July 6, 2013

"A somewhat dismissive response."

Instapundit says, somewhat dismissively. 

I suspect he wouldn't want to hear my truly dismissive response, but if you search the comments at my somewhat dismissive response... and over here... you can extrapolate what it would be. I'll cherry-pick some clues as to what I would say if I chose to go hard-core on this subject.

Quoting a commenter who said — about my proposal that health insurance pay for vasectomies and men freeze their sperm in order to provide males with reproductive autonomy — "Point of order, the woman has a right to seek an abortion. There's nothing about anyone having to provide it to her or having Other People pay for it," I said:
That's true, and that is something that makes the proposal in my post not neatly about equality.

But there really can never be equality about pregnancy and childbirth. It is the woman's special burden, and the policies have to be arranged to make sense around that basic inequity. I'm not trying to punish men by imposing a corresponding inequity, I'm just not impressed by the whinings of males who were profligate with their sperm. They are not the backbone of society.

The backbone of society is the married, committed couple who channel their sexuality into making and growing the next generation. Those who do other things are free to make choices, but we as a society have no reason to facilitate their choices, especially their destructive choices.

I know people like their free sex, but the expectation that the rest of us will save them from consequences is pathetic. I heartlessly laugh in their face. 
Quoting a commenter who said, "Your logic is correct for our pathetic society, but that doesn't rob from how pathetic it is," I said:
Yeah, but that's my point. My real prescription isn't [the vasectomy/frozen sperm proposal]. This is a fall-back now that we've become pathetic.

Really, men need to keep track of their genetic material. One way or another.

Don't be a splooge stooge.
Quoting a commenter who said "Women are just as responsible themselves..." I said:
I never said they weren't.

Both are fully responsible.
And, on the earlier post, quoting a commenter who said "Let's try applying your logic the other way. Women are free to freeze their eggs and then have their tubes tied. That way they have perfect choice not to get pregnant. So that does away with the case for abortion, right?" I said:
The fact is, once a woman is pregnant, she has a right to use abortion to get out of the physical process that has begun, but it is too late for the man to exercise a right, because his rights relate to his body, not hers.

The man must take responsibility for himself, not seek to control the woman.

I know you men would like to have your fun and freedom and not be troubled by risks, but your body is yours and her body is hers.
Reacting to all the many, many comments from men who have taken Instapundit's invitation to victimology seriously, I said (punctuation corrected):
There are some really sad beta posturings in this thread.

Where is the self-respect?

Where is the awe over procreation?

Lame little men, whining about their meager money.

No one cares about you, because no one should!

Where is your aspiration? Where is your altruism?

Why do you leave the house?

You have your porn and your masturbation.

The alternative is true manhood, but is that something you are capable of? Apparently not!

I laugh in your scrunched up crying little face.
Another commenter said "You are also forgetting that even if a condom is used and the woman fishes the condom out of the trash and uses a turkey baster to impregnate herself, the man is still held responsible. If a woman takes a used condom from a man having sex *with a different woman* and impregnates herself, the man is held responsible. If a man and woman only engage in oral sex and the woman saves the sperm for later use with a turkey baster, the man is held responsible. None of that means that the man has any actual *rights* in regards to the child." Which made me say:
I am absolutely not forgetting about that.

Men need to value and guard their genetic material.

The lameness of men who throw this stuff around is mindboggling. Don't be [a] splooge stooge.

Now, I think women shouldn't want to invest their reproductive effort in such idiots, but that's the other side of the story.
And (emphasis added):
The men who are saying: I want something because women have something.

You guys...

If you don't have the wherewithal to realize what you are... you are no longer men, and women should be rejecting you. I can't account for all these women, but at least, if they become pregnant, they take on an immense burden. They feel that.

You guys... I wonder if you feel anything at all.

You are unworthy. The reason something ought to save you from becoming fathers is that you are unworthy, but unfortunately, it seems that some women do still choose to have sex with you and even to bear your children.

And that -- THAT! -- is what you complain is your misfortune.

Amazing blindness. Your misfortune is so much worse than that.
And somebody said: "Then there are cases like the one (likely more than one...), where a woman who performed (only) oral sex with a man, using a condom, retrieved the condom and inseminated herself, and successfully sued for child support. IMO if a man does something that physiologically cannot produce conception without the woman's deliberate and willfully deceptive action, he is not responsible in any way for the conception." And I said:
I don't know why a woman would invest her reproductive effort in carrying forward the genes of such a man, but I have no sympathy with him at all.

Your phrase "physiologically cannot produce conception" is obviously wrong, since it did.

I fear for the future of humankind, with such stupidity in our inheritance.

The man is an idiot, and the woman is an idiot. Maybe the child can rise above it.

But sympathy for this man who has no love and no self-respect? Why don't you save your compassion for someone who deserves it?

This men's rights stuff was old-hat in the 1980s. Recycling it now is the lamest thing I've seen in a long, long time.

If you really cared about men, you'd try to do something to elevate them, as I am trying right now. Instead you are inviting them into a downward spiral. This is worse than The Life of Julia.
The whining and crying about what victims men are these days continued way into the night. In the morning I saw a comment that began with the burnt-out old internet expression "sigh": "Sigh. And yet a wife can make the choice to abort her kid without even telling her husband. Shoudnt they be consulting their husband?" I had to take another shot:
Yes, and that's exactly the reason Planned Parenthood v. Casey gave for striking down a statutory requirement that a woman consult her husband.

Think about it.

And stop your sighing.
Picture me singing that last line like this:



UPDATE: Glenn responds to this here, and I respond to that here.

362 comments:

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rhhardin said...

Courts go with the women, is the central problem.

It's a law issue, not a moral issue.

Expat(ish) said...

It's an edge condition. Not that it isn't painful when you get crunched by it, but it's still a very rare thing.

I think there are more important things to get fixed first, KWIMV?

-XC

aronamos said...

Argh, the comments here and at Dr. Helen or even from Instapundit himself seem to reflect a growing "womenz are teh evilz" attitude. Damn. Professor Althouse is right. Don't want to get a woman pregnant? Don't have sex with her. Don't have sex with anyone you don't trust fully. Goes for both sexes, but the man is always responsible for where he puts his junk.

So, boys, here's a good rule: If you don't trust the woman, and don't want to have a child with her, DON'T HAVE SEX WITH HER AT ALL. Not oral. Not with a condom. Not if you pull out. Not even with someone else's dick.

Just DON'T DO IT.

Alan said...

I hate it when you two fight.

somefeller said...

I didn't look at Althouse until late in the day during the past few days and didn't participate in the epic threads on this topic, though I skimmed through them when they started hitting the 300-400 mark. And I don't think I'll participate much in this one since today will be a busy vacay day, but I'll make some quick observations and comments.

There is much wisdom in this line:I fear for the future of humankind, with such stupidity in our inheritance.

It appears that Althouse has been working over the past couple of weeks to separate the wheat from the chaff of the commentariat.

If you have sex and use a condom, flush it down the toilet afterwards if you want to be really safe.

During their heyday, the Pretenders were one of the best rock bands of all time.

A dog returns to its own vomit. Or breakfast. Or whatever.

Happy Saturday!

Hagar said...

Murphy's 1st Rule: Never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself.

But then that advice is also the end of the human race, if it ever was to be followed.

edutcher said...

Guys complain because womyn have gotten the courts and the law to do things their way.

Ann says don't have sex, just jerk off if you can't find a good woman (harder to find than a good man these days), and then says man up under an unfair legal system.

Seems like man up is the GoTo when even womyn don't like what they've wrought.

PS Men should reassert themselves, but I don't think a lot of womyn are going to like the result.

Meade said...

rhhardin said...
"Courts go with the women, is the central problem."

But is that true? Do you have experience of that, or even evidence? My personal experience, in Ohio, is that the courts also go with the men. Both parties are held to their respective responsibilities; assets, liabilities, property, and living standard are all equally divided. I refer you to the Ohio Revised Code.

Pastafarian said...

If you think that a man should have to pay to support a child after a woman takes his semen from a condom and injects herself with it, then you're an extremist and a misandrist.

"Lame little men, whining about their meager money."

You do realize that people trade the hours of their lives for money, right? When a leftist says something like this, dismissing our property rights over our own money as petty greed, they forget that time is money, and our time on this earth finite, and you might as well say that human lives are disposable.

Which I guess is an attitude that's at least consistent with your belief in a right to murder unborn children.

Is there a word for someone who hates men, but specifically heterosexual men? I think we need such a word.

