The Thinking Housewife: Women in combat means women using … BIRTH CONTROL! Eek!

No, seriously, this band is called Birth Control.

No, seriously, this band is called Birth Control.

Unsurprisingly, our old friend “The Thinking Housewife” is aghast at the notion of women serving in combat. What is a little surprising is why. In one of her many recent posts on the subject she offers this unique take on the subject:

There are so many unexamined consequences of the full integration of women into the military that one barely knows where to start, but one of the obvious places is with the fact that the Armed Forces will be increasingly in the business of population control.

Yes, that’s right: women in combat means women using birth control. The horror!

You see, women who are nine momths pregnant can’t exactly serve on the front lines. So that means the military is going to have to get in the business of helping its women soldiers avoid becoming pregnant.

In addition to providing rations and equipment, troops in combat will need ample supplies of contraceptives — and under this mentality, it will be the military’s responsibility to prevent pregnancy. Given that pregnancies can be, even in the best of circumstances, “unintended,” a woman who becomes pregnant on tour after her unit runs out of birth control pills or condoms will now have cause to blame the military for her offspring’s existence. We will almost certainly see women suing the Army for damages after “unintended” pregnancy. And as a consequence, the military will need to become more and more involved in the effective sterilization of their female troops.

Um, what? Sterilization? When women stop using birth control, they can become pregnant. Heck, they can become pregnant while still using birth control. Calling female birth control “sterilization” is a bit like calling a condom a vasectomy.

She ends her piece with this doozy:

As I said before, women don’t join the military as equals of men in order to defend their country. They join it to destroy their country.  An egalitarian military must embrace socially destructive ideals. What can be more emblematic of our times than a military unit equipped with guns to destroy the enemy and contraceptives to destroy future soldiers?  We have lost both the will to fight and the will to live.

Time to pull out the Don Draper “what?” gif again.

Actually, I don’t think that will be adequate to convey the sheer WTFery of that conclusion. I’m pulling out the big guns this time.

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Posted on January 27, 2013, in antifeminism, contraception, crackpottery, ladies against women, misogyny, reactionary bullshit, sex, women in combat and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 193 Comments.

  1. @Amnesia

    I started playing that exact game the other week. We all died within half a hour.

  2. Amnesia: Haven’t tried those yet, actually.

    Dwarven biology is the opposite. The birth is marked by cancelling whatever job they were doing just long enough to pick of the child, then they go right about their business. I just wish they had a place to put the kid before entering combat, instead of using the little bundle of joy as an ablative meat shield.

    Last thing you want in that game is one of your legendary, heavily armed soldiers go mad with grief over the death of their child and turn those skills against their fellow dwarves. Hell, I lost half a fortress once to an angry unarmed potter.

  3. It’s funny that you can’t set up a nursery or designated area to put kids in DF. Lord knows you can set up a designated spot for everything else.

    I think it’s a poor mechanic that dwarves bonding and forming relationships is essentially a bad thing. It needs to have benefits to outweigh the consequences of a beloved dwarf dying.

  4. Flooding the fort with mostly-useless children isn’t enough of a benefit for you, katz? Tsk, tsk.

  5. Married dwarves at least get children, but dwarves who are friends get fuck-all.

  6. The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

    Thanks Starla. :)

  7. The last time I played Dwarf Fortress, I got a map that had all kinds of gold veins on it, but no iron.

    All right, you think, just make golden trade goods and buy all the iron you need, and bob’s your uncle.

    Turns out the game’s difficulty ramps up according to the value of everything you’ve produced so far….

    So, in addition to the hand-holding and the actual lack of control over the dwarfs, I stopped playing DF. Probably I will go back to it at some point, when time has fogged memory and I start to think, hey, it wasn’t all that bad.

  8. I will go back to it at some point, when time has fogged memory and I start to think, hey, it wasn’t all that bad.

    Ayup. Heck I only started playing it again myself because of the one hour time limit on the open beta for a… similarly themed game I was otherwise involved in this weekend. (Stupid NDA)

  9. Oh, and absolutely amen on the relative disadvantage of relationships in DF. Sometimes I think the real joy of the game is as an Unintended Consequence Generator for the developer. “Ok, let’s make the bodies react to heat, let’s make this the temperature scale, whoops, left out a 0… now dwarf fat melts in the rain.”

  10. Hi again, peeps. TTH does my head in so I just dove straight into the comments here. :P Left handedness! Interesting! Must be very irritating – the thing that stuck out to me was a woman ordering a product for us explaining in frustration how much ring binders suck for left handed people. Oh man, I had never thought of that!

