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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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Joanna
8 years ago

So…military women using birth control is destroying the country….? How does that even work?

themisanthropicmuse
8 years ago

The thinking housewife proves once again, that her name is ironic. She doesn’t have two brain cells to rub together in order to think. I’m pretty sure my six year old has a better handle on reality.

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
8 years ago

LOL this reminds me of a conversation I had with a person who had put their hand up for deployment in Afghanistan (they’re not in a branch/service normally associated with land-based deployments). Anyhoo, they got their deployment kit home, opened it on the bed, and out fell something like 70 condoms – among other items. Their comment to me was “I was so pleased my wife wasn’t there” – not because the person would cheat, but because I don’t think he was expecting either condoms or that number of condoms.

So yeah, when females don’t serve, there’s no birth/STI control provided. /rolls eyes

The Kittehs' Unpaid Help

So, Unthinking Mousewife is under the impression that birth control causes sterilisation even though it can fail … and there are so many women in the army that the US’s population is somehow threatened by their non-breeding numbers … and that egalitarianism in the military means embracing socially destructive ideals (which probably boils down to “equality is evil in her alleged mind) … there’s too much stupid to parse here.

I wonder how she thinks women soldiers in other armies manage? Or is it just the US army that’s meant to be such fragile flowers that providing birth control is going to send them into a pearl-clutching tizz?

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

The Non Thinking Housewife is second only to MarkyMark for sheer WTFuckery.

Obviously she never thought that the military ALREADY provides/gives access to BC for female troops. What a maroon.

drst
drst
8 years ago

women don’t join the military as equals of men in order to defend their country

I want to shut this ninny into a room with Tammy Duckworth and require her to repeat this garbage to the Congresswoman’s face. And record it and slap the video up on YouTube for all eternity.

contraceptives to destroy future soldiers

OH FOR FUCK’S SAKE CONTRACEPTIVES ARE NOT ABORTIFACENTS THEY DO NOT DESTROY ANYTHING THEY PREVENT CONCEPTION THAT’S THE ENTIRE FUCKING POINT OF USING THEM.

Ahem. Sorry. Big pet peeve of mine. The forced birthers are very eager to spread this bullshit that birth control pills cause abortions. It’s part of their phoney “religious freedom” crap about the contraception mandate too.

Notice that male soldiers have been issued condoms since at least WWII (?) and that hasn’t bothered this nitwit, all the “destruction of future soldiers” caused by equipping military personnel with condoms to try and prevent them from catching diseases that will sideline them. Ugh.

Andrea Harris
Andrea Harris
8 years ago

On a side note, this “come to an extreme wacky conclusion” about something seems to be an American thing lately. It’s like we feel driven more and more to assert our Precious! Individual! Personalities! that we just keep bypassing the obvious objections to something and just coming up with the nuttiest shit we can think of. No wonder the rest of the world thinks we’re all insane. I mean, why couldn’t she just say what all the other conservatives say, that women shouldn’t be in combat because women are supposed to be the nurturing peacemaker healer mommy types and also we’re too delicate and fragile and so on? Possibly it’s because deep down she knows that’s nonsense, but she had to say something, and also prove it to herself, so out came the weirdo justifications.

I guarantee you, in ten more years time How To Wear An Apocalyptic Sandwich Board 101 will be taught in every US public school.

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

Kitteh’s: I’m sure to T(N)THW, there’s just the US, and scary brown people we have to fight. Other armies? Haha.

amavra
8 years ago

I hope she has her fainting couch and smelling salts handy. Good grief

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Good point, hellkell!

OT I squeeed over Biscuit and the Ipad. 🙂

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
8 years ago

Is she okay with the male soldiers spilling their seed? Because we females still can’t do parthenogenesis (thanks to Shriekback for teaching me that word!)

beshemoth (@beshemoth)

It’s not even like birth control is limited to condoms or the pill, neither of which is an abortifacient, as has already been pointed out. There’s the depoprovira jag, which lasts three months and the implant, the name of which I can’t remember, despite having one, which lasts three years. I have been told by many healthcare providers that both have a very small fail rate, and both often prevent menstruation. I don’t think it would cost so much to provide them any women in the armed forces who felt they needed/wanted them.