Big Mike said...

[Childbrith] is the woman's special burden ...

My wife would say that it's a woman's special joy. Not that she would have said that during labor, but afterwards I think I remember her pain more than she does.

Ann Althouse said...

Actually, I do recommend celibacy over low-quality sexual relationships, even sex encounters that seem reasonably fun on any given occasion.

exhelodrvr1 said...

Man up, losers!

Ann Althouse said...

So edutcher did kind of get something right, though I don't care whether or not you masturbate.

Ann Althouse said...

As I've said before, you are free to masturbate.

Ann Althouse said...

Freedom includes freedom to do and not to do something.

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Nella @McDonald's In Heaven said...

If a penis comes in contact with a vagina a pregnancy can result. When a man releases genetic material a pregnancy can result. No matter what type of contraception is used. Even surgical contraceptive measures have failure rates. Unless the woman has had a hysterectomy or the man has been castrated, a pregnancy can happen.

Both men and women bear equal responsibility BEFORE this contact occurs. EVEN if they choose or say they have chosen to use contraception. Once this contact occurs, you have biologically consented to a pregnancy.

The fact that this conversation continues with both men and women whining about the other shows first how ignorant of our own bodies and the limits of medical devices, substances, and procedures we have become and second, how entitled we feel that someone else should save us from our decisions when they begin to inconvenience us.





Ann Althouse said...

These condom-fished-out-of-the-trash stories are like the old woman-got-pregnant-from-the-toilet-seat stories.

Urban Legends... they really do happen!

And how about all the objects doctors have to pull out of the asses of guys who just happened to fall on that thing?

Meade said...

And if you have a vasectomy, freedom's just another word for nothing left to splooge.

rhhardin said...

Speaking of sticking it everywhere, 007 Bond's first real film Dr No is the go-to film for lame not-quite-cool-yet pickups and with the budget for magnificance on the very low side.

They raised the budget a lot for later films, and added irony to repair the coolness problem.

They never did manage to motivate the love interests, but maybe women fall for anything.

Darleen said...

If we really are about avoiding #LifeofJulia and wish to stop incentivizing unwed motherhood, I see only two practical options ...

#1 If the couple are unmarried, mom gets no child support and dad has no rights AND mom doesn't qualify for any state support. She can use her family, friends, whatever or the kid goes up for adoption.

#2 Or marriage status of couple should be irrelevant, so couple has equal rights to the child and the law is weighted toward the life of the child. e.g. both have to agree to abortion or child gets to live and both parents give equal support, monetary and physical custody/care.

Harsh? Yeah, but the taxpayers shouldn't be on the hook for the stupid sex acts of people who refuse to plan for a child.

rhhardin said...

One mid-oeuvre 007 Bond film has an actual nipple, not just a side-boob.

Later ones are rated PG for violence and smoking.

Sorun said...

"This men's rights stuff was old-hat in the 1980s."

Like you, I quickly get bored when other people yammer about their rights.

deborah said...

"So edutcher did kind of get something right, though I don't care whether or not you masturbate."

Bitch, please.

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

So edutcher did kind of get something right, though I don't care whether or not you masturbate.

Why so nasty?

And I have The Blonde, so, for me, it's unnecessary, but you make assumptions, based on what? - and we all know what happens when one assumes.

PS I know at least one thing more I got right than the proprietress, but we'll save that for another time.

traditionalguy said...

Genghiss Khan was not carefully with hi sperm. I blame victory celebrations.

d243e478-b01b-11e2-b6bf-000bcdcb5194 said...

"Freedom includes freedom to do and not to do something."

When are you going to get around to applying this to women, hypocrite?

If they don't want to get pregnant, they shouldn't have a peen stuck in them that can shoot sperm.

Not even if it's protected. Not even if there's a condom.

If you get pregnant, you had sex! Freedom is the freedom not to do something!

Hypocrite. Hypocrite. Hypocrite.

garage mahal said...

And if you have a vasectomy, freedom's just another word for nothing left to splooge.

Vasectomies should only be performed where the doc has admitting privileges to a hospital that is located within 1 mile of the clinic. The doc should also have to describe each and every one of the millions of sperm swimmers that will be murdered to the patient. We'll call it "Phelps Law".

Just middle of the road, centrist, common sense stuff.

d243e478-b01b-11e2-b6bf-000bcdcb5194 said...

I love the irony of a female posting on a blog where she openly advocates for women to be given special privileges, and she genuinely doesn't see how intellectually bankrupt she is, especially when she gets all emotional and pissy, and starts lashing out at men.

You're an obvious self centered hypocrite who has no idea what men go through.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

And how about all the objects doctors have to pull out of the asses of guys who just happened to fall on that thing?

That is something that twisted sick perverted homosexuals do to themselves.

It has nothing to do with pregnancy or with the issue of women deceiving men and trapping them into being wage slaves for the rest of their lives.

Although both are perversions, one thing is not like the other.

edutcher said...

rhhardin said...

Speaking of sticking it everywhere, 007 Bond's first real film Dr No is the go-to film for lame not-quite-cool-yet pickups and with the budget for magnificance on the very low side.

Remember, the only reason the Bond books, and, later, movies, were even noticed this side of the Pond was because Jack Kennedy, when asked why the lights in the White House were on so late, replied, "I'm, uh, up reading, ah, James Bond".

He couldn't admit he was screwing Marilyn Monroe.

They raised the budget a lot for later films, and added irony to repair the coolness problem.

Note "Goldfinger", the first one released post-JFK, looks like an A-list movie.

They never did manage to motivate the love interests, but maybe women fall for anything.

That's the point. 00 whats-his-face is just another bad boy and women think with their little head as much as men do with theirs.

Maybe more.

They just won't admit it.

d243e478-b01b-11e2-b6bf-000bcdcb5194 said...

The doc should also have to describe each and every one of the millions of sperm swimmers that will be murdered to the patient. We'll call it "Phelps Law".

Sperm don't grow into babies, fetuses do. That's why they want to show the killer what they are going to kill before they kill it.

But logic has never been your strong suit, garage. You prefer inaccurate caricatures, because that is what works best for your rhetoric, emotion-based political arguments.

Pathetic, son. Pathetic.

Ann Althouse said...

"Courts go with the women, is the central problem."

Make a Venn Diagram with circles for 1. women, 2. primary childcare-givers, 3. beneficiaries of court decisions about domestics relations matters.

Describe that. Do 1 & 3 overlap more than 2 & 3? Or is it too hard to discern because so few men are primary childcare-givers.

Basil said...

Pathetic words from a woman fully involved in the destruction of the backbone of society. You sound almost homophobic.

I wonder how you treat your male students. Probably the typical anti-male bias found throughout academia.

"Women are just as responsible themselves..." I said:
I never said they weren't.


No, you just ignore the woman's role, rationalize their fraud and call men whiners and losers. That's the best you can do to defend your indefensible position, use ad hominems and perjoratives.

The rest of us know who one of the real losers is, the potential rapist, cheater, abandoner who's taking a stand against rape, cheating and abandonment. Ann's also providing good evidence for the nurture argument for the origins of homosexuality.

You can always go here and read the words of a sane woman rather than those of a man hater. The lucky person in this scenario is Ann's first husband.

Ann Althouse said...

"Why so nasty?"

You said: "Ann says don't have sex, just jerk off if you can't find a good woman (harder to find than a good man these days), and then says man up under an unfair legal system."

I said you were right about something but I didn't like your characterization of what I said.

How is that me being nasty? Seems more like you are being nasty.

Ann Althouse said...

If you think it is man-hating to tell men not to wallow in victimhood, you're pretty far gone. If you think the lovers of men are the ones who help you think of yourselves in those terms and to see women as responsible for your woes, that's pretty bad.

Pastafarian said...

Actually, Althouse, the condom-fished-out-of-the-trash thing is the moral equivalent to what started this discussion -- women who lie about their fertility to purposefully get pregnant. Yes, that happens to wealthy men.

The turkey baster detail just draws a bright line around your extremist position.

Did you ever notice, Althouse, that when you argue against a group of men on a gender-related issue, you use mockery of their masculinity as a tactic? I've never noticed you do this against another group.

Take the Zimmerman trial. It seems clear that you think Zimmerman should be acquitted, so you disagree with, I'd guess, 95% of all African Americans. Why don't you try mockery against them, and question just how black they really are? Why do you suppose it is that you reserve a special level of spite for hetero males?

Jay said...

The backbone of society is the married, committed couple who channel their sexuality into making and growing the next generation

Which of course is why we must support gay marriage!

