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Friday, February 01, 2013

Pink News: Curt Schilling: ‘Why the hell should being gay matter in professional sport?’

“Shilling”...nice touch.

Curt Shilling, a former pitcher with a career in baseball spanning 20-years, said in a series of tweets, that he did not understand why there was such an issue in professional sports with players coming out.

He also said that he had played alongside gay players, and that it did not matter, and that their performance on the pitch was the important issue.

Mr Shilling said: “I’ve never understood this ‘issue’ with gay players? Who cares? I know I played with some, their sexual orientation never had much to …To do with how they hit with RISP, or pitched in late and close situations, why the hell would what they do in the bedroom ever matter?”

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   801. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 02:52 PM (#4364056)
OTOH if you're financially comfortable and you knock up the cleaning lady, you shouldn't be putting her in a position of having an abortion or raising the child on a cleaning lady's wages, which apparently is your position.

But you haven't answered why.


Because sex has consequences, and you don't get the right to force a woman to choose between aborting her child and raising it in poverty---IF (and note the "IF") she's financially unable to do so without your help. Your abstract pleas of victimhood that ignore the consequences for the child's future leave me about as sympathetic as Grover Norquist's whinings about the progressive income tax.
   802. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4364063)
Because sex has consequences, and you don't get the right to force a woman to choose between aborting her child and raising it in poverty---IF (and note the "IF") she's financially unable to do so without your help. Your abstract pleas of victimhood that ignore the consequences for the child's future leave me about as sympathetic as Grover Norquist's whinings about the progressive income tax.

Yes, but you don't want women to face the consequences to the degree that men face them. That's the problem.

(Nor is the correct terminology "her child." The child is a joint production.)
   803. The Chronicles of Reddick Posted: February 06, 2013 at 02:54 PM (#4364064)
Wow and I thought the threads about how much and whether or not you should tip your server was bad.
   804. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 02:55 PM (#4364067)
I'm amazed that of all the places to run into a bunch of anti-choicers against sexual freedom, this would be the one.

No one saying anyone should be deprived of the legal right to have sex with anyone. All we're saying is that if your sexual choice leads to fathering a baby, you support it.

You don't want freedom, you want license without any responsibility. Freedom means you bear the consequences of your choices/actions.

But the results of the intercourse *isn't* a baby. It's a handful of cells in a tissue mass.

The result of some coitus is a baby, unless there is a violent intervention.
   805. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4364068)
Your abstract pleas of victimhood that ignore the consequences for the child's future leave me about as sympathetic as Grover Norquist's whinings about the progressive income tax.

Well, you're free to feel that way. Maybe Jay can save you a seat on the bus to Topeka.
   806. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 02:56 PM (#4364069)
That assertion rests on your persistent conflation of "low status" with "low income", when all I'm talking about on this thread is "low-life" behavior. I can assure you that a sizable percentage of my better friends and acquaintances are of a considerably lower financial "status" than you apparently realize.

And given the fact that they are mostly pool-room hustlers, they are probably considerably more "low-life", than you apparently realize.


Not at all. Sorry to disappoint your stereotypes, but the great majority of them are considerably less low-life in their actions and outlooks on life than many of the people I've encountered here, as exhibited by some of the attitudes I've seen exhibited.
   807. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 02:58 PM (#4364072)
Not at all. Sorry to disappoint your stereotypes, but the great majority of them are considerably less low-life in their actions and outlooks on life than many of the people I've encountered here, as exhibited by some of the attitudes I've seen exhibited.

And that has precisely nothing to do with whether they're "low status" -- the term you adopted enthusiastically until called to account, whereupon it morphed into "low-life," an entirely different term.
   808. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 02:59 PM (#4364073)
I have no idea of your financial status, but if you were to knock up the Duchess of Westrogothia, I wouldn't expect you to be supplying the new arrival with gold plated teething rings. OTOH if you're financially comfortable and you knock up the cleaning lady, you shouldn't be putting her in a position of having an abortion or raising the child on a cleaning lady's wages, which apparently is your position.

Women aren't "knocked up." They choose to have sex. They have agency in the world. They're not victims of a crime.


Yeah, the way it works is, the Duchess of Westrogothia and I make a mutual decision to have sex. In so doing she consents to having sex with me. I don't go up to her and say "Now I hereby decree that you will have sex with me, it is so ordered" and she then proceeds to expose her vagina to my penis without being allowed to think about whether she wants to.

Honestly, the low opinion the PIVSers have of women is really interesting to witness.
   809. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM (#4364076)

Yes, but you don't want women to face the consequences to the degree that men face them. That's the problem.


Wait, if the woman is raising the child and sharing in the cost of support how is she "facing the consequences" less than the man who sends a check, and plays with his kid one or two days a week? In terms of impact on lifestyle, she is substantially more impacted.

My sister's husband (separated) is one of these deadbeats. The children have far more impact on the grandparents than on him. He sees his sons when he pleases, pays sometimes, and is already on to impregnating other girlfriends (2 so far).

Meanwhile, my sister has 2 little kids to take care of, and my 68 y.o. parents have a 3 and 5 y.o. back under their roof. My mom and each each spend 10 times as much time with my nephews as their father does, and contribute more to their support financially.
   810. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:00 PM (#4364077)
All we're saying is that if your sexual choice leads to fathering a baby, you support it.


