When seen in the context of the most recent developments, the new intensity of the American misogyny appears less of an anachronistic anomaly and more as a logical consequence of the current political struggles. The debates (and the present escalation) of the Abortion law – the topic that had been put to rest in the remainder of the world a long time ago – is resurfacing now, at this particular moment, not in the light of its renewed relevance or urgency, but as an opening act for the new ch

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10 thoughts on “Texas

  1. What’s really sad is guys poke fun at a girl, and when the girl tells the guys they’re pregnant the guys all of a sudden disappear and find another girl to poke fun at.

  2. This is heresy and apostasy at the highest level, but I think overturning Roe v Wade would be a good thing. I think Roe v Wade has totally skewed American political discourse over the past (almost) 49 years. There’s an army of people who wake up in the morning & the first thing they hear is the screaming of little fetuses being aborted, and as soon as their feet hit the floor, off they go on their single issue crusade. And unfortunately, the GOP has tapped into them big time.

    If Roe v Wade were to get overturned, there would be some short-term pain, to be sure. But I think a lot of wind would go out of the so-called “pro-life” sails (as well as campaign contributions). But perhaps—and hopefully—newer, less invasive (and less obvious) methods of terminating pregnancies would be developed, and Democrats (I use the term loosely) would fire up enough political will to get something allowing abortions into federal law.

    Regarding this particular Texas law, yes, it’s heinous. But I had dinner with some libertarian lawyers the other night, and they said people are jumping to conclusions on this law. The Supreme Court refused to hear it because it hasn’t been implemented or challenged in a real case yet. They are convinced that the first time there’s actually a real case, the Texas law will fall apart. We’ll see . . .

    1. It’s not necessarily apostasy. I am no constitutional lawyer but it seems to me that the justification for Roe v Wade is pathetic and a total stretch.

      OTOH, abortions should be legal. Regulated (as is pretty much anything under the sun) – and people of good will can disagree on where the line ought to be drawn exactly – but legal and safe.

    2. I get the feeling that’s not how it would play out. Once Roe is toast and all the red states have imposed abortion laws as bad or worse than TX the will use the outsize influence they have generated to implement federal abortion laws which also punish states that do not adopt TX style abortion laws as well as pushing for federal voting restrictions to curtail the voting influence of the poor and minorities. The wind doesn’t come out of the sails of these movements when they succeed but rather when they fail and the last torchbearers die off. The push for facism is strong and growing stronger. I see white supremacy and nationalist militia stickers on trucks now regularly.

  3. Misogyny somehow justified.
    Eve eats apple out of curiosity, inquisitive human nature. Zap,banished to boring old hard-working earth. Adam, owner of many more ribs and women to follow, has Apple land in his hand and chooses to follow her and bitch about her choice for all of eternity. She was just curious, he was a dumb ass. All of eternity has now been men trying to dumb down women.
    Just a monogamous version of the Pandora story, not very creative.
    Monotheism is a dream come true for autocrats/fascism. Being taught to believe the ridiculous is a great beginning. When people had choices of gods to follow ruling could be messy.

  4. I agree the new intensity of the American misogyny is less an anachronistic anomaly and more a logical consequence of the current political struggles. But it is an anomaly and a product of political struggles, so its impact and viability depends upon the will of the body politic. Indeed, abortion law has largely been put to rest not only in the world, but also in the US. Time will tell where this new chapter of misogynistic and fascistic political tendencies in our country may lead us. But, in my opinion, it’s a political loser, not unlike Trump politics, because it fails to gain enough and substantial consensus.

    Nixon’s “Forgotten Man” or “Silent Majority” (or whatever he called it) has over time become either informed or displaced. Suburban women and independents are ruling the political roost, though that may be less certain in suburban communities around Dallas.

    I’ve heard fears expressed multiple times and from multiple sources about the preponderance of firearms in the context of the rising some extremist elements in our society. But I don’t believe the political will exists to support those extremists. And if they find the courage to come out and impose any threat, Mark Milley has said the National Guard would quickly squelch it in any form.

    It’s kind of funny how a man can be mocked and put in his place by his wife when confronting issues that inspire him to “pound his chest,” allowing himself to lose control and loudly express his anger and frustration. More often than not, the man realizes she’s right, but he just wants to express himself. The entire, twisted, Texas political anomaly is an attempt to score a 99-yard touchdown on a hail Mary pass from Governor Abbot’s own end-zone. But it’s only going to inspire more challenge, and place more national, political focus on his state. I doubt it will end well for him.

    I think the Texas governor is “seeing how far he can skip stones in a big pond.” But his actions are not without impact on his own people. And though he tries to impose his own will by limiting free speech through the vote, Abbot’s actions are not taken in a void. There will be consequences, though what they may be remains to be seen. I don’t know much about Texas politics, and I wish I could predict the future. But I don’t imagine Texans are going to sit on their hands about this.

  5. As is often the case, your observation and perspective provokes thought and imagination. I really appreciate that about your work. But I have to call out your references to “conservative politics,” “conservative man,” “Western conservative,” etcetera.

    Funny. I voted for Biden who, like the country, is rather conservative in many ways. “Republican” inclination to distinguish the party by resorting to radical policy should be a liability for the Trump wanna-be candidates in the 2022 election. They’re free to be radical if they wish. But I feel the democrats should call out these radical policies and name them as such.

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