Jay said...

is the woman's special burden

And of course "special burden" = you're not as responsible as men for your own choices.

How neat and tidy that thinking is.

MayBee said...

Is there some book publishing envy going on?

I've seen Althouse engage thoughtfully, and I've seen her engage to enrage. There has been a choice here to engage this topic in a very.....antagonistic way. The last post about Dr Helen, though I can't remember what it was, was quite ungracious.

Why are these choices being made. Certsinly not for anyone's enlightenment.

Jay said...

I know people like their free sex, but the expectation that the rest of us will save them from consequences is pathetic. I heartlessly laugh in their face.

Talk about delusions of grandeur.

I mean, it isn't as if you're opposed to welfare for single mothers or anything.

Oh wait, the guy shouldn't have had sex with the woman in your mind.

Never mind.

President-Mom-Jeans said...

Instapudit politely tells Althouse that she is being a stupid bitch.

"Dismissive."

You still get the web traffic Ann, so why don't you know your role, shut your mouth, and be grateful that he still links to you.

How about that?

AllenS said...

I've read about men being ordered to pay for child support, then having a DNA test done, finding out the child is not his, and him still being required to pay child support.

Jay said...

Pregnancy occurs inside the woman's body, where the man lost control of his sperm. He should have been more risk averse.

Notice how utterly dumb this is.

The person who is incurring the most risk in a sexual relationship shouldn't be more risk adverse, because....womyn!!!!

My goodness, I guess 30+ years in academia leads to this type of intellectual rot.

MayBee said...

Althouse doesn't need to shut up, but Instapundit has been a big booster, and I thought Helen was her friend. So why no respectful discussion of something in Helen's book?

Why make it so ugly?

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Why men are opting out

Ann Althouse said...

"Genghiss Khan was not carefully with hi sperm. I blame victory celebrations."

Interesting depiction of the competitive spirit of his sperm... designated by the letter s.

And all the ladies said: hi sperm.

Except it was probably rape.

Think of all the men he crowded out, appropriating all that reproductive space in the world.

But if you want a civilized society, with a rule of law, and protection of individual freedom, you can't have that sort of male running the show.

Genghis Khan does exemplify one way of being the winning male. Not a one of you guys would win in that competition. The most alpha among you would be subordinated.

So what is your point here?

And isn't this why women need a right to abortion, to have the final say on who gets to appropriate her womb space and her years of nurturing?

Now, the question becomes, what do you need to do to have a woman?

In modern America, the women aren't that picky about sex, but they are a bit more picky about going through with pregnancies.

Those are the rules of the game you face today. What will you do about it?

I recommend, not hoping courts will cut you some slack -- and I don't mean to scare you with words like "cut" and "slack." I recommend:

1. Recognize the power and risk that you have in your sperm and treat it accordingly. Don't trust people who don't love you and are not bonded to you for life.

2. Figure out what is really important in life, and try to find it. If it's love and children, do it the right way, and don't ever fail those who trust you, especially the ones who must trust you.

AllenS said...

For what it's worth.

EDH said...

The men who are saying: I want something because women have something.

Funny how that argument had more validity and nobility when it was for same-sex marriage, and the the fact that same-sex couples cannot between themselves procreate was an irrelevant distinction.

Pastafarian said...

MayBee, I'm starting to suspect that Althouse isn't really arguing these points because she believes them, but to lead us down some path to draw some parallel and make some other argument on an entirely different topic.

MayBee said...

Actually, I do recommend celibacy over low-quality sexual relationships, even sex encounters that seem reasonably fun on any given occasion.

7/6/13, 10:57 AM


That's fine, but our society has decided not to encourage celibacy among women or men.
So we should make the laws right for society as it is. People fighting for more equality under unjust, unequal laws aren't generally called pathetic by liberal-minded people. In this case, it is men.

Of course, when it comes to the pro-choice argument, men become rapists, incestuous, and brutes who make their wives have their babies. This discussion just can't be had, it seems, without making men very bad.

Lem said...

Don't worry everybody. When gay marriage comes, this will all be over...

Wait.

(I'm just kidding Palladian)

Jane said...

So imagine this: man gets a lawyer to write up a contract that his sex partner signs, promising that, should she get pregnant, she will not sue for child support, and, if the state requires the payment of child support, she will be liable to reimburse him these amounts. Enforceable, or no?

President-Mom-Jeans said...

The contrast between the level headed calm and rational analysis by Dr. Helen and the shrieking insults by Althouse is stark.

I do think some professional envy is in play here, but the Reynold's are too polite and diplomatic to properly call Althouse out on her meltdown last night.

I take his post to show that he did notice however. Good job Althouse, did you make above the law yet for your little tirade?

aronamos said...

It's almost funny: Ann's being accused of being "nasty" by people who have called her a hypocrite and a man-hater and made heartless references to her first marriage and her gay son.

Wonderful people in your saloon, Professor.

Ann Althouse said...

"That's fine, but our society has decided not to encourage celibacy among women or men."

Says a good little sheep.

Why won't the Daddy Judge help me not be a Daddy?

Society told me I should have sex just for fun and something serious happened, and I didn't mean for anything to happen but careless fun, so pleeeezzeee Daddy? Daaaadddeeeeee?!!!!

MayBee said...

Can you think of a time it has ever really turned out that way, Pastafarian?

Jay said...

In modern America, the women aren't that picky about sex

Sure, which is another reason why men are increasingly sitting on the sidelines when it comes to marriage.
Nobody really wants to marry a cum-dumpster.

One of the other problems is that these young women, with their degree and useless HR or marketing jobs, are all convinced they are special snowflakes who should be with McDreamy. Go to a local establishment and observe the 22-27 y/o females and see if you don't want to leave the place screaming in abject horror at the thought of them being mothers.

Ann Althouse said...

You know, children shouldn't be having sex.

rhhardin said...

Call me irresponsible
Call me unreliable
Throw in undependable too

Frank Sinatra

Of course he had a mob to enforce it.

President-Mom-Jeans said...

"You know, children shouldn't be having sex."

Oh, I see that you are advocating abstinence only sexual education in public schools?

What? No?

Ugly Anne, ugly.

EDH said...

"I take away reason and accountability."

Jay said...

Ann Althouse said...
You know, children shouldn't be having sex.


That's what the silent majority said when Woodstock rolled around.

You've turned into a shrieking "get off my lawn" 60-something moral scold.

That's funny.

MayBee said...

Althouse-
What?

I'm a sheep?

You pointed out in the earlier thread that society had decided how things should be for women and children. Either society is relevant or it isn't.

As for me, it has nothing to do with me. I've had sex with one person in my life. We procreated as we wished and have raised out children as best we can to be respectful of the whole process.

But I'm not fighting for rights for myself or my kids. I'm fighting for the lesser among us.

Milwaukee said...

"Ann Althouse said...
These condom-fished-out-of-the-trash stories are like the old woman-got-pregnant-from-the-toilet-seat stories.
"


I know players who either flush their used condoms or take them home with them. You say it's an old-wives tale, which you can, because you are an old wife. However, unless you have some proof it can't happen, I'm willing to believe it can. And does. After all, if sperm can survive freezing, what else can it survive?

chrisnavin.com said...

Althouse is making a particularly moral argument, and advises men to be quite moral themselves, but in practice, given human nature, it's clear that not everyone behaves in such a fashion.

Codes of behavior and conduct, as well as institutions that used to be all male (like law schools and the military) actually help MAKE men who they are, in addition to other factors. There are accompanying traditions and laws and rituals that form free-thinking, responsible, moral and non-splooge-stooge males.

These are the same institutions and traditions that many people in our society have been demanding should change at accelerated paces to accommodate all manner of ideological freedom and individual freedom, often without responsibility or a horde of bad laws to ensure an individual's responsibility.

Men are made, and no man is an island.

This is precisely the point I think Dr. Helen makes (unlike others who fall back upon religious moral thinking). She's a psychologist, and perhaps she's simply pointing out how the incentives have changed for men at work, in the courts, on T.V., in play and pretty much every other aspect of life, including these institutions.

Yeah, some men have lost out and they're bitching, but responsible men AND women ask at what cost these changes have come, which to her credit, I think Althouse often does.

MayBee said...

My son was just telling me about a college age girl he know who has had 5 abortions.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

1. Recognize the power and risk that you have in your sperm and treat it accordingly. Don't trust people who don't love you and are not bonded to you for life.

