05 March 2012 @ 11:09 am
talkin' 'bout my generation  
"The real problem is that Rush is speaking for a big pool of people who agree with him. We're all acting as though we're shocked that the 'religious freedom' argument was just a facade for a seething hostility toward contraceptives themselves, but what's to be shocked about? Rush knows his audience well, and for most of them insurance coverage of contraceptives has always been a sideshow. That's clear enough already if you're plugged into the email chains and church newsletters that form the backbone of social conservatism, and all Rush has done is drag it out from this netherworld and shine a national spotlight on their real concern: that unmarried women are having sex at all, and that easy access to contraceptives expresses a tacit endorsement of it. They really do disapprove of the pill and the free-love generation it ushered in, and they disapprove of the fact that modern society forces them all to pretend that this is OK. Because they don't think it's OK. They're afraid of it. They think it's bad for public morals, they think it leads to a breakdown of order, and they think it should be condemned. Maybe the hypocrisy of times past was nothing to be proud of, but it's still better than the chaos and self-indulgence of the if-it-feels-good-do-it generation."

Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on March 5th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
I read this last night and got to rage and seeth until I fell asleep. GOOD TIMES.

Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on March 5th, 2012 05:35 pm (UTC)
*seethe. GDI.
PMMJcheetahmaster on March 5th, 2012 06:21 pm (UTC)