Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Refighting the battle for women's suffrage

Dr. Myers points us to Echidne, who points us to the loon at Buried Treasure who thinks that:
If you could change one thing about the world, regardless of guilt and politics, … I would remove women’s suffrage, and I might even consider making voting rights tied to property ownership.
Echidne and PZ both rightly think that this is lunatic madness, and that using religion to justify blog-based rambling about reversing a century's worth of improvement in women's rights is pretty damn foolish.

Which, of course, it is.

And that is why we should all remember that there are worse things than foolish people justifying bad policy with incoherent arguments.

After all, there are real, honest to goodness public officials who've made the same argument. Kansas state Senator Kay O'Connor said in 2001:

"I think the 19th Amendment, while it's not an evil in and of itself, is a symptom of something I don't approve of.… The 19th Amendment is around because men weren't doing their jobs, and I think that's sad. I believe the man should be the head of the family. The woman should be the heart of the family.
And that's all well and good, I suppose. After all, a state senator is fairly limited in her ability to restrict the rights that the 19th Amendment grants. But Kay isn't content to be a state Senator. She's filed to run for Kansas Secretary of State, a position where she'd be directly responsible for ensuring that voting rights are protected.

Two Democrats are seeking the same office: David Haley, also a state Senator and a challenger in 2002 as well, and lawyer and author Robert Beattie. The incumbent, Rod Thornburgh, has filed for re-election, and the Libertarians are running Rob Hodgkinson (who has the best website of all the candidates).

If you want to be sure that anti-feminist oddness doesn't infiltrate the state voting system, maybe you should pick a candidate and drop a few dollars on that race.