As I recall, this latest theatre of the absurd began with a married woman who wanted to come clean on the fact that she "tricked" some other poor unsuspecting schmuck into be the father of her child on purpose. So now she wants to admit to everyone including her daughter that she is a devious coniving bitch who used a guy to get pregnant without his knowledge....since he was TOLD that SHE was using birth control. She lied, she tricked him and now she wants to damage other people just so she can feel better about herself.

The next letter is the reverse situation and is just as disgusting in that the woman had an abortion without letting her "kind, sensitive, wonderful man" know about it, when he would likely have stepped up and done the responsible thing.

In both cases in Althouse's world the woman has all the rights, the man has none. It is never ever the woman's fault. The woman has no responsibilities and when men object, they are beta whiners who should keep their 'splooge' to themselves .....because shut up stupid men!!

Perhaps we should go back to the old tried and true method of no sex before marriage. Women keep your knees together and men keep your penis and splooge to yourself. Is this what the Althouses of the world desire? Also to be bonded to you for life would indicate that there is no divorce. Or can we be bonded for life to several people serially or at the same time. Polygamy FTW!!!! The man can splooge (such a lovely word for a meaningful bonded relationship act) at several women at a time. Woohoooo!!!

I wonder what the University thinks of this unbecoming, harpy like, unhinged, bitchy blogging from one of their employees. It certainly cannot reflect well on the University.

garage mahal said...

Sperm don't grow into babies, fetuses do.

No sperm, no fetus. Every sperm cell is sacred.

Althouse is right, why would you trust this precious gift with just anyone? If men weren't so reckless and gave this much more serious thought we might not even be having this conversation, would we?

edutcher said...

Ann Althouse said...

Why so nasty?

Ann says don't have sex, just jerk off if you can't find a good woman (harder to find than a good man these days), and then says man up under an unfair legal system.


I said you were right about something but I didn't like your characterization of what I said.


Sorry, I call 'em like I see 'em. It seemed to me you were contradicting yourself.

How is that me being nasty? Seems more like you are being nasty.

No, I do try to be a gentleman.

I thought, "So edutcher did kind of get something right, though I don't care whether or not you masturbate", was a bit over the line.

I get a lot right. Because we disagree doesn't mean I'm automatically wrong.

If you think it is man-hating to tell men not to wallow in victimhood, you're pretty far gone. If you think the lovers of men are the ones who help you think of yourselves in those terms and to see women as responsible for your woes, that's pretty bad.

I did say, "Men should reassert themselves, but I don't think a lot of womyn are going to like the result.", so I'm hardly advocating "wallowing in victimhood" (when have I ever advocated it here?).

All I'm saying is, if men do reassert themselves - politically as well as socially - kiss a fond farewell to a lot of the "gains" of feminism.

That's not wallowing in victimhood.

MayBee said...

The lover of "Girls" calls me a sheep for pointing out society has not decided on celibacy.

What does that show tell young men and young women?

Pastafarian said...

Impregnated single mom: "I spread my legs and now I want a real baby, like the dolls I've played with but with more poop. But I don't want to pay for it. Daddy Judge, make mean old Mr. Sploogey pay me money for the next 18 years! Daddyyyyy!"

(Not that I'm arguing against child support in all cases. But you could, with this powerful new line of reasoning from Althouse.)

Milwaukee said...

How about this:
If a man plants his seed in a garden which isn't his by marriage, he has no say in the upbringing of the child. If a woman allows seed to be planted from a man to whom she is not married, she has no right to child support.

Both parties are responsible. Get married and raise your kids or have bastards and hope for the best. Men who don't participate in raising their children deprive themselves of a chance to become a better person. Fathers are so important to raising children that to deliberately place your future child in jeopardy by being a single mother seems irresponsible.

Jay said...

Ann Althouse said...
You know, children shouldn't be having sex.


Dennis Hopper must be rolling over in his grave and somewhere Peter Fonda is going ape shit over this comment.

I'm just glad that Christian conservatives have been proven correct in their advice, in your eyes.

We told you so!

Darleen said...

If one wants to observe where Left-feminist supremacists have gotten us, it's right here.

Women were the sexual gate keepers because they knew that just about every act of sexual intercourse could result in pregnancy...and if she was not married, she was dependent only upon the kindness of her family if the man refused to marry her.

The Pill happened about the same time that Leftists seized feminism and got all "Women can be just as free about sex as men now!"

Except, they weren't and aren't.

The female supremacists want all the sexual decisions for themselves because, regardless of how they blather about there being no differences in the sexual natures of men and women, they absolutely know those differences are fundamental, and they want to exploit them.

They want their sex on their terms, child custody and child support too.

Men don't want to be regulated to only inseminator and ATM.

Frank Underwood D-SC said...

A great man once said, everything is about sex. Except sex. Sex is about power.

garage mahal said...

For every unwanted pregnancy there is a careless Splooge Stooge on the other end.

Hey Fred: how bout splooging into an old tube sock instead if you can't control your caveman impulses?

rhhardin said...

Men's temptation is to women's advantage, not men's.

Otherwise who would be interested in women. They'd just be icky.

This male wiring is put there by mothers. It's the one who had the kid last.

jr565 said...

"If you're thinking of bringing up the woman's right to choose to avoid a pregnancy, let me repeat that this is a decision that properly belongs to the woman. Pregnancy occurs inside the woman's body, where the man lost control of his sperm. He should have been more risk averse."
Pregnancy occurs inside the womb. Child support occurs outside the womb. Why should the womans choice impact the man when the baby is outside the womb?

Milwaukee said...

Garage, wowser and thanks. Your comments at 11.49 mirror mine.

"garage mahal said...
Sperm don't grow into babies, fetuses do.

No sperm, no fetus. Every sperm cell is sacred.

Althouse is right, why would you trust this precious gift with just anyone? If men weren't so reckless and gave this much more serious thought we might not even be having this conversation, would we?
"


Spot on.

somefeller said...

Looks like the chaff is getting chapped, as I suspect Althouse expected. Wonder if this thread will break 300, or if the fact that this is a summer Saturday will suppress the numbers.

jr565 said...

No sperm, no fetus. Every sperm cell is sacred.

No egg no fetus either. It takes two to tango. Maybe the problem is not the sperm, but the opening of the legs.

El Pollo Raylan said...

garage mahal said...
For every unwanted pregnancy there is a careless Splooge Stooge on the other end.

The Althouse "Three Splooges" are Mo, Larry, and Curly Lambeau.

Guess which one is garage.

Jane said...

when do we get to the part where the poor ghetto kids need free contraception and easy access to abortion because they simply can't help themselves? Haven't we heard that line in relation to the need to promote contraception rather than abstainence in sex ed classes, because teenagers are physiologically incapable of restraining themselves from having sex?

AllenS said...

Ann Althouse said...
You know, children shouldn't be having sex.

Define children. Give me an age group.

Astro said...

C'mon, what Ann is really promoting is having sex with post-menopausal women, like herself.

I, on the other hand [oops, grabs tissue], had a vasectomy years ago.

Jay said...

A child of the 60's talking about sexual responsibility and abstinence.

My gosh, that message could have come straight from the Vatican!

Lem said...

"I'm in control..."

Alexander Haig.

Saint Croix said...

I'm just not impressed by the whinings of males who were profligate with their sperm. They are not the backbone of society.

The backbone of society is the married, committed couple who channel their sexuality into making and growing the next generation.


This is true, but note the hostile tone towards men. You just have to substitute women into her rant to see how inappropriate the anger and disdain is. It takes two sexes to make a baby.

Those who do other things are free to make choices, but we as a society have no reason to facilitate their choices, especially their destructive choices.

Here is where Althouse's anti-male bias becomes really obvious. She has failed to explain--cannot explain--why society is forced to facilitate the destructive choices of women.

It's really telling, I think, that Althouse uses the term "choices" and then "destructive choices," with extremely sharp criticism. Obviously she wants to criticize abortion. And yet she cannot make this argument, because it would be attacking her own gender!

Thus feminism makes her incoherent.

I know people like their free sex, but the expectation that the rest of us will save them from consequences is pathetic. I heartlessly laugh in their face.

I can't imagine Althouse writing these words about a pregnant woman. If we were talking about a pregnant woman, she would recite some frickin' poetry from Casey about the mysteries of the universe. And how infanticide is a right thing to do.

deborah said...

"Men's temptation is to women's advantage, not men's.

Otherwise who would be interested in women. They'd just be icky.

This male wiring is put there by mothers. It's the one who had the kid last."

You're impractical.

