Morse’s Dishonest Framing

Morse’s Dishonest Framing February 7, 2014

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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