Pondering Nikki Haley & Contraception

The above clip has been blown out of proportion regarding the contraception comment. Look at everything she discusses, including the need for more women in politics! The idea that diversity has a positive effect on an organization is an argument of identity politics that has not been well accepted in conservative circles. It is starting to make inroads as populism continues to flourish on the right. It’s really kind of exciting to see it in action. But that’s not what gets the headlines. No, the focus is, once again, on contraception.

I think Haley’s right that women care about more than just reproductive issues, and that the economy and jobs and other issues are as important, if not more so. I know jobs are more important to me.

I’m 41 and at the end of my reproductive life cycle. I’ve been very happy with the options I’ve had to limit my pregnancies, successfully limiting my family to one child, and never requiring an abortion to do it. The options for women today are even better.

I don’t understand why we’re still talking about this issue, except as I understand it to be used as a cudgel with which to beat women into the submission of one side. The sad thing is, the focus on the conversation as it is just drives home what women are really denied: a good education that leads to real critical thinking, and the opportunity to reflect and come to their own opinion about things. People (parents, siblings, sometimes husbands, bosses, politicians, the “beauty” industry, psychologists, parenting experts, the medical establishment, etc) are always trying to make women’s minds up for them, and all too often women let them.

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5 comments on “Pondering Nikki Haley & Contraception

  1. wmcb says:

    She said it awkwardly and broadly, then tried to clarify. It doesn’t seem to me that she meant “women don’t care AT ALL about contraception”. It’s more like “stop reducing us to that”. Women are SO much more than walking talking uteruses.

    With all the fullness of women’s lives and concerns, I just can’t get excited over whether or not some religious group is required to pay for a woman’s birth control as this huge ZOMG limiting factor on women’s success. Sorry, but you still have “access” – no one said anything about outlawing anything. The quibble is over who should pay for a medication that some see as an optional, voluntary, minor medical expense. Do I personally think plans OUGHT to pay for it, and it’s not entirely fair if they don’t? Yep. But I can agree to disagree. I get her point that it’s really not that big a deal, and letting something that small divide and conquer women isn’t helping us. We have so many larger things to consider.

    • Agree. What gets me is that this is making a huge deal about something that is remarkable small. Contraception is common, and the science for that and abortion continues to improve at a phenomenal rate. If a woman isn’t negligent, she can avoid pregnancy within 24 hours of contraception failure, meaning she’ll never have an abortion as we understand it, or a vaginal ultrasound. Contraception is cheap and accessible and that has already led to a revolution in how much equality women have. But it’s settled, or it should be. Fighting over it just shows me how out of touch people are, how many are still buying the status quo, which has stalled us out.

      • wmcb says:

        Some of the feminists make the same error that the Jesses and Al Sharpton’s make: If we have, indeed progressed as a society, then they are out of a job, since their “schtick” is that the horrors of 1962 are always just around the corner about to pounce again.

        And by living in the past (which happens to be their personal glory days when they were soldiers of righteousness) they fight old mostly-vanquished monsters, rather than being of use fighting real problems in the here and now.

  2. elliesmom says:

    I sometimes wonder if most of the women who refuse to move beyond contraception as the major feminist issue of the day are like you (and me) past our child-bearing years. Maybe they aren’t ready to have that no longer be an issue for them? Most of the younger women I know just take having access to birth control for granted. They choose a method they can afford and manage with or without insurance. I came of age during the earlier days of the birth control pill when long term side effects were more a worry than its cost, but even with avoiding the pill, I still managed to have only the two babies I wanted and never had an abortion.

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