Baron Zemo said...

ed..... buddy have some respect for yourself.



loudogblog said...

On a practical note, I wouldn't advise flushing condoms down the toilet. You could cause expensive plumbing problems.

El Pollo Raylan said...

It's really telling, I think, that Althouse uses the term "choices" and then "destructive choices," with extremely sharp criticism. Obviously she wants to criticize abortion. And yet she cannot make this argument, because it would be attacking her own gender!

There's nothing wrong with gender-shackled thought -- but everything's wrong with denying it.

edutcher said...

somefeller said...

Looks like the chaff is getting chapped, as I suspect Althouse expected.

Whatever that means. Too bad it isn't coherent.

I figure the Baghdad Bob of Althouse is doing the suck-up thing this afternoon intead of the She Devil of the SS.

Wonder if this thread will break 300, or if the fact that this is a summer Saturday will suppress the numbers.

We're at 90 and this was beaten to death already, so neither.

TML said...

Speaking of guys just happening to "fall on that thing" and getting it rammed up their butt, this is one of my all time favorite Straight Dope columns.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/478/is-it-true-what-they-say-about-gerbils

The toolbox is particularly impressive. And manly to boot!

Jay said...

MayBee said...
My son was just telling me about a college age girl he know who has had 5 abortions.


What's the problem here?

Abortion is safe and totally normal. It's healthy too!

I bet that young lady would qualify for an "I had abortion" t-shirt compliments of Planned Parenthood

MayBee said...

I bet if Althouse got a book published, Instspundit would link to it with kind words.

garage mahal said...

My son was just telling me about a college age girl he know who has had 5 abortions.

If we didn't have so many Splooge Stooges this girl wouldn't have had any abortions.

Teach your sons not be Stooges, and while you're at it, talk to them about not raping people. It's really not cool.

Baron Zemo said...

Well Instapundit is well adjusted and not a jealous person. Just sayn'

Gahrie said...

These condom-fished-out-of-the-trash stories are like the old woman-got-pregnant-from-the-toilet-seat stories.

I have , and have provided, links to multiple cases of women using sperm from condoms and oral sex to impregnate themselves.

Lem said...

gender-shackled thought...

Did you lift that from some femenist propaganda?

Rabel said...

Sigh

Roughcoat said...

This thread is a shit test.

AprilApple said...

In the dung heap of Y chromosomes - it's hard to find a good one.
(I kid!)
There are some excellent Y chromosomes on this blog.

ndspinelli said...

Annie could never write a book, she's too afraid of rejection. Writing a book takes many qualities, one of the most important being balls. Putting yourself out there. This nice little fiefdom suits Annie just fine, thank you. Stay in Madison, take the same road trips, make the same men in shorts quips. It's becoming Cuckoo's Nest like, w/ Nurse Ratchet needing and RP McMurphy to shake up things.

Fernandinande said...

On display: A feminist's twisted, self-serving, hypocritical attempt at logic, complete with the standard gratuitous insults.

The poor, dependent little dears ... real thinking is for men, apparently.

AprilApple said...

Dr. Helen is on to something...

HoodlumDoodlum said...

It's worth noting the remarkably passive construction of this assertion:

He's mostly focused on sympathy for males who must pay child support, but I think society has chosen to put the burden on men to control where they put their sperm.

"Society has chosen," so that's that.

DADvocate said...

Teach your sons not be Stooges, and while you're at it, talk to them about not raping people.

You left out the cheating and abandoning.

But, every man is a potential rapist though. We must label them, ostracize them, create laws to punish them for being men. They shouldn't be welcome in schools, colleges or any public places.

Gahrie said...

I've read about men being ordered to pay for child support, then having a DNA test done, finding out the child is not his, and him still being required to pay child support.

Happens all of the time. In fact its rare now days for a man to be able to get out of paying child support even with proof the kid isn't his.

Kchiker said...

" Ann Althouse said...
If you think it is man-hating to tell men not to wallow in victimhood, you're pretty far gone."

This is becoming pretty hard to dodge on the right. It's a full embrace of victimization among the poor souls who suddenly find themselves without any group of lower social standing to demonize. Therefore the incessant whining.

They are losing. And they know it.

AprilApple said...

The good news is that not all women are leftwing feminists.

betamax3000 said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot notes that This Subject is Contemplated in the Song "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat"

Well, you look so pretty in it
Honey, can I jump on it sometime?

The Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat Represents the Stylish Repression of the Sexual Urges of the Hat-Wearing Woman -- the Hat is a "Pillbox", thus referencing both Birth Control and Containment --, and How those Urges Create a Corresponding Attraction in the Male, as the Leopard-Skin Pattern Stimulates Animal Urges. This Becomes More Obvious in the Following Lines, where the Titular Hat is Compared to A Mattress:

Yes, I just wanna see If it's really that expensive kind
You know it balances on your head
Just like a mattress balances
On a bottle of wine
Your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

That the Mattress is Balanced On a Bottle of Wine Implies that the Man is Contemplating the Use of Alcohol to Achieve the Goal of "jump(ing) on it sometime."

However, this Desire Remains Unrequited, as Evidenced in the Following lines:

Well, if you wanna see the sun rise Honey,
I know where We'll go out and see it sometime
We'll both just sit there and stare
Me with my belt Wrapped around my head
And you just sittin' there
In your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat

Notice that they Will "Sit and Stare": there is No Jumping Upon the "Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hat". Furthermore, The Man Now Has a Belt Wrapped Around His Head, Indicating Restraint of His Hat-Jumping Thoughts, and -- Possibly -- Implying a Restraint Around His Phallic Head.Meanwhile, the Woman is "just sittin' there" and there is no further mention of a Mattress.


DADvocate said...

They are losing. And they know it.

Another tool self identifies.

bagoh20 said...

This issue has become inflamed primarily because women have changed. They used to admire, respect, and emulate women of character, honesty and reliability, as we all did. What changed was that women started to admire the self-interested, the ambitious, the get-ahead-at-all-costs, selfish women. They began to admire and emulate women who acted like successful but not necessarily admirable men.

Now we have lots of women like that, and it's very difficult to tell them apart from the good ones. Feminism demands you at least look the part and pretend to agree with the principle that women should be just like men, while somehow still being better. Obviously, that's just not possible. If you want to get in the mud with the pigs, you will get dirty. The men here are mostly complaining that too many women are just nasty men who still believe they are and demand to be seen as respectable women.

If we could just get some of you to wear a special hat or something, because just telling us to avoid the bad ones is not working. The decent men who try their best are getting burned as well. The "control your DNA" prescription just isn't effective against the disease, which is rampant poor character. We really need your help on this ladies, so what else you got?

Dante said...

Outside of Ann's ridiculous idea of vasectomy and freezing sperm, the other idea, get the girl pregnant, you have to pay, isn't so bad. Just modern day society has screwed it up.

Let's see. In the old days, you got a girl pregnant, you married her. And I suspect she felt some kind of obligation to clean the house, and provide sexual favors from time to time.

Today, things have changed a bit:

Girl doesn't need to marry you
Despite the idea Ann has said you could get the kid, let's be realistic.
She isn't going to pay you anything, she isn't going to clean your house, and she isn't going to give you any sexual favors.

In addition, even if you are an innocent bystander, and didn't get a girl pregnant, you have to pay for it with all the welfare.

So men are required to be as responsible as ever before, get none of the perks, but not women.

My theory is a cornerstone of women acquiescing to sex is that they have it with the kind of male (beta males, for sure) who are going to be there to pay for their child. With the state, aka taxpayer, picking up the tab, that necessary function of women is no longer necessary.

Anyway, what I take away most from Ann's post is have sex with post-menopausal women. Or married ones.

Gahrie said...

If you think it is man-hating to tell men not to wallow in victimhood, you're pretty far gone."

Because of course, men aren't an approved victim group, especially white, heterosexual men.

They just need to suck it up, and pay for everyone else to wallow in their victimhood.

Lem said...

ObamaCare Postpones Eligible Childbearing Until After The Midterm Elections.

News from the future.

Roger Sweeny said...

I wouldn't be surprised if in a decade or so, there is a nation-wide DNA database of all residents. The right will like it because illegal immigrants will be caught by it. The left will like it because it will make running Obamacare (or whatever Obamacare morphs into) easier.

That means it will be possible to determine all children's paternity. Then make a bright-line rule, "If you are the biological father of a child, you are responsible for it up to the age of 18, no matter how it came into being." Make sure everyone knows it. That will make men guard their sperm.

