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.

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

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emptywheel And the flight attendant encouraging everyone to take whatever seat they want? It's like chaos paradise on this flight.
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emptywheel @taylormattd The article's error is IMO about as serious as your own.
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emptywheel @taylormattd It didn't include a screen cap? Oh wait. It did.
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emptywheel @taylormattd You agree she was SoS "in 2013"?
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emptywheel @tpabob46 Pretty much what she did; "uniformed military, platinum, gold, 1, 2, 3, 4 are free to board."
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emptywheel @taylormattd Yup. And your tweets, which claimed she wasn't SoS in 2013, was just as inaccurate.
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emptywheel Gate agent rebelling against zone boarding for 50-seat airplane is my hero if the day.
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emptywheel RT @DKThomp: Hillary would b the least popular Democratic nom in modern history *and* have the best approval gap over an opponent https://t…
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emptywheel @taylormattd Sentence you did not screen cap is clearly wrong. But month (which comes from Fox) is key to that.
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JimWhiteGNV I've informed my family they have a choice of what to get me for Father's Day. (1) Chris Archer Stormtrooper bobblehead. or (2) A Boxster
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emptywheel @dispositive Welcome back! easy solution: shop at the Farmers and Coop.
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emptywheel @taylormattd Nat (the correct spelling is "Marcy"): read your tweets. And then either retract or clarify them.
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