Boundless blogger Glenn Stanton recently took Kanye West to task for his tweets on abortion, while somehow throwing in a comparison to Charlie Sheen, in his post “He Makes Charlie Sheen Look Downright Gentlemanly.” How Sheen’s recent antics have anything to do with West’s tweets is a giant non-sequitur to me. But, this being Boundlessworld, that Sheen has avoided speaking about abortion is enough to earn him pity and a moral free pass:
Charlie is obviously deeply and sadly troubled. As a human being, he deserves our sympathy and prayers.
But for West there is no pity! For making the following observations,
an abortion can cost a ballin’ n**ga up to 50gs maybe a 100. Gold diggin’ bi**hes be getting pregnant on purpose. #STRAPUP my n**gas!
West is relegated to the scrap-heap of humanity. Stanton then clutches his pearls and asks us, in italics, “What does one say?” Stanton continues with what may possibly be the most white-knighting, mangina-tastic, hand-flaily rant to grace Boundless in months:
Does our culture have even the most liberal criteria for a gag-reflex where we can collectively say, “This guy deserves to never be heard from again!” This guy is an offense not just to women, but to men as well who believe that women are perhaps — just maybe — much more than sexual objects that need fixing when they become mothers.
Kanye at least reveals what most women should realize, that abortion is not a feminist sacrament, but rather a predatory male’s plan B — a way to keep his woman in the sexual market for maximum access.
Neither Charlie nor Kanye are men. And it would be an insult to boys to call them boys. Charlie is pitiable. Kanye is not. He should be forced, like a man, to take responsibility for his misogynistic offensiveness. Will his market demand this of him?
So, let me get this straight: Charlie Sheen, the proudly drug-addicted client of prostitutes and father of children by three different women, who once (accidentally?) shot then-fiancee Kelly Preston in the arm, who has slandered his boss Chuck Lorre with an anti-Semitic slur, deserves our pity and prayers. But Kanye West, who spoke truth about abortion and gold-digging hos, is an evil misogynist the world should strike down? Stanton seems to have no concept of the world that West lives in, which is one where many women, driven by both tingles and shrewd practicality, see powerful men as banks. No, in Stanton’s world, a woman who sees an opportunity to extort resources from a man by bearing his child does not exist. Instead, it’s the men who shoulder all the blame for using innocent women as sexual objects and using abortion as a means to keep women as slutty as possible.
And people wonder why gender relations in the church are so messed up.
West’s tweets are not the problem, and attacking West for his tweets will solve nothing. Screeching against West is about as effective as putting a Band-Aid on a leg full of gangrene. If the folks at Boundless (and elsewhere) want to see real social change, then they have to embrace the reality of female sexuality. But what is the likelihood of that happening? And what is the likelihood of anyone at Boundless ceasing to be so myopic as to understand that abortion is not a cause, it is a symptom?