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Feb 07 2014

Morse’s Dishonest Framing

Jennifer Roback Morse of the Ruth Institute, an affiliate of the National Organization for Marriage, has an interview with the National Catholic Register that shows just how utterly dishonest wingnuts can be in framing the issues they care about. Some of the rhetoric is simply inane:

Which groups have been pushing this sexual revolution?

A mix of people have promoted it: population controllers (who think there are too many poor people); hipsters (who just want to be libertines); radical feminists who think babies are keeping women from being “equal.” All these groups have one thing in common: They’re controlled by elites, people who want to re-create the world in their own image.

Hipsters? Really? And “elites”? Is there any word more casually thrown around without definition than “elites”? It seems to be used mostly to mean “anyone who disagrees with me.”

The sexual revolution promised freedom and fun. Yet you say it was — and is — a totalitarian movement. Why?

Because its goal — to separate sex from reproduction and both from marriage — is impossible. When men and women have sex, babies have a way of appearing. So the government has to step in and control people’s behavior and even people’s thoughts about what’s possible, desirable and realistic. The HHS mandate is just one example of the government stifling dissent by essentially saying: “This society will be built around contraception, and there will be no dissent from that.” That’s one example of totalitarianism coming straight from the government and literally shutting down people who disagree.

Wow. WOW. Giving women access to contraception and therefore control over her own reproduction is “totalitarian.” Having the government micromanage her health care decisions and force her to undergo mandatory and unnecessary ultrasounds and other medical procedures? Well that’s just standing for the three F’s — faith, freedom and fetuses.

You call another group of sexual-revolution victims, who bought into the sexual revolution only to discover its promises of fun and freedom are false, “the heartbroken career women.”

These women are also all around us, but we simply don’t see them. [Culture says] the entry fee into the professions for women is that you chemically neuter yourself during your peak childbearing years in your 20s — and if you have an “accident,” you get an abortion.

By the time a woman figures out, “If I have no children, that’s going to be terrible for me,” she’s 35. The in vitro fertilization industry is making huge profits off people’s infertility problems, which often happen because women put off having kids for so long they can’t do it naturally anymore.

And yet when that woman is a lawyer, college professor, TV news anchor or some other professional, she’s going to dig in her heels and defend the sexual revolution, because her life is literally built around it. We want to help this type of woman “connect the dots” and see that she has been victimized because she built her life around the lies.

I’ve got new for you, Jennifer — those women tend to think you’re completely full of shit. They like having the option to choose whether to get married and have kids right away, to put off having kids until later, to not have kids at all, and whatever other option they choose to exercise. They have this radical idea that they’re the ones who get to decide what’s best for them, not you. Crazy, I know.

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  1. 1
    reddiaperbaby1942

    It [the word "elite"] seems to be used mostly to mean “anyone who disagrees with me.”
    Actually, I think it’s mainly used to refer to “anyone who has more education than me” and thinks they’re so doggone smart. And they drink funny coffee, and sometimes they drink wine instead of beer like a real man does. And they drive silly little foreign cars instead of a proper pickup truck. And they don’t like guns. And they listen to pretentious phony music and read peculiar books and … in fact, they’re just not “real Americans”! Lets get rid of them all!

  2. 2
    Gregory in Seattle

    I find it amusing that a member of a world-wide organization governed by a single, fabulously wealthy man with essentially absolute rule who had been selected by a tiny, very powerful oligarchy appointed by his predecessors, and whose rule is carried out by powerful, wealthy and mostly corrupt hand-picked regents, would piss and moan about “elitists.”

    And it is just f-ing creepy, the way this woman insists — repeatedly — that it is vitally necessary to control people in order to keep them from being controlled.

  3. 3
    richardelguru

    O! For a moment there, when I saw the hed, I thought you were going to criticise the new Endeavour series…

  4. 4
    timgueguen

    But that’s typical. A lot of the people who fling around “elites” and “elitists” as an insult are themselves members or support personnel of the same class. Rush Limbaugh and his clones are a good example. They count on their target audience not getting that themselves often hold the same beliefs they’re denouncing. I doubt Limbaugh had anything but contempt for his audience even as he claims to be “just like them.”

  5. 5
    Gwynnyd

    So the government has to step in and control people’s behavior and even people’s thoughts about what’s possible, desirable and realistic.

    My irony meter just melted down.

    How does the cognitive dissonance of this statement not make their heads explode?

  6. 6
    iknklast

    Not having kids is terrible? Tell that to a woman who is surrounded by half a dozen of the little monsters, screaming and demanding, exhausting her, while she has no one to talk to except youngsters, so she finds herself wallowing in boredom.

    The problem with the June Cleaver view of the world is that the camera never panned to all the Valium in her medicine chest and all the alcohol in her underwear drawer. Being constantly high is the only possible explanation for a woman vacuuming in pearls and high heels with a smile on her face.