Also, my mum joined the RAF during the cold war in order to help protect her country, and it was where she met my dad, so a big expletive deleted to both the thinking housewife, and her horse.

(Apologies for any unneeded expletives or spelling mistakes, have been trying to persuade my friends that the local wrestling circuit is a great night out. Success; limited, booze, not so much.)

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

…buh?

Honestly, were I in such a position, I’d be glad for birth control just to keep things more manageable. I never thought people would get UPSET over it; rape in the military seems to be pretty staggering, from what I understand, and abortions not easily available. Wouldn’t BC be an obvious thing?

Joanna
8 years ago

@LBT: Birth control is for sluts you see. Can’t have them in the military, no sir.

katz
8 years ago

OMG, someone made almost this exact same argument to me on the NaNoWriMo fora: “Your fictional world can’t have a caste of warriors of both genders because how will they make enough babies!”

clairedammit
clairedammit
8 years ago

This argument is so stupid. I’ve had one kid by choice. I had an easy pregnancy, breastfeeding was a walk in the park, and I’m sure I could have kept on having babies. However, I didn’t want any more (I had a living to earn for one thing) and society doesn’t need more babies either.There are plenty of other women like me, with one or two kids. If we had some weird situation in which we didn’t have enough women able to give birth to keep up the population, I’m sure some of us would step up. Women in the military on birth control is not a problem and will not be a problem anytime in he future.

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Why are these croutons assuming that all the breeding done by soldiers is with other soldiers? I mean, haven’t they even looked at all the news clips of troops coming home and being greeted by tearful spouses and children?

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
8 years ago

Did you think of decreasing the DNA/RNA mutation in vivo mutation rate, adjusting pregnancy duration or number of fetuses per pregnancy, hermaphroditism, and/or having longer female fertility duration? Assuming you want something similar to current human pregnancy biology.

Of course not! D’uh. 🙂

Joanna
8 years ago

Yeah with all 7 billion of us I think the human reproduction can take a breather for a few decades.

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clairedammit – what’s the bet (this goes back to hellkell’s comment) that the Mindless Mousewife thinks all noble USian soldiers are white, and all the naughty women trying to get into the army are white, and they are NEEDED to outbreed all those brown people!

(Because of course too many humans is not a notion this lot could think of; only too many of the wrong sort of humans.)

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

Yeah, I’m a little bemused by this huge fear that humans will go extinct if we aren’t constantly keeping an eye on it.

Guys. GUYS. Seven BILLION of us. Not gonna die out. It’s okay. We can relax about it.

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
8 years ago

When god said “go forth and multiply” what he meant was “math is important”.

Iz real.

thebewilderness
thebewilderness
8 years ago

How can you fulfill your purpose for living by producing human resources for the military to consume if you are in the military dispatching enemy soldiers? Srsly? That’s the problem?

freitag235
freitag235
8 years ago

I read this and I think my head may have exploded. That, or my IQ just dropped 80 points, one or the other.

Now, I’m certainly not an expert on ladyparts and how they operate, but in the previous thread I picked up that Teh Pill will prevent the lady soldieresses from menstruating, right? So, isn’t this a win-win all around?

Hard to say, since I think my head actually did explode trying to make sense of TH’s, uh, argument.

Where do they come up with this shit?

Oh, I just answered myself. Never mind.

law
law
8 years ago

Why is she upset about this now??? Birth control is certainly nothing new, women in combat is nothing new, and women in combat taking birth control is nothing new. We know very well what the outcome of all of this WILL be, because this stuff was already debated decades ago and now the results have been in for quite some time. The Tricare and VA system cover birth control for both active duty women and military wives (and husbands) and has for a very long time. And yet somehow the world is still turning and society is still functioning.

I wish these dominionist idiots would just evolve and get it over with already instead of having to be dragged kicking and screaming not just into the future, but into the present.

Tulgey Logger
Tulgey Logger
8 years ago

Yeah, I’m a little bemused by this huge fear that humans will go extinct if we aren’t constantly keeping an eye on it.

