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Is Erika Bachiochi serious?

Ezra Klein interviews Erika Bachiochi today about conservative policy on reproductive rights and abortion.

I’m not sure where she got her ideas.

According to Bachiochi, all women really want is close intimacy in sex and experience better sex within marriage. (Has she spoken to any Mormons?) She advocates for the rhythm method and says that the female body displays signs of fertility but she’s never actually practiced this method herself. She’s Catholic and sounds like she thinks the rest of us are as well. We just don’t know it yet. I guess you could say she’s the Vladimir Putin of female sexuality.

To her, sexuality is stuck in the 50’s. Men coerce women into sex. They don’t volunteer to have hot, steamy hookups. They really want commitment. But gosh darn it, they get talked into premarital sex because of the availability of birth control now. That’s what’s bad. They have no fear of getting knocked up anymore. And while that’s fine and dandy for the Georgetown University female law grads, the idea that poor women may not get pregnant from being seduced is a negative thing.

I am having a really hard time wrapping my head around this argument. Someone didn’t study her truth tables.

Ezra is just letting her talk, politely not interrupting what appears to be the series of second hand accounts of sex as interpreted by a complete virgin who scourges herself when she feels “anxious, if you know what I mean”.

If Bachiochi is right, then nobody in the 50’s was discontent with their lot in life, biology was not destiny and women were absolutely never horny. All women wanted to be held and then to be a mother after having fulfilling sex with their husbands who respected their desire for periodic abstinence. All families had exactly the right number of children and female coeds never had to worry about anything at all except getting their MRS.

Betty Friedan was fake news.

There are commenters all over Twitter praising this interview because it didn’t devolve into a screaming match. Differing views were discussed with civility.

I don’t think this interview went as well as Bachiochi’s supporters think. Her views are naive and out of touch at best and dystopian at worst. It’s like she never read a book from the pre oral contraceptive/abortion days. Or saw a movie. Where has she been all this time? In a convent?

She should not be speaking for all women because she clearly doesn’t understand her own sex.

In more ways than one, apparently.

4 Responses

  1. Ezra Klein wrote an article a few years ago which stated in the first paragraph, “Every man should feel a cold spike of fear when he begins to engage in sex with a woman.” And he didn’t mean it from any position of sympathy toward men. So i would surmise that the reason for doing this interview relates to his own viewpoints on such matters.

    • He disagrees with her but he’s not getting to the point.

    • “Every man should feel a cold spike of fear when he begins to engage in sex with a woman.”

      Is Mr. Klein a survivor of a visit to Amazonia? 🙃

  2. Off topic:

    I want this, or something like it, done to those Uvalde cops who let those kids die. 🤬

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