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    cptdoom

    These women are also all around us, but we simply don’t see them. [Culture says] the entry fee into the professions for women is that you chemically neuter yourself during your peak childbearing years in your 20s — and if you have an “accident,” you get an abortion.

    I work in healthcare, an industry whose workforce is predominantly of the female persuasion, and I have no freaking idea what she’s talking. I work with lawyers, nurses, epidemiologists, accountants, and several other different types of professionals, all highly educated and successful women, and have never seen this kind of thinking. In my 25 years in health care I would doubt there is a day I haven’t had a pregnant co-worker, of every age – nearly all of them in stable marriages.

  8. 8
    Marcus Ranum

    Freedom is slavery!

  9. 9
    greg1466

    All these groups have one thing in common: They’re controlled by elites, people who want to re-create the world in their own image.

    So the government has to step in and control people’s behavior and even people’s thoughts about what’s possible, desirable and realistic. The HHS mandate is just one example of the government stifling dissent…That’s one example of totalitarianism coming straight from the government and literally shutting down people who disagree.

    We want to help this type of woman “connect the dots” and see that she has been victimized because she built her life around the lies.

    Project much? Can’t get through a single answer without it.

    Because its goal — to separate sex from reproduction and both from marriage — is impossible.

    Well since you can’t separate sex/reproduction from marriage, I guess there’s no need to keep fighting against sex education since only married people can make use of the information anyway. Right? Yeah, thought not.

  10. 10
    Modusoperandi

    To be fair, access to contraception is pretty bad. Why, just the other day I got some of the Pill as a part of the non-monetary compensation from my employer. They don’t taste like anything. My disappointment was palpable.

  11. 11
    hunter

    Morse has always been a fringe character, and seems to have gotten a little too extreme for NOM — they have officially parted company, and the Ruth Institute is now its own separate little anti-gay hate group.

    That said, none of this is surprising. Ridiculous and hateful, yes, but not surprising.

  12. 12
    Chiroptera

    They’re controlled by elites, people who want to re-create the world in their own image.

    Well, that almost describes me. As a white male, I’d like to see everyone have the same rights and privileges that I enjoy.

    But, unfortunately, I’m not actually in control of anything.

  13. 13
    TxSkeptic

    “When men and women have sex, babies have a way of appearing.”

    Well golly gee, how in the world does that happen?

  14. 14
    Chiroptera

    When men and women have sex, babies have a way of appearing.

    Explain that, atheists!

  15. 15
    matty1

    According to wikipedia Morse has two children, one of them adopted. Something tells me she may be being a little bit hypocritical here.

  16. 16
    Ace of Sevens

    Hipsters don’t want to remake the world in their image? How can they feel smug about being more clever than others if they do?

  17. 17
    a miasma of incandescent plasma

    So does she think there aren’t enough poor people???

  18. 18
    abb3w

    “Elites” seems more often to refer to “anyone who thinks they might be better than someone as spectacularly great as myself”.

  19. 19
    howardhershey

    Only two children, one adopted, eh. Perhaps she really does only have sex when she intends to get pregnant. Her husband must be one frustrated guy…or a rover.

  20. 20
    D. C. Sessions

    Not having kids is terrible? Tell that to a woman who is surrounded by half a dozen of the little monsters, screaming and demanding, exhausting her, while she has no one to talk to except youngsters, so she finds herself wallowing in boredom.

    Who cares what she thinks?

  21. 21
    Crimson Clupeidae

    Matty1@15. Could be she’s really just had sex once. Given her personality, that’s its own kind of birth control, I would bet.

  22. 22
    jnorris

    One has to ask Ms Morse if she really wants to be a non-elite chattel woman in that 12th century world she advocates.

  23. 23
    cry4turtles

    What a stupid bitch. I got spaded when I was 30. I went to the vet clinic on 1/2 price day and barked like a dog. No regrets. No kidding. Woof.

  24. 24
    edmundog

    “Hipsters? Really? And “elites”? Is there any word more casually thrown around without definition than “elites”?”

    Well, yeah, ‘hipsters’.

  25. 25
    Modusoperandi

    I was a hipster elite. I went to Harvard. You probably haven’t heard of it.

  26. 26
    gerryl

    She seems to think that the “HHS mandate” is a requirement that everyone use contraception. All the time. No opting out.

  27. 27
    dingojack

    Modus – “I was a hipster elite….”

    How exclusive can you get?

    ” … I went to Harvard”

    Did they empty out the whole place for each student ‘hipster elite’? Gotta keep ‘em separated.

    ;) Dingo

  28. 28
    Stacy

    “This society will be built around contraception, and there will be no dissent from that.”

    Poor Jennifer Morse. Unable to express her dissent about our contraception-centered society! Well, except in this interview. But I’m sure the Femistazi will knock on her door any day now, and march her off someplace where she’ll be forced to use contraception and get gay married and have an abortion.

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