The GOP poisoned political discussion by insisting that basic governance was morally equivalent to eating babies.
Remember when Dems wanted to make end of life counseling available to the elderly and terminally ill and instead GOP called them death panels?
This is why.
Because the GOP knows that the general populace doesn't know how most of government works, they realized they could lie about how it works and enrage the population over things that the GOP knows full well is standard business
It is fascinating to me how easily people cynically dismiss the power of language as incidental when literally every aspect of society is defined by it.
Our society is literally made of language.
The laws that govern it
The news that informs it
The books that educate it
The stories that entertain it
The recipes that feed it
The values that guide it
The plans that structure it
The economy that fuels it
The same logical and moral fallacies behind the myth of the "self made man" are behind the idea that humans can do fine without the rest of the biosphere.
If a person cannot grasp and accept that they could not possibly have survived (much less succeeded) without the help of individuals and society as a whole, why would they accept that humans as a species rely on many outside systems to survive
We will fail to address environmental and national community issues on the scale they need to be addressed cause we really believe that humans can survive alone in this planet
Kavanaugh is using the same playbook that worked for Trump
Pretend that their validity hangs on proof of one big, difficult to prove thing (Rape, Collusion) rather than on the many smaller, easily provable things (Perjury, corruption, temperament, lack of qualification, etc)
The Big Sin sucks all the air out of the room and distracts everyone from the boatload of Smaller Sins.
So if we can't nail them on the Big Sin, they can be excused of all the others and we can pretend that they only came with one questionable issue.
Any focus on The Smaller Sins is then laughed off as trivial in comparison to the Big Sin and is portrayed as petty.
She decides (as many Americans do) that if a person doesn't speak English, then speaking English with what she thinks is their native accent will make them understand
She also operates under the assumption that if people are living in conditions she personally believes are sub-standard, the she has a right to remove their children from their custody and to consider them hostile for refusing to let her do so.
There are two ways of thinking about the term and they are often confused.
The first is really the concept of one's perpetually existing inviolate body autonomy.
The second is the affirmative expression of that autonomy
So violating one's consent can be deliberate (ignoring or subverting one's stated protest) but it can also be ignorant or accidental (invading someone's personal space, patting someone on the back, giving an unsolicited hug)
Consent violations are not merely about sexual assault.
They're about any infringement on a person's bodily autonomy including a right to control both physical and informational access to one's body.
The structure of toxic masculinity masks the harm that sexual obligation wreaks on males as well.
Boys are CONSTANTLY coerced to engage in sexual activities they are not comfortable with, though that coercion is frequently third party.
Which is yet another aspect of consent
Boys are frequently encouraged and expected to become sexually active well before they are ready to, and are frequently shamed, mocked and humiliated for not engaging in sexually activity, both by partners and their social circles.
We are going to have to confront head on the clearly emerging fact that sexual assault and consent violations are only sometimes a matter of malice or "evil" and that by and large they are a product of a massive societal failure to teach consent.
Note that the study didn't report 47% of MEN think sex can legitimately be obligatory. It said PEOPLE.
Which suggests that this is a thing that has been internalized on all sides