No, the man can only choose to help create a zygote. To allow that zygote to become a baby is a distinct choice - unless the man has a say in that choice, he's only responsible for the zygote. Having the sole choice breaks that thread of responsibility, just as if I give someone a job and he later uses one of his paychecks to buy a gun and shoot up a school, I'm not responsible for that either.
   811. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4364080)
Honestly, the low opinion the PIVSers have of women is really interesting to witness.

Bu, bu, bu, bu, but all they want is for women to have money to support their children, so really they think very highly of women. You're the one who has a low opinion of women.
   812. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:01 PM (#4364081)
Because sex has consequences, and you don't get the right to force a woman to choose between aborting her child and raising it in poverty---IF (and note the "IF") she's financially unable to do so without your help. Your abstract pleas of victimhood that ignore the consequences for the child's future leave me about as sympathetic as Grover Norquist's whinings about the progressive income tax.

Yes, but you don't want women to face the consequences to the degree that men face them. That's the problem.


How many times do I have to reiterate that the determinant point should be about financial ability to pay, not gender?

(Nor is the correct terminology "her child." The child is a joint production.)

It certainly is, although you seem to be saying that your joint alone gets to have a financial opt-out.
   813. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4364082)
Because sex has consequences

Only for men, and not for woman apparently.

Freedom means you bear the consequences of your choices/actions.

Yes. Agreed completely. And since the woman is the one to make the choice whether to terminate or not, she should face the responsibility of those choices. That IS the crux of the argument you realize.
   814. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:02 PM (#4364084)
Wait, if the woman is raising the child and sharing in the cost of support how is she "facing the consequences" less than the man who sends a check, and plays with his kid one or two days a week? In terms of impact on lifestyle, she is substantially more impacted.

Because she's bearing the consequence *of her choice*. If I choose to eat too many fatty foods, I don't see why it's fair for McDonald's to share equal responsibility for the doctor's bills (or any - it was my intervening choice).
   815. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4364087)
How many times do I have to reiterate that the determinant point should be about financial ability to pay, not gender?

Repeating something stupid doesn't make it less stupid.

Bill Gates had more financial ability to pay for my upbringing than my parents did. Why not bill him? He gets just as much say in the decision to carry a zygote to term as the male who actually impregnated the female, after all.
   816. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4364089)
Yes. Agreed completely. And since the woman is the one to make the choice whether to terminate or not, she should face the responsibility of those choices. That IS the crux of the argument you realize.

She is bearing the consequences, she's raising a child for 18+ years. Asking the father to send a check is a very minor imposition in comparison.
   817. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:04 PM (#4364090)
How many times do I have to reiterate that the determinant point should be about financial ability to pay, not gender?


You can reiterate it a thousand times and that still won't mean that you actually believe it. If you truly believed this, you wouldn't mind giving the sole decisionmaking authority of whether to have the child or abort to the man instead of the woman.

It's not about gender, right, Andy?

   818. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:05 PM (#4364091)
It certainly is, although you seem to be saying that your joint alone gets to have a financial opt-out.

The woman gets the financial opt-out of having an abortion, or putting the child up for adoption.
   819. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4364094)
And since the woman is the one to make the choice whether to terminate or not, she should face the responsibility of those choices. That IS the crux of the argument you realize.

So we come to an either/or. Either the person you're responding to doesn't believe in sexual freedom or the person you're responding to feels that women are lesser people that aren't qualified -- as men are -- to make decisions for themselves.
   820. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4364095)
It certainly is, although you seem to be saying that your joint alone gets to have a financial opt-out.

No, the woman has a financial opt-out, too. In fact, she has one under existing practice. She's entirely free to terminate the pregnancy or abjure her parental rights entirely through adoption.
   821. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4364096)

No one saying anyone should be deprived of the legal right to have sex with anyone. All we're saying is that if your sexual choice leads to fathering a baby, you support it.


But, since we have abortion, the proximate cause of the baby was not the sex; the proximate cause of the baby was the choice... by the mother... to carry it to term.
   822. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:06 PM (#4364097)
No, the man can only choose to help create a zygote. To allow that zygote to become a baby is a distinct choice - unless the man has a say in that choice, he's only responsible for the zygote. Having the sole choice breaks that thread of responsibility, just as if I give someone a job and he later uses one of his paychecks to buy a gun and shoot up a school, I'm not responsible for that either.


The bystander might choose to catch the rock out of the air (get an abortion), but the guy (and the woman) threw the rock. Her catching the rock helps both rock throwers in that now both of them are clear of the responsibility, absent that they are both respionsible. Just because only one party can "catch the rock" doesn't mean both are not responsible if the rock lands.

It is both of their child, and the child deserves to be supported by both even if one of them had the opportunity to "catch the rock". If you don't want to be responsible don't throw rocks or be really careful with having a net to catch the rock before it hits anything and breaks it (sticking the rock throwers with the cost of dealing with it).

Just because we have enabled rock catching does not mean rock throwing is suddenly without consequence.
   823. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:07 PM (#4364099)
She is bearing the consequences, she's raising a child for 18+ years.

And if it's 100% her choice, how can it not be 100% her responsibility?
   824. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:08 PM (#4364100)
ust because only one party can "catch the rock" doesn't mean both are not responsible if the rock lands.