    I am strongly left-eye dominant. When I first shot a rifle right handed I suuuucked. I was not happy. :P When I learnt archery and they got me to shoot left handed I was pretty good. This followed on to rifles later. Phew! Along with that I learnt to fight (muay thai) left handed, basically as an experiment on my coach’s part, and it’s awesome I must say though my left kicks will never be my strength. I also used to play left forward in football (so shoot goals from the left), and didn’t have strong opinions either way on snowboarding left vs right footed. So I do some things naturally lefty yet I am definitely right handed.

    I don’t think playing keyboards is related to being ambidextrous, it’s just part of the challenge. I have played piano since I was 5, but it hasn’t made me any better at fine motor skills on the left hand side for anything *but* piano. :D

    My partner is fairly strongly right handed, yet when he was little he distinctly remembered writing with his left and right hands, and being made to choose. He was indifferent, so they got him to write right handed.

  11. I think it helps to adopt the “Losing is Fun” mentality when it comes to Dwarf Fortress. I first downloaded it after reading the Boatmurdered saga, and although I’ve never had the shit hit the fan in quite the same way Boatmurdered’s did, in the back of my mind I feel that it would be as worthy and memorable an experience as playing any well-managed, prosperous, and secure fort. Every failure is just another step on a very fun, steep learning curve, to me.

  12. “Ok, let’s make the bodies react to heat, let’s make this the temperature scale, whoops, left out a 0… now dwarf fat melts in the rain.”

    What cruel monster could engender such a world?! cry the Dwarfs, as they retreat underground and never come out again.

  13. @Tulgey: What I do when I hit something I can’t get past, no matter what the game, is put it down and wander off to something else, and come back in a few months.

    Or cheat like a bastard. That’s how I finished Heroes of Might and Magic III, cheating like a bastard.

    I got to the end of Baldur’s Gate with tons of money because I would just create healing potions and magical ammunition. I made one of my character’s stats all 25s, and the game would still kill him regularly.

  14. Oh, I put Pharaoh down because it took so long to get anywhere, I was just sitting there with the speed up, but if I cranked the speed up all the way the city would burn down before I could react :(

  15. I don’t mind that DF is hard, but sometimes it feels artificially hard. Like the key bindings are inconsistent; what fun is there in a learning curve of trying to remember which key takes you back to the previous menu?

  16. Melting dwarf fat is nothing compared to the mermaid-bone collection schemes some players have devised.

    I’ve already said too much.

  17. I’d like it better if I didn’t have to plan six hundred steps ahead all the time.

    And yes, the key bindings are annoyingly inconsistent.

    I can’t play the game at all without DwarfTherapist, which is a third-party app. When a third-party app that reads out the status of your dwarfs is almost necessary, it might point out a shortcoming in your program.

  18. Melting dwarf fat is nothing compared to the mermaid-bone collection schemes some players have devised.

    I’d like to devise a scheme whereby NONE of my dwarfs go mad and kill with blood and guts and veins in their teeth because they can’t find bones despite an entire fortress’ worth of piscaphobes gnoshing on turtle in the next room. >:(

  19. Well, I suppose “piscaphobe” is unfair. They don’t fear fish so much as lose to fish.

  20. These dwarfs are sounding like the ones in Oglaf … :D

  21. Carp! Carp are the Dwarfbane! Never underestimate a carp.

  22. Yeah, forget the Hidden Fun Stuff. The seeds of your fortress’ fall are right there on the surface.

    @Kitteh’s: The Fukken Dwarfs are brighter. Last time I played DF, the programmer hadn’t got around to programming the dwarfs to recognize when they are on fire. They’ll just walk around, burning merrily, until they lose their last hit point and keel over.

    Woe betide you if they get thirsty while ablaze….

  23. Argenti Aertheri

    Twenty years I was 7, 2nd grade…still have no idea wtf mystery virus caused me to miss a month of school (I nearly missed he penguin party!)

    And Pecunium was swearing into the military…I’m way too young to have grey hairs popping up!

  24. Hey, you’re in good company, Argenti. The Mister went grey by the time he was thirty and took to colouring his hair (don’t believe the cretins who claim he wore wigs, I got the colouring info from primary evidence, and I don’t mean him).

  25. Argenti Aertheri

    Weren’t wigs common in the era in general? Just curious as I know they were the status quo in various periods.

    Thanks though, and hey, it’s an excuse to dye it redder than it is naturally (which isn’t very red!)

