Ugh. Witness thuggish wingnut James Taranto’s comment on the killings in Colorado.
Perhaps he’d like to judge? Is he going to ask this question of every case where a person puts themselves in harm’s way to defend a loved one? What criterion is he going to use to define “worthy”?
That’s a repulsive sentiment he’s expressing, and seems to reflect a lack of empathy and an inability to imagine any kind of sacrifice without hauling out a ledger sheet to calculate its value. Not nice.
But then I read one of the first comments on the article at dKos highlighting Taranto’s sliminess. And I was ugh’ed out again!
I was prepared for a worthy rant. Apologies, should have known better. If another nitwit does something similar, refer them to Heinlein. Heinlein wrote “anycountry that does not place women and children first” as part of it’s values is a unethical country. (I am paraphrasing.)
Women take nine months to make a baby. Men take minutes. That fact prompted Heinlein’s writing.
Heinlein???!? Jebus, that man was an unrepentant sexist pig himself; I recoiled from his later books when I was 15, because they were too crudely horny and repellently attached to sexist stereotypes. When I was 15, and juiced on testosterone myself! Also, I was even then learning to dislike what would become a typical libertarian mindset.
But to respond to a challenge to women’s worth by declaring the importance of their baby-making abilities…talk about missing the whole point.