An interesting point, if you believe that consensual sex is rape. Do you believe that consensual sex is rape?
   825. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:09 PM (#4364101)
You can reiterate it a thousand times and that still won't mean that you actually believe it. If you truly believed this, you wouldn't mind giving the sole decisionmaking authority of whether to have the child or abort to the man instead of the woman.

If one believed abortion should be allowed (I don't) I see no reason why it wouldn't be a joint decision. The child is equally the father and mother's. Both should have to agree on the abortion. If the vote's a tie, the baby gets to live; can't change the status quo through a tie vote.

As an aside, I'm truly apalled at how cavalier people are towards abortion. It's one thing to view it as a regrettable necessity, but to favor it as a default option just so guys can screw who they want w/o worrying about paying a few bucks is monsterous.
   826. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:10 PM (#4364102)
If you don't want to be responsible don't throw rocks or be really careful with having a net to catch the rock before it hits anything and breaks it (sticking the rock throwers with the cost of dealing with it).

Again, a wonderful argument, assuming the person believes that abortion should be illegal. For someone that doesn't, an incoherent one.
   827. Answer Guy Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:11 PM (#4364104)
The woman gets the financial opt-out of having an abortion, or putting the child up for adoption.


And the discomforts of pregnancy and (if applicable) childbirth.
   828. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4364105)
As an aside, I'm truly apalled at how cavalier people are towards abortion.

It's a procedure that removes a mass of tissue. It's like being appalled at how cavalier people are about having wounds bandaged, infections treated, or tumors excised.
   829. Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4364106)
The result of some coitus is a baby, unless there is a violent intervention.


Well, yes, you, anti-abortion that you are, would think this way. But that is you attempting to remove the current choice options from the table. That is not the question at hand. Under current law, the woman has a choice to carry a pregnancy to term or abort (up until the second trimester, more or less.) That makes the decision for taking the zygote to "baby in the world" which needs "child support" completely hers.
   830. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:12 PM (#4364107)
But, since we have abortion, the proximate cause of the baby was not the sex; the proximate cause of the baby was the choice... by the mother... to carry it to term.

Inaction can not be a proximate cause. She has no "duty to abort".

And if it's 100% her choice, how can it not be 100% her responsibility?

Because the child has a right to support from both parents, 100% from either if the other can't pay. If the father can't pay, it's 100% the mother's responsibility, if the mother can't pay it's 100% the father's. If they both can pay, it's somewhere in between.

Child support is the right of the child, not of the custodial mother or father.
   831. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:13 PM (#4364109)
And the discomforts of pregnancy and (if applicable) childbirth.

Sunk cost at the time of the critical decision.

Also preventable (with fraud in birth control exception).
   832. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:13 PM (#4364110)
It's a procedure that removes a mass of tissue. It's like being appalled at how cavalier people are about having wounds bandaged, infections treated, or tumors excised.

If you believe an unborn baby is equal to a tumor, I stand by what I said, your beliefs are monsterous.
   833. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4364112)
An interesting point, if you believe that consensual sex is rape. Do you believe that consensual sex is rape?


What?
Let me explain the analogy.

They throw the rock together (That is them having consenual sex).
One party can catch the rock (That is the abortion).
The rock hits something (The baby is born, because the "rock was not caught").
Now both parties are responsible for the aftermath of throwing the rock, because both threw it (again consenual sex).
   834. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:14 PM (#4364113)
And the discomforts of pregnancy and (if applicable) childbirth.

Nobody said the man shouldn't pay for his cost of the abortion.
   835. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4364115)
Well, yes, you, anti-abortion that you are, would think this way. But that is you attempting to remove the current choice options from the table. That is not the question at hand. Under current law, the woman has a choice to carry a pregnancy to term or abort (up until the second trimester, more or less.) That makes the decision for taking the zygote to "baby in the world" which needs "child support" completely hers.

The legality of abortion is irrelevent. The women is not required to abort an out-of-wedlock child. There is no "duty to abort".

Her inaction is not the cause of anything. Inaction with no duty to act can not confer liability. Her liability for the child's support stems from participating in coitus, just like the father's.

Another analogy for the slow: Sam is choking to death on a piece of food. I am the only other person in the room, and I know the heimlich maneuver, but I decide to finish my lunch rather than save him. I incur no legal fault for his death. I have no duty to act. The pregnant mother has no duty to act and terminate the pregnancy.
   836. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4364116)
Because the child has a right to support from both parents, 100% from either if the other can't pay. If the father can't pay, it's 100% the mother's responsibility, if the mother can't pay it's 100% the father's. If they both can pay, it's somewhere in between.

Child support is the right of the child, not of the custodial mother or father.


QFT. However mysteriously certain parties refuse to talk about the right of the child, it all disapears in the grievance of the poor put upon male.
   837. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4364117)
As an aside, I'm truly apalled at how cavalier people are towards abortion.


And I'm truly apalled at how cavalier people are towards denying the man any say in the decision to have a child while roping his wallet in to the decision made by the woman.

I'm also apalled at the low opinion the PIVSers have of women generally, and at their stifling of sexual freedom.
   838. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:16 PM (#4364118)
Now both parties are responsible for the aftermath of throwing the rock, because both threw it (again consenual sex).

