Defining heroism down

The New York Times's Linda Greenhouse gets a lot of things wrong in her new piece on the Sandra Fluke case, and one thing partially right: that "sex without consequences" is integral to any discussion on the subject. Though even there she gets something fundamentally wrong, in contending that this part of the matter goes "deeper than the religious garb in which the debate over access to contraception is clothed."

What's particularly disturbing about Greenhouse's take on the matter (aside from trying to make a Loretta Lynn song into an argument that can't be trumped) is her assumption that advocating "sex without consequences" is enough to make a woman into a heroine. The sad truth is that devastating consequences -- including splintered families, soaring disease rates, and a sex-saturated youth culture -- are, in fact, exactly what decades of increasing "sex without consequences" have brought us. To deliberately ignore that in order to push for more of the same is anything but heroic.


A sorry trade
In a culture where integrity, commitment and sacrifice are scoffed at and controversial celebrities, hardcore idealogues and spoiled atheletes are in, we exchanged true heroes for anti-heroes a while back. And we're much the worse for the transaction.
Defining Duck Down
So, “the right clearly sees her [Ms Fluke] as the embodiment of what it fears in modern American culture, where women are free to indulge themselves and get away with it”, eh? And here all along I naively thought what we “feared” was gender-agnostic duplicity that results in favoritism for special interest groups at the expense of the inalienable rights of everyone.

And another thing that gets me. In snide protest of what she considers contemptible ideological word-spinning on the part of Cathy Cleaver Ruse, Greenhouse advises us to “note the canny use of [the word] “drugs” rather than “prescription medication”, but then has the brass herself to employ the very convention she abhors by putting quotation marks around “pro-family” in her description of FRC.

There’s a word for all this: HORSEFEATHERS.

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