NOW Calls Little Sisters 'Dirty': Reaction Formation Strain Theory
There are two levels of spiritual fallacy: relative fallacy, which diminishes human possibility, and absolute fallacy, which denies human identity to a group of human beings. An example of relative fallacy is the assertion that adolescents can’t control their behavior because of “raging hormones.” An examples of absolute fallacy is the National Organization for Women feminists regarding the unborn.
Being imprisoned by an absolute fallacy is an extremely difficult psychological condition. It educes increasingly irrational mental defenses in order to justify mass murder and fend off scientific facts regarding human life. Now that NOW’s radical position on abortion is the minority viewpoint, their statements are becoming frankly bizarre. NOW’s condemnation of the Little Sisters of the Poor as “dirty” is an example of the unconscious anxiety defense called reaction formation strain theory.
NOW maintains a list called “The Dirty 100” of the 100 entities that have filed lawsuits against the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate. NOW is condemning the Little Sisters of the Poor as “dirty.” This religious order of women, founded by St. Jeanne Jugan in 19th-century France, is dedicated to caring for the elderly and impoverished. Its members' spiritual charism is “grace of hospitality toward the aged poor.”
A reaction formation is a defensive process in which emotions and impulses that cause anxiety are managed by an exaggerated assertion of the opposite tendency. In this case, the admiration for the Little Sisters that any reasonable person would feel is so threatening to the feminists of NOW that they flip it upside-down by calling the Little Sisters “dirty.”
Psychology has further refined the understanding of NOW’s ludicrous statement against these angelic women through a line of research called reaction formation strain theory. This theory says the ideational inversions of reaction formation are even more extreme among frustrated minorities who live under the strain of being unable to win the advantages of the majority. NOW has become a case study in reaction formation strain theory: a frustrated, deluded minority issuing ridiculous, anti-woman statements and becoming politically irrelevant.
Before she died, Betty Friedan said NOW had focused too much on abortion. Tough luck, ladies. You are trapped in an ever narrowing prison cell of your absolute fallacy…melting, melting.