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Oh look, he doesn't like women either, this is my surprise face.

8:32 pm - 04/07/2012
In 2009, Derbyshire Argued Women Shouldn’t Vote: ‘Women Voting Is Bad For Conservatism’

The National Review’s John Derbyshire isn’t just an avowed racist and a homophobe. He’s also a misogynist. In 2009, he authored a book that contained a chapter titled “The Case Against Women’s Suffrage.” In it, he argued the country would be better off if women didn’t have the right to vote. He discussed his views in a Sept. 2009 interview with Alan Colmes:

DERBYSHIRE: Among the hopes that I do not realistically nurse is the hope that female suffrage will be repealed. But I’ll say this – if it were to be, I wouldn’t lose a minute’s sleep.

COLMES: We’d be a better country if women didn’t vote?

DERBYSHIRE: Probably. Don’t you think so?

COLMES: No, I do not think so whatsoever.

DERBYSHIRE: Come on Alan. Come clean here [laughing]. Ahem, PRRIIIIIIIIIIIIICK

COLMES: We would be a better country? John Derbyshire making the statement, we would be a better country if women did not vote.

In an Oct. 2009 interview with Thom Hartmann, he clarified his stance, arguing that women should have the right to vote but simply shouldn’t exercise it. As he stated, “the proposition that women voting is bad for conservatism, and as a conservative, of course, I think that’s bad for society.” Listen here:

But remember, anyone who tells you there’s a conservative “war on women” is spouting pure “fiction,” according to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus.

Source: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2012/04/07/460188/in-2009-derbyshire-argued-women-shouldnt-vote-women-voting-is-bad-for-conservatism/

And only just NOW has he been fired? Jesus Christ. Of course, I think he was fired less for having racist views, and more because he was just being blunt about it.
nikoel 8th-Apr-2012 11:15 pm (UTC)
Oh man, you will NOT be amused. There was a big kerfluffle about him a few months ago. This is a good starting point, but basically from what I understand this guy has been a professer for years teaching young women how to be feminists and sometimes having relationships with these students (though now he's repented apparently by becoming 'Born Again'). The kerfluffle started when it came out that he had tried to kill himself as well as an ex-girlfriend of his during a drug binge and he casually wrote about this information as a response to someone talking about their dog dying (I'm not remembering this exactly and aren't finding it easily, but I know it's correct enough for this purpose). I've read a handful of his pieces and can see why people follow him, but I've also read his blog posts as well as his comments in response to other commenters and he seems like a gross human being.

I also found a couple other admittedly biased but interesting links:


Eta: Looks like others beat me to it, but enjoy!

Edited at 2012-04-08 11:16 pm (UTC)
roseofjuly 9th-Apr-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
I read a lot of the bullshit on sf_drama linked out to Feministe and his blog and holy shit, wtf. I'm sorry I ever said that this guy made a point because it's wrapped in loads of misogyny.

This Hell No Hugo tumblr is highly entertaining.

Edited at 2012-04-09 03:37 am (UTC)
nikoel 9th-Apr-2012 03:53 am (UTC)
I took way too long to respond to you. Hehe. It's totally understandable how he can seem intellingent and decent until you delve too deeply into his work. He's such a creep and it sickens me that he continues to teach young women.
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