct link) you’ll find McArdle has a view of America where sexism is universally condemned and shut up. Of course, she’s also argued that critics of the Iraq War who point out she was wrong about it being a glorious triumph are hurting their cause by criticizing her. Hmm, a pattern?
Although she doesn’t deserve sexist attacks either, as Conor Friesdorf notes.
•A judge in Sweden rules that just because a woman was yelling “No!” repeatedly when someone raped her does not, in fact, prove it was rape.
•Here’s a link to a satire on slut-shaming in which a woman apologizes for rapist-shaming.
•If honor is a masculine virtue, does that mean women are dishonorable? Echidne raises the question in response to a writer discussing how he writes male characters with “masculine virtues” such as honor.
•The response to Chris Christie’s staff creating road gridlock to pay back a political adversary hasn’t been in favor. Brit Hume of Fox News mansplains it’s because “in this sort of feminized atmosphere in which we exist today, guys who are masculine and muscular like that in their private conduct, kind of old fashion tough guys, run some risk.”
It’s a two-fer, I guess: simultaneously slam feminists for somehow oppressing men who abuse their political power, and show how the Republican is really manly by abusing his authority (Roy Edroso catches a lot of right-wingers deciding Christie is no longer too liberal for their taste).
•The Catholic Church was apparently fine with state mandates requiring employee insurance cover contraception, until it became a Democratic policy. In contrast to now. More from the National Catholic Reporter.
•Israel has an extremely liberal abortion policy, but anti-choicers don’t object. In fact, the same people who think abortion=Nazi Germany are still hailing Israel as a utopia.
•As women have access to birth control, James Taranto says, women only have babies out of wedlock by choice (because there’s nowhere where they teach abstinence-only education or tell you abortion will damn you to hell). Therefore, kids growing up without fathers are the woman’s fault, always! And any woman who’d do that is a lousy wife! For past blogging about Taranto, click here.

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