Douthat. . . assumes that everyone can agree that "the steady advancement of single motherhood threatens the interests and happiness of women" . . . This, of course, is a little concern-trollish, too -- who is Douthat to tell Catharine MacKinnon, et al., what a real feminist would do?There's much more of that delicious flaying. Very good, Helen. Very, very good. Just one word of advice: Next time, find an excuse to link me. (Rule 2.)
The real feminists, of course, have turned up right on schedule to tell Douthat that, if he were really on their side, he'd join feminists in supporting their two favorite methods of reducing single motherhood: abortion and the Pill.
And that's the real problem with Douthat's column. . . .
After all, what Douthat doesn't know is that the feminists have been stigmatizing single motherhood, just not in a way that would please him. . . .
You're pregnant on your own -- what, were you drunk or something?
That kind of stigma works, but presumably the conservative half of Douthat's alliance couldn't really unite behind it. This leaves Douthat in a corner from which there are a limited number of ways to escape. . . . If Douthat accepts late marriage as a social given, then he'll have to create an America in which "thirty-year-old virgin" isn't a punchline.
UPDATE: Dan Collins of Protein Wisdom advises via Twitter that he went to Dartmouth, and so I take that back about Helen being the only Ivy Leaguer I actually like. And I could probably think of some other Ivy League alumni who are decent human beings. But most of them are as obnoxiously snotty as Douthat.