The aftermath of sex isn't a baby, it's a tiny mass of tissue. Nobody's disputing that the male is 50% responsible up to the point at which there's an intervening decision made that he has no say in.
   839. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4364119)
Not at all. Sorry to disappoint your stereotypes, but the great majority of them are considerably less low-life in their actions and outlooks on life than many of the people I've encountered here, as exhibited by some of the attitudes I've seen exhibited.

And that has precisely nothing to do with whether they're "low status" -- the term you adopted enthusiastically until called to account, whereupon it morphed into "low-life," an entirely different term.


You're referring in entireity to this little exchange between YR and me to support this proposition:

Oh god, I shouldn't have come to find out what this thread was about.


Low-status males wallowing in their inner Marion Berry. "The ##### set me up!"


That pretty much nails it in some of these cases.


The "low-status males" I'm talking about "in some of these cases" are the BTF types whose "bitch set me up" attitudes reflect the low-life behavior of the world's Marion Barrys. This has nothing to do with any sort of demographic "low status". The people I know at the pool room may have (in most cases, though not all) demographic and occupational "low status", but "low life" would hardly describe the great majority of them once you got past the surface and actually engaged with them. The fact that some people don't seem to realize this is not in the least bit surprising.
   840. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4364120)
owever mysteriously certain parties refuse to talk about the right of the child, it all disapears in the grievance of the poor put upon male.

"Oh, those poor women that don't get to vote! They just get to wear fancy jewelry and dresses and not nave to go to war. Poor put upon females."

- Bitter Mouse, 1892
   841. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:17 PM (#4364121)
Child support is the right of the child, not of the custodial mother or father.

If this is true, than a lot of single-parents who don't have a partner are currently having their rights violated. Somebody should do something about that.

It can't be a right for parent and child A to receive X, and while parent and child B do not have the right to receive X. That fundamental undermines any current concept of rights.
   842. Answer Guy Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4364122)
Sunk cost at the time of the critical decision.


I was just pointing out that it's not pure upside for either party.

   843. Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:19 PM (#4364123)
It's a procedure that removes a mass of tissue. It's like being appalled at how cavalier people are about having wounds bandaged, infections treated, or tumors excised.


This seems to be a recurring problem with the "no, the guy has to pay for the sex!" contingent. Apparently abortion is only morally okay if it's being argued for the sexual liberation of women, but it's terrible and icky if you're talking about the responsibilities of sexual freedom for women.
   844. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4364124)
And I'm truly apalled at how cavalier people are towards denying the man any say in the decision to have a child while roping his wallet in to the decision made by the woman.

He has 1005 say. Don't have coitus with any woman you don't want to risk having a child with. 100% effective.

No one has a right to consequence free sex.
   845. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4364126)
This thread would benefit from added female participation, including those who have had abortions.
   846. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:21 PM (#4364129)
QFT. However mysteriously certain parties refuse to talk about the right of the child, it all disapears in the grievance of the poor put upon male.

I have repeatedly addressed this. Claiming otherwise is disingenuous. The child should have the same rights as any other child of a single parent, where the other parent was unable to provide support.
   847. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4364130)
If this is true, than a lot of single-parents who don't have a partner are currently having their rights violated. Somebody should do something about that.

It can't be a right for parent and child A to receive X, and while parent and child B do not have the right to receive X. That fundamental undermines any current concept of rights.


Pardon? I don't understand.

There is no class of children that are not entitled to support from both parents. In the case of a widow or widower, Social Security actually provides a pension for the child.
   848. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:22 PM (#4364132)
The legality of abortion is irrelevant. The women is not required to abort an out-of-wedlock child. There is no "duty to abort".

Snapper's a RTLer, and I'm pro-choice up through the first trimester, but he's absolutely right about this, whether the would-be enforcer is the government or the father. As both he and Bitter Mouse have properly reiterated, the primary focus should be on the interests (or rights) of the child.
   849. Answer Guy Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4364134)
Another analogy for the slow: Sam is choking to death on a piece of food. I am the only other person in the room, and I know the heimlich maneuver, but I decide to finish my lunch rather than save him. I incur no legal fault for his death. I have no duty to act. The pregnant mother has no duty to act and terminate the pregnancy.


So you propose an affirmative duty to rescue? I'll listen but it runs counter to pretty much everything upon which our legal system is founded...
   850. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:23 PM (#4364135)
I have repeatedly addressed this. Claiming otherwise is disingenuous. The child should have the same rights as any other child of a single parent, where the other parent was unable to provide support.

The argument has not been that fathers are unable to provide support, it's been that they shouldn't have to b/c "the woman wouldn't get an abortion".
   851. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4364138)
I'm also apalled at the low opinion the PIVSers have of women generally, and at their stifling of sexual freedom.

It flows from the condescension and paternalism that defines modern liberalism. They don't believe blacks, other minorities, and women are truly equal, but instead require the good graces of the modern liberal and modern liberal policies to shepherd them through life. Thus, the modern liberal is unwilling to extend them true equality.

We see it here in the comically paternalistic attitude toward female sexuality and women generally -- wherein sex is an imposition upon women and a means of calculated advantage to men. They basically sound like Teapers.
   852. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:25 PM (#4364139)
So you propose an affirmative duty to rescue? I'll listen but it runs counter to pretty much everything upon which our legal system is founded...

No. I say the mother incurs no additional responsibility for the child b/c she chooses not to act. The mother and the father both have responsibility steeming from the coitus that conceived the child. He decision not to act, where she had no duty to act, can confer no additional responsibility. It remains equal.
   853. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4364142)
If this is true, than a lot of single-parents who don't have a partner are currently having their rights violated. Somebody should do something about that.

