We’ve never met one of those mythical she-monsters, but thus spake zuska reminds us that nobody is a sexist bastard because she is female, though one may be sexist despite being female. And that female sexist bastards are also a product of the patriarchy and to be pitied.
Mutant Super Model explains why you don’t have to be Sarah Palin in order to be a feminist.
Please do not use electronic devices until told it is safe to do so, first day of class instructions by Not of General Interest.
Texas isn’t the only state attacking education these days, but we really do not want this guy for president.
Thank you for this post, Kate Clancy. Also Micro Dr. O reiterates a post she’d made before that we agreed with then and agree with now. And we wonder if the attackers are pro-life because they don’t seem to believe that pregnant women should be allowed to make educated decisions about their own bodies. I always thought the ability to choose (what to do with her own body) is a feminist statement even if the choice made is irrelevant to the subject of feminism (or at least second order, as obviously all choices are influenced by environment). I wonder if the attackers would argue that home births should be illegal, since that seems to be the direction their arguments point (included with: should we also lock up pregnant women who smoke or drink, two activities that aren’t as ambiguous in terms of fetal and maternal health?).
Also, I would be betraying my social science if I didn’t point out that the choice to vaccinate or not is nothing like the choice to home vs. hospital birth. (Chapter topic: Potential Reasons for Government Intervention: Negative Spillovers.) The vaccination choice strongly affects herd immunity which has negative consequences not just on parent and child but also on the elderly, other children, people with weakened immune systems etc. The birth choice at most hurts mother and unborn child. Possibly there may be stresses on public finance systems later, but it is unclear whether those costs will be larger for the unnecessary interventions and increases in prematurity due to over-medicalization (which are less likely in the European countries whose comparative statistics are discussed) vs. home-birth mistakes. It is hard to say and I doubt anyone has done a good cost-benefit analysis. We care about vaccination because it has these large spillover effects. We should allow individual choice (with full information) in the birthing decision. NPR did a really neat story recently about how just forcing doctors to document when they scheduled a birth before 39 weeks and why decreased neonatal intensive care usage. We might think government intervention would be justified in that case because doctors are often making the choice for women based on their vacation or Superbowl schedules (Amitabh Chandra has a fantastic paper on that topic), and this is a “nudge” intervention– not actually outlawing <39 week interventions or even saying the justification has to be a good one, just that they have to write down the justification.