  26. They were around, but weren’t high fashion at that stage – they weren’t ubiquitous like they were from about the 1660s. Men’s hairstyles got longer and fuller through the ’40s and ’50s and it became standard for fashionable men to add hairpieces to bulk out their own, but eventually the demands of style were too much for any natural head of hair and full wigs came in. Ever read Samuel Pepys’s diary? He does a lot of agonising over whether to get a wig or not. Will everyone stare? Will it be a nuisance? Will it come from a plague victim and kill him? He was also reluctant to cut off his own hair, except keeping it clean was such a pain. He eventually caved and got a wig, and was kinda disappointed that nobody took a blind bit of notice when he wore it to church. :D

  27. N00b here.

    Reddit is well known for being a douchebag hangout. If you wanna confess your dirty deeds or reveal your weaknesses there, prepare to be trolled.

    Regarding what this woman did, I’m in no position to be a marriage counselor here but I really think that her if her hubby has found out what she did he should really get a divorce. People like this just never change. They can’t seem to get all their needs met by one person. She’s using her husband for emotional and finanicial support while she indulged her impulses to sleep with a man who clearly has little respect for her. She’s sounds very insecure and lacking in self-esteem in and self-respect. If I were the hubby I would be honest with her and say that despite her guilt and promises to change her ways, the damage has been done. Clearly there’s no easy way out of this for either party……:-/

  28. I was half expecting it to be about how military uniforms are just too drab looking, but she managed to come up with something even stupider, which I suppose takes a certain kind of skill.

    re: dwarf fortress, the most fun I had was a fortress in an evil climate with lots of zombies. 5 of my dwarves got killed (and zombified) before I even got underground, so I had to start my fortress with just two. My anvil was left on the surface and I couldn’t retrieve it (because zombies), but fortunately it was a sandy area, so I could make glass – lots of serrated green glass discs turned out to be highly effective in dismembering the undead. Eventually, I even got some migrants who managed to survive the trip. This is making me want to find time to play DF again.

  29. Though the thing about dwarf fortress is, it’s not really THAT hard when you’re just trying to survive and create a fortress that can provide for itself (unless you start in a really unforgiving climate or have some really bad luck at the start, or both). And once you have that, the only thing left to do is start some crazy ambitious project like a device to pump magma on your enemies (which will presumably eventually lead to your dwarves’ horrific, yet amusing deaths), but I’ve never really had the patience nor imagination required for megaprojects. Which would probably explain why I usually get bored of it after playing for a few days.

  30. Argenti Aertheri

    CommanderToad — I want to reply to your comment in depth, but you’re on the wrong thread. Mind copy and pasting it on the proper thread so the conversation can make sense in context?

  31. @ec: Very true. One can just seal a fort off with bridges, or, as a last measure, wall the dwarves off from their enemies. That’s why my latest fort has a giant room with floors of green glass bridges for the trapping and slaughtering of goblin sieges. Also, my first magma pump stack ever is 65% complete, so there’s the option of dropping goblins into the pit and then making them eat hot magma death.

    Magma. It solves things.

  32. katz: “Married dwarves at least get children, but dwarves who are friends get fuck-all.”

    It’s the friend zone! Misandry!!

  33. And they have to carry the hard chairs, penguins, and bon bons around.

  34. If I understand the points people have made about red hair genetics correctly, and it’s a mix of “single mutation determines whether you’re a redhead at all” and “multiple contributing genes influence hair color, thus affecting how clearly the redheadedness is expressed”, that would finally explain the phenomenon of “stealth gingers” to me.

    You know how you sometimes meet someone who looks basically blonde but with just a tinge of strawberry blonde to it, or has brown hair that has just a bit of an auburn shade… and then you notice that they also have quite a few freckles… and eventually you go “waitaminnit, are you actually a redhead? Cool!”

    And these Dwarf Fortress comments are a great example of why I love that game. I have never played it, but the conversations about the absurd stuff that happens in it never fail to make me laugh until my spleen hurts.

  35. @ Kiwi girl: considering most of the chairs in the game end up being made of rock (and possibly studded with metal or menacing with spikes), I’m betting Tom Martin would absolutely hate it.

  36. Reddit is well known for being a douchebag hangout. If you wanna confess your dirty deeds or reveal your weaknesses there, prepare to be trolled.

    Pretty much anywhere on the internet is going to have judgmental folks. At least if there is the ability to comment on things.

    I feel bad for the husband. I hope she got herself checked afterwards. It would really suck if she brought an STD home with her.

