On my regular segment on Valley News Live’s 6:30 POV show we discussed the Fargo Forum’s web ads for strippers, the allegedly “sexist” email sent out by a North Dakota legislator and North Dakota State University’s partnership with Planned Parenthood.
I actually found a lot of common ground tonight with my counterpart John Strand of the High Plains Reader. We both agreed that there’s nothing all that scandalous about Forum Communications accepting web ads from strippers on their websites. I’m not bothered by it personally, but those who are free to react by not visiting Forum Communications’ websites. That’s one of the beautiful things about the free market. It’s self-regulating.
Mr. Strand and I also found common ground on the NDSU/Planned Parenthood imbroglio. While Strand thinks the legislature’s opposition to working with Planned Parenthood makes the state look like “hicksville,” we both agree that NDSU’s decision to end the partnership will last about as long as the legislative session does. Once the session is over, NDSU will go full-steam ahead.
What I found surprising was that Strand apparently wasn’t bothered at all by NDSU dealing with the legislature in such a back-handed manner.
Where we definitely disagreed was over the email controversy at the legislature. For those of you who missed it, Rep. Lawrence Klemin sent out an email poking some fun at the perceived differences between men and women. Since it was a man who sent the email, and since the jokes poked fun at women, this of course was seen as “sexist” and quickly seized upon by our friends on the left since it fits their “war on women” narrative perfectly.
Of course, had the email been sent out by a female legislator and had it been full of jokes poking fun at men (like how we never ask for directions, etc.) there wouldn’t have been a controversy. Because there’s a double standard to this sexism stuff, especially now that the alleged “war on women” has become central to the Democrat platform.