It can't be a right for parent and child A to receive X, and while parent and child B do not have the right to receive X. That fundamental undermines any current concept of rights.


This does not follow at all (see several pages back, I guess you and McCoy are having the same problem).

The rights of the child are paramount. Things are structured to the best of our ability (in the real world it can certainly get better though, clearly) to help the children. Sometimes a child being raised by a single parent is best for the child. Sometimes adoption is best for the child. The point is the child's needs outweigh the father having to pay (even after having no say in the mother having an optional medical procedure).

The father not paying in no way helps, and in large part hurts the child and so in unacceptible. The plus to the child outweighs the minus to the father, because the father knowingly had sex and the child is vulnerable and gave no such consent.

No one is claiming a right to be equal, to be the same, to have the same money, genetics or any other fanciful thing you think of. Neither the first nor second amendment such every gets a printing press or a gun. However the right of the child is to be supported by its parents, or in case that is not best for them then adoption or other options are available.
   854. Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:26 PM (#4364143)
The women is not required to abort an out-of-wedlock child. There is no "duty to abort".


Of course not. There is a choice, taken exclusively by the woman, to abort or not to abort. If she chooses to abort, so be it. Her body, her decision. If she chooses not to abort, so be it. Her body, her decision. In no way is it morally reasonable to require a man who has clearly stated his desire to not father a child be held responsible for her decision to not abort.
   855. Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM (#4364145)
This thread would benefit from added female participation, including those who have had abortions.


Why, exactly?
   856. Answer Guy Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4364147)
No one has a right to consequence free sex.


There's no such thing. Never has been and never will be.

But the whole "pregnancy/childbirth and/or STDs are God's punishment for dirty, flithy coitus" mindset makes one nostalgic for the paganism of antiquity.
   857. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:29 PM (#4364149)
Of course not. There is a choice, taken exclusively by the woman, to abort or not to abort. If she chooses to abort, so be it. Her body, her decision. If she chooses not to abort, so be it. Her body, her decision. In no way is it morally reasonable to require a man who has clearly stated his desire to not father a child be held responsible for her decision to not abort.

Again, your logic fails. If a person has no duty to act, they can not incur liability by failure to act.

The father had his say in the matter when they decided to knock boots. Just like the mother had her say at that moment.

Those are the only positive actions that incur the liability for the support of the child.
   858. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:30 PM (#4364151)
We see it here in the comically paternalistic attitude toward female sexuality and women generally -- wherein sex is an imposition upon women and a means of calculated advantage to men. They basically sound like Teapers.


Arguing for the child (no matter its race, gender or anythign else), saying in all cases, across all genders, races, and income levels that biological parents are equally responsibil for their choice to have sex and the result of that sex is "comically paternalistic attitude toward female sexuality and women generally"?

Those words do not mean what you seem to think they do.
   859. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:31 PM (#4364152)
But the whole "pregnancy/childbirth and/or STDs are God's punishment for dirty, flithy coitus" mindset makes one nostalgic for the paganism of antiquity.

I certainly never said that. Having a child is certainly no punishment in my eyes. More an undeserved blessing in the cases we're discussing.

   860. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4364154)
Arguing for the child (no matter its race, gender or anythign else), saying in all cases, across all genders, races, and income levels that biological parents are equally responsibil for their choice to have sex and the result of that sex is "comically paternalistic attitude toward female sexuality and women generally"?


A zygote is not a child.
   861. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4364155)
But the whole "pregnancy/childbirth and/or STDs are God's punishment for dirty, flithy coitus" mindset makes one nostalgic for the paganism of antiquity.


I have seen almost zero evidence of that attitude on this thread. Please cite the posts that have that attitude, because I certainly have no said anything such thing and I don't believe any such thing any more than I accept Sam's earlier (and quickly dropped when he realized how silly it was) contention that my thinking was somehow "puritanical" and that most atheists and/or secular humanists were puritcanical.
   862. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:32 PM (#4364156)
1) There's an undertone of 'this is what's right for men -- and women' to this convo. I'd like to think that women might have something to say about this.
2) It's been implied that the only costs wrt termination of pregnancy are financial. I suspect that this isn't the case - here again, the words of those who've experienced it might be instructive.

In short, I'd like to avoid a comically paternalistic attitude toward female sexuality and women generally.
   863. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:33 PM (#4364157)
A zygote is not a child.


And a zygote does not receive child support.
   864. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:34 PM (#4364158)
I have repeatedly addressed this. Claiming otherwise is disingenuous. The child should have the same rights as any other child of a single parent, where the other parent was unable to provide support.


The argument has not been that fathers are unable to provide support, it's been that they shouldn't have to b/c "the woman wouldn't get an abortion".

Exactly. I've expressed sympathy for fathers who actually can't afford child support, and if they can't and the mother can afford it, then the burden should fall on her. But AFAICT the question of ability to pay doesn't seem to be given any weight at all by the "poor, poor men" faction here. Their sole interest seems to be ducking out on any financial responsibility for the child, beyond (perhaps) the cost of aborting it. And that's not "low status", that's just low-life.
   865. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:35 PM (#4364160)
biological parents are equally responsibil for their choice to have sex and the result of that sex is "comically paternalistic attitude toward female sexuality and women generally"?