  37. These dwarfs are sounding like the ones in Oglaf …

    I imagine all the tombstones in the fort to read “Happy At Last” with appropriate adornment.

    Hell, one of my craftspeople made a stone cup called, and I shit you not… “Clenchedplays, the Cavity of Recreation” which featured an image of a satyr in iron. I swear it was a legendary fleshlight. :(

    I think it helps to adopt the “Losing is Fun” mentality when it comes to Dwarf Fortress.

    Magma pipe fire imps + immigrants + dry climate + Trade depot full of elves with their flammable, flammable goods = FUN!

    Though the thing about dwarf fortress is, it’s not really THAT hard when you’re just trying to survive and create a fortress that can provide for itself (unless you start in a really unforgiving climate or have some really bad luck at the start, or both).

    I honestly wish I knew the secret. I’m usually boned by the time the first siege arrives. Wealth and self-sufficieny I can manage, functioning military, defences and medical system.. not so much.

  38. ^drawbridges. Nothing gets past them. Just raise the drawbridge and block access to the surface until the siege leaves, and you’re golden. If you want to actually kill the invaders, a long tunnel full of traps works wonders.

  39. You people are making me curious about DF.

  40. Nobody has yet mentioned the thermonuclear catsplosion.

  41. Pecunium: It’s about as easy to learn and hard to master as go but the war stories are way more interesting.

    Also there’s a whole lot of dead baby comedy in the community, in part because of the aforesaid tendency of nursing dwarf mothers in the militia to carry their tots into battle, but also because the dwarfs are stupid and the world is stupid dangerous.

    @katz: The thermonuclear catsplosion was a result of hacking the temperature files. I do think the conventional catsplosion (i.e., cats breed to such numbers that your FPS crashes) got mentioned.

    I should learn not to designate huge excavation projects and then get frustrated when my minerdwarfs take forever because I’ve overloaded them and their task-seeking programming seems to have a random element, or they look for the closest job.

    Also, creating a militia seems like a job for a Pentagon-sized staff. I far prefer the Warcraft/StarCraft model (Minerals go in! Marines come out! Can’t explain that!)

  42. The learning curve seems a bit steep. I may persevere. I may spin instead.

  43. Here’s what you gotta do to get a military up and running. And the game throws stronger and stronger enemies at you, culminating in megabeasts. You play to your last dwarf, or until your framerate gets so low the game is unplayable.

  44. Spinning gets you things you can give to other people! DF has recreational value, but the only thing I’ve ever gotten from it that I have been able to give other people is a grumpy.

  45. There is a wiki, though, to help people learn the game. It’s kind of necessary, I’ve never seen any manual or similar doc.

    (I should learn to say everything in one comment so’s I don’t dominate the “Recent Posts” widget with trivia.)

  46. Coming real late to the party! But ALL the women in my family(direct bloodline) are left handed with the exception of my daughter. Most of the men are left handed as well.

    Come to think of it, we get right handers in my family as uncommonly as most other families get lefties.

    Bloody convenient at the family gatherings though!

  47. My sister is left handed and I am right handed, and since early childhood I have always sat to the left of her at the dinner table. Because apparently my family hates rationality. :p

  48. @Bagelsan Or they enjoyed slapstick comedy with their meals …

  49. Dwarf Fortress entertains me greatly. Though I much prefer it with invaders turned off – then I get to play around building magma rivers and underground egg farms without interruption.

  50. I already found the wiki. It does what all such wikis do… fails some basics from the sense that “it’s so obvious what this means in practice”.

    Now to make some supper.

  51. Oh man, Dwarf Fortress would be too intense for me. Hack103 is about the heaviest learning curve I’m willing to take on, and it’s cake compared to Dwarf Fortress. (Though for 1985, I believe it did have some of the most creative ways to die. The family used to have war stories on the theme of The Most Humiliating Way I Died. Mine was biologically contaminated orange juice.)

    As per handedness, the ma was left-handed. Here in our system, we’re all left-handed except for Mac, who’s a dogmatic rightie. When he found out the body wouldn’t cooperate with him, he just knuckled down and trained our right hand, and so now we’re ambidextrous. Writing is still easier left-handed, but if we break an arm, we’ll do okay. (Though cutting food would be an ass.)

  52. Okay, what’s Hack103? Wikipedia doesn’t recognize it (so it must not be notable :P).

  53. One of the precursors to NetHack, I believe. At least the biologically contaminated juice line sounds very familiar…

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