Today in Forealz?, Phyllis Schlafly celebrates Fathers’ Day by opining the loss of shotgun marriages.
With Father’s Day coming up, we should ponder the sad plight of the 20 million American children who are growing up without their fathers in the home. In 1993 Charles Murray identified “illegitimacy as the single most important social problem of our time . . . because it drives everything else.”
There are many causes for the dramatic reduction in marriage, starting with unilateral divorce, which spread across the United States in the 1960s and ’70s, putting government on the side of marriage breakup. Then came the legalizing of abortion, diminishing the custom of shotgun marriages, which in earlier years was often the response to surprise pregnancies.
This notion is so antiquated as to almost be funny. I wonder if she still envisions the shotgun bride being delivered to her “husband” via stagecoach. But reality isn’t always so sepia-toned, and women don’t just get pregnant from careless consensual sex. Imagine being forced to marry the man who impregnated you during a “corrective rape“. And what if the man who raped you is already your father, brother or uncle? Then daddy could rape you at will, legally. Hurray! Happy Father’s Day!
If this doesn’t illustrate that Schlafly represents the worst of the bad old days when women were objects to be controlled by men — a past that the majority of Americans have gladly left behind — nothing will. I wonder what Schlafly will opine next, the diminishing custom of vigilante justice?