Guys. GUYS. Seven BILLION of us. Not gonna die out. It’s okay. We can relax about it.

Ah, but you see, this isn’t about the world. It’s about white people the United States. You see, usonian women have a duty to keep the white population of the U.S. going because arglebargle. After all, how is our military going to keep killing indefinite numbers of brown people terrorists without more soldiers? Argle, bargle. QED.

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

RE: Tulgey

We have a lot of fucking people trying to immigrate to our goddamn country. I am not worried about the USA collapsing for lack of population, or even lack of white people. From what I hear, it did fine for THOUSANDS of years without them.

Amused
8 years ago

First, I love the implication that providing male soldiers with basic healthcare and services is just fine, and totally necessary for the defense of one’s country, but doing the same for women is an unbearable burden and will cause the civilization to cave in. After all, modern militaries since the second half of the 19th century spent money on providing soldiers with education, enforcing bans against having sex with women in invaded countries (based on dangers real or imagined), and treating soldiers for STDs’ — all of which costs a hell of a lot more than birth control pills. In fact, these services for soldiers sometimes included the military maintaining brothels with “safe” women — but something tells me that TTH would absolutely applaud a military being in the business of human trafficking and sex slavery, even if it ultimately results in lawsuits and a whole lotta national shame.

Second, much as I hate bringing the Nazis into a discussion, TTH’s complaint that birth control destroys “future soldiers” has a very distinct wiff of Nazi ideology to it. The Nazis even maintained camps where women were raped and impregnated against their will, so they could supply the Reich with soldiers. What’s your bet TTH is a neo-Nazi? Frankly, at this point, I’d say it’s at least a distinct possibility.

Joanna
8 years ago

I don’t understand why people are afraid of whites going extinct. I mean…so? White is a genetic feature not an entire species.

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
8 years ago

I’ll preface this with, I’m Not A Biologist or Geneticist, so my understanding may be incorrect. I thought that race (I’m going to ignore ethnicity because it’s at least partly culturally defined) could not be detected through any type of DNA or RNA test. In some part, it’s because of phenotypes, but also because the range of normal [insert anatomical/other biological marker here] overlaps so widely that it is simply not possible to tell.

Your point about species is a good one: we can all interbreed with each other. From an environmentalist conservation perspective as applied to animals going extinct, there is no reason to favour one (racism-based) “type” over another.

We’re all just stardust anyways. 🙂

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Star glitter would be more fun. 😉

LBT
LBT
8 years ago

RE: Kiwi

I thought that race (I’m going to ignore ethnicity because it’s at least partly culturally defined) could not be detected through any type of DNA or RNA test. In some part, it’s because of phenotypes, but also because the range of normal [insert anatomical/other biological marker here] overlaps so widely that it is simply not possible to tell.

Hell, I’m not a scientist, and I can easily tell you that’s true, because the definition of race changes over time and area. Pretty sure ‘Irish’ was considered a race at some point in my country; it’s not now.

whataboutthemoonz
8 years ago

Not gonna lie guys, I feel like I need to sharpen my claws on a chew toy. I want a troll to show up.

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whataboutthemoonz- the baby socialist is still being an idiot on the AVfM thread, if you’ve the patience for her.

drst
drst
8 years ago

I don’t understand why people are afraid of whites going extinct. I mean…so?

@Joanna – maybe try reading up on white supremacy on any one of the thousands of websites out there talking about why it’s awful and dangerous?

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
8 years ago

@kitteh, yes I prefer star glitter because then I will always be fabulous! 🙂

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You’re fabulous anyway! 🙂

eli
eli
8 years ago

I got treated to a lovely 20 minute diatribe last night against the evils of abortion, birth control and Muslim hordes outbreeding us white folk when I filled in on organ at a Catholic Church for a friend of mine. So tedious. Plus racial genocide because abortion rates are higher for blacks and hispanics in the US? With a dollop of ‘we are working on an interfaith mission with our Muslim brethren to end the culture of death.’ WTF?

