Urban Dictionary includes this definition for the term ‘gynotician’:
A politician who feels more qualified than women and their doctors to make women’s health care decisions. A combination of the words gynecologist and politician.
Republican governors such as Scott Walker and Rick Perry who impose draconian limitations on abortion clinics and attempt to limit access to HPV vaccinations, contraception and women’s health care in general by shutting down Planned Parenthood clinics even though they do not perform abortions. They, and people like them, are gynoticians.
But R.J. Rushdoony shows the foolishness of such an argument—rationally, not emotionally:
Significantly, when a group of young women invaded a New York state legislative hearing to break it up with their demand for total repeal of the anti-abortion law, they declared that “they were tired of listening to men debate something that was of primary concern to women. ‘What right do you men have to tell us whether we can or cannot have a child?’ shouted one of the women.”
The logic of this position is revealing: the women held that men cannot legislate with respect to childbirth because they do not experience it. The test of legislative validity in both the law and the law-makers is thus experience. By this logic, it can be held that good citizens cannot legislate with respect to murder, since the act of murder is outside their experience. Men who cannot, like women, bear children can legislate with respect to abortion because the principle of law is not experience but the law-word of God.
My two cents
The first quote is a more recent example of the emotional manipulation, irrationality, loaded terms, red herrings and downright fallacy of feminist political rhetoric that I’ve found on the internet.
In the context of abortion, it shows how the term “women’s health” carries more baggage than a jumbo jet.
I agree that the principle of law ought not to be the personal experiences (or non-experiences) of a politician; that’s a ridiculous way of determining right and wrong. Any logical person could push that to its logical conclusion and see where it ends up.
Yet, it won’t stop emotional people or fools from clinging to it.
- Urban Dictionary (2013). Urban Dictionary: gynotician. Available from http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=gynotician. Last accessed 18 Aug 2013
- Rushdoony, R.J. (1973). The Institutes of Biblical Law. Volume I. Philadelphia: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company. pp. 267-268