You’re Not Oppressed Until a White Man Says You’re Oppressed

I’m not necessarily suggesting you read it, but FYI today’s Ross Douthat column tells us that Texas-abortion restrictions really don’t oppress women, so liberals should quit bellyachin’ about it. Yeah, I’m sure Douthat is an expert on what women find oppressive.

He comes to this opinion via his usual highly creating juggling of cherry-picked “facts.” Yes, it’s true that many European countries have gestation limits for elective abortion that are even lower than 20 weeks. However, most of these countries do not have goon squads of Fetus People closing clinics on trumped-up pretenses, demanding transvaginal ultrasounds, or second-guessing physicians about which later-term abortions are medically necessary. And I believe in most of these countries abortions are covered by the national health care system, so that women don’t have to delay having an abortion while they save up the money to have an abortion.

Douthat writes of the potential consequences of Texas abortion law,

One possible answer is that Texas will make a forced march into squalor, misery and patriarchal oppression. Women’s lives will be endangered, their health threatened, their economic opportunities substantially foreclosed.

To the extent that this case rests on facts rather than fear, it’s based on cross-country comparisons. Around the globe, countries with abortion bans often do have worse outcomes — more poverty, fewer opportunities for women and, yes, often more abortions as well.

But, he says, comparisons with sub-Sahara Africa are not exactly like-to-like. What about Ireland? he asks. Which is a hoot, considering that it’s probably much easier for an Irish woman to take a ferry from Dublin to Liverpool than for a woman in middle-of-nowhere Texas to go anywhere civilized. Douthat says, “even if abortion were somehow banned outright in Texas tomorrow, it would still be available to women with the resources to travel out of state.” And the women who do not have those resources almost certainly can find hangers.

And Irish law specifically provides that Irish women have a right to travel to Britain or anywhere else to get an abortion. Just watch the whackjobs in the Texas legislature pass laws that prosecute women for crossing state lines to get an abortion.

And yes, Douthat mentioned Savita Halappanavar, a woman who really truly died in an Irish hospital because she was denied an abortion. But Douthat tells us soothingly that “there is little evidence that the Halappanavar tragedy reflects a larger trend.” I’m sure that’s a great comfort to her family.

Douthat continues,

Meanwhile, international rankings offer few indications that Ireland’s abortion laws are holding Irish women back. The country ranks first for gender parity in health care in a recent European Union index. It was in the middle of the pack in The Economist’s recent “glass-ceiling index” for working women. It came in fifth out of 135 countries in the World Economic Forum’s “Global Gender Gap” report. (The United States was 22nd.)

Now it’s also true that Ireland, like most of Europe, is to the left of Texas on many economic issues. All the abortion restrictions described above coexist with universal health care, which Rick Perry’s state conspicuously lacks.

So perhaps, it might be argued, abortion can be safely limited only when the government does more to cover women’s costs in other ways — in which case Texas might still be flirting with disaster.

But note that this is a better argument for liberalism than for abortion.

Dude — it’s all of a piece. Notice that the yahoos who lay awake at night thinking up new abortion restrictions are the same ones trying to sabotage “Obamacare.” And they’re often the same ones denying that women are really paid less than men or that anyone might need Affirmative Action or a living wage.

The day that abortions are covered by a national health care program, all women have reasonably good access to abortion providers, and physicians are allowed reasonable discretion in determining medical need for a later-term abortion, then a 20-week gestation limit on elective abortions wouldn’t be that big a deal. But until those other things happen, it is.

And if I were God, I’d give Douthat a womb. It might broaden his perspectives.

Well, I wasn’t going to rant on about Douthat quite this long, because I also wanted to mention the on-air argument between professional white guy Ben Ferguson and CNN host Don Lemon. Basically, Ferguson told the African-American Lemon that black men are not, in fact, profiled or harassed by police or treated differently by pearl-clutching matrons than white men, and an exasperated Lemon said,

“I’m telling you my experience, the president’s telling you about his experience. And you’re saying that we’re not having that experience. Who are you to tell us we’re not having that experience, when you’re not living it? You’re not in our bodies. It’s insulting for you to say, ‘No that’s not happening.’ You don’t live as a black man, you don’t know that.”

Hey, he’s the white guy; he knows everything. And you’re not oppressed until he says you’re oppressed.

9 thoughts on “You’re Not Oppressed Until a White Man Says You’re Oppressed

  1. Read it this morning early. The commenters provided him with a fresh orifice. I’d nominate him for the David B. award.

  2. He’s the resident Catholic.

    And dumbass.

    So he gets stuck with these type owners’ responses to any nonsense their troops drum up.

    He was hired just for such.

  3. May I suggest that, unless you have a womb, or you’re of a certain ethnic persuasion, or religion, or sexual persuasion, or… whatever, that you STFU, instead of running your big fat mouths and telling those people how they should think and feel!

    Which, like Ass-hat proves, is invariably, that no white man is ever responsible for how you’re treated. It’s all in your fockin’ heads!

    Why, just for mentioning that, you’ve proven that YOU’RE THE REAL racist, misogynist, xenophobe, and/or homophobe!!!

    We need a whole lot of review classes on, “Live, and let live,” and “Do unto others, as you would have unto you.”

    And Ass-hat, that means how would YOU feel if, before your doctor gave you a prescription for your ‘quicker-pecker-upper,’ you have a catheter shoved up your one-eye trouser worm, and had to go through a heart stress test, to make sure you can handle the stress of the 30 seconds or so of sex, before your “Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Ma’am” moment.

    FSM, couldn’t the NY Times find a better use for its prime Op-ed real estate, than to have Saint Ross of the Tight Sphicter drop his word-turds through his painfully clenched asshole twice a week?

  4. And if I were God, I’d give Douthat a womb.

    Yeah, and attach it externally to his forehead.. Sort of a mini womb, not so big as to cloud his vision.

  5. It’s not hard.

    Give women elective control over their bodies in all medical circumstances (which includes pregnancy) and in the case of pregnancy…

    restrict elective abortions when (or after) the fetus is medically viable outside the womb.

  6. I still think the solution to abortion is if a woman and/or doctor is criminally charged regarding an abortion, then the father of said fetus should also be charged too. If identity is not revealed, do a DNA test of the fetus and the identity can be found. After all, no woman gets pregnant all by herself. The father should have to account for decisions made about the fetus and held accountable just as much as any woman or doctor. If a guy thinks he will be put in jail for such decisions, then what Gloria Steinem said about “if men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament” will come into play. Men, more often than not, play a big role in a woman’s decision to get an abortion and need to own up to their roles in this decision-making; e.g., wanting the woman to get an abortion and paying for it or telling a woman to get along best she can because he doesn’t care and has no intention of helping, etc.

  7. Douthat says, “even if abortion were somehow banned outright in Texas tomorrow, it would still be available to women with the resources to travel out of state.”

    Oh, it’s OK, then. So nobody who matters in Douchehat’s value system would lack access. Everyone else should just pretend they don’t exist, like Douchehat pretends they don’t.

  8. How much can one pull in as a fulltime professional white guy? I meet or exceed the requirements. OK, just kidding but it gives little hope for a rational dialog on race when the response to Obama’speech is “Where’s Obama’s speech about blacks shooting shooting a white baby in the face.”

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