Monday, February 04, 2008

Not all prolifers hate women?

Ed Brayton, who describes himself as pro-choice, goes after the myth that all prolifers are misogynist.
A couple of people are insistently claiming that every single person who opposes a woman's right to have an abortion is, by definition, misogynistic. Others reject that argument, including me. Not only do I reject it, I think it's precisely the kind of lazy, shallow, overly simplistic thinking that is far too common in our political dialogue today....

Here's what I think is really going on here: assuming an evil agenda is easier than engaging someone's real position. It's what Matt Nisbet would call a convenient cognitive shortcut. It makes the world so simple when you can just dismiss the person taking the position out of hand without having to engage the position itself. But sometimes the world just isn't that simple; sometimes, frequently in fact, a clash of ideas really is a sincere dispute between people who both care about doing the right thing even if they disagree on what the right thing is.
Some of his readers still fervently disagree.

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