They aren't equally responsible. They're unequally responsible. The woman is preferred. That preference, as noted, is paternalistic and based on antiquated notion of sexuality.
   866. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:36 PM (#4364162)
And a zygote does not receive child support.

Correct, the zygote can only receive child support if it becomes a baby. Becoming a baby is a result of a choice at the sole discretion of the woman, an intervening choice. If you have 100% of the choice, you bear 100% of the responsibility.
   867. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:37 PM (#4364163)
This thread would benefit from added female participation, including those who have had abortions.


I think almost all discussions benefit from a diversity of viewpoints. For example as one of the few (I suspect) here that is making child support payments I think I have a different perspective than a non-parent and a parent not making such payments would have.

However, I think everyone's perspective is valid and valuable as part of the discussion, and I certainly don't think anyone should have to participate or disclose gender, parental status, medical history or anything else to discuss or to "gain status" in the discussion.
   868. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:41 PM (#4364165)
They aren't equally responsible. They're unequally responsible. The woman is preferred. That preference, as noted, is paternalistic and based on antiquated notion of sexuality.


They are equally responsbile in having sex (absent complications I don't think we need to discuss in this subthread).

Correct, the zygote can only receive child support if it becomes a baby. Becoming a baby is a result of a choice at the sole discretion of the woman, an intervening choice.


Just because you want the option of having a medical procedure to remove the child of its right to be supported by both parents, the fact is it does not. Nothing the parents can do can change the child's right. If both parents surrender their responsbility to the child then an adoption can happen, but that action is something both parents should have to do, and in any event it does not alter at all the child's right, merely who is thefirst line of support in meeting that right.
   869. The District Attorney Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4364168)
Editing #762 slightly:
the sperm donor wanted to abort the kid therefore he shouldn't be completed to later support the kid, can only remotely fly if abortion is [universally believed to be] morally neutral.
Also, almost comically easy to get. Let's pretend that there are no longer regions of the country where opposition to abortion results in a lack of abortion clinics, even though that's a really stupid thing to pretend. It'd still be an issue. I hope that no one here in the earlier voter ID discussions previously argued that it was intolerable to expect someone to be able to get an hour off from work to vote, and is now arguing that it's no big deal to find the opportunity to have a major medical procedure done.

And also, free. You can't just say that the man should pay for it, because that'd flip the script and discriminate against the man in the poor man/rich woman scenario.

None of these three assumptions is currently the case, and it would take a #### ton to make even one of them true, so, yeah.
   870. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM (#4364169)
Nothing the parents can do can change the child's right. '

A mass of tissue has no rights.
   871. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:44 PM (#4364171)
They are equally responsbile in having sex (absent complications I don't think we need to discuss in this subthread).

But unequal in the decision to take the child to term -- thus the problem.
   872. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4364173)
This thread would benefit from added female participation, including those who have had abortions.


Nobody is forcing abortion on anybody.

   873. Der-K, the bloodied charmer Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:46 PM (#4364174)
However, I think everyone's perspective is valid and valuable as part of the discussion, and I certainly don't think anyone should have to participate or disclose gender, parental status, medical history or anything else to discuss or to "gain status" in the discussion.

Oh, sure.

Having said, that, I suspect we have a fair number of male perspectives reflected in this thread and few female ones. (Perhaps I'm wrong - I'd like to be wrong.) That's going to frame it in less than ideal ways.

Nobody is forcing abortion on anybody.

I haven't claimed people have (though I think the Hobson's choice bit upthread is instructive). But, again: it's been implied that the only costs wrt termination of pregnancy are financial. I suspect that this isn't the case - here again, the words of those who've experienced it might be instructive.
   874. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:47 PM (#4364176)
The legality of abortion is irrelevant. The women is not required to abort an out-of-wedlock child. There is no "duty to abort".

Snapper's a RTLer, and I'm pro-choice up through the first trimester, but he's absolutely right about this, whether the would-be enforcer is the government or the father.


He's absolutely wrong, as are you. There is no "would-be enforcer," and no "duty to abort." Nobody is forcing abortion on anyone.

As both he and Bitter Mouse have properly reiterated, the primary focus should be on the interests (or rights) of the child.


And yet, that principle is not from which your arguments flow, as I already demonstrated.
   875. BDC Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:49 PM (#4364179)
Wandering into this thread is like waking up after thirty years' drunken sleep and finding out that the late-night dorm discussion is still going on.
   876. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM (#4364186)
Nobody is forcing abortion on anyone.

Indeed. The father is simply saying, "At this point in my life, I do not want to be a father and will sacrifice my parental rights and obligations." If the mother has the option to do that, so should the father. Simple as that.

The only counter-argument is teh sex, which is absurd.
   877. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 03:58 PM (#4364188)
He's absolutely wrong, as are you. There is no "would-be enforcer," and no "duty to abort." Nobody is forcing abortion on anyone.

If there is no duty to abort, the mother can incur no additional obligation by her decision not to act. Inaction, in the absence of duty to act, can't cause liability.
   878. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:01 PM (#4364191)
If there is no duty to abort, the mother can incur no additional obligation by he decision not to act.

She doesn't. The child's right to support doesn't vest until viablility, at which point the mother has had the opportunity to divest herself of the support obligation -- an opportunity denied to the man.

