Ben Carson employs Cylon logic against women
Ben Carson speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Oh Ben Carson, continuing to say the most foul things in soft-spoken tones so you don't notice he's an asshole. "There is no war on women," he said at a recent Arkansas campaign event. "There may be a war on what’s inside of women, but there is no war on women in this country.”


As a piece of right wing assholery, it is a masterpiece: Pretending to care about women while actually advancing the idea that women mere objects who are incapable of rational thought, all for the purpose of deflecting criticisms about your own immorality by claiming that it's liberals who are the bad guys. Your fellow evil masterminds applaud you:

To believe there's a "war on what's inside women", you have to believe that women are brainless, fleshy incubators and that doctors who provide contraception and abortion are just rampaging villains destroying for the hell of it. You'd think that Carson, being a neurologist, would know that women actually have functioning brains and make decisions for themselves, but no, the needs of anti-choice ideology have demanded that they are viewed as nothing but holding tanks with no desires or agency of their own. And so he will say that is what they are.

Remember that scene in Battlestar Galactica when Kara Thrace finds out that the Cylons are holding human women captive as breeders and she puts her own personal safety at risk to unplug them? In Ben Carson's view, Kara is the villain of that story and the Cylons are the heroes.

I realize that anti-choicers heard that feminists oppose forcing women to do sex stuff, so they think they can just steal that rhetoric and apply it to abortion and contraception. That's because they are obsessed with the "sex stuff" part, as opposed to what really concerns feminists, which is the forced part. Rape isn't wrong because someone had an orgasm without being punished for it, you dimwits. (Though many anti-choicers continue to think that's really the issue here.) It's wrong because a woman is being forced against her will.

Women who get abortions choose it. They pick up the phone. They make the appointment. They talk it over with friends and family. By the time they get to the doctor, they are usually sure, but they still go through some discussion with counselors there to screen for coercion or doubt. Sometimes they are even asked to fill out surveys asking why they want abortion!

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The numbers add up to more than 100 percent because many women have multiple reasons for abortion. But you know what is not on there? "Help me, I'm being held against my will by these crazy people who want to abortion on me for no real reason that anyone has ever explained! Maybe so they can donate my embryo to science for not profitable gain whatsoever?"

There's no small amount of projection going on here, obviously. Anti-choicers are the only people in this entire debate who actually want to force women to do things with their uteruses they don't want to do. The only people who disregard women's consent in this whole thing are antis. I am not surprised they feel guilty about this. The Cylons who want to strap women down and force childbirth on them are, in fact, the bad guys. Just because you want the straps to be legal instead of literal doesn't change the basic fact that you're a terrible, terrible person if this is what you want for women. So antis spend a lot of time deflecting. They accuse pro-choicers of being the real anti-consent people. They deny that women's desires and needs matter at all. They do anything but admit what is plainly obvious: They want women to give birth against their wills. And they are willing to attack contraception and abortion access to make that happen. That is, in fact, a war on women.