(And, yes, there will have to be exceptions for sperm donors, adoptions, and other things I can't think of off hand.)

pm317 said...

@Althouse:n modern America, the women aren't that picky about sex, but they are a bit more picky about going through with pregnancies.

Those are the rules of the game you face today. What will you do about it?

I recommend, not hoping courts will cut you some slack -- and I don't mean to scare you with words like "cut" and "slack." I recommend:

1. Recognize the power and risk that you have in your sperm and treat it accordingly. Don't trust people who don't love you and are not bonded to you for life.

2. Figure out what is really important in life, and try to find it. If it's love and children, do it the right way, and don't ever fail those who trust you, especially the ones who must trust you.


What is wrong with what she is saying here? I don't understand why some of you are ganging up on her.

Roger Sweeny said...

I wouldn't be surprised if in a decade or so, there is a nation-wide DNA database of all residents. The right will like it because illegal immigrants will be caught by it. The left will like it because it will make running Obamacare (or whatever Obamacare morphs into) easier.

That means it will be possible to determine all children's paternity. Then make a bright-line rule, "If you are the biological father of a child, you are responsible for it up to the age of 18, no matter how it came into being." Make sure everyone knows it. That will make men guard their sperm.

(And, yes, there will have to be exceptions for sperm donors, adoptions, and other things I can't think of off hand.)

betamax3000 said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot was Going to Analyze "Just Like a Woman" But That Song is Rather Self-Explanatory.

Kchiker said...

"Because of course, men aren't an approved victim group, especially white, heterosexual men."

Ding ding ding. We have a winner.

Lem said...

They are losing. And they know it.

I look forward to the time when "they", whoever that is, is no longer in charge of anything anymore.

Nirvana... Haven On Earth.

AprilApple said...

All you need is love.

bagoh20 said...

The charge of "whining" is just lazy. There are real and significant problems being identified, many encoded in law, and if you say someone demanding they be fixed is "whining", then you are saying you think those problems are either nonexistent or irrelevant, so make that case. Telling people to stop whining is not making the case, it's avoiding the argument. Why would you only offer that after you bothered to come here and discuss it?

The Crack Emcee said...

Dust Bunny Queen,

That is something that twisted sick perverted homosexuals do to themselves.

It has nothing to do with pregnancy or with the issue of women deceiving men and trapping them into being wage slaves for the rest of their lives.

Although both are perversions, one thing is not like the other.


It's just like the black civil rights movement, though.

Really - I've heard Ann and gays say so,...

AprilApple said...

Carelessness w/ regard to pregnancy can go both ways. We know this. So what up?

dreams said...

"I've read about men being ordered to pay for child support, then having a DNA test done, finding out the child is not his, and him still being required to pay child support."

To complain is to wallow in victimhood according to Althouse.

MayBee said...

Those are the rules of the game you face today. What will you do about it?

Pm317- I'm not ganging up on her, but I don't agree with her.

This is America! Of course people or groups who are being treated unfairly should argue against that treatment. Trying to change it, or to get others to see it from their perspective, is honorable, not awful.

Saint Croix said...

Either both sexes have rights, duties, and obligations to their unborn child.

Or both sexes are "autonomous" and can cut themselves free from their child.

The feminist double standard here is obvious. Men have duties while women have liberties.

Hence, 50,000 men are jailed every day for being bad dads.

While over 4000 bad moms abort their pregnancies every day. Many of these are infanticides, and we are so ashamed of this we cannot even look at it.

Dante said...

If you think it is man-hating to tell men not to wallow in victimhood, you're pretty far gone.

I know so many people who think like Ann does here. "I was a victim, so I can do no wrong." It's a really disgusting attitude.

The balance between men and women has changed because social mores have changed. You are seeing people stating clearly the changes aren't good.

69% of black children are in single parent families.
33% of Hispanic children are in single parent families.
28% of White children are in single parent families.

72.3% of blacks born out of wedlock.
53.3 percent of Hispanics born out of wedlock.
29.1% of whites born out of wedlock.

Meanwhile, the focus of the day is "Gay's can't get married." What about all those children living inferior lives, to create the Leftist Utopia? It's time to change something. It didn't used to be this way. And I don't think it is because women are working, incidentally, and women who want to work ought to be able to.

It's because of the leftist attack on the family.

In short, I see these complaints of people putting holes in condoms, etc., as a small symptom of a much bigger problem. One created by leftists.

AllenS said...

Roger Sweeny said...
I wouldn't be surprised if in a decade or so, there is a nation-wide DNA database of all residents. The right will like it because illegal immigrants will be caught by it. The left will like it because it will make running Obamacare (or whatever Obamacare morphs into) easier.

I've had my DNA tested, and there is no way that you can tell if I (or my present count of almost 1600 cousins) are illegal.

The Crack Emcee said...

"The lucky person in this scenario is Ann's first husband."

No, from what I hear, he's another weirdo.

That kid never stood a chance,...

Inga said...

I've said several times now when tangling with the guys here on women's issues that it was becoming increasingly evident that they were flinging themselves into victim mode, consistently whining about the "inequities" men face, and the choice that women have been given by law, etc.etc. etc. Made me wonder what the heck these men are suffering, upon discussion it seemed to be a jealousy over a woman's autonomy and her reproductive choices.

All this talk of men going on strike, please. As I said yesterday there are more men who can step up and be men, who don't feel such hostility to women. They aren't hard to find at all and no they are not less men in any way than you complainers.

It was getting to be ridiculous. Now you've been ridiculed by the blog owner in a way only she can do so well. I salute her.

I just wonder what took her so long.

deborah said...

"That means it will be possible to determine all children's paternity. Then make a bright-line rule, "If you are the biological father of a child, you are responsible for it up to the age of 18, no matter how it came into being." Make sure everyone knows it. That will make men guard their sperm."

As a corollary, a parent is responsible for any grandchild conceived by their child, male or female, before the age of 18.

dreams said...

To accuse someone of whining is an attempt to shut off the debate. Its like calling someone a racist when debating.

MayBee said...

Teach your sons not be Stooges, and while you're at it, talk to them about not raping people.

Oh come on. What is so special about sex that makes rape a particularly heinous crime? Is it the splooge?

Kchiker said...

" bagoh20 said...
The charge of "whining" is just lazy."

It is what it is. I'm all for social justice. To argue that the richest and most powerful segment of people in the richest and most powerful country in the world needs special protection because the newly empowered "others" are doing better than they used to ... doesn't quite cut it.

heyboom said...

Althouse is right, why would you trust this precious gift with just anyone? If men weren't so reckless and gave this much more serious thought we might not even be having this conversation, would we?

Garage, are you aware of the irony of this statement?

MayBee said...

I suspect Garage made that statement to be ironic.

pm317 said...

MayBee said..
---------

Have at it. I guess I am not following the whole instapundit, Helen, and all the rest of it. I think Ann in a nutshell blasts anybody who wants to play victim and cry foul (except of course if they are blacks and gays). She has a soft corner for both.

victoria said...

What a putz. Intstapundit, not you Ann. I liked what you said, it was intelligent, well thought out and a bit pragmatic.

Vicki from Pasadena

AprilApple said...

American society has become anti-male. Men are sensing the backlash and are consciously and unconsciously going “on strike.” They are dropping out of college, leaving the workforce and avoiding marriage and fatherhood at alarming rates. The trend is so pronounced that a number of books have been written about this “man-child” phenomenon, concluding that men have taken a vacation from responsibility simply because they can. But why should men participate in a system that seems to be increasingly stacked against them?

As Men on Strike demonstrates, men aren’t dropping out because they are stuck in arrested development. They are instead acting rationally in response to the lack of incentives society offers them to be responsible fathers, husbands and providers. In addition, men are going on strike, either consciously or unconsciously, because they do not want to be injured by the myriad of laws, attitudes and hostility against them for the crime of happening to be male in the twenty-first century. Men are starting to fight back against the backlash. Men on Strike explains their battle cry.



Men on Strike: Why Men Are Boycotting Marriage, Fatherhood, and the American Dream - and Why It Matters
by Helen Smith (Author)

The Crack Emcee said...

Pastafarian,

Take the Zimmerman trial. It seems clear that you think Zimmerman should be acquitted, so you disagree with, I'd guess, 95% of all African Americans. Why don't you try mockery against them, and question just how black they really are? Why do you suppose it is that you reserve a special level of spite for hetero males?

C'mon, Pasta, I'm the only black male she really knows and I'm only a black male when she decides I am - otherwise I'm to be shit upon like all the rest.

