In case you thought our panic over the coronavirus had displaced other triggers, here’s a reminder that academia continues.
A Brown University economist who specializes in “evidence-based pregnancy and parenting” apologized to readers of her newsletter, which has recently taken up COVID-19 concerns, for unintentionally implying that only heterosexuals get pregnant.
Referring to a new practice in many New York City delivery wards – “no one other than the laboring woman can be there” – Emily Oster (above) wrote Tuesday that “there are safety reasons for this,” citing the threat of “[a]symptomatic or mildly symptomatic people” who enter the premises.
Oster’s original newsletter said: “There are enough [virus] tests to test women in labor, but not their husbands.”
A commenter on the article requested that Oster “examine your presumption of heterosexuality,” to which Oster replied that she had edited the passage and apologized on Twitter: “I’m trying to work quickly and this missed my edit. I am deeply, deeply sorry.”
I’ve seen quite a few blog posts and youtube videos from people I generally consider to have their heads screwed on right suggesting that the Chinese Virus from Wuhan, China, PRC, is going to change everything. Feminism will crumble. Men will be valued again. The U.S. will start making its own stuff again. SJWs will all get ECT and get shocked back into reality. Frankly, I’m disappointed. All these opinions are wildly, insanely optimistic. If the current PTB don’t get strung up and set dancing from getting us into this, then why would anything change?