"Additional" implies a before and an after. You're missing the "before" here.
   879. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:04 PM (#4364193)
Inaction, in the absence of duty to act, can't cause liability.


Then why are you attaching liability to the man, who not only didn't have a duty to act, but was explicitly denied the opportunity to act when he was given no say in the decision whether to carry the baby to term?
   880. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:04 PM (#4364194)
I haven't claimed people have (though I think the Hobson's choice bit upthread is instructive). But, again: it's been implied that the only costs wrt termination of pregnancy are financial. I suspect that this isn't the case - here again, the words of those who've experienced it might be instructive.

But that cuts both ways. There may well be emotional costs for a man, when a woman gets an abortion against his will.

But then I don't think anybody has even pretended that abortions only confer financial costs. As I said above, if you do not wish to have an abortion (due to physical or moral/mental reasons), or you don't want to risk being left without paternal support, don't engage in penis-in-vagina-sex. It can't be an invalid imposition, since it is the one the people in the 'men should pay' crowd are advocating for men. And it places the responsibility with the person who has all the rights in the situation, which is where it should be.
   881. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:07 PM (#4364199)
He's absolutely wrong, as are you. There is no "would-be enforcer," and no "duty to abort." Nobody is forcing abortion on anyone.

When the "choices" are (a) abort, or (b) raise the child without adequate financial resources, your argument is disingenuous to the point of sophistry.

As both he and Bitter Mouse have properly reiterated, the primary focus should be on the interests (or rights) of the child.

And yet, that principle is not from which your arguments flow, as I already demonstrated.


Right, Ray. Except that my principles concerning child support are 100% focused on the child's interest (i.e. who is best financially able to provide the child's support), whereas your "options" (as stated in #765) consist of either criminalizing abortion or giving the father "the sole discretion whether the mother should have an abortion or carry the baby to term." That tells us all we need to know about where your primary concern lies.
   882. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:07 PM (#4364200)
Indeed. The father is simply saying, "At this point in my life, I do not want to be a father and will sacrifice my parental rights and obligations." If the mother has the option to do that, so should the father. Simple as that.


One there is a child (as oppossed to a mass of tissue or whatever that others keep bringing up) then neither the mother nor the father has the unilateral right to declare they are not parents. Together they can surrender the child through adoption, seprately neither can.

Time line:
* Two parties have sex (Hopefully they have fun doing it).
* Abortion possible (No child here, no child support), female decides abortion yes or no.
* Child present (too late for abortion), now the child (who exists now) and its rights are paramount. It is now not possible for either parent to simply opt out.
* Having been born, the child having its own rights (which can't be altered by anything either parent does, they are the child's rights) gets to be supported by both of its parents (because they choose in step one an affirmative action which resulted in the child).

You will note nowhere am I punishing either parent, suggesting sex is icky, arguing against adoption, suggesting abortion shold be illegal or forced, or any of the other silly red herrings thrown out there.
   883. Lassus Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:09 PM (#4364201)
It's a procedure that removes a mass of tissue. It's like being appalled at how cavalier people are about having wounds bandaged, infections treated, or tumors excised.

I can't stand how this is going to come out sounding, but if you have ever talked to more than a few women who've had an abortion, I'd be stunned if you find more than a tiny percentage who are affected as if they'd had a wound bandaged, a broken finger set, or a mole removed. It's an invasive physical surgery of an explicitly personal nature for which there is an absolute stigma. Not everyone is going to need therapy afterwards, but NO ONE needs therapy for having a wound bandaged. The lack of perspective in your comparison is kind of a shock.
   884. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:12 PM (#4364204)
You will note no where am I punishing either parent, suggesting sex is icky, arguing against adoption, suggesting abortion shold be illegal or forced, or any of the other silly red herrings thrown out there.

Point two. If women are 100% responsible for this intervening choice, how can men have any responsibility for subsequent choices that reflect the decision of the choice that the woman was 100% responsible for?

And you can't say "men shouldn't have had sex" because that argument also invalidates abortion rights.
   885. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:12 PM (#4364205)
Wandering into this thread is like waking up after thirty years' drunken sleep and finding out that the late-night dorm discussion is still going on.

In my case it was more like 50 years ago, only with the tired arguments about "you're demanding special privileges for blacks" now replaced by whining about "you're demanding special privileges for women", with a few misogynists coming in off the bench to replace some of the reformed racists.
   886. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:14 PM (#4364207)
When the "choices" are (a) abort, or (b) raise the child without adequate financial resources, your argument is disingenuous to the point of sophistry.


Not at all. These are very valid choices.

But I'm amused now at how you employ scare quotes to refer to (a). How many times have we heard from pro-choicers the phrase "the woman's right to choose." Now you're claiming that said choice is not really a choice?

Right, Ray. Except that my principles concerning child support are 100% focused on the child's interest (i.e. who is best financially able to provide the child's support), whereas your "options" (as stated in #765) consist of either criminalizing abortion or giving the father "the sole discretion whether the mother should have an abortion or carry the baby to term." That tells us all we need to know about where your primary concern lies.


My options flow from the principle you set forth: welfare of the child.

   887. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4364212)
I can't stand how this is going to come out sounding, but if you have ever talked to more than a few women who've had an abortion, I'd be stunned how few of them you find are affected as if they'd had a wound bandaged, a broken finger set, or a mole removed.

