I’ve been really disgusted with the Kalley Yanta’s Minnesota Marriage Minute videos. Mostly because they make bigotry, fear and hate look so damn good, professional and reasonable. I’ve been meaning to post about them, but it’s been a chore to watch her maple syrup-sweet, disingenuous arguments. This morning I was going to do it. I even made it through the first three (of 10, now) videos and had started deconstructing the calmly-delivered fallacious vitriol (damn this woman brings to mind the saccharine evil of Delores Umbridge), but then YouTube helpfully directed me to this and my head exploded:
In this video Yanta’s professionalism slips a couple of notches from her MN Marriage Minute videos. Her sugar-coated sarcasm is the epitome of the tongue-in-cheek “Minnesota Nice”, which, for those who haven’t heard the term, is often used to describe passive-agressiveness. She also confirms that her social conservatism is based in religious ideology, which she doesn’t do in MN Marriage Minute.
The “I Have A Say” Campaign is a project of the Coalition to Protect Women’s Health Care, and a response to the birth control hearings held by Darrel Issa during which no women were allowed to speak. It encourages women to make a video about “Why you should have access to birth control, no matter who your employer is” and “why birth control matters to you.”
But Yanta instead spends over five minutes yammering about (I was super close to calling this post “Yanta Yammers”. Hands off – I’m totally TMing that) how birth control prolonged her promiscuous lifestyle, and how it caused the end of her first marriage. She presents the common anti-choice lies that birth control is abortion (under the assumption that a fertilized egg has a soul and is a baby), that abortion is paying someone to rip apart your child, that Planned Parenthood is an organization that sells lies and murder. She implies that when birth control fails (“as it often does”) that a selfish woman who would rather keep her house and car rather than take city buses around town (!!!!) heads down to Planned Parenthood to have an abortion, only to regret that decision for decades. She talks about how if she gets to Heaven she will have to meet all of the dead children that she aborted via her use of birth control. And of course, throughout the video she praises her rediscovery of the Catholic Church and God and his willingness to “take her back” as her salvation and why she is now speaking out against all of us selfish women.
The fact is that one of the reasons that Yanta got to where she’s at is because she had access to birth control. She is a media presence, had a career as a TV anchor on KSTP-TV, and she now – at the time of her choosing – has a family of six children that she can afford to support because she was able to forgo early motherhood. This kind of appeal drives me batshit crazy. “Hey – it worked for me, but now I feel really, really guilty about my success and happiness.” Mark Yanta up as another win for the Catholic Church.