Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Best of the Web Today: In Defense of Boys -

Best of the Web Today: In Defense of Boys - "The New York Times's Charles Blow had an interesting column the other day, and we mean that as a backhanded compliment. Blow opens by announcing that his intention is to transcend the "simplistic, black-or-white, conservative vs. progressive discussion around the dissolution of the traditional family and high single-parent birthrates" and instead "focus more on complex areas of causation."

That's awfully ambitious, if not impossibly so, for an 800-word column. And Blow ends up spending most of that space decreeing various arguments off-limits.

"We can't look longingly at the halcyon ideals of yore," he avers. Good to know. "We must provide thorough and unimpeded sex education." After all, "abstinence . . . won't be for everyone." For the sake of the nonabstainers, "we must provide a full range of reproductive services--prophylactic and contraceptive as well as post-pregnancy."

In this context, the adjectives "prophylactic" and "contraceptive" are synonyms, but we guess he means to allude, respectively, to male and female methods. "Post-pregnancy," however, is a new euphemism for abortion, so the bottom line is that female sexual and reproductive choice may not be questioned."

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