Ann is a feminist, which is the same as being a racist, but she can't accept that about herself because part of that is declaring yourself morally superior - even if you have to deploy totally immoral means to believe it. Which means she never will.

The woman's very, very confused,...

ndspinelli said...

Inga, They make a bacteria killing lip balm for ass kissing, you can get it @ Walgreens.

Browndog said...

Interesting-

when '60's free love/tenured law professor meets fruits of their labor

Not the preachy type, or even "religious", however, God's laws/Nature's laws are foreign to this discussion.

Foreign things like 'man courts woman, with her permission, holy matrimony, act of love in which the two bodies become one, blessing of a child, both loving parents assume their natural roles as protector and nurturer.

Foreign

I suspect many will use a host of other adjectives, non of them positive, to describe the scenario above.

Stephen A. Meigs said...

Sex for purposes other than procreation seems to me worse than pointless. I want to have sex to create children. If I were having sex for some masturbatory reason--to explore my own feelings--, then even if there were birth control being used, I couldn't help being distracted from fantasizing by the cold slap of a feeling that I am having sex to masturbate, which is contrary to my sense of what is just. Good fantasy is as real as possible, but reality should be judged not only by how much is there that would be, but by how much isn't there that wouldn't be. And fantasizing by having sex has something egregiously glaringly different from real sex, namely that in real sex one isn't having actual sex for fantasy. Maybe if a woman were old and beyond child-bearing years, I might feel sex okay by way of reminiscing about the past, or more particularly about the past I had with her, but I have never been in that situation, so really I don't know and haven't thought much about it.

I think the actual reason for some males to like fake sex is that it gives an opportunity for sodomy, which can addict the female into wanting something she else would not have wanted (like procreation). Fake sex is sort of in between masturbation and meaningful sex, which both are perfectly okay, and that basically tends to be the extent of their justification. I should point out that "sex" (for fantasy purposes) on a navel, though still probably a little too real for my taste, is such a better alternative to sodomy that I'd suggest it's the reason that girls who show off their navels mostly seem the cleaner and more respectable for it.

All this said, if a woman wants to reproduce with a man enough as to be solely responsible for their issue, she ought to be allowed to do so. I have much more esteem for a woman (or girl) having free sex than I would for a woman who decides to have children with someone who will marry her whom she loves much less. In fact, I would go further and say that mostly what makes a female loveable is the sense that she would more put love ahead of money and caring in her reproductive decisions. What makes a female worth marrying is largely if not mostly her nature's willingness to have sex outside marriage if love demands it. Females tend to love through sex, and their love is greatly constrained when society forces that love to be less loving. Love is what causes morals to evolve. If female choice alone determined reproductive success, that admittedly would be bad because it would tend excessively to reward males who addict females into loving feelings, and there would be no motivation to do work. But if females never had sex freely, a man's success will be determined mostly just by how much money he can get and not hardly at all by how loveable he is. The only opportunities for a female to be loving would depend on male income differences (marrying someone poor from love when a richer less loved suitor be available), and so could not balance. Society would become extremely selfish, to the point men would be paid more for how much they can cheat people than for how useful they have been to society, ultimately leading to social disintegration or destruction.

dreams said...

"The good news is that not all women are leftwing feminists."

I think that is probably true and I think they are the silent majority or maybe the silent minority.

dreams said...

"Men are starting to fight back against the backlash. Men on Strike explains their battle cry."

To do so they have to endure push back by those who will accuse them of whining and wallowing in their victimhood.

cubanbob said...

Ann if the equal rights amendment were ever to be ratified....

It's pretty amusing to see an advocate of the cruel neutrality of the law get testy when the law's logic using cruel neutrality to it's logical conclusion arrives to a place she doesn't want it to go.

Dante said...

What is wrong with what she is saying here? I don't understand why some of you are ganging up on her.

Guys only having sex with women who they want to be with for the rest of their life? The answer is that it violates the male biological imperative to have as much sex with as many acceptable women as possible.

As Ann has pointed out here, a woman being pregnant is a very serious thing. She has to bear the child, and care for it for many years, biologically say to thirteen or fourteen. That is why women are the gatekeepers.

What Ann is saying is she wants men to use the intelligent part of the brain to overcome the deep biological urges they have. Meanwhile, women still have developed the "No Sex" part of the brain due to the costs.

It's simply backwards. She is trying to make men into women. But they are intrinsically different here from tens of millions of years of evolution.

The fact of the last fifty years ought to instruct us that her views in this area are broken, and do not work. Meanwhile, the way things used to work was a lot better. Far fewer single family homes. Far fewer children born out of wedlock.

But she is a feminist victim, and is unable to understand that simply because she was a victim does not mean she is always right. She does this by ignoring the obvious issues, and advises the men they are being "Beta," when the true alpha male will simply get as many women as possible.

bagoh20 said...

"because the newly empowered "others" are doing better than they used to ... doesn't quite cut it."

But nobody is making that argument. They are saying, among other things, that the the rules are encouraging and supporting fraud, and that fraud has victims, including the society as a whole. You seem to not care about the fraud, and it's effects as long as you imagine the victims are wealthy white men. That's the least affected group. The victims are often poor, working, minority men. I know some of these guys. They are broke, making menial wages, and having even that tapped to support a woman who simply defrauded them, or kicked them out when they found they could get supported without them there.

I know people in this forum are mostly well off, but that's not who are most at risk with these policies. It's men who can't afford a good lawyer. I have known more than one man who was forced to pay money to women they didn't impregnate. They simply had the penis closest to the woman when she decided she wanted money.

fred4pres said...

Hopefully, we can build bridges, but we also have to draw lines.

dreams said...

Althouse would be well advised to stop digging.

Paul Zrimsek said...

Did you ever notice, Althouse, that when you argue against a group of men on a gender-related issue, you use mockery of their masculinity as a tactic?

I sure have. Talk about stuff that was old-hat in the 1980s!

bagoh20 said...

"Inga, They make a bacteria killing lip balm for ass kissing, you can get it @ Walgreens."

I'm sure that purchase would go though host's portal.

El Pollo Raylan said...

victoria said...
What a putz. Intstapundit, not you Ann. I liked what you said, it was intelligent, well thought out and a bit pragmatic.

Vicki from Pasadena


Maybe this is all a ratings stunt. Perhaps Althouse is reaching for #1 rating law blog and since Insta is never counted, she has to bury him. This would be a an odd and treacherous stunt for her to pull, as most of first heard of Althouse vis Instapundit. I know I did.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Hey fred! Long time no see!

Dante said...

Those are the rules of the game you face today. What will you do about it?

Let's understand what the laws are doing. They are encouraging women to have sex because the state is there to pick up the tab. Now, it really isn't the "State," it is taxpayers.

What can I do about the behavior the state is encouraging in both men, and women, Ann?

The answer is nothing. The judge who tried to give welfare Mom was norplant was pilloried.

The only thing I can do is whine, and tell people like you the current law is having a very bad effect, in the hopes you stop pushing this new, unsustainable approach to male/female biological functions.

Baron Zemo said...

Listen you guys haven't cracked the code.

The Insta-wife has a successful book and the admiration of a bunch of fan boys. That burns the Nutty Perfessor's ass especially when her commenters push back against her feminist crapola.

She should just be careful that she doesn't go too far and piss off the Insta-nerd and lose all those hot links that put her on the map.

Kchiker said...

" I have known more than one man who was forced to pay money to women they didn't impregnate. They simply had the penis closest to the woman when she decided she wanted money."

Of course fraud should be dealt with. I think Ann is saying one should be responsible with one's seed. That some are finding this a shocking and oppressive statement is bizarre to me.

Inga said...

When I agree with Althouse I'm going to say so, loud and clear, some don't like it?

Oh well what can a girl do? Whine? Nope, not for me.

pm317 said...

Thanks @Dante. I got all that she is saying. I think the gist of it is whoever, man or woman, does not want the child should be more responsible (for their own sake and their own choice). If the woman lied, shame on her but if you didn't want it, you make sure you don't get it.

Baron Zemo said...

It was only a matter of time until the Nutty Perfessor turned on the Insta-nerd.

She has all the loyalty of a two dollar Bangkock sucky fucky GI Joe whore.

Bob Ellison said...

The "man up!" whine reminds me of the old story of the airplane going down, and a young woman shouts out "I'm a virgin! Please, someone, make me a real woman before I die!" and a man stands up, tears off his shirt, hands it to her, and says, "Iron this."

Freeman Hunt said...

