NYT’s Mara Gay: Pro-lifers want to ‘punish women who have sex,’ seek contraception ban next

It should come as no surprise that an analyst who is “disturbed” at the sight of “dozens of American flags” would have little understanding of what American’s are thinking, but that hasn’t stopped the New York Times for letting her opine that Republicans are in a “war on sex.”

Such is the position of editorial board member Mara Gay in her op-ed that claims conservatives seek to “punish women who have sex on [their] own terms and enjoy it.”

For her, the celebrated ruling from the right on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization wasn’t because of the hope that the nation was one step closer to eliminating the practice of abortion or that the long fought battle to walk back the mistakes of the Roe court and restore the 10th Amendment rights to the states. No, because, in her own words, “I have sex just because I like it. Sex is fun,” anything that might impede her ability to act as she sees fit with no consequences makes her opposition into oppressors described as “puritanical tyrants seeking to control our bodies.”

Gay took the express train to an extreme conclusion in her declaration of a “right to contraception” that could theoretically be taken away even though, like the overturn of Roe v. Wade the Supreme Court has no authority to grant or remove rights. She argued that Justice Clarence Thomas’ concurrence supported the notion that “many in this movement are animated by an insatiable desire to punish women who have sex on our own terms and enjoy it.”

Of course, Gay couldn’t stop herself at one outlandish claim for her opinion that bragged about the hyper-sexualized education she received at the University of Michigan which included a “safe-sex fair” complete with a “giant replica of a vulva, tall enough to walk through, complete with a working bell at the top where the clitoris would be…a fun memory for me.”

She saw fit to assert sexism and racism were also at play.

“A radical minority of Americans want to make an example of women who have sex outside marriage, women who compete with men in the workplace, women who are independent and who cannot be controlled,” she wrote before later adding an anecdote on “Black feminists who…saw reproductive rights as essential to the fight against white supremacy and its insidious attempts to control the lives and bodies of Black people.”

Yes, in June 2021, Gay had taken to MSNBC to recount her horrific experience visiting Long Island “visiting a really dear friend. And I was really disturbed. I say, you know, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with expletives against [President] Joe Biden on the back of them, [President Donald] Trump flags, and in some cases, just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing, which essentially the message was clear, ‘this is my country. This is not your country. I own this.'”

To recap, freedom of expression is a one-sided argument to the editorial board member that demands she not be offended by another’s patriotism for the nation founded on the principle that she has the right to utter whatever inane drivel she sees fit on abortion.


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