The Truth Might Be Mean, But I’ll Pretend it Isn’t


Ethan Gach

I write about comics, video games and American politics. I fear death above all things. Just below that is waking up in the morning to go to work. You can follow me on Twitter at @ethangach or at my blog, And though my opinions aren’t for hire, my virtue is.

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23 Responses

  1. Avatar Snarky McSnarksnark says:

    I don’t think that Erickson argued that it was morally egregious for women to work.

    Only to make more than a man.Report

  2. Avatar Kazzy says:

    Zazzy and I have been having a lot of conversations about our work situation, what with the new baby and all.

    As we saw it, here were our options:
    A) We both continue working and maintain roughly the same standard of living, with a few small adjustments to account for the added cost of the baby
    B) One of us (more likely her*) stays home with the baby, we downsize our house to something we can afford on my income, and we make the other necessary adjustments to our standard of living (likely small ones similar to A provided we properly downsize)
    C) One of us (again, more likely her*) stays home with the baby, we stay in our current house, and we make massive changes to our standard of living

    As we discussed the pros and cons of each choice, we kept coming back to A) being the superior choice for us. This was based on a number of factors, including financial, “happiness”, upheaval, and our desire to have Mayonnaise in a nursery program sooner rather than later for social reasons.

    Now, we are fortunate enough to be able to make this choice. We are both employed with a high degree of job security AND are well positioned for rather rapid career advancement.

    Other people are not so lucky. And still others are, perhaps even more so, but arrive at a different answer based on their own calculation.

    There are so many variables involved in terms of what is best for children and families that to argue that there is “one true way” is the height of ignorance.Report

  3. Had I had the time, I was hoping to do an incredibly short post on this, but you beat me to the punch, so I’ll just put it here:

    I found the source for Erickson’s claims:

    According to the documentary from which that source is drawn, the speaker’s friend was an advisor to the Bush White House, while Erickson is considered one of the country’s most influential conservatives. Coincidence? I think not.

    And yes, I’m pretty shocked that no one else seems to have thought of that movie with regards to Erickson’s remarks.Report

  4. Avatar John Howard Griffin says:

    His ignorance covered the whole earth like a blanket, and there was hardly a hole in it anywhere.

    – Mark TwainReport

  5. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    Also, I’m not sure why Erickson thinks it’s an okay move to extrapolate from the rest of the animal kingdom to humans.

    It’s the same way he demonstrates that heterosexual monogamy is a universal principal.Report

  6. Avatar Miss Mary says:

    “The Cleavers are the ideal”
    Who’s ideal?

    I don’t know where to start. There are just so many things that I don’t agree with that I get a little sick reading about this guy.Report

  7. Avatar J@m3z Aitch says:

    I’m a leftie and I don’t wear panties

    Mike Schilling’s hidden camera says differently. 😉Report

  8. Avatar Shazbot4 says:

    I blame Murphy Brown.Report