The Whack-a-Moles Leave Women Unaroused

Pew Research has started polling whether people around the world approve of America’s use of drones against terror leaders.

Do you approve or disapprove of the United States
conducting missile strikes from pilotless aircraft called
drones to target extremists in countries such as Pakistan,
Yemen and Somalia?

The quick answer is, no one aside from Americans themselves (who love them) likes our use of drones. Only in the UK and Poland does the result come close to 50/50. Mind you, none of the countries where we’re using drones were asked in this questionnaire (Pew promises numbers from Pakistan soon). India, which is in the neighborhood and fights some of the same terrorist groups being hit, split 32 approving, 21 disapproving, and the rest not answering.

But I’m even more interested in the gender split. As shown above, the gender gap in drone approval levels is in the same neighborhood as Mitt Romney’s gender gap.

This is something I’ve been thinking of when I encounter men who defend our use of drones with almost visceral enthusiasm. Sure, Americans like explosions and displays of sheer power in all forms. But I can’t help but think about how drones have been sold as the ultimate porn thrill: sitting in a dark room in Nevada, watching over minute creatures whose humanity has been stripped, caressing a joy-stick to wield the ultimate power over life and death. La petite mort.

Never mind that a lot of the targeters are actually women, never mind that we keep whacking these moles without winning any war.

They make Americans feel powerful, and I guess that’s worth 34 net approval points.

Update: It turns out Americans aren’t all that fond of drones themselves, for uses where they might be surveilled.

Tweet about this on Twitter0Share on Reddit0Share on Facebook0Google+0Email to someone

20 Responses to The Whack-a-Moles Leave Women Unaroused

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
Emptywheel Twitterverse
bmaz RT @ERIC_WATSON: America's last highway: A photographer's journey through the deserted Southwest http://t.co/YWOPMHp9bD via @mashable
1hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz RT @SpyTalker: #Oil Spill You've Never Heard of Leaking Into Gulf of #Mexico for a Decade #pollution .@zoeschlanger @Newsweek http://t.co/y
6hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @gatorhoops: Pretty good day sports-wise for #Gators. Gymnastics third straight NC, softball sweep of Georgia, and 5th straight SEC base…
7hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz This is simply an asinine comment https://t.co/1zOP1GEsf6
8hreplyretweetfavorite
JimWhiteGNV RT @onlygators: THREE-PEAT: Florida #Gators gymnastics has won its third straight NCAA National Championship.
8hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @AllThingsHLS By then the dogs will respond to both names. And prefer Beast A La Mode! @Empowlr
8hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz @copiesofcopies Obviously! I mean even hard core crim defense attys who thought they were shady never guessed it was all this bad.
8hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @AllThingsHLS I'll still call them Beast and A La Mode until the Squawks beat the Pats. @Empowlr
8hreplyretweetfavorite
bmaz Is there anything the vaunted FBI Crime Lab has NOT fucked up or faked over the years? Nope.
9hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel Remember, judges say govt has a "presumption of regularity." Their hair forensics--and everything else--assumed true.
9hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @susanzalkind Thinking of IG's long work. Forensic kiosks not safe. They can't count NSLs. They don't track SIGINT source. @onekade
9hreplyretweetfavorite
emptywheel @HectorSolon He has them stored in potholes. W/everything else MI has in excess.
9hreplyretweetfavorite
June 2012
S M T W T F S
« May   Jul »
 12
3456789
10111213141516
17181920212223
24252627282930