Obama, Chronological Fudging, and Hyperagency

President Obama has earned his feminist bona fides in many ways, not least of which by joking that female-on-male domestic violence is the solution to men refusing to accept the feminist myth of the chore wars.

Now, in commenting on the George Zimmerman murder trial verdict, he has demonstrated the same logical fallacy that drives gynocentric double-standards in reproductive rights:

If we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms, even if there is a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?

We are not going to comment on whether the jury did or did not make the right call, or on the state of gun control/rights, not only because the members of NWF strongly disagree on these issues, but because they are not relevant to the question of how Obama fudges the timeline to politicize the distribution of agency, or what is called hyperagency and hypoagency.

Regardless of whether he should or should not have followed Trayvon Martin into the housing complex, at the moment where Zimmerman used the firearm there was no clear way for him to exit from the situation. The man he had followed, and possibly initiated a confrontation with, was on top of him. Zimmerman did not use the firearm when there was a way to exit. He used it when that way had been closed off.

Obama’s statement takes the conditions of an early stage of the incident and applies them to the decision Zimmerman made at a very different stage later in the incident. By dishonestly increasing Zimmerman’s options through confusing two very different points in the timeline, Obama applies hyperagency to Zimmerman’s decision to pull the trigger.

When men’s rights advocates (and NWF is not a men’s rights group, it is an anti-feminist group) argue that women enjoy greater reproductive rights than men because they have the privilege, through abortion, to waive all responsibilities for an unwanted pregnancy, the typical feminist response is that men who don’t want children can choose whether or not to have sex. This is exactly the same sort of chronological fudging that Obama uses in his statement on the Zimmerman case. The MRA argument is referring to the period where abortions typically occur, within a few months after conception, when women have rights and men have none. The feminist counter-argument refers to the period immediately before conception, when men and women actually do have the same rights.

By fudging the timeline, agency can be unequitably and dishonestly distributed to favor one party’s legal status over another.

– Sam (with input from the others)

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