Posted on | April 14, 2012 | 19 Comments
Ann Romney and her patriarchal oppressors, circa 1976
Cassandra at Villanous Company does her Alpha Female bitch-goddess workout on James Taranto, who had the temerity to offer a sympathetic view of young male existence in the post-feminist society:
At the same time, there is good reason for males (men as well as boys) to be more fearful of sex than females. Contemporary reproductive technology and law place all the burden for unwanted pregnancy on them. Between the pill and abortion, women have complete control over the reproductive process. They can avoid or end any unwanted pregnancy, and the man involved has no say in the matter. In Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), the U.S. Supreme Court went so far as to hold that a married woman has the constitutional right to abort her husband’s child without even telling him. . . .
This is a serious problem with worrying economic and social implications. No amount of feminist happy talk about “choice” or Bennett-like bluster about “manning up” is going to solve it.
Cassandra is greatly annoyed by Taranto’s sympathy for the young devils and, somehow, this gets aggregated at Memeorandum along with a post by Darleen Click talking back to left-wing “Vagina Warriors,” among them the predictably ridiculous Amanda Marcotte:
[Ann] Romney has a secret weapon up her sleeve: Housewife Romanticization. She knows the feminine mystique still runs strong in this country, and that there’s a strong tradition of idiotic platitudes about the greatness of housewives that exist to conceal very real concerns about inequality and female dependency, concerns that were raised in the 60s and haven’t ever been completely killed off despite heavy use of meaningless platitudes.
With feminists like Marcotte, using the vagina in a biologically normal way (penis + gametes = zygote = infant) is horrifying. They can endorse anything sexual except holy matrimony and traditional motherhood. Their reaction to Ann Romney (five kids) is the same as their reaction to Sarah Palin (five kids) or Karen Santorum (seven kids), and nothing can match their infinite contempt for Michelle Duggar (19 kids).
Indeed, “the personal is political” for Marcotte and her ilk: The mere existence of non-feminist women is an affront to their sensibilities. And you get the idea their sensibilities are so profoundly warped by neurotic insecurities that it takes an enormous effort for them to maintain any semblance of sanity.
As for what inspired Cassandra to go off on Taranto, I’m not sure. Maybe my pot-stirring post yesterday put him on her radar screen. At any rate, the great thing about being a married man is that you only have to worry about keeping one woman happy — or at least happy enough that she doesn’t knife you to death in your sleep. Mrs. Other McCain just shared with me a joke her friend posted on Facebook:
“One day a long time ago, there was a woman who did not whine, nag or bitch. But that was a long time ago, and it was only for one day.”
UPDATE: Bob Belvedere recounts his arguments with Joy McCann in “The Tragedy Of ‘Conservative Feminism’” — the scare-quotes necessary to denote the oxymoron.