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Undoing some of the damage December 17, 2008

Filed under: reproductive rights — Jender @ 11:43 am
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Obama’s preparing to reverse Bush-era rules on abortion and contraception, and apparently taking a hard look at abstinence-only education. Hurrah! Go here for more information, and go here if you’d like to make some suggestions.

 

5 Responses to “Undoing some of the damage”

  1. Rachel Says:

    Yeah, except that he picked a pastor to do his invocation at the inauguration who is anti-abortion, supported Prop Hate etc: Rick Warren. You’ve probably seen this already…

    At change.org, people are already trying to stop this slap in the face to any progressives. Although, it’s good to know that Warren doesn’t seem to influence Obama’s policies, so maybe this is just a token nod to the religious wrong…

  2. jj Says:

    Rachel, I think we should worry about whether a straight man will fully realize than choice and gay marriage are not just some issues that are part of a big political calculation. Recognizing the legitimacy of opponent points of view requires, I think, disregarding the immense problems faced by women and gays.

    Now, that doesn’t mean one can’t work with an opponent, but really having RW give the invocation is too worrying.

    And I was just thinking that it would be fun to watch the inauguration on TV. Hmmmmmm. Maybe not now.

  3. Jender Says:

    JJ, you write: ” I think we should worry about whether a straight man will fully realize than choice and gay marriage are not just some issues that are part of a big political calculation. ” I think we should worry about whether *Obama* fully realises this, because evidence suggests that perhaps he doesn’t. But plenty of straight men do fully appreciate this. And plenty of Log Cabin gay people and plenty of women don’t.

  4. jj Says:

    Jender, when I read your response, I thought “O dear! I shouldn’t have generalized so.” But on reflection I do think there is a general point; it is at some level of generality the same as the one that leads one to worry about whether, e.g., a male hiring committee will be able to fairly evaluate women candidates. Some presumably do evaluate fairly, and adding in some women may not help in fact. Still, there is a worry one should have, and safeguards a wise person might ask for.

    Given there is a general point to be make, what supports the generality? Is there something like standpoint epistemology that we might bring in? Or is it really a matter of empirical evidence? And maybe it isn’t one thing in all cases.

    It was no surprise to see on a number of TV shows last night that no straight guy interviewed seemed to understand the negative reactions.

  5. jj Says:

    And, thanks, Jender, for questioning the statement, which I think now looks more questionable than what I thought I intended. Of course, you might find my explanation less exonerating.


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