Those are hardly the only injuries, just examples. Brain tumors and pancreatic cancer, I daresay, affect the average person far *more* than an abortion. How many men have *you* talked to that have had their right to choose unrecognized by the law?

And if a woman wants to consider a small mass of tissue to have the same status as a baby, that's her prerogative. Nobody else has to agree with that. Nobody's saying she should be forced to have an abortion, just that both men and women have equality in sexual freedom. You can dance around the issue all you want, but that's what the issue is - men being denied a sexual freedom.

   888. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4364213)
In my case it was more like 50 years ago, only with the tired arguments about "you're demanding special privileges for blacks" now replaced by whining about "you're demanding special privileges for women", with a few misogynists coming in off the bench to replace some of the reformed racists.

You are demanding special privileges for women.
   889. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:18 PM (#4364214)
Point two. If women are 100% responsible for this intervening choice, how can men have any responsibility for subsequent choices that reflect the decision of the choice that the woman was 100% responsible for?


Because the child's rights are primary. Once it comes into existence, then its welfare is paramount. As is the historical societal norm (and it extends across many species and not just mammals) those who contribute the genetic material are primary in caring for the child (it is largely a selective evolutionary sort of thing humanity may never outgrow, certaily not any time soon - despite what Sam might hope).

If there was no child, then then the father and mother's rights and responsiblities with regard to each other and the decision tree as explaned would be changed. But the child is present, both the father and mother together are responsible for it, and so it goes.
   890. Poulanc Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:19 PM (#4364217)
but was explicitly denied the opportunity to act when he was given no say in the decision whether to carry the baby to term?


He was denied by biology. When men can become pregnant, then they will be given the opportunity to act.
   891. Bitter Mouse Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:20 PM (#4364219)
And you can't say "men shouldn't have had sex" because that argument also invalidates abortion rights.


Hey I am in favor of men having sex. Many things in life are fun, but decisions have risks and consequences. Ending up responsbile for a child is an obvious and well understood possible consequence of having sex.

EDIT: Added a "possible"
   892. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:21 PM (#4364221)
He was denied by biology. When men can become pregnant, then they will be given the opportunity to act.

Which is a stupid argument. Men are also physically stronger than women, by biology. Do you think women have the right to say no to sexual intercourse only at such times they physically have the means to resist?
   893. DJS and the Infinite Sadness Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4364226)
Ending up responsbile for a child is an obvious and well understood consequence of having sex.

Which invalidates abortion rights.
   894. The Id of SugarBear Blanks Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:22 PM (#4364227)
He was denied by biology. When men can become pregnant, then they will be given the opportunity to act.

That's silly. The child is no more the woman's and the woman's alone because it happens to be in her body than a stolen watch she'd swallowed would be. Or an engagement ring she'd appended to her finger.

There's no practical obstacle to giving the man a say in the outcome of the pregnancy and the arguments against are all trite and reductive.
   895. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:24 PM (#4364231)
My options flow from the principle you set forth: welfare of the child.

Your first option does so at the expense of the mother, by denying her the choice to bear the child.

Your second option does so by giving the father "the sole discretion whether the mother should have an abortion or carry the baby to term." I'm not sure how that works out for the welfare of the child.

My option is based on the assumption that the woman wants the child---which is the scenario under which this discussion began---and that the child's interest is simple: That the mother bearing the child has the financial wherewithal to support the child. Your only "option" to this comes down to repealing Roe v Wade, and your only interest in this is keeping as much money as possible in the father's pocket.
   896. Ray (RDP) Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:25 PM (#4364234)
He was denied by biology.


Nonsense. He could have been given a say in the decision. He wasn't.

Or let's go with the "denied by biology" argument: people who want a sex change shouldn't be allowed to have one, because they were denied by biology from being born the other sex.
   897. Fancy Pants Handle doesn't need no water Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:26 PM (#4364235)
When the "choices" are (a) abort, or (b) raise the child without adequate financial resources, your argument is disingenuous to the point of sophistry.

Except it is clearly possible to raise a child with only your own earnings and/or available government support. Is it easy? No. But there a plenty of single mothers (and some single fathers) who are doing just that. I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for those parents that do. And I think pretending it's impossible, does them a disservice.

Edit: Typos
   898. Poulanc Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:27 PM (#4364237)
Which is a stupid argument.



Why is it a stupid argument? I don't follow how the fact that women get pregnant, and therefore have an additional choice to make, can be equated to allowing rape.
   899. Jolly Old St. Nick Still Gags in October Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:27 PM (#4364238)
In my case it was more like 50 years ago, only with the tired arguments about "you're demanding special privileges for blacks" now replaced by whining about "you're demanding special privileges for women", with a few misogynists coming in off the bench to replace some of the reformed racists.

You are demanding special privileges for women.


No, I'm demanding special consideration for the child. You still haven't addressed the point that I've repeated many times about which person I think should be primarily responsible for child support. Hint: It's not based on gender.
   900. Rickey! In a van on 95 south... Posted: February 06, 2013 at 04:27 PM (#4364239)
Wandering into this thread is like waking up after thirty years' drunken sleep and finding out that the late-night dorm discussion is still going on.


Because any conversation had by young men in their youth is, by definition, silly and to be ignored as irrelevant. Because frat boys are stupid and dumb, like, right brah? I mean, frat boys are SO DUMB, amirite, brah?!
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