Monday, July 25, 2011

The latest in conservative attacks on women

According to the Guttmacher Institute, virtually all women (more than 99%) aged 15–44 who have ever had sexual intercourse have used at least one contraceptive method. The Institute of Medicine recently recommended that the United States government make birth control free to women as part of preventative healthcare.
If women are afforded these services, they "can better avoid unwanted pregnancies and space their pregnancies to promote optimal birth out­comes."
What does Bill O'Reilly say?

Key quote: "Many women who get pregnant are blasted out of their minds when they have sex. They're not going to use birth control anyway"

Don't worry, O'Reilly is cool with Viagra, though. The little blue pill is used for real medical reasons not to abet women's promiscuous behavior.

You're not a "skeptic" if you can't challenge your own biases

Approaching life with a healthy dose of skepticism and applying reason to life's various quandaries is a good thing. My father has long touted to my siblings and me the importance of having a "scientific mind."  No doubt the world would be better off if more people let reason reign in their lives, rather than ideology. (*cough* Eric Cantor *cough*) But there is a difference between seeking to use reason and making skepticism and reason an identity. The latter, I'm beginning to think, results not in injecting more reasonableness into public discourse, but less, as people who are invested in touting their own superior logic are rarely self-aware enough to spot and acknowledge the places where their thinking has been colored by bias. And make no mistake--no one is immune to the biases inherent in our society--not even the guy who calls himself a Skeptic and fancies himself the smartest person in the room.


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