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Misogyny indeed

World-class wingnut John Derbyshire says women should not be allowed to vote. On September 29, he said, on Alan Colmes’ radio show:

DERBYSHIRE: Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this – if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.

COLMES: We’d be a better country if women didn’t vote?

D: Probably. Don’t you think so?

C: No, I do not think so whatsoever.

D: Come on Alan. Come clean here [laughing].

C: We would be a better country? John Derbyshire making the statement, we would be a better country if women did not vote.

D: Yeah, probably.

Not only did Derbyshire say that, but his new book— We Are Doomed: Reclaiming Conservative Pessimism— has a whole fucking chapter on that. Derbyshire’s basic justification for his ludicrous belief is the fact that women often vote in a way he disagrees with.

Lots of people vote in a way I disagree with. For example: many men support repressive socially conservative policies; patriarchy has been the system throughout human history, and causes too many problems (just read today’s newspapers). And yet even making some kind of a case for depriving some demographic of political power does not mean that we should. Ending women’s suffrage would mean that a majority of the population is affected by a government and laws that they have no possible way of getting input into. Doing that is wrong in itself.

Via Pandagon.

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Comments on: "Misogyny indeed" (2)

  1. The Arbourist said:

    Wow… just wow.

    The scary thing is that I bet than he is *not* going to be censured and derided everywhere he goes. Thank you Media for privileging this sort of wack-a-loon craziness.

    I suppose if you wanted to start a real furor you would need to talk about something really off the wall like Socialism or Universal Health Care.

  2. Correct. I doubt that the media will censor him. Of course, it’s perfectly legal to be a wingnut, even if it’s a bad idea.

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