To use Kathleen Geier’s words, Timothy B. Lee is “the latest libertarian dudebro to join Ezra Klein’s new Vox journalism outfit”:
@emilycrockett Luckily people are free to pay for their own birth control.
— Timothy B. Lee (@binarybits) March 20, 2014
Here’s Emily Crockett’s piece about the whole dust up, where she makes the somewhat important point that Lee was hired to write about technology, not politics. Still, if he’s going to weigh in, especially since Vox hasn’t launched and every tweet from newly hired writers is being scrutinized, he might want to stick to discussing something he’s actually touched with a pleasurable result to all sentient creatures involved, like, say, an iPhone.
That said, am I the only one who thinks that allowing the right to focus on contraception rather than trying to enlarge this discussion to sexual health in general is a big mistake for our side of the debate? In other words, whenever some old white guys start spouting off about the cost of covering contraception, let’s point out that studies have shown that contraceptives are, at worst, a break-even proposition. Covering little blue boner pills, however, is a dead-weight loss. And if the same old white guys start crying a river over the religious feels that they feel because contraception leads to fucking for pleasure rather than fucking for babies, let’s just ask those assholes how many 80 year-old chemically-created boners are going to be aiming to do some reproduction.