I was so relieved that mild-mannered older priest had a nice homily this morning about Stan Musial’s funeral. I was afraid it was one of the canned messages they make them preach. (I’ve filled in there before around election time and two different deacons delivered the same homily Sat/Sun)

This is the woman who was begging for a troll award, right?

hellkell
hellkell
8 years ago

whataboutthemoonz: Cassie is still being a jackass in the other thread. Go forth and sharpen!

What’s your bet TTH is a neo-Nazi? Frankly, at this point, I’d say it’s at least a distinct possibility.

I would not be surprised if this were the case with her.

clairedammit
clairedammit
8 years ago

Eli, I think it was Sunshine Mary (sp?) who was begging for the troll award, but I have trouble telling them apart. They are both utter tools.

It’s time for some Moby.

Tulgey Logger
Tulgey Logger
8 years ago

I highly doubt Unthinking Housewife is a Neo-Nazi, although I think it’s pretty clear that her ideology comes from a similar place of authoritarianism and control. I don’t know how far back the notion of “white” populations (really, the “right kind” of “white”) being overwhelmed by inferior peoples goes, but such thinking precedes the explicit ideologies of Nazism by several decades, back into the mid- to late-nineteenth century. No, it’s just the same old spring Nazism drew from, with its dog-whistle-ish worries about population being thinly-veiled racial concerns.

Joanna
8 years ago

@drst Well I could, but I’ll still fail to see their point of view.

I remember this (ginger) guy I knew was fretting over how gingers were such a minority of the population and that they were going extinct. Unless someone is willing to breed gingers like show cats, the fact stands that dominant genes will always over shadow recessive genes. That’s evolution. I mean why get pissy that there are no neanderthals anymore?

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eli – urgh, what a horrible thing to have to listen to. I’m picturing you going to friend and saying Never Ask Me To Do That Again now … who was the racist creep? Someone in the clergy/staff generally or someone from the congregation?

whataboutthemoonz
8 years ago

Chewing on trolls is only fun if they have actual conviction. People who just disagree with you for giggles are probably socks.

Kiwi girl
Kiwi girl
8 years ago

I was just mulling over tTHW’s name. It’s an insult in that it implies that all other housewives don’t think – otherwise it would be called “A Thinking Housewife” instead of using the definite article. Also, thinking, she’s doing it wrong.

katz
8 years ago

Joanna, The blond/redhead extinction urban legend has been going around for about 150 years. It all comes back to racism.

eli
eli
8 years ago

Eli, I think it was Sunshine Mary (sp?) who was begging for the troll award, but I have trouble telling them apart. They are both utter tools.

Oops. Yeah, both tools.

Karalora
Karalora
8 years ago

the fact stands that dominant genes will always over shadow recessive genes.

…until the recessive genes meet up again in succeeding generations. Despite Mendelian genetics being taught at the middle-school level, some people still think heredity works by blending and swamping.

eli
eli
8 years ago

eli – urgh, what a horrible thing to have to listen to. I’m picturing you going to friend and saying Never Ask Me To Do That Again now … who was the racist creep? Someone in the clergy/staff generally or someone from the congregation?

My friend is from Poland and is an only child whose mother was 1) sick, 2) dead, and now 3) he’s dealing with the final arrangements of property and lawyers. So I’m going to give him a pass. That plus he hires me to sing at funerals for $100 a pop.

Racist creep is unfortunately the new parish minister. Mild-mannered older guy is retiring. Friend says racist priest used to BE a muslim and re-converted to catholicism and entered the seminary. Makes it even more WTF that he trotted out that they were going to outbreed us because BIRTH CONTROL. Why aren’t you out there breeding, Mr. Priest?

And I’d really hate to hear what he says about women in combat positions. Maybe I’ll get to find out next week. If I do, I will report back.

Joanna
8 years ago

“Joanna, The blond/redhead extinction urban legend has been going around for about 150 years. It all comes back to racism.”

“…until the recessive genes meet up again in succeeding generations. Despite Mendelian genetics being taught at the middle-school level, some people still think heredity works by blending and swamping.”

Ha! I never explored the notion beyond what I learned in school, but I figured if it was true, it was something very silly to worry about. My red-headed acquaintance also believes fluoride and chem trails are killing us all so I guess I should have drawn up some skepticism. Lol.

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