[formerly Le Deuxième Sexe!]
I wanted to make a thread for all women related content outside of metoo. Most of it is going to be horrible, because that’s today, and for some reason it’s women’s issues that drives the world mad.
So apparently some guy named Kevin Williamson was hired by The Atlantic recently as some kind of, as Paul Krugman put it, “Conservative Unicorn”, an earnest and thoughtful conservative that actually exists.
Well, alas, unicorns are indeed hard to find.
Turns out he advocated the death penalty for women having abortions in a podcast in 2014. He also fantasized about hanging as a great way to make people suffer when being executed. To be fair, i guess, he didn’t outright say “i want to hang women who have abortions and make them suffer”.
I would totally go with treating (abortion) like any other crime up to and including hanging — which kind of, as I said, I’m kind of squishy about capital punishment in general, but I’ve got a soft spot for hanging as a form of capital punishment. I tend to think that things like lethal injection are a little too antiseptic.
… but he is fantasizing about making people suffer whom he executes when thinking about women receiving the death penalty for abortion.
Needless to say women were appalled, and The Atlantic withdrew it’s offer of employment.
What’s strange about this, and why i posted it, is how much conservative support he’s receiving, and how this is leading to an equally vehement backlash by women seeing conservatives circle the wagons around someone who advocates the death penalty for abortion and then fantasies about how they’d do it. Suddenly “lie-beral media” is censoring thoughtful conservatives and ect ect.
The stark and terrifying reality that, underneath it all, many conservatives are indeed comfortable with women receiving the death penalty for abortion and that this, as a respectable position, has suddenly the chance to become mainstream.