Saturday, July 13, 2013

Secular humanism in a nutshell

It's hard to find a more apt summary of the in-practice spirit and intellectual application of secular humanism than what you see illustrated here:

Forcing women to adhere to the anti-choice attitudes of state legislators forces men to do the same, and will have serious consequences both on men's lives and lifestyles.....
Your sex life is at stake. Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don't be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.
Oh crap! The Texas legislature wants to ban abortions that occur after 20 weeks in most situations. Those stupid sluts you want to nail are going to get freaked out! They may not spread their legs as easily if they only have 5 weeks to get an abortion! You better oppose this if you want to get laid, because nothing's more of a turnoff than the thought of a back-alley abortion. (Apparently, clinic abortions get some women's nipples hard?)

But it's useful, because it really illustrates secular humanism in the wild: the fear that, someday, you may be forced to moderate your desires for anything other than the liberal cause of the moment. What a standard! Humans should never be expected to do such things, ever.

It's a little like reading a reaction to news that health insurance companies are going to raise rates for the morbidly obese. How terrible! These anti-choice fat cat businessmen are *making life for binge eaters uncomfortable*. They may be forced to skip one of their three daily visits to the all you can eat buffet. People may actually *lose weight*. Will these nutjobs never see fit to let us live by the standards of our choosing?


Cale B.T. said...

Here’s a comment I recently read online:

“let me assure you, at some point your contraception WILL FAIL. So the choice is to not have sex at all, which I cannot imagine anyone would recommend as a viable option or even an ideal for which to strive, or to deal with unplanned pregnancy.”

Consider the following four statements:

1. Women ought to have the right to not have children, for instance if they wish to continue their career or education.

2. Two consenting adults can never be counseled to refrain from sexual behavior.

3. Contraception often fails.

4. Therefore, abortion should be made available.

I suspect that so much of the “War on Women” rhetoric comes from intuition that the pro-life position involves the rejection of either 1. or 2. And, of course, no rational person could ever seriously even think about denying 2, right? Thus, the REAL animus for the pro-life position must come from their denial of 1.

Crude said...

Yeah. Funny, that.

Of course, part of the problem is everyone - conservatives as well as liberals - generally treat topics of sex as taboo to the point where 2 actually wins by default. Because the alternative is having to talk about it, and you're guaranteed to weird out the room and probably yourself if you're the average person.

Victor Reppert said...

Viewing sex as an entitlement has led to more oppression of women than anything else in history. Poor Rebecca Watson is testimony to that1