Conservative blog WorldNetDaily caught flak last week for printing a post by Pat Buchanan, reviving the old anti-Semitic meme that Jews exercise power out of proportion to their numbers:
If Kagan is confirmed, Jews, who represent less than 2 percent of the U.S. population, will have 33 percent of the Supreme Court seats. Is this the Democrats’ idea of diversity?
If we focus on Buchanan’s post, though, we risk forgetting that everything on WND is entirely insane — like this post, on the 50th anniversary of The Pill, excoriating women for having sex. Apparently, that women want or enjoy sex makes them no better than an animal:
I’ve seen the argument that sex is a natural part of human nature and to deny our urges is stupid and old-fashioned. “Why is sex made to be this big, sacred thing?” asks an Irish reader commenting on Welch’s article. “It’s completely natural, and if people want to sleep around that’s their business. Also, blaming the Pill is stupid. People had sex before contraception was invented, and what has it got to do with marriage anyway?”
Sure, go ahead and rut like an animal, sweetie. I hope it makes you feel empowered.
Are feminists telling me they can’t control themselves? That, like our cow in heat, they are mindlessly controlled by hormones? That they are incapable of keeping their pants on and therefore need artificial methods to allow them to advance their careers between sessions of mindless rutting? This is empowerment?
This could be forgiven as a general exhortation that we of both genders behave ourselves, and restrain our sexual impulses out of some paleo-conservative, neo-Platonic desire to focus on intellectual pursuits, like watching Glenn Beck, or reading WorldNetDaily. But male promiscuousness is generally forgiven, or expected, as the columnist acknowledges, and regardless, isn’t affected by the Pill. It’s women who benefit from medical advances such as the Pill, and women alone whose desires are cast as blameworthy and inhuman. This isn’t “standing athwart history”; it’s trying to roll back the clock to a time when the female orgasm was an unspoken horror, and women submitted to, rather than participated in, their partner’s sexual desires. Those days are behind us, and we, men, women, and couples, are better for it. If feminism, equality, and modernity are to have any meaning, they must mean that we stop blaming women for their own humanity.