Monday, October 18, 2010

Fail Quote of the Day: More rights = less liberty (lolwut?)

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Poster: “Arrested: Miss Susan B. Anthony for VOTING”
Also, for upsetting chauvinists and trying to destroy society

It’s no secret that Vox Day and his faithful “Ilk” hate women. Or, rather, they hate what (they perceive) women – specifically, feminists – have done to society. It’s also no secret that the arguments they use to support their claims are usually so dumb, vile or downright retarded that they merit little mention, least of all on this blog. I don’t take pleasure in examining and debunking self-evident fallacies about how women are somehow to blame for the vices and shortcomings of other people (usually men)*, so I simply slip it under the cyberspatial rug.

Sometimes, though, someone lets loose a quote that just has to be shared around. You know, for the lulz. Behold:

[G]iving women the right to vote has been a disaster for liberty-loving small-government patriots.

That’s the relevant bit of some asshat’s reaction to some sort of study on the effects of women’s suffrage on the size of government, or something. (No, I’m not nearly bored or masochistic enough to take the time to read it, or even pay any real attention to it.) I just thought it was amusing, and therefore, was worth pointing out how, in the minds of these people, allowing women to vote alongside their male counterparts = less liberty. Or something. Seriously.

My, I do wonder why no-one really takes these nutbags seriously. (And yes, I use “nutbags” in a halfway-ironic manner.)

* An example to illustrate what I mean: A common argument used by anti-feminists is that women’s liberation and increased presence in the workforce can be translated into a “supply & demand” scenario, meaning that a larger potential workforce results in lower rates of recruitment/output. This is true, but only because of the greed of employers and the markets, not because women shouldn’t have work alongside men. In other words, human vice is the culprit, not women themselves. This argument is similar to arguing that freeing slaves leads to increased supply for employers, therefore, decreased demand for employees. Should we therefore still legalize slavery? It’s simply not tenable.