Unbelievable. I get so pissed off about this. We must TRUST WOMEN - yes, those women and those women too. All of them. We must trust them to know what is best for them and their families. Instead of trying to ban abortions, how about we increase funding for comprehensive age-appropriate sex education for both girls and boys? Why don’t we try to stop limiting access to birth control pills and instead encourage people to be safe and healthy? Ugh…….
In her really interesting book, The Averaged American, Sarah Igo uses case studies (Middletown, the Gallup Poll, and the Kinsey Reports) to tell the intellectual history of statistics, polling, and sampling. The premise is fascinating: Today we’re bombarded with statistics purporting to represent the average American, but this is a new development. Before the science developed, the concept was elusive and the knowledge was impossible.
On his 100th day in office, Barack Obama enjoys high job approval ratings, no matter what poll you consult. But if a new survey by the New York Times is accurate, the president and some of his policies are significantly less popular with white Americans than with black Americans, and his sky-high ratings among African-Americans make some of his positions appear a bit more popular than they actually are.
The implication here is, of course, that BLACK AMERICANS AREN’T “REAL” AMERICANS AND THAT INCLUDING THEM IN OPINION POLL DATA IS LITERALLY SKEWING THE RESULTS.
Scientists designed the Middletown study with exactly this mentality. Trying to determine who the average American was, scientists excluded Black Americans out of hand. Of course, that was in the 1920s and ’30s. How wild to see the same mentality in the 21st century.