Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trump and his Male Friends Attack Women's Right to Abortion

Donald Trump Signs Anti-Abortion Executive Order Surrounded By Men.

Who happened to be around when Trump signed the order should be taken, at best, as symbolic rather than as evidence I fear many are taking it for.

What does actual evidence say? It doesn't support abortion being a men vs. women issue. Consider: "Men and women hold very similar views on abortion and under which circumstances it should be available."

A fairer summary is that women are only slightly more pro-choice these days (not so true in the past), it still doesn't really qualify as an issue dividing genders. The Blue Team has a habit of sacralizing the fight of oppression, especially of certain groups like women (never whites, males, or Asians). And when you sacralize something, it's very hard to think straight about it.

So Trump's being surrounded by men probably has more to do with the demographics of his administration in general, not a male attack on women's rights.

What are gender attitudes toward abortion when you adjust for other variables like politics and religiosity? It's still being debated.