I'd imagine that Althouse, Instapundit, and Dr. Helen are perfectly capable of arguing intensely about an issue and not taking it personally.

Surely anyone who comments here, of all places, does the same on a regular basis!

Inga said...

Exactly Kchiker, what is so difficult in being responsible for your biological waste? Unless you desire to impregnate her, then consider it a gift freely given.

Of course there are cases of fraud, ON BOTH sides. How about the guy who says to to some woman he wants sex with and has no condom or doesn't like wearing one, "Oh honey, I'm fixed"? Of course she is also a partner in irresponsibility for believing him.

Freeman Hunt said...

How many of us have had it out, ripped each other apart rhetorically and gotten on perfectly well afterward?

That's one of the best things about this place.

Peter Hoh said...

Pastafarian: ... what started this discussion -- women who lie about their fertility to purposefully get pregnant. Yes, that happens to wealthy men.

Quoth the wisdom of the ages: "A fool and his money are soon parted."

n.n said...

I wonder when Meade entered her life. He seems to have been a stabilizing influence.

MayBee said...

I think Ann in a nutshell blasts anybody who wants to play victim and cry foul (except of course if they are blacks and gays). She has a soft corner for both.

Yes.
So talking about why people see themselves as victims could be interesting to one who does see some people as victims.

The "that's ugly/you're losers/you're whining" construct doesn't really invite discussion.

Dante said...

Actually, I do recommend celibacy over low-quality sexual relationships, even sex encounters that seem reasonably fun on any given occasion.

That's because you have no experience with the male biological imperative.

As I said before, look at the animal kingdom, Ann. Males are willing to risk death for mating rights. And you are going to tell kids who have no real way to understand the consequences they need to be careful with their sperm?

It simply is a non-starter. Now, women, on the other hand, and I keep bringing this up, have a natural understanding of what the sex act means. They are the gatekeepers.

The leftist rules have broken down that function, because they can always rely on welfare. The out of wedlock births track socio-economic status. Why do you think that is, Ann?

It's not the pill. It's the support for the kid they see. It's the removal of the stigma. It's destruction of no-fault divorce (thanks ronald reagan). Etc.

Baron Zemo said...

On the "Real Housewives of Orange County" this week two bitter rivals have become besties. Tamara and Gretchen pretend to be good buddies where under the surface you can see where they want to rip each others faces off. It is a professional jealousy where one is getting more attention and kudos than the other.

So they have to find little ways to dig at each other while still pretending that their hands are clean.

El Pollo Raylan said...

Freeman Hunt wisely wrote: How many of us have had it out, ripped each other apart rhetorically and gotten on perfectly well afterward?

That's how things are supposed to work.

Baron Zemo said...

Which is really tough because there is not a part of Tamara's body that is clean. Just sayn'

Baron Zemo said...

I only bring this up because I always thought of my buddy Meade as the Slade Smiley of the Internets.

Baron Zemo said...

Everything you need to learn about life you can learn from reality TV.

cubanbob said...

Exactly Kchiker, what is so difficult in being responsible for your biological waste? Unless you desire to impregnate her, then consider it a gift freely given."

She isn't obligated to accept the gift nor is she obligated to stay pregnant. If someone gave you a bottle of whiskey and the car keys you aren't obligated to get blind drunk and drive. If you chose that then it's entirely your choice and your obligations to suffer the consequences of your actions.

Nonapod said...

I have nothing of value to add to this topic but I must admit it's been an entertaining read. Kudos to both Althouse and her commentariat. Stuff like this is why this is such an fun blog.

betamax3000 said...

Naked Bob Dylan Robot says:

More Women Should Wear Leopard-Skin Pill-Box Hats and More Men Should Wear a Belt Around Their Heads. This Problem Has Been Solved.

Now Everybody Must Get Stoned*.

(*or Vodka and Candy Cigarettes)

Paco Wové said...

"[I] suspect that Althouse isn't really arguing these points because she believes them, but to lead us down some path to draw some parallel and make some other argument"

Nah, I think she's just sick of her commenters and wants to see how much abuse they'll put up with.

El Pollo Raylan said...

@Freeman: It's actually a venerable academic tradition. I learned about it firsthand from an oldtimer and wrote about it here.

I wonder if that sort of head-to-head confrontation goes on today or whether it's all "play nice" repression.

Baron Zemo said...

She always disliked her commenters. The mask just slipped a little lately.

She dislikes them but the blog wouldn't work without them. They do the hard work of being entertaining that she doesn't want to do.

They are like Mexicans.

Freeman Hunt said...

As for my opinion on this small controversy: This is good. This victim man stuff was hitting a tipping point of absurdity, so the push back is well timed.

I write that as someone who adores men and was raised mostly by her father. And I'm proud to say that my dearly departed father would never have advocated such a base vision for manhood, this vision that sees man as a pathetic beast who throws his sperm about with abandon and needs protecting from the women he beds.

The Crack Emcee said...

"I think Ann in a nutshell blasts anybody who wants to play victim and cry foul (except of course if they are blacks and gays). She has a soft corner for both."

Unless they don't agree with her. Then,...we're lower than low.

Kchiker said...

"If someone gave you a bottle of whiskey and the car keys you aren't obligated to get blind drunk and drive."

If he is handing her the sperm then they just might be doing it wrong.

Baron Zemo said...

AMNESTY FOR EDUTCHER!!!!

HE'S SUFFERED ENOUGH!!!

STOP BEING MEAN TO HIM!!!!

Freeman Hunt said...

@Freeman: It's actually a venerable academic tradition. I learned about it firsthand from an oldtimer and wrote about it here.

I thought about bringing up the fact that it's a hallmark of healthy academia. Whenever you see it slide in academia, the result is less rigorous work and meagerness of mind.

Freeman Hunt said...

Crack, I thought you'd be with Althouse on this one. I thought you advocated that people not be careless with sex.

MayBee said...

I think disagreement is great. I've still not yet seen a nice Althouse portal link to Helen's book.

Theranter said...

Satan:
"Damn, I spent all this time and energy on individual men, I should have realized this a long time ago: homo homini lupus, feminae lupior, femina infanta lupissimus!
And it's much more effective & entertaining to watch!"

heyboom said...

How many of us have had it out, ripped each other apart rhetorically and gotten on perfectly well afterward?

My best friend for the past 28 years is as liberal in his beliefs as I am in my conservative views. Outside of politics, we have much more in common than not.

Baron Zemo said...

Althouse would never do a nice link or blog post or promote Dr Helen's book. Why would she do that?

Don't be silly.

betamax3000 said...

Dead Jim Morrison Robot says:

Man, I Covered This, Too.

People are strange when you're a stranger
Faces look ugly when you're alone
Women seem wicked when you're unwanted
Streets are uneven when you're down

See -- When You are Unwanted Women Seem Wicked: You Gotta Be Groovy to the Chicks to Get Some Grooviness Back. And Leather Pants Help.

pm317 said...

I think Ann is narcissistic and she just likes to put up these posts to get us to talk about her, and make her the issue.

Paco Wové said...

My 2¢: trying to fix an inequity in society by making society even more degenerate does not sound like a step in the right direction.

Freeman Hunt said...

"I don't wanna have babies with the skanks I like to hose down with my sperm. Those disposable tramps I bed should be drawn and quartered if they try to pull a fast one on a fine, upstanding guy like me. Just where do these no-good, dishonest women I make love to get off?"

(Something I posted last night, deep in the depths of the 500+ comments.)

rcommal said...

An

rcommal said...

An existing baby or child by definition means the choice to have an abortion was not made. How on earth is it relevant to the issue of child support for a specific, existing child that another child was aborted?

Child support is supposed to be for the benefit of the child. While some men may experience having to pay child child support as punitive, that's not the design or point of it, which is to help provide for an existing child. If the child is yours, of course you should help provide for that child. It's not the child's fault, nor should it be the child's problem, that his or her father doesn't want to support him or her.

I have no problem with a man demanding, and a court ordering, a DNA test to establish paternity prior to a man being ordered to pay child support. And I also strongly support the notion that if a man is paying child support for a child who later turns out not to be his, he should be able to stop paying support and seek a refund of what he's already paid. Yes, I do realize that this could negatively affect an individual child (who is still blameless in the situation), but justice, unfortunately, outweighs that--and the woman should figure out who is the actual father. Sometimes that can't be done, but that doesn't justify forcing a proven non-father to function as one. (That said, I would deeply admire and respect any man who voluntarily continues to be a father to a kid who at some late date turns out not to be biologically his but who has bonded with him as such. )

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